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.
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.