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Esmee is a Senior Scientist at CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere with her role spanning research and operational domains. Esmee trained as physical oceanographer and marine biologist and started her career in oceanography at the Flinders University of S.A. and at the National Tidal Centre. From 1999-2006, Esmee worked at the Australian Antarctic Division in Hobart, in oceanography, acoustics and fisheries ecology projects and in stock assessments for the Commission for the Conservation of Marine Living Resources. Since 2006 she has worked in the Australian Argo program (from 2006-2010 with the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre and from 2010–2018 at CSIRO). Esmee led the delivery and oversight of the Australian Delayed-Mode Argo data stream from 2006-2019. Esmee currently leads the Under-Ice Argo array and co-leads the Deep Argo array for the Australian program.

Esmee contributes to the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership through research into circulation and water mass changes in the Southern Ocean, polynya dynamics and ocean-ice interactions at the Antarctic margins. Esmee research also uses under-ice Argo floats to gain novel insights into Antarctic continental shelf processes and to expand observations into the seasonal ice zone. Esmee has participated in 15 research voyages to tropical and temperate waters and to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.

Academic Qualifications

  • 1992-1994

    Bachelor of Science (Physical Oceanography/Marine Biology)
    The Flinders University of South Australia

  • 1997

    BSc Honours (1st Class) (Marine Sciences)
    The Flinders University of South Australia

Professional Experiences

  • 2006-present

    Argo Data Management Team
    Australian representative (DMQC), Metadata, Under-Ice Argo

  • 2016-present

    Southern Ocean Argo Regional Centre
    Australian representative

  • 2016-2018

    POGO Working Group (Observing & understanding the oceans beneath Antarctic sea ice and ice shelves

  • 2019-2021

    Southern Ocean Observing System OASIIS Capability Working Group

  • 2021-present

    Bathymetry from Argo (core/Deep) Task Team

  • 2020-present

    Argo RBR Sensor Validation Task Team

Achievements and Awards

  • 2017

    Finalist, Eureka Prize for Environmental Research
    Australian Museum