Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

Not all non-academic career researchers started out as such, and their paths are as diverse as the exciting work that they do. The researcher profiles featured here consist of a series of short bios and interview responses that help to illustrate the myriad ways in which one can become involved in a non-academic career path, as well as what those careers might entail.

Profile 1: Lawrence Hislop - CliC

Lawrence Hislop.pngLawrence Hislop is from Montreal, Canada and has more than ten years of international experience leading UN and EU funded projects, and has produced many environmental assessments and related communications products. From 2009-2014, Lawrence led the Polar and Cryosphere programme at GRID-Arendal in Norway and collaborated on projects with the Arctic Council, University of the Arctic and UNEP-linked activities in Polar and mountain regions. He was also on the management team of the Himalayan Climate Adaptation Programme (HICAP) from 2011 - 2014 and initiated long-term research on environmental impacts in Nepal, India, Pakistan and China. In addition to his research work, Lawrence also produces documentary photography, films and infographics.

Profile 2: Laura Forsström - Academy of Finland

LauraForsström.jpgLaura Forsström is a Science Adviser in the Biosciences and Environment Research Unit at the Academy of Finland. She has a Ph.D. in hydrobiology from the University of Helsinki (2007) and worked as a post-doctoral researcher during 2007-2013, focusing on carbon flux and the role of organic matter in arctic freshwater ecosystems. Her field work covered Finnish Lapland, Komi Region in Russia, NE Greenland and Northern Quebec, Canada. She has also worked as a Senior Officer at Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, Uusimaa, Finland, and as a Conservation Officer at WWF. Laura is a member of the Freshwater Expert Network of CAFF’s Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme and has been a visiting teacher at Arctic Winter Limnology field course in Svalbard, The University Centre in Svalbard, for several years.



Profile 3: Evan Shaun Richardson - Environment and Climate Change Canada

Evan Richardson Western Hudson Baycr.jpgEvan Shaun Richardson, Polar Bear Research Scientist, Environment and Climate Change Canada.






Profile 4: Vicki Sahanatien - Nunavut Wildlife

Vickihead1.jpgVicki Sahanatien, Director of Wildlife Management, Nunavut Wildlife Management Board






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