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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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lauramckinnonUniversité du Québec à Rimouksi

I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the department of biology at the Université du Québec à Rimouksi. My research interests lie in the fields of ecology, evolution and behavioural biology. I am particularly interested in the evolution of mating systems and migration in Arctic-nesting birds. During my Master's degree at Michigan State University, I combined behavioural observations and genetic markers to study kin-based female social structure in Arctic-nesting Common Eiders (Somateria mollissima) under the supervision of Dr. Grant Gilchrist (CWS/Carleton Unversity) and Dr. Kim T. Scribner (Michigan State University). As a Ph.D. student at the Université du Québec à Rimouski, under the supervision of Dr. Joël Bêty, I have combined multi-site observational and experimental techniques in the field to study the effects of trophic interactions (predation, food availability) on the reproductive ecology of Arctic-nesting insectivores (shorebirds and songbirds). My ultimate professional goal is to generate interesting hypotheses and produce high quality results that will contribute to the conservation of Arctic wildlife.

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silje-kristin jensenSea Mammal Research Unit, St. Andrews University, United Kingdom
Institute of Marine Research, Tromsø, Norway

Chair, Funding Working Group

I got involved with polar research after a hooded seal (Cystophora cristata) cruise to the west-ice outside Greenland where I fell in love with the white silence. I am now an Arctic marine biologist. I took my Master of Science degree at the University of Tromsø, Norway and the University centre in Svalbard (UNIS). My research have focused mainly on the Arctic ecosystem and over the years my Antarctic interest has increased. For my thesis I studied the ecology and biology of polar bears, seal and whales and looked into how new discovered pathogens can occur in remote areas like Svalbard. This experience made me want to pursuit more science. I now work with a project on new occuring diseases in Antarctic pinnipeds (seals). Along with my research I work for the Institute of Marine Research as a biological technician with marine benthos and I am a PhD candidate at the Sea Mammal Research Unit, St. Andrews University, Scotland.

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