APECS 2013-2014 Executive Committee
President: Christie Logvinova - United States / Russia
PhD Student, Clark University
APECS Council Co-Chair, 2012-2013
I am a graduate student in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University in the United States and work with Karen Frey as part of her Polar Science Research Lab. In general, I am interested in how variations in climate impact the Arctic marine system. My dissertation research focuses on understanding the impacts of sea ice decline in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas on the dynamics of dissolved organic matter, which plays an important role in the marine ecosystem as both a carbon source for the microbial food web and as an inhibitor of light. My work is carried out through a combination of field measurements (as part of NASA’s ICESCAPE mission), lab experiments, and satellite remote sensing observations. This past spring, I also taught an undergraduate course called “Arctic System Science” which focused on the interactions between the land, atmosphere, ocean, ice and human systems of the Arctic.
Prior to working at Clark, I earned two bachelors degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The first was in mathematics and the second was in earth, atmospheric and planetary science. After that, I completed a master’s degree in physical oceanography in the joint program between MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
This year I am working remotely from Moscow, Russia and I currently spend much of my free time learning Russian and exploring my new home city. I also love to dance (especially ballet, jazz and ballroom) and often attend dance classes and performances on the weekends. In the warmer months, I like going hiking and playing tennis and when its colder I enjoy cross country skiing (and am very much looking forward to the Russian winter!). I also love travelling and spending time out at sea.
Frigga Kruse - The Netherlands
PhD Student, University of Groningen
My name is Frigga Kruse. I am currently finishing my PhD in Industrial Archaeology at the Arctic Centre of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. I am originally from Germany, but you better not ask for my country of residence: having been without a contract for over a year, poor as a church mouse, I have lived just about anywhere, recently in a colleague's garden shed and am currently house-sitting in the Netherlands before 'visiting' a friend in the US. The saying 'Home is where the heart is' is only partially correct; 'Home has a fast internet connection' is much more apt.
I completed high school in Papua New Guinea, gained my B.Sc. (Hons) in Archaeology and Geology at Glasgow University, and went on to do an M.Sc. in Forensic Archaeology at Bournemouth University. Thereafter, I worked for four years as an engineering geologist in site investigation, based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and was blessed with a boss who could see the potential in my multidisciplinary education. Within a short time, I was in charge of setting up and managing a small archaeological unit in the firm as well. Having a challenging yet enjoyable amount of autonomy and responsibility, however, did not stop me from quitting a good job for an even better PhD in polar science.
My PhD in Industrial Archaeology (and Mining History) looks at the large-scale historical exploitation of polar areas. In particular, I look at four former British mining and exploration companies on Spitsbergen between 1904 and 1953. (There's a FrostByte about this.) The research question concerns the driving forces behind their involvement in Spitsbergen's industrialisation and I specifically ask what attracted the companies to the Arctic no man's land, how they chose to operate, why they were terminated, and what their economic, political, and environmental impacts were. Of relevance to today's situation in the Arctic are the geopolitical tools employed by the two exploration companies in particular, since they mirror some of the current rhetoric. After my PhD, I am hoping to apply a multidisciplinary approach to new research into the impacts of 400 years of natural research exploitation on Spitsbergen on the natural environment of the archipelago.
I am interested in the world around me and how to make our natural assets accessible and enjoyable to the broader public. Hence, I frequently engage on little personal projects such as getting my former primary school in Germany, which is named after the landscape it is based in, to accept the sponsorship of a run-down geologically-themed walking trail nearby, thereby hopefully enhancing the children's understanding of their surrounds. Similarly, I want to promote the adoption of the wonderful Dutch cycle network in those German provinces that most resemble the flat Dutch landscape. Once I start a post-doc or the like, I will firstly return to my passion of rugby, either as a player of coach, harbouring plans to set up a touch rugby team. Secondly, I will organise my highs chool reunion in Papua New Guinea in 2015. My personal projects may not necessarily be career-driven, but they sure as hell improve my quality of life.
Russell Fielding - United States
Lecturer, University of Denver
I am a lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Denver. I earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Florida in 2000, a master's degree at the University of Montana in 2005, and a Ph.D. at Louisiana State University in 2010. I also participated in the Canada-US Fulbright Program, spending a year with the Institute of Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island.
As for research, I am interested, broadly, in questions of subsistence, cultural tradition, and resource conservation. I have two active research projects. Since 2005 I have been involved in a study of artisanal whaling traditions throughout the Atlantic, with field sites in the Faroe Islands, Newfoundland, and the Caribbean. I hope to expand this project soon to include whaling off the coast of West Africa and perhaps into the Pacific. My second project began in 2013 and involves the study of waste-to-energy facilities and their application to small island environments. Based primarily in the Caribbean, this project investigates the ecological and cultural implications of burning trash to make electricity and/or to desalinate seawater. Field sites include St. Barthelemy in the French West Indies and (soon) St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands.
