Association of Polar Early Career Scientists



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Mentor Database

Gabriela Ibarguchi
Postdoctoral Associate
Arctic Institute of North America
University of Calgary
  • Marine
  • Education and Outreach
  • Terrestrial
Ecology, evolution, biogeography
Biodiversity in harsh environments, mountains, Arctic, Antarctica, arid regions, marine ecosystems
  • Arctic
  • Alpine
  • Both Polar Regions
  • Antarctic
  • Other

I study species and ecosystems in harsh environments. I am interested in how biodiversity colonises and adapts over time to extreme conditions, and how such ecosystems and species may now cope with rapid environmental change. I have worked in polar, alpine, marine and arid habitats including Patagonia, the Andes in South America and in Tierra del Fuego, and in the Canadian Arctic. I study these regions at all scales, from genes to landscapes, and I am interested in understanding the resilience of these systems, their conservation issues, and the linkages with human communities. I am also interested in studies of birds and in aquatic ecology (invertebrates). I am currently based at the Arctic Institute of North America (University of Calgary) in Alberta, Canada. Prior to moving to Alberta in 2014, I studied, worked as a researchers, and taught in Biology and Environmental Sciences at Queen’s University in Ontario, where I led and collaborated on projects for almost 20 years, and where I continue collaborative research with colleagues and students (as a research associate). I often work on collaborative projects with Environment Canada, particularly with the National Wildlife Research Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. I am also a member of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) Terrestrial Steering Group (Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, Arctic Council) and the Associate Director of the International Study of Arctic Change program (ISAC). I currently serve on the APECS Canada Board (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists) and have been a member of APECS (International) since 2009.

  • 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 papers and posters

  • Helping to improve presentation and communication skills

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