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Narissa Bax
Antarctic blue carbon 

Dr. Narissa Bax is an expert on blue carbon in Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic. Bax received her PhD in 2015 from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania. Since then, she has worked with the Antarctic Seabed Carbon Capture Change project, investigating how polar and subpolar seabeds contribute to the carbon cycle in the context of climate change. Her research partners include the Université de Bourgogne in France, the Australian Antarctic Division, and the Centre for Marine Socioecology in Australia. In January 2024, Dr. Bax will extend her blue carbon studies to Greenland, uniquely bridging both poles while actively contributing to marine protected area management and global policy initiatives.

Benjamin Law writes books, TV screenplays, columns, essays and feature journalism. His work has appeared in 50+ publications — including The Monthly, Frankie, Good Weekend, The Guardian and Australian Financial Review. His books include The Family Law (2010, Black Inc) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012, Black Inc) — both nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards. Law authored a 2017 Quarterly Essay, Moral Panic 101: Equality, Acceptance and the Safe Schools Scandal, and edited the anthology Growing Up Queer in Australia (2019, Black Inc). He speaks out on the topics of diversity, equality, journalism and more.   

Blue carbon – the carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere by ocean and coastal ecosystems – is a natural solution to addressing climate change. Marine scientist Narissa Bax is researching one of the Earth’s most rapidly changing ecosystems to better understand Antarctic blue carbon cycles and the potential for sequestration and carbon capture.  

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