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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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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.

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