Institut des Sciences de la Mer - Université du Québec à Rimouski, Canada
Greetings from Rimouski in Canada ! Despite growing up in the tropical island of Guadeloupe (French West Indies), I have been interested in the polar landscape, ever since a trip I took to Spitzbergen with my grandmother when I was 8. Since then, I’ve mainly focused my academic background in polar marine sciences. My bachelor degree was in Geology and Biology, and my master's degree in Oceanography. I am currently finishing my PhD in Physical and Biological Oceanography at the Institut des Sciences de la Mer - Université du Québec à Rimouski (Canada), in which I model how primary production and pelago-benthic coupling will respond to environmental changes in the North Water Polynya in the Arctic.
Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany
It seems that I'm passionate about cold and inhospitable regions. I have been through Siberia and the Himalayas, Iceland, and even Paris! Still, going to Antarctica was yet another level of crazy. It has been the most amazing experience of my life. Luckily for me, ice carrots (we call ice cores ‘carotte de glace’ in French) grow well in Polar Regions (I think that it's probably because the penguins scare the rabbits off!), so I will probably be able to return there to study them more. I'm now working at the Alfred Wegner Institute (AWI) doing a post-doc on past climate reconstruction from ice cores in Antarctica but also in the Himalayas and the Arctic. Despite being very much European, I’ve been involved in exchanges in the UK, Russia, China, and Laos, and hopefully will have the privilege to work in many more places in the future! I’ve been broadly involved in Early Career Networks (ECN) throughout the last years. First, of course, I’ve been involved in APECS as a Council member (two years), a project group leader (one year), and a temporary ExCom member in 2018 (two months filling in for Alex Thornton). I initiated the IPCC review Project Group in 2017, and I’m so happy to see that the project has grown (more than 120 participants for the last run, partnering with 5 other ECN), and has resulted in 1 opinion article in Nature (https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05956-7), and 2 peer-reviewed papers (https://gc.copernicus.org/articles/3/89/2020/gc-3-89-2020.html). Last year, I stepped down temporarily from the Council, as I became involved in the ExCom of Ice Core Young Scientists (ICYS), and in the organisation of a workshop for ECS in the framework of the International Partnership in Ice Core Sciences. Still, I remained quite involved in APECS activities, for instance, being a co-chair of the IPCC review Project Group, initiating a cross-ECN study including both APECS and ICYS (https://www.adv-geosci.net/53/1/2020/), and participating in the ICYMARE workshop (International Conference for Young MArine Researchers, co-organised by APECS Germany).
University of Colorado Boulder / National Snow and Ice Data Center, United States
Originally from San Francisco, CA, I’m a PhD candidate in the Geography department at the University of Colorado Boulder. My research focuses on the evaluation of patterns in the surface energy budget across the Arctic Ocean and how those patterns relate to the changing sea ice concentration. I use atmospheric reanalysis and satellite data with some in situ data for model validation. I previously received my Masters from Clark University in Environmental Science and Policy. This track was important in my work because I believe that in order to improve the working relationship between scientists and policy-makers each party needs to know a bit about the other side. Through conference and international school attendance, I have further learned the importance of cross institute and country communication and collaboration. I’m extremely interested in mentoring, advocacy and communication. Outside of academia, I enjoy hiking, baking, and photography.
Norsk Polarinstitutt, Norway
Autumn greetings from Svalbard- a land of the midnight sun and polar bears. My name is Neelu Singh, and I am from India. I moved to Svalbard in 2019 after completing my Ph.D. in Marine Geochemistry at Mangalore University, India. My doctoral thesis 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 research interest is not only limited to the anthropogenic pollutants but I am also interested in science communications and outreach activities as I believe ‘connect and communicate’ with the general public, students, and researchers is a very crucial step in order to protect the Polar Regions. My experience with the APECS leadership role as an Excom Member (2019-20) National Committee coordinator (2017-18) and as Council Co-Chair (2018-19) has motivated me to run for another term of Ex-com.
The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey Marmara Research Center, Turkey
Greetings from Istanbul, Turkey! I am a polar enthusiast that is coming from different story. I love to learn a lot and luckily throughout my education I could have chance to experience various disciplines and countries. I have completed my undergraduate in Marine Engineering. During this time I focused environmental and sustainability topics which made me focus on climatic changes to affect my thesis that was on evaluation of polar code adoption of ship systems in inventory. In the meantime I have learned several sea ice forms in basic level and continued going abroad to learn more about that and I found myself in Antarctica! I have never been there yet, but I studied a lot to the agreement and help to increase education and outreach on climate change in Antarctica. Following to topic I have started my masters on Geosciences that helped me to see another multidisciplinary way that makes me excited to go deep such geology, then glaciology and then… permafrost! In the last year of my education I have moved to Germany to write my thesis regarding carbon vulnerability in permafrost features focusing on carbon pool in terms of investigating organic matter with the help of dating methods. Now, I am still at the learning period as well as completing my thesis. Regarding APECS, since 2016 I have been in this gorgeous family and I can say that I gained a lot of skills thanks to the opportunities given by our organization. Besides, I enjoyed greatly with the lovely team members. From my beginning, I am in the council and representing APECS Turkey. Alongside having the roles in various project groups I could take part reviewing a section in one of the chapter of IPCC and currently I am leading Polar Week September with my excellent partner. Hereby with this excitement, I am looking forward working together to learn and inspire our community and help the polar researchers of future!
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.
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.
University of Canterbury, New Zealand
I’m Gabriela and I am a passionate advocate for the Polar Regions. I’m from Ushuaia (Argentina) but New Zealand is my home now. I have a PhD in Antarctic Studies from 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. I represent APECS at the SCAR Capacity Building, Education and Training Group (SCAR CBET) and participate in other polar community networks. In my downtime, 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.