President: Dr. Tony Gow

Dr. Tony Gow

Dr. Tony Gow is an highly regarded glaciologist and a veteran of ice core research, both in the field and the laboratory where he has focused primarily  on physical properties analysis. He has also maintained a diversified approach to ice in all its forms including significant research on the physical characteristics of lake, river and sea ice.  Following his initial involvement in 1957-58 as a team member of a United States core drilling project in Antarctica, he has subsequently participated as a principal investigator in a number of deep ice core drilling  programs, including a 1967-68 project at Byrd Station, Antarctica that penetrated bedrock at a depth of 2164m.  Additional core drilling  programs in which Tony also participated included the second Greenland Ice Sheet Project (GISP2) that penetrated the bottom of the ice sheet at 3054m depth in 1993 and the 1997-99 project at Siple Dome, Antarctica that also reached bedrock at 1004m depth.

Tony's contribution to polar glaciology has been recognized by the 1994 award of the Seligman Crystal from the International Glaciological Society, election in 1998 to Fellowship in the American Geophysical Union, the 2001 award of the Goldthwait Medal from the Byrd Polar Research Center, the American Polar Society award in 2004 and the naming of an Antarctic mountain after him, the 1770m Mt. Gow.

Originally from Blenheim, New Zealand, Tony received his university education at Victoria University of Wellington and was awarded a D.Sc. in 1973.  Though retired from the U.S. Årmy Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory since 1998, after 41 years of service, Tony still retains an active role in the laboratory's ice and snow research program.

Vice-President : Liesl Schernthanner


Having grown up with an Austrian father, Canadian-Mainer mother, and five siblings in Sun Valley, Idaho, Liesl Schernthanner learned to enjoy hard work, great outdoors, snow, and sunshine – all great precursors to working in Antarctica. Years of successful ski racing earned her a full-ride scholarship to University of Alaska Anchorage, where she was an All-American Athlete and student of Economics and Anthropology. Upon graduating, she did applied human-environmental research for Impact Assessment, Inc. in Alaska, Washington, North Carolina, and Nevada. In 1995, however, she took a sabbatical from research to work as a contract laborer in Antarctica, and never went back to her “real job.” Antarctica--the place, people, and lifestyle--captured her interest and she continued working for station operations at McMurdo, field camps, Palmer, South Pole until recently when took on a conservation role with the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust. Among her ice work titles, she has been a Fuelie, Fuels Foreman, Operation Manager, Winter Site Manager, Communications Supervisor, and Conservator, but in life, she can also claim to be a ski coach, sports instructor, tutor, chimney sweep, sales associate, property manager, and factotum.

When not on the ice, Liesl spends much time in Obsidian/Stanley, Idaho, and Wanaka, New Zealand, with her Welsh husband, Michael David Powell, another Antarctic sojourner. She has done 2 winters and 14 summers in Antarctica, met her husband at South Pole, and has also spent time at the bottom of the earth with two of her sisters. She still loves going to the Antarctic and feels quite lucky to have had the opportunity to work there – common feelings for Antarctican Society members.

Treasurer: Dr. Paul Dalrymple

Paul with Sir Edmund Hillary at South Pole, 1958

Paul with Sir Edmund Hillary at South Pole, 1958

By education a geographer (BS Clark University, MS Syracuse Univ, PhD, Boston University)  By experience a physical geographer who in life worked as the resident observer at Harvard University’s Blue Hill Observatory,  as acloud observer at the Mt. Washington NH Observatory, as a meteorologist with the US Weather Bureau’s North Atlantic Weather Project, as a physical oceanographer with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, working on the ALBATROSS III, studying the North Atlantic’s Gulf Stream System, as a glacial meteorologist at Dye II Station on the Greenland Ice Sheet, as a dropsonde observer on a research aircraft participating in the International Indian Ocean Expedition, as the micrometeorologist at Little America V in 1957, as the micrometeorologist at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in 1958,  as At-Home micrometeological project manager, Plateau Station, Antarctica, 1966-68as project manager of Project TREND (Tropical Environmental Data) in Thailand, as the Dept of Army’s representative on Intergovernmental Study on Climate and Food at National War College, Ft. McNair, as the DoD representative on the drafting of the first US National Climate Plan.

Paul on Little America V Met Tower

Paul on Little America V Met Tower

But most of Paul's government career wasspent with the Quartermaster Corps Research and Development Center in Natick, Massachusetts and the Engineer Topographic Laboratory at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.

Paul probably set a record for attending various Boston area colleges, as at one time he attended classes at Boston College, Harvard University, Northeastern University, as well as the aforementioned Boston University, plus the University of New Hampshire!

During World War II, Paul served in the infantry as a rifleman, 94th Infantry Division, until captured by the Germans in the Battle of the Bulge.

Secretary: Joan Boothe


Joan Boothe has been fascinated with stories of Antarctic adventure and exploration since childhood. In 1995, after many years working in the worlds of economics, finance, and teaching business administration to graduate business students, she at last made her first trip to Antarctica and saw where so many things she had read about took place. Ms Boothe has returned to the Antarctic regions many times since, including on a number of trips on which she has lectured on the subject of Antarctic exploration history. In 2010, she taught a course on Antarctica’s Heroic Age for Stanford University’s continuing education program. Her highly praised Antarctic history work, The Storied Ice: Exploration, Discovery and Adventure in the Antarctic Peninsula Region, was published in late 2011. Ms Boothe has two children, both raised in San Francisco, California, where she and her husband have lived since 1970.