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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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Building upon on-going large, integrated projects (THRESHOLDS and DAMOCLES FP6 IPs, and the ARCTOS network) the project Arctic Tipping Points (ATP) will identify the elements of the Arctic marine ecosystem likely to show abrupt changes in response to climate change, and will establish the levels of the corresponding climate drivers inducing regime shift in those tipping elements. In addition, state-of-the-art oceanographic, ecological, fisheries, and economic models will determine the effect of crossing those thresholds for the Arctic marine ecosystems, and the associated risks and opportunities for economic activities dependent on the marine ecosystem of the European Arctic.

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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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