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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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South Pole Station winter-overs waved farewell to the last LC-130 aircraft of the 2011-12 field season on Feb. 15, as it headed north back to McMurdo Station. Fifty people will spend the next eight months or so at the world's southernmost research station, isolated from the rest of the world except for Internet and voice communications.
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PedroUniversity of the Balearic Islands, Spain

Pedro finished his BSc in Biology at the University of Navarra and moved to Madrid to develop a MSc in Climatic Risks and Environmental Impact. After this period, he moved to Finland to study the effects of Climate Change in Finnish forests, and returned to Spain after five months to develop his PhD on the effects of legacy contaminants (POPs and trace metals) on marine phytoplankton. Originally interested in near shore waters including the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, during his PhD he had the chance to discover the Arctic and the Southern Oceans, becoming fascinated about these environments and improving his studies in those remote areas. With his PhD recently achieved, Pedro is interested in the role that contaminants play in polar ecosystems, how they affect the biogeochemical cycles occurring in these ecosystems, how they disturb species interactions (predation, competition, etc.) and, in summary, in the effects that anthropogenic pollutants will have to polar biota in a changing world.

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