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Queen’s birthday honor for pioneering subantarctic scientist – Australian Antarctic Program (News 2022)

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Beautiful Macquarie Island

From 1979 to 2004, Dr. Selkirk undertook 11 expeditions to Macquarie Island to study the island’s plants, their biology, distribution and environment.

This was summarized in her seminal book “Subantarctic Macquarie: Environment and Biology” which she co-authored with Bob Selkirk and Rod Seppelt.

In 1992, she was the first scientist in the world to predict the future impact of climate change on the island’s subantarctic ecosystem and to recognize its importance as a sentinel of climate change.

The island has a special place in his heart.

I have seen it in many phases over the years as rabbit and rodent populations grew to a point where the devastation to vegetation and the environment was acute,” said Dr Selkirk .

Their eradication from the island is a fabulous environmental conservation story in terms of solving a problem that humans caused in the first place.

“But one of the other questions that arises is how the sub-Antarctic will behave in an ever-changing climate. It’s an ongoing story that’s going to require a lot of careful observation and scientific study.

During his career, Dr Selkirk has also participated in five expeditions to the Antarctic continent, one to the sub-Antarctic Heard Island and one to the sub-Antarctic Kerguelen Islands as a member of the Australian, New Zealand and French Antarctic Programmes.