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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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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!

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