Expert Members

An Expert member of the IPHC is a person with an active professional involvement and/or relevant practical experience in the protection and conservation of heritage sites in Arctic and/or Antarctic regions, who is interested in the work of the IPHC and be able to assist the IPHC to achieve any of its objectives.

Susan Barr (Norway) Founding President 2001-2010

British, living permanently in Norway since 1973. PhD in Ethnology. Polar historian and cultural heritage advisor. Cultural heritage officer for Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norwegian Arctic) 1979-82, historian at the Norwegian Polar Institute 1982-98, special advisor on polar matters at the Directorate for Cultural Heritage 1998 . Field work in large areas of the Arctic almost annually since 1979 and two field seasons in the Antarctic. Member of the Norwegian National Committee of ICOMOS since 1989. In April 2019 Susan was made an Honorary Member of ICOMOS Norway in recognition of her work for polar cultural heritage. snbarr@gmail.com

Michael Pearson (Australia) Founding member President 2018-2022

PhD in Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology. Director of Heritage Management Consultants Pty Ltd. Previously Deputy Executive Director of the Australian Heritage Commission. Heritage consultant since 1993 with work including the investigation and site assessment of a number of Antarctic historic places including Mawson’s Huts, Wilkes Station, Macquarie Island, and the Scott and Shackleton huts in the Ross Sea Dependency (1986-7, 1990-1, 1992)-for Australian Antarctic Division, AHC, and the New Zealand Antarctic Program. Other work includes early mining, whaling and sealing sites in Australia. Member of Australian ICOMOS since 1978 and chairman 1984-86. mike.p@ozemail.com.au

Paul Chaplin (New Zealand) Founding member, Secretary General 2001-2010

Extensive practical experience of Antarctic Heritage sites and management. Operations Manager of New Zealand Antarctic Programme at Scott Base1992/93. Executive Officer of Antarctic Heritage Trust, Christchurch, New Zealand 1993 – 1999. Co-author of management plans for historic sites in the Ross Sea Region. NZ government representative observing Antarctic Treaty compliance issues and acting as guide and lecturer on Antarctic tour ships. Now residing in Norway and working as polar and trade consultant. 

Doug Olynyk (Canada) Founding member

Retired 2011 as Manager, Historic Sites for the Government of Yukon 35+ years’ experience in architectural conservation & heritage resource management. Studied engineering/architecture, began career with Parks Canada, working 15 years on documentation and analysis of National Historic Sites in western and northern Canada. Participated in planning teams to help create both Fort Battleford and Chilkoot Trail National Historic Sites. In 21+ years with Government of Yukon he was responsible for managing research, documentation, planning, conservation, management, operation and interpretation of historic places in the Yukon Territory. Involved in development and implementation of heritage legislation and negotiation and implementation of Aboriginal land claim agreements resulting in precedent-setting co-ownership and co-management regimes for a number of heritage sites. Has written and spoken extensively, both nationally and internationally, on threats of climate change to heritage resources in the north.

Angie McGowan (Australia) August 2001

Cert. British Archaeology (Oxford). BA in Archaeology & Palaeoanthropology (U.of New England). Member Australian Assn. Consulting Archaeologists inc. Member ICOMOS. Extensive experience in cultural heritage management in Australia. Polar field experience at Heard Is. Mawson’s Huts, Cape Dennison, Antarctica. Extensive publications.

Geoff Ashley (Australia) August 2001

Assoc. Director Godden Mackay Logan – Heritage Specialists. B. Applied Science in Environmental Design. B. Architecture. Co-author of Mawson’s Huts Conservation Management Plan. Contributed to other Australian cultural heritage conservation management plans and studies. Many heritage conservation and interpretation publications. Field experience at many Australian cultural heritage sites.  

Glenn Sheehan (USA) November 2001

Ph.D. 1992 Bryn Mawr College. MA. 1983 (Archaeology – U of Pennsylvania). Executive Director of Barrow Arctic Science Consortium (BASC – refer www.arcticscience.org) Began archaeological fieldwork in 1976 and has spent over 90 months ‘in the field’. Active in efforts to preserve and document US Naval Arctic Research Laboratory, a complex at Barrow Alaska with extensive outlying facilities. Experienced in excavation of frozen sites and has documented many individual sites for placement on the US Register of Historic Places.

