APECS Nordic Project 2013-2015
APECS conducted the APECS Nordic “Bridging Early Career Researchers and Indigenous Peoples in Nordic Countries” project from 2013 - 2015. Funded through the Nordic Council of Ministers' Arctic Cooperation Programme, project leveraged the research, education and outreach experience of the APECS network to identify ways to enhance engagement between Early Career Researchers and Indigenous peoples in Nordic regions.
This research initiative had been developed in response to some of the challenges in polar research. As stated during the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change in Anchorage (2009) “Indigenous Peoples have an important role to play in addressing climate change through their knowledge, experience and rights over land and development…however, this contribution has been largely ignored”. This is often a result of the communication gap between researchers and Indigenous peoples. Better incorporation of this knowledge into Arctic research as well as better communication between Northern residents and researchers is crucial. Thus, a demand for more training of Arctic researchers in how to approach Indigenous peoples, how to work with local experts and how to successfully and respectfully incorporate Traditional Knowledge in research projects is urgently needed.
The APECS Nordic Project was working towards enhancing engagement between Early Career Researchers and Indigenous peoples in several ways:
- Development of an APECS Nordic Network
- An ECR and Indigenous peoples APECS database
- An online survey aimed at ECRs and Indigenous Peoples in Nordic Countries
- Webinar Series
- A two-day workshop at the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) in Helsinki, April 2014
- Development of a Report and Educational Materials
APECS also wants to thank the APECS International Directorate sponsors - Research Council of Norway, UiT The Arctic University of Norway and the Norwegian Polar Institute - for their continued support through which projects like this are made possible. For the APECS Nordic Workshop, additional funding for travel support was provided by the US National Science Foundation, the International Arctic Science Committee and the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat.
APECS Nordic Project was organized by a team of dedicated and informed APECS members, as well as the APECS International Directorate located at the UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Each project team member brought a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to ensure that the overall project and each of its components including the Nordic database, the survey, the webinars series and the workshop were a success.
Meet the APECS Nordic Project Team:
Main Project Coordinator
Laura Fleming-Sharp, originally from Ontario, Canada is now living in Washington, DC where she is the Research Assistant at the Arctic Studies Center at the National Museum of Natural History. Laura completed a B.A in International Development Studies and Geography (2005) and later obtained her M.A. in Geography (2009) both at the University of Guelph. Her graduate research focused on human-environment interactions and climate change adaptation in Hopedale, Nunatsiavut, Labrador, Canada, exploring the role of formal and informal institutions in facilitating adaptation to climate and other change. Her field studies included spending two months in the community of Hopedale interviewing hunters, elders and institutional representatives at various levels of government. Her research contributed to the 2007-2009 International Polar YearCommunity Adaptation and Vulnerability in the Arctic Regions (CAVIAR)project, and for the Arctic Net Phase I Project 4.2, and Phase II Project 1.1. Following her graduate studies, Laura assisted the IPY and ArcticNet research projects at the Global Environmental Change Group (GECG) in the Department of Geography, University of Guelph. In 2012 Laura was one of the Coordinators for the 18th Inuit Studies Conference, hosted by the Arctic Studies Center at the Smithsonian in October 2012.
Gerlis Fugmann is the Director of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS). Gerlis has been actively involved in the APECS leadership for several years and is assuming the position of APECS Director beginning on 1 October 2013. She completed her PhD in Geography at the Justus Liebig University Giessen in Germany in 2011 and worked afterwards for two years as a post-doctoral researcher at the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development (ICNGD) at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. Her research focused on projects in the Canadian Arctic and Sub-Arctic as well as Northern Scandinavia, addressing questions of comparative economic deveopment, entrepreneurship, tourism, resource development and Northern engagement and participation in innovation and the knowledge economy.
Throughout her involvement in APECS, Gerlis has contributed significantly to the organization working with numerous APECS members and partners and helping to shape and manage many of the projects, events and resources made available through APECS. Between 2009 and 2011 she served as an Executive Committee member and afterwards continued to mentor and advise the Executive Committee in an ex-officio role. Gerlis also served as the elected APECS President during the 2009 – 2010 term. She has a great interest and appreciation for the polar regions and polar research and very much enjoys collaborating with researchers from around the world. Gerlis is a strong advocate of early career scientist participation, recognizing the importance of networking, professional development, and extra-curricular training in the polar and cryosphere communities.
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Workshop Organizing Team
Sandra is currently a PhD-candidate of the Thule Doctoral Program, University of Oulu, Finland. Working as part of an international research project entitled ‘Structural racism and its impact on Indigenous Health – a comparative study of Canada, Finland and Norway’. She formerly worked as a registered dietitian in First Nations communities throughout Ontario and Yukon Territory of Canada and also was involved in health related projects at the provincial and federal level. She is a member of Oneida Nation of the Thames, a Haudenosaunee community in southern Ontario, Canada.
A just-for-fun writing project on her list of things to do is a book about ice-swimming, which will profile research conducted in Finland on ice-swimming, and Finns who participate in this well-being activity. She regains energy from active pursuits: running, paddling, hiking, xc-skiing and ice-swimming.
Workshop Organizing Team
Laura Lukes is currently part of the Geoscience Learning Process Research Group at North Carolina State University (NCSU) where her research focuses on capturing the student experience in introductory geology courses with the aim of recruiting and retaining a more diverse STEM workforce. She is a passionate and nationally recognized educator (2010 Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers and Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching from the Geological Society of America). She currently teaches an introductory Physical Geology lecture course at NCSU and several online geology courses for Rio Salado Community College.
