University of Kansas, United States
Greetings from the Midwest of the USA! Somewhat of an academic nomad, I have lived and studied on 6 continents throughout my life. Hailing from Shingle Springs, CA, I completed my undergraduate education at Cornell University (2014) in astrophysics, geophysics, and archaeology, where I primarily studied volcanoes around the globe, including those in Antarctica, with various satellite data. I then decided to turn my eyes towards the sky and change fields to galaxy evolution and cosmology, completing a Msc in Physics (2017) at Cal State LA/UCI, and continuing on to a PhD program in Physics at the University of Kansas. There are a wide range of facilities in this field located in Antartica, and other telescopes around the world are located at high altitude, which allows me to delve into multidisciplinary areas of study.
I’ve been a member of the Council since 2015 and have thoroughly enjoyed the sense of community, network, and opportunities APECS has provided and working towards common goals. After gaining leadership experience through various project groups and chairing the organizing of the 2018 APECS World Summit, I was the 2017-2018 Council-Co Chair and a member of ExCom during 2018 - 2019. I'm also the APECS representative to SCAR Astronomy & Astrophysics, a member of SCAR AntVolc, and on the board of USAPECS. As an enthusiastic and dedicated individual, I’m looking forward to working together with everyone to help facilitate the evolution of growth of APECS while continuing to support early career researchers.
Montana State University, United States
I am a PhD student in Ecology and Environmental Science at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. I am passionate about the outdoors and my love of fieldwork led me to explore biogeochemistry research in polar environments. I've worked in Arctic Alaska at the Toolik Lake Field Station, in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, and lived Kaktovik, an Inupiat village in Alaska, for three summers completing my masters field work. Now, I've switched poles and study geobiology of permanently ice-covered lakes in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica.
I am passionate about helping the polar science community become more welcoming and inclusive for all and have worked with the APECS project group on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. I also mentor undergraduates during the grad school app process via my university's chapter of Women in Science and Engineering.
When I’m not in the lab or the field, I enjoy long-distance backpacking, climbing, and hanging out with my adventure cat, Milo.
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile
My name is Juan Höfer and I am greeting you from Valparaiso, Chile. I got my PhD. in biological oceanography at the Oviedo University (Spain). During those years, I worked in temperate and sub-tropical seas, studying plankton, especially spatial distributions, population ecology and its role in pelagic trophic webs (i.e. energy and matter fluxes). Three years ago, I moved to the south of Chile as a post-doctoral researcher at the Southern University of Chile and the IDEAL research center (http://www.centroideal.cl/en). Since then, my research has drifted south and further south (from Northern Patagonia to Southern Patagonia) until I reached Antarctica in summer 2017. Now, and at least until 2022, I will study the marine ecosystems of the Southern Ocean taking part in several national and international research projects. The drift of my research towards southern latitudes brought me to APECS, shortly after to its council and one year after to its Executive Committee. Joining APECS has been a wonderful experience for me and I would like to continue in ExCom one year more to keep helping ECRs to get interesting opportunities through APECS.
British Antarctic Survey, United Kingdom / New Zealand
Greetings from beautiful Wellington, New Zealand! I am a Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), Cambridge, UK. However, my research project has taken me down-under where I will be for over a year, based at the Antarctic Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington. Yes, I am a bit world traveller! I have made many secondments during my PhD and postdocs trying to learn new skills and broadband my network. So much international travel has made me realise about the advantages of diversity and international collaboration. I am a marine geophysicist and my research is focused in the analysis of oceanic basins and continental margins, including sedimentary processes and seismic stratigraphic analyses. I work with the interaction among tectonic, oceanographic, climatic and cryospheric processes and their evolution through time. Therefore my research encompasses multi-disciplinary approach to a broad range of marine geophysical topics. My research areas include the Arctic Ocean, the Greenland margins, the Drake Passage - Scotia Sea and the West Antarctic Margin, where I am focussing my efforts more recently. I have a broad interest on the evolution of the Polar Regions. Working in both Antarctic and Arctic polar regions I hope to achieve a global perspective on the Cenozoic evolution of Earth, and the controlling factors globally involved.
Mangalore University, India
My name is Neelu Singh and I am from India. Presently I am living in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. My research interest is in anthropogenic contaminants in Polar Regions. Moreover, I am interested in science communications and outreach activities to communicate the importance of Polar Regions to the general public/students/researchers. Recently, I have completed my doctoral degree in Marine Geochemistry. My doctoral research work was primarily directed at assessing temporal and spatial variations in the Organic Pollutants in the sediments of the Kongsfjorden system of Ny-Ålesund and to relate the variations to anthropogenic interferences.
My experience with the APECS leadership role as a National Committee coordinator (2017-18) and as Council Co-Chair (2018-19.) has motivated me to apply for the Ex-com.
Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany
Greetings from Berlin, via Italy, hailing from Brooklyn, NY. I am a Humboldt postdoctoral fellow studying population structure in the Antarctic toothfish, commonly known as the Chilean Sea Bass. My hope is that the data generated from my research will inform fisheries management of this commercially relevant species, which also happens to be the largest of all Antarctic fish species, as well as help to push forward the implementation of a Marine Protected Area in the Weddell Sea region of the Southern Ocean. My research interests involve combining multidisciplinary techniques including genetics, otolith chemistry and trophic analyses in a hydrographic context in order to understand the health of Antarctic fish populations in order to gauge what impacts climate change and anthropogenic disturbances have on them.
I joined the APECS Council for the 2016-17 term and worked in multiple capacities before being elected to the Executive Committee for the 2017-18 term. I was re-elected to the 2018-19 Executive Committee, during which time I had the privilege to serve as APECS President. I am excited to continue to contribute in the 2019-20 term to the Executive Committee in the capacity of ex-officio, in particular as the APECS leadership works to define the Strategic Goals of APECS for the next five years.
University of Canterbury, New Zealand
My name is Gabriela Roldan, I am a passionate advocate for the Polar Regions. I’m from Ushuaia, Argentina but live in New Zealand now. I am in the final stages of a PhD at Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury. In my research, I look at the influence of Antarctic geopolitical agendas in the construction of Antarctic identities within the communities of gateway cities. My wider research interests are in polar policy-making, community identity, polar tourism and management, and polar education and outreach. Currently, I hold a position as expert researcher at Gateway Antarctica, connected to a larger international research project titled ‘Antarctic Cities and the Global Commons’. I represent APECS at the SCAR Capacity Building, Education and Training Group (SCAR CBET), I work for a small non-profit foundation for ecological restoration in remote islands, and I travel frequently to Antarctica working as a naturalist for ecotourism expeditions.