APECS 2012-2013 Council

Council Co-Chairs: Sanna Majaneva and Christie Wood

Emily Choy - Canada
Eleanor Darlington - United Kingdom
Pedro Echeveste - Spain
Russell Fielding - United States 
Jolie Gareis - Canada
Maeva Gauthier - Canada
Kristen Gorman - Canada
Molly Zhognan Jia - Australia
Alia Khan - United States
Maja Lisowska - Poland  Sylvia Lourenço - Portugal

Sylvia Lourenço - Portugal

Sanna Majaneva - Finland/Norway

Heather Mariash - Canada/Finland

Dagmar Obbels - Belgium
Jean-Sébastien Moore - Canada
Julia Schmale - Germany
Anton Van de Putte - Belgium
Tristy Vick-Majors - United States
Mariëtte Wheeler - South Africa
Christie Wood - United States 

Information on the APECS Executive Committee can be found here
President: Penelope Wagner (United States)
Vice Presidents: Erli Costa (Brazil), Jennifer Provencher (Canada), Ines Tavernier (Belgium), Yulia Zaika (Russia)
Ex-Officio: Gerlis Fugmann (Canada / Germany), Alexey Pavlov (APECS Director), and Allen Pope (United Kingdom / United States)

We would also like to recognize our past leaders as they continue to serve our organization as Ex-Officio members of the Council: Tosca Ballerini, Ben Beall, Francisco Fernandoy, Silje-Kristen Jensen, Kim Jochum, Daniela Liggett, Inga May, Dirk Notz, Angelika Renner, and Carolyn Wegner.


Fisheries and Oceans Canada and University of Manitoba, Canada

I am a PhD student at the University of Manitoba and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, studying the diet and energetics of the Eastern Beaufort Sea beluga population under the supervision of Dr. Lisa Loseto and Dr. Jim Roth. I finished my MSc. in the Chemical and Environmental Toxicology program at the University of Ottawa, studying biovector transport of contaminants (mercury, PCBs, and DDT) from a large seabird colony to High Arctic food webs at Cape Vera, Devon Island, Nunavut, Canada. I have worked at Environment Canada on various projects in environmental toxicology, such as monitoring temporal trends of perfluorinated compounds in polar bears, immuntoxicity in bivalves, and the effects of brominated flame retardants on the reproductive success of tree swallows. I have also worked as an evaluator for the Ecological Assessment Division, studying the toxicity and bioaccumulation of selenium and other inorganic substances in aquatic ecosystems. I am very interested in the impacts of contaminants in Arctic ecosystems and their interactions with other stressors on marine mammals. I am also involved in science education and outreach, and have a B.Ed from the Outdoor Education program at Queen's University and have worked as an educator at the Canadian Museum of Nature.


Arctic Research Consortium of the United States

Sarah Crowley currently works as an education project manager for the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States in Fairbanks, AK. She manages PolarTREC, a teacher-researcher experience program via a grant from the National Science Foundation. With partners such as UA-Fairbanks, Alaska Geographic and the National Park Service, Sarah develops and implements teacher trainings on climate change and polar science for online platforms and in-­field experiences. Most recently she has worked tirelessly with partners such as APECS to build Polar Educators International; a professional network for those who educate in, for, and about the polar regions.

Through her years teaching environmental education, Sarah developed a passion for polar science and facilitating meaningful nature/science education experiences for her students and other teachers. Her undergraduate work earned her a BA in Geography in 2004, with a minor in Global Studies. In 2010 she received her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction for Science Education and a Graduate Certificate in Education, Environment, and Community from the University of Washington-Seattle.

eleanor_darlingtonLoughborough University, United Kingdom
UK Polar Network 

Ten years ago a family friend showed a slide show of him working at Halley Research Station, Antarctica. I was hooked! I organised my high school work experience at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge; a week of metrological observations, ice cores and the desire to travel had me fixed on a career in science. My Masters thesis was observing the interactions between the inflow of Atlantic Water into the Barents Sea, and how this was impacting sea ice formation.

This project led to the UK Arctic Sciences conference, a UKPN workshop and networking day, and a Southern Ocean research cruise! From there a Fram Strait cruise with the Norwegian Polar Institute and at present, an internship with Education Through Expeditions working on the AMT20 project, bringing real science into the classroom from the middle of the Atlantic.