Previous research pursuits have involved biogeography, local food production, aquaculture, and the changing economic and ecological conditions of islands when bridges are built from the mainland. I have conducted research in the USA, Canada, Cuba, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Barthelemy, Brazil, Iceland, Denmark, and the Faroe Islands.In addition to these research pursuits, I am active in teaching at the University of Denver, with courses on sustainability and natural hazards. Whenever possible, I use case studies from my research as examples in my lectures. I am also active in the University of Denver’s field course program, having taught field courses in the Florida Keys (biogeography); Norway, including Svalbard (glacial landscapes and climate change); and in Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands (natural resources and natural hazards). My hobbies include hiking, rock-climbing, mountaineering, capoeira, and travel. I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, USA.
Jean-Sébastien Moore - Canada
Post-doctoral fellow, Université Laval
I am a post-doctoral fellow at Laval University in Québec City, Canada, where I moved in 2013 after earning my PhD at the University of British Columbia.
I have been working in the Canadian Arctic for over 6 years now, studying the ecology and evolution of Arctic char, an important resource for the Inuit people of Canada. Recently, I have been focusing mainly on learning more about its migratory behaviour. To do so, I combine a variety of techniques ranging from molecular genetics to acoustic telemetry. I am also interested in the applications of my work for fisheries management and more broadly, for conservation of biodiversity in the north.
I have had a long fascination with the Arctic, which has only been growing with the amount of time I spend there. Initially, this fascination was mostly centred on the Arctic's natural world, but more and more, it is the human aspect of working in the Canadian Arctic that I enjoy. Working with Inuit fishers has been an extremely rewarding and eye-opening experience, and I hope to continue my work with them long in the future.
Iglika Trifonova - Bulgaria
Communication Manager, Bulgarian Antarctica Institute
I am a PR, photographer and journalist with MSc in Public Relations, Philology and Political Management by Sofia University, Bulgaria. Since 2007 I have been working as Communication Manager of the Bulgarian Antarctic Institute. I am a PhD student at Sofia University where I’m studying the communication of Antarctic Science.
My main challenge is to make scientific researches more understandable for the general audience and to make science more attractive for the mass media. My research interests are related also with the changes in the human psychology in extreme conditions in the Antarctic and Arctic.
I have been two times in Antarctic as a member of 14th and 20th Bulgarian Antarctic expeditions. In 2006 as a photographer and in 2012 as a part of biology team studying ecological and population-genetic changes on biodiversity of bryophytes and sea mammals on the Livingston Island, Antarctica.
My hobbies include photography, painting, writing and travel. As a former journalist and photographer I worked for several years as a parliamentary freelance photographer and also in different Bulgarian newspapers and magazines. In the last seven years I have 8 exhibitions with Antarctic photos - in Bulgaria and Russia, and also 6 participations in collective photographic and painting exhibitions. In 1993 I won a prize for Best Bulgarian photograph of the year, and in 1998 – a prize for young painters. I am a member of the Bulgarian Antarctic Institute and the Union of Bulgarian Journalists.
Jennifer Provencher, ex-officio - Canada
PhD Student, Department of Biology, Carleton Univeristy, Ottawa, Canada
APECS Vice President 2011-2013
I completed my BSc in marine biology and BEd at University of British Columbia. I then joined the public education team at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre where I led hands-on field and classroom excursions, developed video-conferencing programs and created placed-based lesson plans. I also led a number of curriculum projects that were focused on creating teaching units that utilized current science to teach provincial and national curriculum before returning to the world of research during the latest International Polar Year (IPY).
During the recent IPY I had the privilege of working on two very different, but complimentary projects. On the science side my MSc research at the University of Victoria focused on using two Arctic seabird species as indicators of change in marine ecosystems, specifically how marine plastic debris has increased, and how prey species utilized by seabirds in the eastern Canadian Arctic has changed as summer sea ice decreases. On the education side of IPY I have been involved in the development of the Sea Ice Education package, a teacher’s guide for middle and high school aged students examining sea ice and its importance to northern communities and ecosystems. One of the goals of Sea Ice Education package is to take data and science that has been produced during the recent IPY and create active science lessons plans based on current and relevant science for northern communities.
After my MSc I was privileged to work with APECS as the IPY Education, Outreach and Communication (EOC) Assessment Project Coordinator. The project was the first global inventory and assessment of IPY EOC efforts, and was spearheaded by the APECS Directorate office in partnership with IASC, SCAR and ICSU. Through this project I have learned much about science outreach, the polar research community, project management and the interface between science and policy.
I am currently working on my PhD at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. I am part of a team investigating breeding ecology, avian disease, parasites and population dynamics in eider ducks, an abundant and important bird species in the eastern Canadian Arctic. In particular I work with Inuit communities in northern Canada to collect eider ducks and geese to study endo-parasites and contaminants in birds to better understand how these two factors affect bird health. You can learn more about my work at arcticbirdscience.com.
