APECS 2013-2014 Council
|Council Co-Chairs: Vincent Carrier & Michael Laiho
Cristian Aldea - Chile
Maja Lisowska(Maslowska) - Poland
We would also like to recognize our past leaders as they continue to serve our organization as Ex-Officio members of the Council: Tosca Ballerini, Francisco Fernandoy, Silje-Kristin Jensen, Kim Jochum, Alexey Pavlov, Allen Pope, Angelika Renner and Mariëtte Wheeler
University of Magallanes, Chile
I'm Cristian Aldea, from Chile. I studied Marine Biology at the University of Concepción, where I also did a Diploma in Environmental Analysis and Management. Then, motivated by my scientific vocation to discover the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic seabeds, did my PhD at the University of Vigo (Spain). My doctoral thesis consisted of a comprehensive systematic and ecological analysis of the molluscs from the West Antarctica, emphasizing bathymetric patterns and spatial distribution. From this research I have published eight scientific articles, including macroecological information and description of new species of Antarctic molluscs. In parallel I have published on the ecology and taxonomy of the adjacent sub-Antarctic communities and deep sea. I have also written and edited three books on Magellanic seabeds and Antarctic molluscs.
Currently I continue developing my research in the Programme GAIA-Antártica (University of Magallanes), which involves discovering, and explaining the distribution patterns of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic seabeds associated with processes such as sea ice and glaciers cycles, sediment quality and the adjacent water column. These processes could explain climate variations in the medium and long term. These studies are performed by means of diverse groups such as molluscs, crustaceans and polychaetes, in collaboration with research partners.
University of State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I´m a PhD candidate in Biosciences at the University of State of Rio de Janeiro (PPGB/UERJ). I have worked with Antarctic atmospheric samples since 2002 and I went to Antarctica on seven expeditions with the Brazilian Antarctic Program. I completed my Master´s degree in Biosciences in 2009 - “Influence of Solar irradiance in the ocean primary productivity and association with CO2”. In the next year (2010) I started my PhD project: “Chemical, optical and isotopic characterization of aerosols from the South Atlantic Ocean and Southern Ocean”
Is scheduled for thesis defense in December 2013. I collected aerosol samples from Rio de Janeiro to Antartica and hope to make this a great argument about it and generate results that can contribute to the Global Climate Change. In addition I work with iron limitation hypothesis, so this characterization will increase knowledge about the atmospheric contribution from the semi desert of Patagonia. Additionally I´m from APECS Brasil council member since 2010.
Arctic Research Consortium of the United States
Sarah Crowley currently works as an education project manager for the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States in Fairbanks, AK. She manages PolarTREC, a teacher-researcher experience program via a grant from the National Science Foundation. With partners such as UA-Fairbanks, Alaska Geographic and the National Park Service, Sarah develops and implements teacher trainings on climate change and polar science for online platforms and in-field experiences. Most recently she has worked tirelessly with partners such as APECS to build Polar Educators International; a professional network for those who educate in, for, and about the polar regions.
Through her years teaching environmental education, Sarah developed a passion for polar science and facilitating meaningful nature/science education experiences for her students and other teachers. Her undergraduate work earned her a BA in Geography in 2004, with a minor in Global Studies. In 2010 she received her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction for Science Education and a Graduate Certificate in Education, Environment, and Community from the University of Washington-Seattle.
Laval University, Canada
University Centre in Svalbard, Norway
Vincent have completed his bachelor in Biology and Ecology at the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières UQTR (Canada), including a year in Arctic Biology at the University Centre in Svalbard UNIS (Norway). Since September 2013, he started a Master in Biology at Laval University (Canada). His master project, in cooperation with University Centre in Svalbard, is related to the biogeography of pico- and nanoeukaryotes in different water columns around Svalbard. He has been participating in a youth expedition in the Antarctic in 2009 and have travel in Canada, USA, Italy, Greece, Germany, Czech Republic, UK , Argentina and Norway. Through internships or jobs, he has been involved in the Mingan Islands Ceteacean Study (Canada) as a research assistant and responsible for whale photo-identification and also the Norwegian Polar Institute as fieldwork assistant for reindeer counting on Svalbard. He is also involved as a field assistant at UNIS to collect water samples in a fjord all year round. He aspires to work in environmental management/impact assessment and contribute to the decision-making related to Polar Regions. He has a strong passion for outdoor activities and swimming, which brought him to be coaching the Elite swimming team of Svalbard, the northernmost swimming team active in competitions.
Loughborough University, United Kingdom
UK Polar Network
Ten years ago a family friend showed a slide show of him working at Halley Research Station, Antarctica. I was hooked! I organised my high school work experience at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge; a week of metrological observations, ice cores and the desire to travel had me fixed on a career in science. My Masters thesis was observing the interactions between the inflow of Atlantic Water into the Barents Sea, and how this was impacting sea ice formation.