PedroUniversity of the Balearic Islands, Spain

Pedro finished his BSc in Biology at the University of Navarra and moved to Madrid to develop a MSc in Climatic Risks and Environmental Impact. After this period, he moved to Finland to study the effects of Climate Change in Finnish forests, and returned to Spain after five months to develop his PhD on the effects of legacy contaminants (POPs and trace metals) on marine phytoplankton. Originally interested in near shore waters including the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, during his PhD he had the chance to discover the Arctic and the Southern Oceans, becoming fascinated about these environments and improving his studies in those remote areas. With his PhD recently achieved, Pedro is interested in the role that contaminants play in polar ecosystems, how they affect the biogeochemical cycles occurring in these ecosystems, how they disturb species interactions (predation, competition, etc.) and, in summary, in the effects that anthropogenic pollutants will have to polar biota in a changing world.

Russell_FieldingUniversity of Denver, USA

I am a lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Denver in Colorado. I earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Florida, a master's degree at the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. at Louisiana State University. I also participated in the Canada-US Fulbright Program, spending a year with the Institute of Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island.

As for research, I am interested, broadly, in questions of subsistence, cultural tradition, and resource conservation. Since 2005 I have been involved in a study of artisanal whaling traditions throughout the Atlantic, with field sites in the Faroe Islands, Newfoundland, and the Caribbean. Other research pursuits have involved biogeography, sustainable energy production, local food production, aquaculture, and the changing economic and ecological conditions of islands when bridges are built from the mainland. I regularly publish the results of my research in peer-reviewed journals as well as in popular media outlets.

In addition to these research pursuits, I am active in teaching at the University of Denver, with courses on sustainability and natural hazards. Whenever possible, I use case studies from my research as examples in my lectures. I am also active in the University of Denver’s field course program, having taught field courses in the Florida Keys (biogeography) and in Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands (natural resources and natural hazards). My hobbies include hiking, rock-climbing, mountaineering, capoeira, and travel.

JolieGareisSimon Fraser University, Canada

Although I grew up in the middle of a major Canadian city, I gravitated to the outdoors as a child. A job as a camp counselor during my teens transformed into a job as a field assistant during my undergraduate degree. I fulfilled my lifelong dream to see and experience northern Canada in the summer of 2004, when I traveled to the Mackenzie Delta region of the Northwest Territories to do field work for my Masters. The arctic got under my skin, and I’ve been looking for excuses to return ever since.

Currently, I’m enrolled in a PhD program at Simon Fraser University. My doctoral research (based on data gathered while I worked as an IPY field and lab manager from 2007-2009) examines fluxes of nutrients and carbon exported from the Mackenzie River during the annual flood and high-water periods following ice-out. In January 2011 I finally had the perfect reason to relocate to my beloved field site and home-away-from-home in Inuvik, Northwest Territories – I was hired as the manager of the Inuvik Research Centre, a division of the Aurora Research Institute. So, I am concurrently a full-time student and a full-time research centre manager – and I love doing both equally.

In my spare time, I like to swim, ski, watch movies and read anything that isn’t a journal article or textbook.

MaevaGauthierCoastal and Ocean Research Inc., Canada

Recently graduated from the University of Victoria with a Masters in marine ecology, Maeva is interested in projects encompassing ocean sciences, filmmaking & outreach, and coastal communities. She is currently working as a marine ecologist and outreach coordinator at Coastal and Ocean Resources Inc. Her background is in biology and tourism, and experience ranges from event organization, to fundraising, to educational projects (i.e. underwater webcasting, educational dives), and project coordination. In her spare time, she enjoys sailing, diving, hiking, and doing yoga. Field expeditions brought her to both poles in 2009 to learn about the Antarctic with Students on Ice and study seafloor species in the Arctic with the Census of Marine Life & the Canadian Healthy Oceans Network. Maeva is also an active member of the Explorers Club and has been involved in film production since 2009, which won the TD Go Green Challenge 2011 (3rd national position) and Best Cinematography & Best Editing awards at the UVic Film Festival 2011. Recently, she led a project combining a film workshop with youth and documenting traditional knowledge of the coast in two arctic villages on the North Slope.

Kristen_GormanSimon Fraser University, Canada

Kristen Gorman is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University. Kristen has conducted ecological research since 1994, primarily focusing on birds. Her field experience ranges from the forests of tropical Australia, New England and the Rocky Mountains, to coastal-marine systems of the Pacific Northwest including Alaska, and the western Antarctic Peninsula. She is especially interested in global change biology, high latitude ecosystems, evolutionary ecology and physiology. Her MSc research involved extensive fieldwork at a US Geological Survey field camp located on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, western Alaska, which resulted in 4 scientific publications on the reproductive energetics of female greater scaup.

