Association of Polar Early Career Scientists



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Mentor Database

Josef Elster
Senior Scientist
Polar Ecology Centre
University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Science
Ceske Budejovice
Czech Republic
+42 0384721156
  • Atmosphere and Climate
  • Education and Outreach
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Terrestrial
ecophysiology of cyanobacteria and microalgae
cyanobacteria, microalgae, Arctic, Antarctic, diversity, ecophysiology. ecology, climate change
  • Arctic
  • Both Polar Regions
  • Antarctic

I am cyanobacteria - microalgae. lichen ecologist/physiologist. I have been working in various Arctic and Antarctic international research expeditions for last 20 years (Ellesmere Island, Canada, Svalbard - Ny-Alesund, Horsund, Petunia, Norway, Abisko - Sweden, Antarctica - J.G. Mendel Station - member of research group who establish station, Rothera - UK, Signy - UK, Arctowski station - Poland, Princess Elisabeth - Belgium, entrusted to establish Czech research station in Svalbard). All together I have participated in more trhan 20 expeditions. I have been interested in ecology, diversity  and physiology of cyanobacteria, microalgae and lichen in cryosphere, atmosphere, freshwater and terrestrial habitat types.

  • Mentor Panels
    These panels are held at major international conferences and are coordinated by
    APECS members. Participation involves a 2-3 hour commitment on the day
    of the panel meeting.

  • Career Development Presentations
    Short presentations at conferences/workshops with a question/answer period.

  • Career Development Workshop Sessions
    Helping in the coordination and facilitation of sessions at major conferences

  • One-on-One Mentoring
    Email correspondence with APECS members regarding career advice (including
    alternative careers in polar/cryospheric issues), research skills, data
    management and occasional research-specific discussions/questions.

  • Participation in live online discussions
    This will be advertised to all APECS members and will be facilitated by an
    APECS Council or Executive Committee Member. Transcripts will be
    posted online for future reference.

  • Reviewing Resumes/CVs and Assisting with Cover Letter Development.

  • Reviewing papers and posters

  • In-person meetings/conferences/seminars
  • Telephone/Skype conversations
  • Email Exchange
  • SCAR Open Science Conferences
  • Arctic Science Summit Week
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