The Science Advisory Group

Leading scientists in the field of Antarctic research make up the Science Advisory Group of the AWR. Read more about their role in the Science Advisory Group Terms of Reference.

To contact the Science Advisory Group, please use the email address  


Dr. Phil Trathan

Title: Head of Conservation Ecology
Institution: British Antarctic Survey
Location: Cambridge, UK

Summary: Research scientist with an extensive publication record on the biology, ecology and management of marine ecosystems in the Antarctic. Wide experience and established track record of interdisciplinary research, commissioned research and international collaboration. More than 150 peer-reviewed publications and with an H-index of 33. Phil is the NERC/BAS lead with the organisation responsible for managing Southern Ocean fisheries, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources.


Dr. Polly A Penhale

Title: Environmental Officer
Institution: Polar Programs, National Science Foundation, United States
Location: Arlington VA, United States

Summary: Science Administrator with responsibility for environmental stewardship for the U.S. Antarctic Program. Responsible for establishing and implementing environmental policies, for ensuring compliance with U.S. regulations, and for environmental review of Polar Programs’ scientific and operational activities. Serves as the U.S. Representative to the Committee for Environmental Protection of the Antarctic Treaty and advisor on the U.S. Delegation to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine resources. Prior research career in marine ecosystem research with a focus on seagrass communities in temperate, tropical and polar systems.


Dr. Gennadi Milinevsky

Title: Head of the Space Physics Laboratory
Institution: Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
Location: Kyiv, Ukraine

Summary: Research scientist with publication record on the atmosphere physics and ecology in Antarctic and in Chernobyl contaminated area. Main fields of interests: atmosphere research: stratosphere, ozone layer and ozone depletion, aerosols in the atmosphere, planetary waves. Study climate change processes and their influence to ozone layer and ecosystems, and radioactive contamination impact on environment and ecosystem. More than 50 peer-reviewed publications with an H-index of 11. Gennadi is the permanent adviser of the Ukraine Delegation at the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources.


Dr. Taro Ichii

Title: Research Coordinator for Oceanography and Resources
Institution: National Research Institute of Far Seas Fisheries
Location: Yokohama, Japan

Summary: Research scientist with publication record on krill in the Antarctic and squid in the North Pacific. Current main fields of interests are impacts of climate regime shift and fisheries on dominant epipelagic nekton. Serves as the representative of the Japanese delegation for the Scientific Committee of CCAMLR. 

Dr. So Kawaguchi

Title: Marine Ecologist
Institution: Australian Antarctic Division
Location: Kingston, Tasmania, Australia

Summary:  So is a Principal Research Scientist of the Australian Antarctic Division and leads the Australian krill research program. His research focuses on various aspects of Antarctic krill biology & ecology, including studies into climate change impacts on krill, with strong interests in krill fishery management in the Southern Ocean. So is the current Convener of the CCAMLR Working Group on Ecosystem Monitoring and Management. 

Dr. Andrew Lowther

Title: Southern Ocean predator ecologist
Institution: Norwegian Polar Research Institute
Location: Tromso, Norway

Summary:  Quantitative research scientist focussing on how marine predators exploit their environment.  Over ten years field-based biological experience across a suite of marine organisms from southern right whales to Antarctic skuas.  Recently appointed, Andrew is the Norwegian Polar Institute's  representative to CCAMLR.


Mercedes Santos

Title: Marine ecologist
Institution: Instituto Antártico Argentino
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Summary: Mercedes is a research Scientist of the Instituto Antártico Argentino.  She is responsible of the Argentinean penguin monitoring program. Her research focuses on various aspects of penguin population dynamics, particularly in the context of the conservation of Antarctic marine living resources. In 2012, she was awarded the CCAMLR scholarship. Currently, she is working in the development of an MPA proposal for the Antarctic Peninsula. She is a member of the Argentine delegation to CCAMLR and represents Argentina at the CCAMLR Scientific Committee.

Dr. Rodolfo Werner

Dr. Rodolfo Werner serves as Scientific Advisor to the AWR.

Title: Senior Advisor (Antarctica & Southern Ocean)
Institution: Pew Charitable Trusts & Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC)
Location: Bariloche, Argentina

Summary:  born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Rodolfo graduated as biologist from the University of Buenos Aires, obtained a PhD in Biology at the University of Munich, Germany, and conducted a Postdoc in Marine Zoology at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.  He focuses his work on Antarctic marine conservation, especially on issues such as the management of Antarctic krill fisheries, penguin conservation and marine protected areas.  Rodolfo has an extensive list of publications and presentations on Antarctic science and policy, and has been attending meetings of CCAMLR and the Antarctic Treaty for the last 12 years as representative of ASOC.