Kristen’s dissertation, in collaboration with the Palmer Station, Antarctica, Long-Term Ecological Research Program, US National Science Foundation, is examining nutritional and physiological correlates of variation in breeding performance by three closely related species of penguin (genus Pygoscelis) demonstrating pole-ward shifts in breeding bio-geographic range in response to regional climate warming throughout the Scotia Arc and Antarctic Peninsula. She also is developing a population genetics component to her dissertation that will use microsatellite genetic markers to provide a quantitative understanding of the relative importance of demographic parameters (fitness versus dispersal) in driving observed shifts in Pygoscelis breeding range.

Kristen has deployed on 8 expeditions to the Antarctic since 2005, and has published 10 scientific manuscripts on the nutritional ecology, evolutionary physiology, and life histories of birds. She has won research and scholarship awards through the American Ornithologists’ Union, Explorers Club, American Museum of Natural History, Anne Vallée Ecological Fund, Antarctic Science Ltd, and Simon Fraser University. She has served as a peer-reviewer for scientific journals such as Journal of Avian Biology, Marine Ecology-Progress Series, Biology Letters, Waterbirds, and the Journal of Animal Ecology. Kristen is the current graduate student representative to the US LTER network for her Antarctic research group and was co-organizer of the seminar series, Les Ecologistes, at Simon Fraser University (2010/11). She is a passionate trail runner, rock climber, backcountry skier, and surfer. These outdoor pursuits have been key in her continued experiential learning and in leading a balanced life style. She also is particularly fond of her dog, Yugi.

MollyUniversity of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, APECS Oceania

I finished my undergraduate in Marine Science in China in 2007. Travelled a bit during a gap year, and then come to Hobart for master study on Antarctic Science in 2009, where I officially started my polar research life. After the master degree, it is just too much fun for research on Antarctic krill so I decided to keep going for a PhD in Hobart, in the same institute – Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. My PhD research focuses on diet of larval Antarctic krill in the winter. It investigates the relationship between krill larvae and sea ice in the southern ocean.

Alia_Khan3University of Colorado, USA

A native of the Tarheel state, I completed my BS in Public Health in the US at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, School of Public Health. My research interests began in detecting fecal contamination in rural drinking water in developing countries. After travelling in the high mountains in the Himalayas between field work in South Asia, I discovered a love and passion for cold environment field work. In May 2010 I began my MS at the University of Colorado – Boulder, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Studies. During that time I completed a UNIS field course on ‘Fate and Modeling of Pollutants in the Arctic, and was also a member of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica, Long Term Ecological Research Site (LTER), ‘Stream Team’. The Stream Team is tasked with measuring discharge of ephemeral glacier fed streams in the Dry Valleys which flow 6-10 weeks per year, as well as collect water samples for chemical and biological analysis. We spent almost four months camping in the dry valleys and hiking to and from the stream sites. I am now in the first semester of my PhD, also at CU-Boulder. My dissertation specific research interests are in local and long range transport of contaminants and pollutants, and impacts on water quality and the hydrological cycle. Furthermore, I am interested in climate impacts on water quality in polar and alpine areas. I am also very interested in the social and human impacts of climate change and have worked with the Stockholm Environmental Institute Oxford, UK, and Center for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo. Like many researchers in the polar sciences, I love the great outdoors! I’m an avid snowboarder, hiker, backpacker, and also enjoy rock and ice climbing.


Arctic Centre (University of Lapland), Finland

Born on 19th October 1984, Michael John Laiho is half Finnish, half British and living in Finland since 2010. In 2010 he graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in London, after which time he decided to do his Finnish military conscription and subsequently moved to Finland that year. After completing his military service in Pori, he has started a PhD at the Arctic Centre (University of Lapland) on the topic of the EU’s influence in Arctic governance. So far he is in his second year, has attended and presented at various important conferences, nationally and internationally, and has published his work in peer-reviewed publications. For 2013 he is aiming to complete two student exchange programmes – one in Central Europe as part of Erasmus, and the other in the Arctic region as part of North2North. As a member of APECS he has volunteered to organize the next Arctic Science Summit Week in Krawko in 2013 and wishes to organize an APECS conference some day at the Arctic Centre, in Rovaniemi. Outside of the scientific community, Michael is also a keen writer, artist and marathon runner.