This project led to the UK Arctic Sciences conference, a UKPN workshop and networking day, and a Southern Ocean research cruise! From there a Fram Strait cruise with the Norwegian Polar Institute and at present, an internship with Education Through Expeditions working on the AMT20 project, bringing real science into the classroom from the middle of the Atlantic.
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, India
My name is Archana Dayal. I am a woman scientist-in-the-making (!), aged 23 and a citizen of India. I have a Master’s in ‘Climate Science & Policy’ from The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) University, New Delhi and Bachelors in ‘Biological Sciences’ from the University of Delhi. During my third semester at TERI, I joined an expedition to Kolahoi glacier in the Western Himalayas (in Kashmir) to study the geomorphological features of glaciers during my course work on ‘Glacier Hydrology’.
I spent the summer of 2012 at the Ice Core Laboratory of the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR - India’s nodal centre for polar research), Goa as an intern working on a minor project titled ‘Analysis and Quantification of Dust in Antarctic Snow: A Case Study from Princess Elizabeth Land and Dronning Maud Land’. Later at the same centre, I completed my Master’s thesis titled ‘Seasonal and Spatial Variations of Total Organic Carbon in Snow from Princess Elizabeth Land, East Antarctica’. I have been selected as a student participant for the XXXIII Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica (starting Dec 2013 to Mar 2014) where I intend to work on ‘Biogeochemical Studies of Blue-Ice in Coastal East Antarctica’. I will work at the Indian station, Bharati located in the Larsemann Hills area.
University 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.
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain
I have a degree in Biological Sciences from University Mackenzie (Brazil-2000) and have worked in the Brazilian Antarctic Program (PROANTAR) with Antarctic Macro fauna since then. I have taken courses in Molecular Biology and Taxonomy of Antarctic peracarids and developed a Masters in Biological Oceanography in the University of São Paulo (Brazil-2005): “Phytal macro fauna of five algal species of Admiralty Bay (King George Island, Antarctica) with emphasis on the group amphipoda (crustacea, Peracarida)”. In 2003, I participated in a campaign to Antarctica with a project of Environmental Monitoring of Admiralty Bay (PROANTAR), working with stable isotopes to determine trophic relationships of various coastal organisms. During eight years I taught in Elementary and Secondary Schools (Science, Biology and Chemistry), always exploring Antarctica and environmental education topics, giving talks at public and private schools. Now, I am a PhD student at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain-since 2010) – “Bentho-pelagic coupling biomarkers in Antarctica: space-time comparison at Weddell Sea”, working with different biomarkers (Stable isotope, biochemical balance and fatty acids) and interested in how climate change affects this interaction. My PhD fellowship is of Ciência sem Fronteiras - CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development / Brazil). I am APECS-Spain vice-secretary and participating member of APECS-Brazil. I was one of the leading coordinators of the APECS workshop at SCAR Biology conference (Barcelona 2013) and in numerous educational activities at APECS Brazil, including POLAR WEEKS (with APECS International and APECS Portugal) and the first Polar meeting in the Amazon.
University of Maine Climate Change Institute, United States
I received by B.S. in Environmental Science from Lehigh University in 2008, my M.S. in Geological Science from Ohio State University in 2010, and my PhD from Ohio State University earlier this summer. To date, my research has focused on developing a better understanding of marine-terminating outlet glacier dynamics using both remote sensing and numerical modeling techniques. My research has focused primarily on Greenland outlet glaciers but the results of my numerical modeling studies are applicable to glaciers in different geographic settings as well. I hope to expand on my remote sensing expertise and develop additional skills during my postdoctoral appointment at the University of Maine starting in August. My postdoctoral research will focus on ice-ocean interactions at Helheim Glacier, East Greenland through a collaborative project with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
Arctic Studies Center, United States
Originally from Ontario, Canada, I am now living in Washington, DC, where I am the Research/Program Assistant at the Arctic Studies Center, Anthropology Department at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Prior to moving to the United States, I completed my B.A in International Development Studies and Geography (2005) and my M.A. in Geography (2009) both at the University of Guelph, Ontario. My graduate research focused on adaptation and the role of formal and informal institutions (local norms, customs, traditional knowledge) in facilitating adaptation to climate and other changes in the Inuit community of Hopedale, Nunatsiavut in Northern Labrador, Canada. My research contributed to the 2007-2009 International Polar Year Community Adaptation and Vulnerability in the Arctic Regions (CAVIAR) project, and was part of the ArcticNet Phase I Project 4.2, and Phase II Project 1.1. Following my graduate program, I held the position of Research Associate at the Global Environmental Change Group in the Geography Department at the University of Guelph where I provided support to the IPY CAVIAR and ArcticNet programs. In 2011 I joined the Arctic Studies Center and in 2012 was the 18th Inuit Studies Conference Coordinator and later transitioned to Research/Program Assistant where I now support the Arctic Studies Center and staff. Currently, I am the Main Project Coordinator for the APECS Norden research project “Bridging Early Career Researchers and Indigenous Peoples in Nordic Countries”.