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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;
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  • 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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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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