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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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MajaLisowskaJagiellonian University, Poland

I work as a research assistant at Dept. of Polar Research and Documentation, Institute of Botany, Jagiellonian University, Poland. Since 2009 I have been a member of APECS Poland.I completed my Master’s degree in biology at the Jagiellonian University, in 2007, working on lichen biomonitoring. My polar experience started in 2007, when, as a fresh PhD student, I became involved in a project on environmental changes in Sørkapp Land, Svalbard and got an opportunity to do research in the High Arctic. I was a part of a botanical team which conducted comparative tundra vegetation mapping. In 2009 I attended the Arctic Plant Ecology course at the University Centre in Svalbard. My PhD project, completed in 2011, was focused on vegetation succession - including vascular plants, mosses and lichens - on two glacier forelands in Central and Southern Svalbard. My research interests cover several lichen- and polar-connected issues: lichen biogeography, ecology and taxonomy; colonization and succession in glacier forelands; Arctic tundra vegetation changes; lichen adaptations to extreme environments; biomonitoring using lichens. 

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