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APECS is an international and interdisciplinary organization for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators and others with interests in Polar Regions and the wider cryosphere. Our aims are to stimulate interdisciplinary and international research collaborations, and develop effective future leaders in polar research, education and outreach. We seek to achieve these aims by:
  • Facilitating international and interdisciplinary networking to share ideas and experiences and to develop new research directions and collaborations;
  • Providing opportunities for professional career development; and
  • Promoting education and outreach as an integral component of polar research and to stimulate future generations of polar researchers.


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ed_butlerEd joined Antarctica New Zealand as Manager Science & Information in October 2008.  Ed is charged with ensuring that Antarctica New Zealand supports high quality research that meets the New Zealand Government’s strategic requirements.  Over the past 18 months, among other things, he has helped to revise New Zealand’s Antarctic Science Strategy and allocated logistic support to a new suite of Antarctic science programmes.

Ed’s passion for Antarctica was fuelled during his PhD study.  His PhD, from Victoria University of Wellington provides a better understanding of the Beaches in McMurdo Sound Antarctica for ice sheet modeling work and involved several field seasons in Antarctica in the late 1990s.

His first job was with the Foundation for Research, Science & Technology, running processes for allocating funding to science organisations focusing on agricultural and food-based research.  He moved to a role in the Treasury monitoring the performance of Crown-owned research organisations before working for Crop & Food Research before taking on his current role.

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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).

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