MajaLisowskaJagiellonian University, Poland

I work as a research assistant at Dept. of Polar Research and Documentation, Institute of Botany, Jagiellonian University, Poland. Since 2009 I have been a member of APECS Poland.I completed my Master’s degree in biology at the Jagiellonian University, in 2007, working on lichen biomonitoring. My polar experience started in 2007, when, as a fresh PhD student, I became involved in a project on environmental changes in Sørkapp Land, Svalbard and got an opportunity to do research in the High Arctic. I was a part of a botanical team which conducted comparative tundra vegetation mapping. In 2009 I attended the Arctic Plant Ecology course at the University Centre in Svalbard. My PhD project, completed in 2011, was focused on vegetation succession - including vascular plants, mosses and lichens - on two glacier forelands in Central and Southern Svalbard. My research interests cover several lichen- and polar-connected issues: lichen biogeography, ecology and taxonomy; colonization and succession in glacier forelands; Arctic tundra vegetation changes; lichen adaptations to extreme environments; biomonitoring using lichens. 

silvia-lourencoUniversidade de Lisboa, Portugal
APECS Portugal

I am a Marine Biologist with a MSc in ecology, management and modeling of marine resources by the University Nova de Lisboa. I am a PhD Student in the Oceanography Centre of the University of Lisbon, Portugal, where I’m studying the effect of environmental factors in the life cycle of octopus. My research interests are mainly fish and cephalopods marine ecology studies, particularly the ones dedicated to growth, trophic ecology and population dynamics.Since 2009 I’ve been working in the Polar Project under José Xavier  coordination (IMAR University of Coimbra) in collaboration with Martin Collins, John Watkins (British Antarctic Survey), Carlos Assis (University of Lisbon) and Yves Cherel (CEBC-CNRS, France). My work field is mainly dedicated to fish and cephalopods ecology, growth and population dynamics studies.I am a member of the APECS Portugal executive committee and member of the APECS council since October 2010. Under APECS I also collaborate in the Funding Resources working group.

SannaMarkkula University of Helsinki; Finnish Environment Institute / Marine Research Centre; University Centre in Svalbard - Finland / Norway

My name is Sanna Majaneva, and I come from a small city called Imatra in the eastern border of Finland. Later on I moved to Helsinki to study Marine Biology and Geography at the University. After four years of basic studies in the "warm" coast of the brackish "sea", I needed the real sea, the real snow, and proper winter. I was accepted to write my Master's thesis on Arctic copepods at the University Centre in Svalbard. My planned half a year long Svalbard visit prolonged into several years, because I worked both as a nature guide and as a research assistant, but mainly for the reason that I fell in love with the white silence. 

My stay at Svalbard left a spark towards polar research and I somehow drifted to make doctoral thesis project in collaboration with the University Centre in Svalbard and the Finnish Environment Institute / Marine Research Centre. The main objective of my doctoral thesis is to gain information on ctenophore populations in the Northern Seas. The project studies the role and importance of ctenophores in the food webs and how different aspects of the changing climate could affect these communities. 

On my free time, I'm mostly in the out in the nature with a back bag and hiking boots, skies, kayak or dog sledge. The more I learn about this white nature, the more amazed I am, and therefore the Arctic issues have become extremely dear to me. 

kangerlussuaq_heatherMcGill University, Canada

I am interested in the ecological consequences of ice cover to freshwater ecosystems. The acute seasonality between the extended dark winters and short cold summers with 24 hrs of day light, have distinct constraints to food availability and consumer survival. My research focuses on the aquatic ecosystems of the arctic and subarctic studying the dietary strategies used by zooplankton to cope with these harsh environments.

Starting September 2013 as a W. Garfield Weston Postdoctoral Fellow, working in Northern Canada.

JSMooreUniversity of British Columbia, Canada

I am currently a PhD candidate in the Biodiversity Research Centre at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver. My research uses modern DNA technology to help study the migratory behaviour of Arctic char in the Canadian Arctic. Arctic char is a species of great importance to the Inuit people of Canada, and is fished both commercially and for subsistence in most communities. My research addresses some important issues relating to the management and conservation of this species in the face of climate change. As such, I work closely with several collaborators with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. I am very grateful that my research has allowed me to work in the beautiful Arctic regions of Canada, and working with Inuit fishers has been one of the most rewarding and eye-opening experience of my life. I am therefore very excited that I will be continuing my involvement in Arctic science with a post-doc starting in January 2013 at Université Laval, working again on Arctic char migrations!

