Dr Helen Phillips (Australia) is a sea-going Physical Oceanographer currently based at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania. She uses novel instrumentation to measure the fine detail in ocean currents not able to be seen with traditional observing methods, and not resolved in global climate models. Understanding these small-scale processes is a vital step in both understanding how the ocean influences climate, and in making more robust predictions of the future climate.  Dr Phillips obtained her PhD studying the role of Southern Ocean eddies in the climate system. She has worked at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on interannual variability of the North Atlantic Ocean circulation, and at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research on salinity change in the Indian Ocean resulting from the El Nino-Southern Oscillation phenomenon. Her present focus is on the velocity structure of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, and currents in the South Indian Ocean.