Elizabeth Leane is Associate Professor of English and ARC Future Fellow at the University of Tasmania. She holds a Bachelor of Science with a physics major, a Bachelor of Arts and a PhD in literature, which she obtained at Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar.
In 2004, Elizabeth travelled to Antarctica and Macquarie Island as an Arts Fellow with the Australian Antarctic Division. She now combines her twin loves of science and literature in studying how and why Antarctica evokes a passion for literature in those who visit the continent, and the power of literature to influence what we think and feel about Antarctica. Her work highlights the need for a presence of the humanities, as well as the sciences, in Antarctic research.