Ghent University, Belgium

APECS Belgium

After completing my master degree in Biology at the C atholic University of Leuven (Belgium), I started my PhD in 2009 on the AMBIO (Antarctic microbial biodiversity) project at Ghent University. In 2010 I obtained an IWT scholarship which focuses on the adaptation of drought and salinity stress in Antarctic filamentous cyanobacteria. To gain a better understanding of the genetic adaptation we want to perform a genome analysis. In addition we want to identify stress regulated genes through a transcriptome analysis under experimental induced salinity and drought stress and perform ecofysiological experiments to investigate local adaptation of salinity and droughtstress in filamentous cyanobacteria.

juliaschmaleInstitute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V., Potsdam
Atmospheric Sciences and Climate Change Discipline Representative

I am an environmental engineer specialized in contaminated soil remediation and waste management. I studied at the University of Leoben, Austria, and spent approximately two years in Concepción, Chile, during this time doing some practical work in organic waste management. So, how did I end up with atmospheric science in Polar regions? After having learned a lot about anthropogenic emissions to soil, water and air and how they can be mitigated, I thought exploring the effects of atmospheric emissions would very much complete the picture. So, I started a PhD performing aircraft-based aerosol mass spectrometric measurements. My first campaign was on long-range transport pollution over Greenland during the International Polar Year in 2008. This experience got me hooked on studying Polar aerosol and was the motivation to join APECS. I also had the chance to measure a 3 months old volcanic aerosol plume from the Okmok and Kasatochi eruptions in the tropopause region over Central and Western Europe in fall 2008.

After having explored a very little bit of Arctic aerosol, I had the chance to measure particles in Sub-Antarctica for three months on Bird Island, South Georgia, a research station operated by the British Antarctic Survey. As a visiting scientist at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh, Scotland, my task was to find out about the contribution of sea bird emissions to the local submicron aerosol by studying particle chemical composition with specific focus on biogenic compounds and ammonia.

Since May 2012 I am leading a project on short-lived climate-forcing pollutants (SLCPs) at the interface between science, policy, society and the private business sector. Using transdisciplinary research methods my team is working on identifying research needs and pathways to policy implementation for the reduciton of SLCPs.


Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, APECS Belgium

Anton Van de Putte is a Marine Biologist with a strong interest in the role of fish in the Southern Ocean Ecosystem. He received his PhD in 2008 for his research on the ecology and evolution of Southern Ocean fish, whit special focus on the mesopelagic lantern fish Electrona antarctica. He has experience in Science Education and Outreach. Currently, he is a science officer for the Belgian SCAR-Marbin and AntaBIF projects that aim to provide free and open access to Antarctic biodiversity data.


Montana State University, United States

I study microbial ecology, limnology and biogeochemistry in icy, cold environments. I have spent three field seasons in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica sampling permanently ice-covered lakes, and will soon visit the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to study subglacial Lake Whillans, which lies 800 meters beneath the ice. I am fascinated with microbial processes and the ecology of terrestrial aquatic and marine systems. I am constantly looking for new ways to form collaborations and to improve networking opportunities for graduate students and other aspiring scientists. I am currently co-chair of the graduate student group, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) at my home institution of Montana State University, and am working on an array of projects that aim to sustain a supportive community for female graduate students. In my spare time, I love to take in the beauty of Montana by hiking and learning to cross-country ski, read, and work on fixing up my tiny house.

wheelerEndangered Wildlife Trust, South Africa

Standing on the beach as a child, I used to stare at the horizon and wonder what it would feel like to sail away until I only had the ocean surrounding me. Later, when I learned about sub-Antarctic Marion Island, it became my dream to go there. It came true in 2004, when I went to the island to conduct field work towards my PhD studies. My PhD work focused on the effects of human activities on the seabirds and seals at the island. Sailing away and living on the remote island for a year! I obtained my PhD in 2009. I am currently working as an environmental consultant investigating the impacts of developments on fauna and flora as well as on water resources.

I am based in South Africa. We have an Internet network entitled South, for people interested in sub-Antarctic and Antarctic research and the environment. Unfortunately APECS is still relatively unknown here. I know many of the researchers working on Marion Island and Gough Island as well as staff members from the South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP).

