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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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Stefansson Arctic Institution

StefanssonInstituteThe Stefansson Arctic Institute (SAI) operates under the auspices of the Icelandic Ministry for the Environment. The institution bears the name of explorer and anthropologist Vilhjálmur Stefánsson (1879-1962) and is located in Akureyri in Northern Iceland. The staff at the Stefansson Arctic Institute includes scientists with broad interdisciplinary research background and experience. SAI has enjoyed and further welcomes visits by scholars, to work on and present their research.

Website: http://www.svs.is/english/index.htm

Location: Akureyri, Iceland

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Russell_FieldingUniversity of Denver, USA

I am a lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Denver in Colorado. I earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Florida, a master's degree at the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. at Louisiana State University. I also participated in the Canada-US Fulbright Program, spending a year with the Institute of Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island.

As for research, I am interested, broadly, in questions of subsistence, cultural tradition, and resource conservation. Since 2005 I have been involved in a study of artisanal whaling traditions throughout the Atlantic, with field sites in the Faroe Islands, Newfoundland, and the Caribbean. Other research pursuits have involved biogeography, sustainable energy production, local food production, aquaculture, and the changing economic and ecological conditions of islands when bridges are built from the mainland. I regularly publish the results of my research in peer-reviewed journals as well as in popular media outlets.

In addition to these research pursuits, I am active in teaching at the University of Denver, with courses on sustainability and natural hazards. Whenever possible, I use case studies from my research as examples in my lectures. I am also active in the University of Denver’s field course program, having taught field courses in the Florida Keys (biogeography) and in Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands (natural resources and natural hazards). My hobbies include hiking, rock-climbing, mountaineering, capoeira, and travel.

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