Affiliation and Location: UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway
Bio: Fiona grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, where she completed her undergraduate education in Oceanography and Zoology. In 2007 she started a joint PhD between the University of Cape Town and the Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse-III focused on the regional climatic effects of aerosols, which she completed in 2011. Thereafter she shifted focus (and countries!), moving to Zurich, Switzerland, to work for the World Climate Research Programme’s Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate (SPARC) project. There, she spent half her time doing research focused on atmospheric chemistry and the other half of her time doing work for the SPARC project office. She has extensive experience with science communication, organising scientific workshops and meetings, and coordinating international scientific research.
Fiona first joined the APECS community in 2016, inspired by a visit to the high-altitude Swiss research station at the Jungfraujoch organised by APECS Switzerland. She also has been very involved with the YESS (Young Earth System Scientists) community and hopes to provide a nice link between the two active networks.
As a participant in the recent Antarctic Circumpolar expedition, Fiona fulfilled part of a dream of going to the Antarctic (although she’s yet to make it on to the continent itself!).
hosted by and affiliated with Murmansk Arctic State University (Russia)
APECS has become a part of my work in 2016. I consider that the joint collaboration with the APECS is an amazing experience of joint work to shape the future of Polar early career scientists.
I am currently a Master degree candidate of Joint Master Degree program in Borderology, at the jointly both Universities: Murmansk Arctic State University (MASU), Russia and Nord University, Norway. My thesis focuses on the study of a ‘border’ of understanding within Norwegian - Russian dialogue through the communication of both cultures with a help of one ‘tool’ as a smile. I hope with a help of this research It would be studied a ‘bridge’ over cultural borders of representatives of the Northern countries in the Arctic zone.
Also currently I am a Ph.D. candidate at MASU with the Russian language department and the linguistics, culture, intercultural communication focus area. My research focuses on the study of the cultural aspects of the modern russian language. This thesis is support of the research of Master dissertation that was completed in 2013 when I also earned Master in Pedagogy in MASU. I grew up in Kazakhstan, graduated the school there, and earned Bachelor in Pedagogy in 2009. In 2011 I moved to Murmansk for getting Masters and developing my scientific career. Now I am working at MASU with the extended education department. Also I have a joint work with my colleagues from the international department and participation in the international programs and courses.
For me living and working in the Arctic zone is very interesting, because it is good to study and understand the features of living in the Arctic region.
Pascaline joined the APECS Office as part-time Project Officer from June until December 2015. She completed her PhD in physical Oceanography at the University Pierre and Marie Curie in France in 2012. As part of her research project, she went several times to the Arctic to study the evolution of the main features of the ocean, in the context of a drastic sea-ice reduction. In 2012-2013, she participated to an international expedition in western Greenland and overwintered on a sailing boat to study the interactions between the ocean and glaciers.
Within this frame, with the help of french and greenlandic teachers, she set up an educational program for Science and Culture, "Angalasut" ("expedition" in Greenlandic) in order to strengthen interactions between scientists and people. For this purpose, she spent several months in the small greenlandic village of Ikerasak to work with the youth on scientific and cultural projects, and exchanged with the hunter-fishermen on their traditional knowledge about the environmental changes.
Back in France in 2013, together with Anne-Mathilde Thierry, she created the french national committee of APECS, APECS-FRANCE now involving more than 50 young french polar scientists in activities of promotion of young polar researchers and polar knowledge dissemination. Deeply motivated by communication of sciences, she went back to university to pursue a master's degree in scientific and technical communication at the Stendhal University in France.
Since 2014, she is self-employed in science communication, specializing on the topics of polar sciences and promotion of traditional knowledge. Still deeply involved in APECS-France activities, she now joins the APECS Directorate as a project officer.
Karolina Paquin joined the APECS Office as part-time Project Officer from November 2014 until April 2015 and was employed to help with the coordination of the APECS Nordic "Bridging Early Career Researchers and Indigenous Peoples In Nordic Countries" Project generously funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers. She completed her Master of Science at the University of Tromsø, working on the long term repercussions of intensified goose grazing and climate change on Svalbard plants. She aspires to build a career as a leading scientist and international representative of the Polar Sciences. The passion for the Poles took flight during a year studying the science, politics and people of the Arctic at the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland. Her alternative interests are diverse to say the least, and include learning everything from cooking to music. Her passion for the outdoors makes it nearly impossible to refuse any hike or ski trip.
Alexey Pavlov is currently a sea ice and oceanography postdoc at the Oceans and Sea Ice group at the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø, Norway. Alexey is a dedicated researcher interested in the Arctic system, coupling between physical and biogeochemical processes, and their linkages to marine ecosystems. Alexey has a good experience in science communication and public outreach. In his spare time, he blogs about polar research on Twitter at @mvpgeo.
Dr. Baeseman began her love of the cold growing up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, USA and has a B.S. in Water Chemistry from the University of WI - Stevens Point, M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota, a Ph.D. also in Civil Engineering with an environmental emphasis from the University of Colorado, and postdoctoral training in Geosciences from Princeton University. She has spent 4 seasons in Antarctica, 3 in the McMurdo Dry Valleys and 1 on the peninsula. Jenny was very involved in the planning of the International Polar Year (IPY) and through this co-founded and subsequently became the Founding Director of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) which grew to over 3500 members from 76 countries during her leadership. One of her main objectives in developing APECS was to help young researchers combine their interests in interdisciplinary polar science with education and outreach and gain international leadership through professional development activities. In April 2012 she turned over the reigns of the early career group to become the Director of the Climate and the Cryosphere Project (CliC), sponsored by the World Climate Research Programme, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research and the International Arctic Science Committee. The CliC Project office is hosted by the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø, Norway. She continues research in her spare time through an adjunct position at the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. One of Jenny's personal goals is to make sure everyone she meets knows that polar bears don't eat penguins - as they live at different Poles.