Diane’s interest in Antarctica was sparked in 2001 when her university tutor suggested she take a look at the Antarctic Treaty. Since then, she has completed an Honours degree in Antarctic Studies, worked for the Australian Antarctic Division and attended three Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings. But her obsession for all things Antarctic was really cemented when she joined Quark in 2005. This is her seventh season in Antarctica.
When not covered from head to toe in thermals and waterproofs, Diane can be found visiting family, friends and retail outlets back home in Perth and around the world. She is a slowly-but-surely breed of middle-distance runner, claims to speak Croatian and Spanish though her proficiency is questionable at present, and takes an electric espresso-maker with her wherever she goes.
Diane has joined these expeditions:
When did you first work in Antarctica? 2004
What was your first job in Antarctica? Laboratory assistant on an Australian-French climate change research project
When did you first work in the Arctic? 2006
What was your first job in the Arctic? Zodiac driver
When did you first work for Quark Expeditions? 2005
What was your first job for Quark? Expedition Coordinator
What skills do you have that are called on when you do your job?
A broad and growing knowledge of the Polar regions, and the ability to make that knowledge accessible and interesting.
What keeps you coming back season after season?
The ice, the wildlife and the characters I meet along the way. I can’t think of many jobs that could ever top this one.
If you could go back in time, what historic expedition would you like to join, and why?
Amelia Earhart’s 1932 transatlantic solo flight. Sitting beside a talented, intelligent and brave woman as she takes on the world… What could be more inspiring?
Diane's advice to Polar Travelers
Seek advice from experienced polar travellers on what you might need to bring with you and what you should expect when you get there. Then relax, and enjoy the adventure.
What one thing would you like other to know about you?
My interest in Antarctica was sparked by a university project I did on the Antarctic Treaty in 2001. Never in a million years did I believe that, 10 years later, I’d still be hooked. But Antarctica will do that to you.