Putting theory into practice will be an exceptional process for Justine Barrett, particularly when she’s a student of Marine and Antarctic Science.
The Yinnar South-raised, Tasmanian-based masters student will be heading to Antarctica in February for the second ‘Homeward Bound’ expedition.
She’s one of 80 women with a science background accepted into a program which closes with a
“And who doesn’t like icebergs and penguins?” she said.
“It will be like
“I’ve already been in contact with participants in last year’s voyage and have already started to discuss research projects on ocean plastics.”
She applied for the course at the University of Tasmania without telling her three young girls and her husband Rick, who was working at the time as an electrician in Morwell.
Having three young daughters was also a motivation for
“We may have the same skills as men, but may be considered bossy or aggressive,”
She said it was 10 or 15 years before her daughters would be in the workforce,
She has also developed activities for secondary students, and would like to see Antarctic science taught in schools to encourage young people to think about the future of the planet.
“I feel like as a population, we need more knowledge about the climate situation that will help hopefully with policy,” she said.
“Just to give more of a knowledge base in those areas, which I feel is lacking in our schools at the moment.”