ChristieWoodClark University, Massachusetts, USA

I am a graduate student in the Geography department at Clark University in the United States. I work with Professor Karen Frey as part of her newly formed Polar Science Research Lab. I am interested in how variations in climate impact the Arctic marine system. In particular, I am looking at how changes in Arctic sea ice affect the ecology and biogeochemistry of the Arctic Ocean. My dissertation research focuses on understanding the impacts of sea ice decline in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas on the dynamics of dissolved organic matter, which plays an important role in the marine ecosystem as both a carbon source for the microbial food web and as an inhibitor of light. This work is carried out through a combination of field measurements (as part of NASA’s ICESCAPE mission), lab experiments, and satellite remote sensing observations.

Prior to working at Clark, I earned two bachelors degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The first was in mathematics and the second was in earth, atmospheric and planetary science. After that, I completed a master’s degree in physical oceanography in the joint program between MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. 

The following have agreed to serve as Ex-Officio members of the APECS 2010-2011 Council to help maintain continuity and to serve as council advisors. We thank them for their continued service.

ToscaAPECS Council Co-Chair, 2011-2012
Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography, Marseille, France 

I received a PhD in Polar Sciences from the University of Siena, Italy, in 2007. For my thesis I studied the population dynamics of the Adélie penguin population of Edmonson Point, Victoria Land, in the Ross Sea. As part of my PhD, I participated as a biologist in the XX Italian Antarctic Research Expedition from October 2004 to January 2005. During this period I collaborated with colleagues of the Department of Environmental Sciences of the University of Siena in collecting data for the CCAMLR Ecosystem Monitoring Program (CEMP) studying the reproductive biology of Antarctic seabirds (Adélie penguins and Southern Ocean skuas).

After completing my PhD, I spent 3 years at the Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, US, working as a postdoctoral researcher under the guidance of Prof. Eileen Hofmann in the NSF-funded Southern Ocean Global Ocean Ecosystems Dynamics (SO-GLOBEC) program. As part of this project I developed a food web model for the marine ecosystem of the western Antarctic Peninsula, in the Southern Ocean, and compared this ecosystem with three other large marine ecosystems in the US.

In January 2012, I joined the researchers of the Institut Méditerranéen d’Océanologie (M.I.O.) in Marseille, France, working in the EMIBIOS (End-to-end Modelling and Indicators for BIOdiversity Scenarios) program. My contribution in this project will be to develop a two- way coupling of a food web model with a biogeochemical model. This coupled model will then be used to assess the impacts of climate change, fisheriers and marine protected areas on the biogeochemical cycles and the structure of pelagic marine food webs.

My field of expertise is marine biology, but I’m also highly interested in marine policy, in particular for the Southern Ocean.

I am a member of the Council of the Association of Polar Early Carrier Scientists (APECS) since 2008 and I am one of the two APECS council co-chairs for the year 2011/12. I participate in the Scientific Steering Commette (SSC) for the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) as APECS ex-officio member.

BenBeallBowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

Past APECS Executive Committee member

Ben Beall is a Postdoctroal researcher at Bowling Green State University. He recently finished his Ph.D. in the Department of Biology at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. Although stranded many, many kilometers from the ocean, he studies marine microbial ecology and biological oceanography. He is interested in the processes that shape and control the growth of planktonic microbial communities.

The dynamic communication of knowledge and experience and the opportunities for collaboration and education are parts of the great promise of APECS. Ben hopes to contribute by facilitating these connections through the website and other media. Ben is also the master-mind behind the APECS Newsletter!


 National University Andrés Bello, Chile 

 APECS Council Ex-Officio

 APECS Executive Committee 2008-2009, 2009-2010 / APECS Chile

My interest on polar environment started very early as I lived during my childhood, in the city of Punta Arenas, Chile, at southern Patagonia. From there I moved to Concepción (Chile), to study Geology with polar-research always in mind. I started to work on Antarctic research being an undergraduate student, as field investigator in frame of a project funded by the Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH). The aim was to study the evolution of the Gondwana break-up, based in paleontological and geological evidences. During these expeditions we worked at different points of the South Shetland Islands.At the beginning of 2007 I received a DAAD scholarship to initiate a PhD in Germany, at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and the University of Potsdam, where I specialized in Geochemistry. Now the objectives of my research moved to the recent climate variability and glaciology of Antarctica. In this period three new expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula followed. I graduated in early 2012.Currently I´m back to Chile and working at the National University Andrés Bello as a research fellow, planning new research for the following years.

