Association of Polar Early Career Scientists



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Mentor Database

Mike Sparrow
WCRP Senior Scientific Officer
  • Atmosphere and Climate
  • Marine
  • Education and Outreach
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Terrestrial
Science Coordination. (Background is as a physical oceanographer)
Science coordination, Oceanography
  • Antarctic

Dr Mike Sparrow is currently Executive Director of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research.  He has a PhD in Physical (Southern Ocean) Oceanography, a Masters degree in Atmospheric Sciences and a Bachelors in Physics.   Previous to moving to the SCAR Secretariat in 2007, Mike was based at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, working for the Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) project of the World Climate Research Programme, where he was responsible for coordinating CLIVAR's interests in the Southern Ocean and Antarctic region as well as in Africa. He has also worked and lived in Spain and China and taken part in four cruises to the Antarctic, including two as co-chief scientist.   He has published scientific papers ranging on subjects as diverse as the flow of Antarctic Bottom Water around Antarctica to the study of regional climate change in China, and given media interviews to e.g. Sky News and the Chinese Broadcasting Corporation.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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