Dr Wilma Huneke

Postdoctoral Fellow

I studied climate physics at GEOMAR, Germany, and received my PhD in 2019 from the University of Tasmania, Australia. My PhD research focused on the dynamics of the Antarctic Slope Front using an ocean-ice shelf model with both idealised and realistic configurations of the ocean around Antarctica.

I joined ANU as part of an ARC funded Discovery Project on the Risks of rapid ocean warming at the Antarctic continental margin where I used a global high-resolution ocean model to study the current system around Antarctica in 2020. In 2022, I started an ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX) research fellow position at ANU and became an associated investigator at the Australian Centre of Excellence in Antarctic Science (ACEAS) in the same year. I now mostly work with coupled atmosphere-ocean models to study the large-scale ocean circulation and the impact of ocean resolution in the coupled system.

Find out more at my github profile.


Huneke W. G. C. et al. (submitted 2023), Basal meltwater from Antarctic ice shelves relevant to explain ovserved sea ice trends, Geophysical Research Letters

Bennetts et al. (submitted 2023), Closing the loops on Southern Ocean dynamics: From the circumpolar current to ice shelves and from bottom mixing to surface waves, Reviews of Geophysics


Huneke W. G. C., Morrison A. K., & Hogg A. M. (2023), Decoupling of the surface and bottom-intensified Antarctic Slope Current in regions of dense shelf water export. Geophysical Research Letters, 50, e2023GL104834, doi:10.1029/2023GL104834

Morrison A. K., Huneke W. G. C. , Neme J., Spence P., Hogg A. McC., England M. H. and Griffies S. M. (2023), Sensitivity of Antarctic shelf waters and abyssal overturning to local winds, Journal of Climate, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-22-0858.1

Huneke W. G. C., Morrison, A. K., & Hogg, A. M. (2022), Spatial and subannual variability of the Antarctic Slope Current in an eddying oceansea ice model. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 52(3), 347–361, doi:10.1175/jpo-d-21-0143.1

Huneke W. G. C., Klocker A., Galton-Fenzi B. K. (2019), Deep bottom mixed layer drives intrinsic variability of the Antarctic Slope Front, Journal of Physical Oceanography, doi:10.1175/JPO-D-19-0044.1

Huneke W. G. C., Huhn O., Schroeder M. (2016), Water masses in the Bransfield Strait and adjacent seas, austral summer 2013, Polar Biology, doi:10.1007/s00300-016-1936-8

Herr H., Viquerat S., Siegel V., Kock K-H, Dorschel B., Huneke W. G. C., Bracher A., Schroeder M., Gutt J. (2016) Horizontal niche partitioning of humpback and fin whales around the West Antarctic Peninsula: evidence from a concurrent whale and krill survey, Polar Biology, doi:10.1007/s00300-016-1927-9

Dorschel B., Gutt J., Huhn O., Bracher A., Huntemann M., Huneke W., Gebhardt C., Schroeder M., Herr H. (2016) Environmental information for a marine ecosystem research approach for the northern Antarctic Peninsula (RV Polarstern expedition PS81, ANT-XXIX/3), Polar Biology, doi:0.1007/s00300-015-1861-2

Segelkern-Voigt A., Bracher A., Dorschel B., Gutt J., Huneke W., Link H., Piepenburg D. (2016) Spatial distribution patterns of ascidians (Ascidiacea: Tunicata) on the continental shelves off the northern Antarctic Peninsula. Polar Biology, doi:10.1007/s00300-016-1909-y

Undergraduate students

  • Franka List, Geomar, DAAD world wide summer project, 2021
  • John Reilly, UTas, CLEX summer project, 2021
  • Ellen Zheng, ANU, semester-long research project, 2020

HDR students

  • Hanyu Meng, ANU, 2022
  • Chenhui Wang, ANU, 2021

Supervised students