Rubén Stehberg (Chile) June 2002

PhD in Anthropology (Argentina, 1992). Archaeologist of the National Museum of Natural History (Chile). Has conducted several archaeological fieldwork research projects of the nineteenth century sealer settlements in the South Shetland Island. Interested in the protection of Antarctic heritage. Other works include: “The Incas empire expansion to central Chile”, and others. Member of the ICOMOS Chile since 2003 and an IPHC Chilean representative since 2006.

Michael Morrison (United Kingdom) May 2003

Architect -Senior Partner – Purcell Miller Triton. Has worked extensively in the field of conservation of historic buildings in the UK, worked on conservation plans for the British Museum, and acted as advisor to Antarctic Heritage Trust on Management Plans for historic sites in the Ross Sea area of Antarctica.

Sherri-lee Evans (Australia) September 2004

Project Officer, Environment Protection & Regulation Group, Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW). Masters in Museum Studies with Merit, University of Sydney (2009). Archaeologist. Research orientation incl. the history of cultural heritage management in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic, Biographies of the crew of the Terra Nova; and the influence of perceptions of Antarctica on policy.  

Nigel Watson (New Zealand) February 2005 Secretary General 2010-2018

Executive Director, New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust 2000-. B.Com, LLB, CAS. Responsible for the management and implementation of AHT’s activities including the Ross Sea Heritage Restoration Project. Experience over 14 seasons in Antarctica primarily caring for historic bases. Co-author of management plans for Ross Sea historic sites published and lectured on Antarctic history. He served as the IPHC Secretary General from 2010 until 2018.  

Julian Bickersteth (Australia) June 2005 President 2010-2018

Managing Director International Conservation Services, Sydney. MA (Ox), Dip. Conservation, Fellow Int. Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic works (FIIC), FRSA, Aust. Institute for Conservation of Cultural Material (AAICCM). Extensive experience in conservation of various materials and actively involved in the national infrastructure of conservation in Australia. His conservation and policies for the AHT in the Ross Sea area and Mawson’s hut at Commonwealth Bay. He served as the IPHC President from 2010 until 2018.

Håkan Jorikson (Sweden) January 2006

Director of Grenna Museum – Andréexpedition Polarcentre, Gränna. MA in History and BA in Ethnology. Former member of the board of the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat. Member of the SC-IPY. Travelled Svalbard area several times as guide on cultural historical tours and as participant on scientific expeditions.

 Johan Mattsson (Norway) November 2007

Has a degree in biology (mycology) from Oslo University and is a leading expert in fungal damage and protection in cultural heritage at the Mycoteam Consulting Firm, which is specialised in the field of biological degrading agents (fungus, damp and insects).

 Adam Wild (New Zealand) November 2007

An architect and director of Archifact Limited (NZ) who works extensively in the field of conservation of historic buildings in New Zealand. His use of laser scanning technology provides a non-invasive means of understanding the nature of historic places. He is the conservation architect to the Antarctic Heritage Trust and a co-author of the conservation plans for the historic huts on Ross Island, Antarctica.

Anne M Jensen (USA) April 2008

General Manager & Senior Scientist – UIC Science LLC, Barrow, Alaska. Ph.D. Bryn Mawr College, Anthropology, 2009. Extensive experience in anthropology in Alaska, including ethnographic research and archaeological site surveys, mitigation, testing, and research at sites throughout Alaska. Principal Investigator at Pingusugruk, Ukkuqsi, Ipiutaq and Nuvuk on the North Slope. Publications on resource use and zooarchaeology, written dozens of professional reports. Currently the PI on NSF-funded project “Learning From the Past: Archaeology of Nuvuk” carrying out an excavation of a rapidly eroding major Thule cemetery and a newly-discovered Ipiutak habitation site at Point Barrow, Alaska. Current research on human adaptation in Arctic and subarctic environments, paleoeconomy and paleoenvironments and Traditional Knowledge of Iñupiat peoples.  

