Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


Josefine Lenz 2018Affiliation and Location: Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam, Germany

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Bio: Josefine has been working in the permafrost regions of the Canadian and Alaskan Arctic since 8 years and during that time her engagement in young researchers’ networks and science communication has continuously increased. She was part of the APECS Executive Committee 2016/2017, co-founded APECS Germany in 2016 and is currently its Chair. Her previous involvement included active leadership in the international and national executive bodies of the Permafrost Young Researchers Network, an IASC Fellowship 2015 in the Terrestrial Working Group and the position as Young National Correspondent for Germany in the Global Terrestrial Network for Permafrost (GTN-P).

Her journey as a researcher has started with a 7-weeks marine expedition into the Indian Ocean with RV Sonne which led her to the Alfred Wegner Institute (AWI) and a diploma thesis on paleoenvironmental dynamics derived from Arctic thaw lakes. Two field seasons in the Western Canadian Arctic opened her eyes for environmental changes in the Polar Regions. She pursued a PhD in geology at the University of Potsdam, Germany, and the Permafrost Research Section at AWI in order to understand drastic landscape changes in Western Beringia. A postdoc at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and AWI allowed her to focus on the role of thaw lakes in the carbon cycle on Holocene time scales by conducting field work and lake sediment coring in North, West and Interior Alaska.

With her new part-time position as Project Officer in the EU Horizon 2020-funded project ARICE, Josefine continues to support of the next generation of Polar researchers by organizing trainings and summer schools - but beyond that she is going to continue to share her enthusiasm and passion for research of the Arctic environment.

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