Penelope Wagner, ex-officio - Norway / United States
PhD Student, University of Delaware, United States
APECS Council Co-Chair 2011-2012
APECS President 2012-2013
I completed my BSc and MSc in Geology at the University of Texas at San Antonio where I was fortunate to participate in the IPY SIMBA cruise that set out to collect the first baseline data during the winter for Western Antarctic sea ice. I led the sea ice observations team which included setting up an automated camera system to document sea ice characteristics throughout the ships voyage. Additionally, I assisted with the geophysical science field work for resistivity, sea ice thickness, and conductivity measurements. My MSc focused on using the data collected from the SIMBA cruise to evaluate the best automated device for sea ice data collection, in order to lessen the bias associated with sea ice observers, as well as provide a more continuous dataset. I continue to participate in outreach activities with K-12 to facilite how we can introduce more polar sciences into their curriculum.
I initiated and chaired the Graduate Research Seminar for Polar Marine Science in 2011 where I was able to fund partial and full travel and accommodation for 31 students an mentors to attend the student and professional conference. We also had 13 international funded participants. Since this has already been initiated there will be subsequent Graduate Research Seminar's attached to the Gordon Research Conference for Polar Marine Science. This means there will be a greater chance for student and early career scientist participation for these coveted types of conferences in the future.
Currently, I am a PhD student at the University of Delaware in the Geography department. My research focuses on validation the NASA QuikSCAT Scatterometer product developed by the MERS group at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT with the National Ice Center (NIC) data for a time series to show consistency of how it distinguishes the sea ice edge from open water with the use of statistical applications and Fourier Transforms. This is a new technique I developed to show that we can regard the sea ice edge as a periodic amorphous structure, thus measure it with the use of signal processing methods.
Yulia Zaika, ex-officio - Russia
Research Assistant at Khibiny educational and scientific base of the Faculty of Geography M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
APECS President 2011-2012
APECS Vice President 2012-2013
I was born in Murmansk region of NW Russia on May 14, 1984. I completed my studies at Petrozavodsk State University as Ecologist and Interpreter in 2006. Currently I am a Research Assistant at Khibiny educational and scientific base of the Faculty of Geography M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University. My research focuses on observations of climate data, snow cover and avalanches as natural hazardous processes in highly industrialized Russian Arctic regions. Since 2007 I was involved in IPY PPS Arctic project as a member of Benefits Russian Team (“Natural and Social Science Research Cooperation in Northern Russia and Norway for Mutual Benefits across National and Scientific Borders”) and coordinator for socially oriented observations on quality of life of people in Murmansk region. At the moment I am involved as Khibiny base representative in EU 7 Framework Programme project INTERACT (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic) with a numerous of circumarctic field station partners from 18 countries.
The APECS ExCom had another meeting on December 4th, 2013. Many items were covered including some up coming grant proposals (i.e. the Norden Project). One topic that has been much discussed amongst the ExCom lately has been the groeth of numerous National Committees.
Although several national committees are long established and very active (i.e. the UKPN) others are relatively newly formed (i.e. APECS Bulgaria). Similarly, some National Committees are quite small in numbers with less than 30 members (i.e. APECS Portugal), other groups number in the hundreds with leadrship boards of 20+ people (i.e. APECS Canada). While many national committees are fully functional under a informal leadership structure (i.e. APECS US NorthEast) others are moving towards highly structured formalization as recognised independent organizations (i.e. APECS France), which allows them to apply for external funding. And some countries have joined together to create more regional groups (i.e. APECS Benelux - Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg). With all this diversity the APECS leadership is working hard to make sure that all the different groups are supported and connected with APECS International.
You can read more about the ExCom meeting here.
The ExCom 2013-2014 met online for the second time this term on November 6, 2013. The main item on the agenda was the APECS 2013-2014 Priorities document. In a mammoth two-and-a-half-hour effort, President Christie Logvinova (Wood) led us through the list of priorities and we diligently discussed and adjusted the strategies to accomplish these.
Some major points of discussion were the nurture and expansion of our partnerships with other institutions and organisations; the encouragement of community website use and website development; and the support of current Workings Groups and the formation of new ones.
The new ExCom for the 2013-2014 term met for the first official meeting on October 18th, 2013. Discussions invovled getting everyone up to date on the current working groups, open council positions, and the upcoming first council call of the year.
A major discussion point was also how APECS handles being asked to sign on to letters, petitions, movements etc by other groups. The APECS leadership agreed that for APECS to sign on to any form of support the wording and context must be in line with our own organization and membership values. Our leadership will continue to uphold the integrity and respect with which APECS was founded upon and continues to act in accordance with.
We again thank Bredbåndsfylket for their continuted support of us and the GoToMeeting system.
On October 3rd, 2013 APECS entered yet another new term with the handing over of the APECS leadership from one ExCom to another. Both the outgoing and in the incoming ExComs gathered on the GoToMeeting system to talk about lessons learned, projects underway and plans for the future.
The outgoing ExCom shared their experiences on the ExCom. Many talked about the great experiences being on the ExCom brought to them. The new ExCom also had lots of questions, especially with regards to time management, work flow strategies, and how to handle the flow of emails that ExCom members experience.
Once all questions for the outgoing ExCom were addressed the ourgoing members left the call and the incoming members got down to business. A new president was elected. The priorities for the year were discussed. Plan are already underway for in an inperson meeting, but as always there is never enough time to cover everything so council and chair position details were scheduled for another call to happen the following week. Stay tuned here for more details!