As an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow (2010-2011), she organized and led the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP). JSEP is an international science education field research experience for teachers and students from Greenland, Denmark, and the U.S. on the ice sheet in Greenland. As part of this project, she recruited and coordinated 30+ scientist mentors from over 15 domestic and international institutions and government agencies (e.g., NASA, NOAA) to work with students in the field. Additionally, she built relationships and partnerships with indigenous people to develop research-based experiences for students that were inclusive of indigenous culture and traditional knowledge methods.
Workshop Organizing Team
Julie Bull is of Inuit descent and is from NunatuKavut, Labrador, Canada. She currently holds the position of Qualitative Research Consultant with the NunatuKavut Community Council and Executive Director for the Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council. Julie is also currently working towards completing an Interdisciplinary PhD in the area of “Aboriginal Research Ethics” at the University of New Brunswick. Julie’s Inuit heritage makes her keen on working with Aboriginal communities. Her study, in partnership with NunatuKavut, examines “Grassroots voices: Authenticity in relationships with academic researchers in the context of Aboriginal health research.” Julie has received numerous awards and recognition in acknowledgement of her scholarly abilities, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health Scientific Director’s Award of Excellence, the Atlantic Aboriginal Health Research Program Doctoral Fellowship, the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation Scholarship, and the Jens Peder Hart Hansen Fellow Award. In 2010, Julie received Canada’s most prestigious doctoral award - the Vanier Graduate Scholarship.
Jocelyn Torma is currently a graduate student at the University of Waterloo. Her work in the department of Philosophy aims at developing methods of intercultural understanding to improve current co-operative strategy for sustainable development in Canada. She has done research on the relationship between the arts and the economy in urban areas, especially in Northern Canada. In her home town of Thunder Bay, she enjoyed being an advocate of the unique local arts and culture scene that thrives there.
Research Assistant at Khibiny educational and scientific base MSU
PhD student at the Faculty of Geography M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
APECS President 2011-2012
APECS Vice President 2012-2013
I was born in Murmansk region of NW Russia on May 14, 1984. I completed my studies at Petrozavodsk State University as Ecologist and Interpreter in 2006. Currently I am a Research Assistant at Khibiny educational and scientific base of the Faculty of Geography M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University. My research focuses on observations of climate data, snow cover and avalanches as natural hazardous processes in highly industrialized Russian Arctic regions. Since 2007 I was involved in IPY PPS Arctic project as a member of Benefits Russian Team (“Natural and Social Science Research Cooperation in Northern Russia and Norway for Mutual Benefits across National and Scientific Borders”) and coordinator for socially oriented observations on quality of life of people in Murmansk region. At the moment I am involved as Khibiny base representative in EU 7 Framework Programme project INTERACT (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic) with a numerous of circumarctic field station partners from 18 countries.
Ylva Sjöberg is a physical geography doctoral student at Stockholm University and coordinator of the Swedish branch of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) international network. Her PhD project focuses on exploring the interactions between permafrost and groundwater, which is crucial for understanding future changes that can be expected in the Arctic with climate warming. The aim is to assess the effects of permafrost thaw on hydrology both at a detailed and process-oriented scale, and at catchment scales. This is done by analyzing long-term river discharge data, field mapping of ground-ice using geophysical methods, and physically-based modeling of coupled groundwater flows and heat transport.
Ylva is APECS’ representative to the IPA Education and Outreach Committee and the the organizing committee of the upcoming Permafrost Young Researchers’ workshop at EUCOP4 in Évora, Portugal 2014
Since graduating with a mid-career MSc. in Environmental Management and Policy from Lund University in Sweden in 2010, Mathilde Mansoz has been working in the environmental field focusing on climate change mitigation and policies, environmental impacts and geopolitics in the Arctic region and sustainable urban development in Asia. Mathilde worked on several projects related to sustainable aspects of the development of the Arctic while working at Ecologic Institute, an international think tank based in Berlin. Prior to her engagement in the climate field, Mathilde had working experiences in journalism and operational management. She speaks French, English, German and Japanese
Sarah Nuernberger holds a MA in International Development from the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies in Denver, Colorado, USA, with concentrations in GIS, water and natural resource management, and geopolitics. Her research interests broadly focus on the interactions of humans, the environment, and policy, specifically with regard to the impacts of climate change and resource development in the Polar Regions. Sarah is currently the Product Development Specialist at iDE - International Development Enterprises, a non-profit working with smallholder farmers in developing countries. When not working or traveling, you can find Sarah climbing, hiking, camping, skiing, or snowshoeing in the Rocky Mountains.
Julia Skupchenko is completing her Master’s student in Political Sciences at Syktyvkar State University (Russia). She holds a Bachelor degree in Circumpolar Studies from the University of the Arctic. She has been on exchange programs with the University of Nordland (Norway); the Northern British Columbia University (Canada) and Umea University (Sweden).
Her research focus is on the Arctic stakeholders’ cooperation, especially on the issue of resources exploration. For a year she has been an intern with the Arctic Theme of Shell International, the Netherlands, studying that topic. Right now she is an International Research Associate at Canadian Polar Commission focusing on the Russian Arctic and Indigenous Peoples of the Russian North.
>Previously she participated in European Union research grant program having developed the course on Educational Tourism in the North. She also co-chaired scientific sessions at the Arctic Frontiers 2012 and the Arctic Science Summit Week 2013.