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David Walton
Emeritus Fellow
British Antarctic Survey
+44 1487 840449
  • Education and Outreach
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Terrestrial
Environmental management, conservation, science/policy interactions, Antarctic science
  • Antarctic
  • Other

I spent my working career with BAS. After 20 years as a terrestrial ecologist I became a science manager first for terrestrial & freshwater research and then for environmental work in general. I also was responsible for data management and public outreach at BAS and a member of the management Board for 20 years. As was also a chief officer for the British Ecologicakl Society and a member of council for 12 years. For 14 years I was the SCAR representative at the Antarctic Treaty meetings, explaining science to the diplomats and lawyers. From this I developed a strong interest in science and policy linkages which resulted in me writing a new history of SCAR as well as a new book on Antarctic science and its relevance. I am now researching a new book on politics and science interactions in Antarctica. I established the journal Antarctic Science and have been the Editor in Chief for the last 27 years. I currently act as editor for the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat at the annual ATCM and am the editor of the on-line system Antarctic Environments Portal.

  • 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 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.

  • Helping to improve presentation and communication skills

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