Peter Maxwell (Australia) October 2009

Director, Maxim Consulting Services, Adelaide. BAppSci (Conservation of Cultural Materials), AssocDip Metallurgy; Member, Aust. Institute for Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM). Wide-ranging experience in all aspects of metals/objects conservation throughout urban Australia, and remote areas. Contributed to technical aspects of conservation management plans for the NZ AHT in the Ross Sea area. Field work in Antarctica for the NZ AHT (3 summer seasons 1996-2000), and 2009/10 summer season at Mawson’s Huts (MHF).

Andrés Zarankin (Brazil) October 2009

Associate Professor of Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. PhD in Archaeology (2001). Since 1996 (with Maria Ximena Senatore) has directed a Project of Historical Archaeology in Antarctica, supported by CONICET (Argentine), and recently CNpQ (Brazil). He has several publications on the subject.  

Bryan Lintott (New Zealand/United Kingdom) October 2009.  Secretary General 2018-2022

PhD in Antarctic Studies, ‘Scott’s and Shackleton’s Huts: Antarctic Heritage and International Relations’ (Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury, 2017). Research Associate, Scott Polar Research Institute, the University of Cambridge. Previous posts: Director, Ferrymead Heritage Park; Heritage Curator, Christchurch Arts Centre, NZ. Former Chairperson of ICOMOS New Zealand. Winston Churchill Fellow, 2001. BA in Art History, Certificate in Antarctic Studies (Dist.). bryan@bjlintott.com

Maria Ximena Senatore (Argentina) November 2009 Vice President 2018-2022

PhD in History (Universidad de Valladolid, Spain 2003). Specialist on Auxiliary Sciences for Restoration of Historical Heritage: Archaeology and Museology (Universidad de Vallodolid, Spain 1997). Archaeologist (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina 1995). Senior Researcher at CONICET (National Council of Research Argentina) at the INAPL Instituto Nacional de Antropología y Pensamiento Latinomericano and Associate Professor (Cultural Heritage) Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia Austral. Project leadership in research projects on archaeology, history, heritage and tourism in Patagonia and Antarctica since 1996. Leader of field research in historical archaeology  on the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (1995 to 2000) and in South Patagonia (1998 to 2017).  She lectured on the History of Antarctica on tourist cruises to Antarctica from 2004 to 2007.  mxsenatore@gmail.com

Dag Avango (Sweden) February 2010

Dag Avango has a PhD in History of Technology, specializing in cultural heritage, particularly industrial heritage. He is the managing director of the Nordic Centre of Excellence REXSAC (Resource Extraction and Sustainable Arctic Communities). Dag Avango’s research explores heritagization processes in the polar areas, seeking to understand under which circumstances material objects from the past are constructed as cultural heritage. He has also published extensively on the relationship between resource extraction, science and geopolitics in the history of the Polar Regions, and the effects of such interactions on environments and societies, from a long term historical perspective. Avango’s research is situated at the interface between archaeology and history, based on the theoretical assumption that material objects and environments play an active role in society and therefore should be considered in explanations of historical change, and following this the methodological approach of combining archival studies with archaeological fieldwork. Avango has conducted 19 archaeological field work campaigns in the Polar Areas since 1999, 17 in the Arctic, 2 in the Antarctic, most of them as PI and expedition leader. Dag Avango is a member of the board of trustees of TICCIH (The International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage), board member of TICCIH Sweden and member of ICOMOS Sweden. He has conducted missions and reviews on world heritage issues for ICOMOS and has worked within heritage management in Sweden and Norway.

Anne-Cathrine Flyen (Norway) March 2011

Architecture, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Senior advisor cultural heritage at The Governor of Svalbard 2002 – 2007. At present: Researcher at The Norwegian Institute of Cultural Heritage Research. Field studies all over Svalbard. Specialised within the field of degradation of the cultural heritage,- damage, restoration and repair.

Stirling Smith (Australia) September 2011

Senior Archaeologist, Comber Consultants, Sydney. (BA, Grad Dip Marit Arch) Extensive experience as an archaeologist working in both the public and private sectors in Australia. Works across disciplines in maritime, Aboriginal and historic archaeology both in the field and in preparing assessments and heritage management plans. Archaeologist for the Mawson’s Huts Foundation working at Cape Denison for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 field seasons. Contributing to the 2011 review of the Mawson’s Huts management plan. Ongoing research interest in the archaeology of the heroic era huts.

