Ursula Rack, University of Canterbury
Dr Ursula Rack is an Adjunct Fellow of Gateway Antarctica and a tutor in history at the University of Canterbury. She studied history and theology at the University of Vienna, Austria, and completed a Magistra of Theology at the same institution. Ursula conducted her doctoral research on the social history of polar expeditions at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany, and the University of Vienna and was awarded a PhD in 2009. She is the recipient of a COMNAP fellowship for the research project “Reconstructing historic Antarctic climate data from logbooks and diaries of the Heroic era”, which she is currently working on. Ursula is particularly interested in investigating and digitising diaries, logbooks and historic documents in order to study the influences elements such as weather phenomena had on social interactions and conditions during polar expeditions from the late 19th century to today. She is also interested in the political, social and economic factors which influenced expeditions.
- Research projects/ interests
- Historic weather data
- Human history in the Antarctic
- Use of diaries as a data source
- Reconstructing historic weather data from logbooks and diaries from the Heroic Era
- For publications visit: www.anta.canterbury.ac.nz/people/rack_u.shtml or arcticandantarctic.wordpress.com