What most attracted me from APECS, was the idea of collaboration between young researchers from different disciplines and nationalities. Even more, I saw APECS become the world leading organization for young scientist related to the cryosphere. I was really lucky to attend several scientific meetings like SCAR, IUGG, IPY, and many others, where every time APECS was rising in number of participants and events. I participated from 2009 to the present as an Executive Committee member and Council member. Together with other young researchers, we started the Chilean APECS Chapter, hopping to motivate many other scientists to do more polar research. We hope to be able to motivate the younger generations to get involved and continue to understand the Antarctic dynamics, which by the way has a strong influence in our continent and country.  

silje-kristin jensenSea Mammal Research Unit, St. Andrews University, United Kingdom
Institute of Marine Research, Tromsø, Norway

Chair, Funding Working Group

I got involved with polar research after a hooded seal (Cystophora cristata) cruise to the west-ice outside Greenland where I fell in love with the white silence. I am now an Arctic marine biologist. I took my Master of Science degree at the University of Tromsø, Norway and the University centre in Svalbard (UNIS). My research have focused mainly on the Arctic ecosystem and over the years my Antarctic interest has increased. For my thesis I studied the ecology and biology of polar bears, seal and whales and looked into how new discovered pathogens can occur in remote areas like Svalbard. This experience made me want to pursuit more science. I now work with a project on new occuring diseases in Antarctic pinnipeds (seals). Along with my research I work for the Institute of Marine Research as a biological technician with marine benthos and I am a PhD candidate at the Sea Mammal Research Unit, St. Andrews University, Scotland.

KimJochumUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) & Anchorage (UAA)

APECS Virtual Poster Session Chair
APECS Research Activities Committee Member

I am a Wildlife Biologist with major interests in wildlife management and global environmental issues, where it becomes important to include human perceptions and thinking into management strategies. I started my PhD in Alaska in 2009 with the Biology and Wildlife Department at UAF and the Resilience and Adaptive Management Group at UAA, combining social science and natural science approaches to discuss changes impacting wildlife in Northern urban areas. Already my Master thesis was carried out as collaborative project between the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Institute for Wildlife Research at the University for Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany. In Hannover, I lived, studied and worked happily between 2004 and 2009. I love travelling and field work, especially in remote areas. It is great to work with local people and experience different cultures and thinking. Next to wildlife domestic to Germany, I worked with Howling Monkeys in Nicaragua, bat species in Costa Rica, Humpback Whales at the Pacific Coast of Canada, Polar Bears in Canada as well as Brown Bears in Alaska and the Russian Far East. Spending time with friends and getting exercise is crucial for me to enjoy life.

My sympathy to Polar sciences and APECS I discovered through the polar bear research I got involved with in 2006. Currently, I am a chair of the Virtual Poster Session Working Group (VPS WG), and a member of the Research Activities Committee (RAC) of APECS. For me, most inspiring to put effort towards APECS activities are the energy and confidence within this group of Early Career Scientists to make a difference.

Daniela_liggettUniversity of Canterbury, NZ

APECS Council Ex-Officio
APECS Past President 2008-2009

APECS Executive Committee 2008-2009, 2009-2010

Originally hailing from the eastern part of Germany, Daniela has completed a BSc in Management in Germany, an MSc in Environment and Development at the University of Manchester, and recently a PhD in Antarctic Studies at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. It was during her studies in Manchester that she developed a keen interest in Antarctic environmental issues. Consequently, she decided to focus her energies on analysing the effectiveness of the regulatory regime for Antarctic tourism in the course of her doctoral research. She spent six weeks as a lecturer on an ice-strengthened cruise ship visiting the Antarctic Peninsula and the Falkland Islands last season.

Aside from her research, Daniela dedicates a lot of her time to education and outreach activities – she is involved in the New Zealand and German Youth Steering Committees and in the New Zealand effort to coordinate Antarctic-related outreach projects. Moreover, she tries to encourage cooperation and transparency within the Polar social sciences through the Social Sciences and Humanities Antarctic Research Exchange (SHARE).

inga_mayExecutive Director, International Permafrost Association

As I was born with snow-and ice sickness, I was always interested in polar regions and during my studies in physical geography at the university of Munich my research got more and more focused on arctic sciences.

