Dr. Andrew Jackson
History Presenter & Guide
Andrew has spent over 30 years immersed in Antarctic affairs, mostly working with the Australian Antarctic Program as a senior executive leading Antarctic law and policy functions. This took him to over 40 international diplomatic meetings during important developments in the Antarctic Treaty system, including the Madrid Protocol which protects the Antarctic environment.
Andrew has been to Antarctica 19 times, visiting French, Russian, New Zealand, US and all Australia’s stations as an expedition manager, as well as the sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island and the seldom-visited Heard Island. He has also visited foreign stations as an Antarctic Treaty inspector and been a guide on Antarctic overflights.
Since leaving the Antarctic Division in 2009, Andrew has worked as a private consultant on Antarctic matters. He maintains a strong interest in Antarctic politics and history and the conservation of Antarctic heritage. Since 1997 he has worked closely with the Mawson’s Hut Foundation in support of its important work. He has previously sailed to the Peninsula as a guest lecturer.
Andrew has a PhD in Antarctic diplomatic history, is pursuing post-doctoral research in Antarctic affairs and writing a book on Antarctic environmental politics. He lives in Hobart and is a keen explorer and photographer of the mountains and forests of Tasmania’s South West wilderness.
What is your most memorable Antarctic experience?
“My most memorable Antarctic experience is being bitterly cold on deck at midnight the first time I entered the pack ice as the ship broke an arrow-straight path. I was delighted that the ship finally stopped rolling, then in awe as the full moon rose directly astern, perfectly aligned with our track through the ice. Unforgettable.”