Ingo Heidbrink (Germany) May 2014

German maritime historian, Professor of History at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA (USA). He received his MA degree in 1994 from the University of Hamburg based on a thesis on the preservation, restoration, and operation of historical watercraft, completed his Dr. phil. in 1999 at the University of Hamburg and got his Habilitation (Dr. phil. habil.) from the University of Bremen in 2004. He is a specialist for the preservation and restoration of historical watercraft and museum ships, methodology of maritime history, international fisheries and whaling history, and the economic history of the polar regions. He has worked with the German Maritime Museum as Head of the Dept. Of Fisheries and Whaling History (1996-2007) and headed a major restoration project of the SV GROENLAND (built 1867), the first German Polar Research vessel that is still in operation today as a floating monument and active sailing museum ship. His research focuses on the economic history of the Polar Regions and in particular Fisheries and Whaling History of the Southern Ocean and related historic monuments and sites. In addition he works on monuments in Antarctica with a special focus on the nexus between monuments and potential sovereignty claims as well as on the consequences of Antarctic tourism on monuments and sites. He is Secretary General of the International Maritime History Association (IMHA), Co-President of the North Atlantic Fisheries History Association (NAFHA) and a member of ICOMOS-Germany. He holds a professional master’s and engineer’s license for European commercial inland waterway craft, and an engineer’s license for oceangoing historical vessels.

Jørgen Hollesen (Denmark) October 2014

Senior researcher at The National Museum of Denmark, Dept. Environmental Archaeology and Material Sciences. Ph.D. in physical geography at the University of Copenhagen and The University Center in Svalbard. Specialised within climatology, geochemistry, soil processes and environmental impact modelling. Works with the coupling between the environmental conditions and the preservation of archaeological layers/artefacts based on field measurements, laboratory experiments and modelling. Has participated in more than 15 field campaigns in Svalbard and Greenland and is highly experienced with performing environmental monitoring under very demanding conditions.

Gordon Macdonald (Canada) July 2018

Gord is a master carpenter and building conservator with more than 30 years’ experience working with wooden buildings and timber structures. He has led his carpentry teams through a range of interesting and award-winning projects from the restoration of medieval castles in Europe to the re-creation of a 30-ton Roman war machine for BBC Television. Gord has worked at many diverse locations including the equatorial jungles of Suriname and the Ross Sea area of Antarctica where he has spent nine seasons and more than a year ‘on the ice’. Gord is an instructor with the Cultural Resource Management Program at the University of Victoria where he teaches practical building conservation, and an instructor with the International Course on Wood Conservation Technology at Riksantikvaren, Norway. He is the Canadian representative to the International Wood Council, and an Expert Member of the International Polar Heritage Committee (both Special Scientific Committees of ICOMOS). Gord is the President of Heritage BC, the founder of the specialist carpentry company Macdonald & Lawrence (M&L) and a partner with Heritageworks Ltd. an international heritage conservation company based on Vancouver Island, BC. He is currently undertaking doctoral research with the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at University of Leicester; his thesis relates to “Impacts of Global Climate Change on Polar Heritage”.

Janet Hughes (Australia, May 2019) Independent Researcher

Janet Hughes has a PhD in Materials Conservation from the University of Canberra in Australia on deterioration processes affecting Antarctic historic sites and the implications for conservation practice. The thesis provides a first principles examination of the causes of deterioration, the rate at which these occur and identifies issues for conservation practices. The effects studied included temperature and humidity variations inside buildings, corrosion, salt damage to timber, wind damage and human impacts. Janet carried out research at several Antarctic historic sites as part of the PhD research, including Mawson’s huts at Cape Denison. Janet worked as a materials conservator in Australian cultural institutions for over 30 years and later worked in senior policy roles in environment, education and industry departments in various Australian government agencies. A current interest based on her background in science, government and heritage is to communicate the values of Antarctic heritage research to scientists and policy makers to improve understanding and management of these resources. Janet’s diverse experience includes designing surveys and managing complex statistics, communicating complex scientific and statistical information to politicians, lecturing on Antarctic tourist visits, developing training for government programs, researching corrosion processes in Antarctica and providing conservation advice on design of museums.