Since 2008 I have been working on my PhD thesis which is embedded in the Canadian ArcticNet program and deals with the possibility to detect permafrsot changes by means of satellite images. My test site is located in Northern Quebec, Nunvik around the small Inuit village of Umiujaq and twice a year I spend some time in this area in order to do some field work. I will finish my PhD in November 2011.

For the first time I participated in an APECS event in 2009 during a workshop in Victoria. Since then, I am an active member and have already been involved in the organization of workshops, working groups and other activities. In 2010/2011 I also became a Council member and the Co-Chair of the APECS’s RAC.

DirkNotzMax-Planck Institute, Germany

APECS Council/Research Activities Committee Ex-Officio

I am leader of the research group "Sea ice in the Earth System" at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany. We are working on the development of a next-generation sea-ice model for climate studies by developing new parameterizations from laboratory and field experiments and through theoretical studies.

Before coming to Max-Planck, I studied Meteorology and spent one year on Svalbard in the high Arctic during that time. There, I fell in love with this amazing landscape and have been back to the Arctic every year since that time for field work. I have been on a number of expeditions both in the North and in Antarctica and just got fascinated by the work on sea ice more and more.

I did my PhD in England, trying to figure out how salt gets out of sea ice. In 2007, together with Karolina Widell from the University of Bergen, I was the main initiator and organizer of the IPY International Sea-Ice Summer School that was held on Svalbard for two weeks in July, with more than 90 participants from 16 countries.


Postdoctoral Researcher at the Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway
ExCom member 2010-2012 

I studied Marine Environmental Sciences and Maths in Germany and got a first introduction to polar science during the work on my diploma thesis at the University of Helsinki, Finland, looking at model data of Arctic sea ice. To get my hands on some observational data, I went to the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) for an internship, got the opportunity to go on a science cruise to the Arctic ice, and got properly hooked on science and fieldwork. After a short while at NPI and the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Office in Tromsø, I moved to the UK in 2006 to do my PhD at the British Antarctic Survey and the University of East Anglia. Switching hemisphere, I investigated currents and associated transports of material from the Antarctic Peninsula using models and observations and spent some time on ships in the Southern Ocean. While in the UK, I got involved in the national branch of APECS there, the UK Polar Network, looked after the UKPN finances for a couple of years, helped organising several UKPN and APECS events, and joined the APECS council in 2009. In summer 2010, I started at my current position at the Norwegian Polar Institute, and am now trying to combine upper ocean and sea ice physics, narrowing the gap between the two disciplines and furthering our understanding of the interactions between ocean and sea ice. Shortly after moving to Tromsø, I also joined the APECS ExCom and worked together with the other ExCom members to coordinate and advance the activities in our organisation and move APECS forward. Besides my science and outreach directly linked to the projects, I have also been involved as science leader in expeditions for young students, and have organised several outreach events and workshops for students and teachers. I try to share and pass on my passion for science and the polar regions to anybody who would listen!

CarolynWagnerLeibniz Institute for Marine Sciences, Germany
APECS Council/Research Activities Committee Ex-Officio

I am a Post-Doc at the Leibniz Institute for Marine Sciences in Kiel, Germany. I am primarily interested in transport process (sediments, nutrients, contaminants) on Arctic shelf seas and along their continental margins. The knowledge of their
pathways is of crucial importance to understand and forecast the impact of environmental changes on land-shelf-ocean interactions.
I did my PhD within the Russian-German cooperation “System Laptev Sea” and I am still deeply involved in this cooperation. I did an MSc in “Coastal Geosciences and Engineering” in Estonia and Germany.

Since 2005 I am deeply involved as an early career scientist in the ICARP II process, first in the process of writing the Science Plan for Working Group 6 “Arctic Shelf Seas”, then since 2007 in the formation of the ICARP II Marine Roundtable (MRT), and since 2008 as the MRT junior chair together with the other MRT early career scientists in the initiation of a new pan-Arctic, multidisciplinary project, which will be firstly represented during the ASSW 2009 in Bergen responsible for. Since 2008 I am a member of the Program Management Committee of the New Research Generation project, an initiative which aims to promote the inclusion of early career Arctic scientists and engineers in the Arctic marine science planning process.

To keep the connection to the “coastal engineering community” I am an active member and session organizer of the OMAE (International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering) Scientific Committee – Coastal Engineering since 2006.

From time to time, some of our Council members step down mid-way through their year term, mostly due to pesonal reasons or to higher than expected work loads. We would like to thank these people for their service and welcome then back to the Counil any time :)

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