Dr Patricia Margaret SELKIRK AAM, Turramurra NSW 2074

The ANARE Club is proud to announce that Dr Pat Selkirk AM, recipient of the Law Medal back in 2018 received the ACV in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. This is the highest award in the Order and the only other Antarctician to hold it was Phil Law.

Dr Patricia Margaret SELKIRK AAM, Turramurra NSW 2074

For eminent service to science and conservation, particularly through research of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic terrestrial ecosystems, to tertiary education, and as a mentor and champion for women. Australian Antarctic Program Expedition Field Work

  • Macquarie Island, 1979-1980; 1981-1982; 1984-1985; 1986-1987; 1989-1990; 1995- 1996; 1998-1999; 1999-2000; 2002-2003; and 2003-2004.
  • Casey Station Antarctic Base, 1982-1983 and 1991-1992.
  • Heard Island, 2000-2001. International Expedition Field Work
  • Scott Base and the Dry Valley, Antarctica New Zealand, 1992-1993, 1994-1995, 1996- 1997, 1997-1998.
  • Iles Kerguelen, French Antarctic Program (IPEV- lnstitut Polaire Emile Victoire and TAAF -Terre Australes et Antarctique Françaises), 2004-2005.

Committee and Advisory roles

  • Member, Organising Committee, International sub-Antarctic Forum, 2009 and 2011.
  • Member, Antarctic Scientific Advisory Committee, 1995-2001.
  • Former Member, Antarctic Research Evaluation Group.
  • Former Member, Australian National Committee for Antarctic Research, Australian Academy of Science. Macquarie University
  • Honorary Research Fellow, School of Natural Sciences, current.
  • Instrumental in developing the Antarctic Research Unit.
  • Lecturer in Plant Evolution, 20 years. Publications
  • Author of approximately 100 refereed Antarctic and sub-Antarctic publications.
  • Co-author, Australia’s Biodiversity: Living Wealth, Reed International Books, 1995.
  • Co-author, Sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island: Environment and Biology, Cambridge University Press, 1990.
  • Co-Editor and Co-Founder, Australasian Bryological Newsletter, 1979-1991.
  • Co-Editor, Papers and Proceedings, International Subantarctic Forum, 2007.
  • Author of a range of book chapters and articles in scientific journals. Professional
  • Biologist and Ecologist, undertaking field work in the study of plant taxonomy; adaptations and genetics; landscape ecology; and vegetation mapping.

Awards and recognition include:

  • Philip Law Medal, for significant contributions to Antarctic Science, 2018.
  • Award for Professional Achievement, University of Sydney, 2017.
  • Australian Antarctic Medal, 2004.
  • Named in honour of the nominee, ‘Selkirk Creek’, Macquarie Island.

2018 Philip Law Medalist is Dr Patricia Selkirk AAM

Dr Selkirk has spent considerable time in Antarctica and the subantarctic since 1978, when she was one of the first women scientists to work on Australian Antarctic bases. She has spent 5 periods on mainland Antarctica and 14 expeditions to Macquarie Island and 1 to Heard Island as a member of Australian, New Zealand and American Antarctic expeditions. Dr Selkirk was awarded the Australian Antarctic Medal in 2004.…icia-selkirk-aam/