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APECS is an international and interdisciplinary organization for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators and others with interests in Polar Regions and the wider cryosphere. Our aims are to stimulate interdisciplinary and international research collaborations, and develop effective future leaders in polar research, education and outreach. We seek to achieve these aims by:
  • Facilitating international and interdisciplinary networking to share ideas and experiences and to develop new research directions and collaborations;
  • Providing opportunities for professional career development; and
  • Promoting education and outreach as an integral component of polar research and to stimulate future generations of polar researchers.


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Alia_Khan3University of Colorado, USA

A native of the Tarheel state, I completed my BS in Public Health in the US at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, School of Public Health. My research interests began in detecting fecal contamination in rural drinking water in developing countries. After travelling in the high mountains in the Himalayas between field work in South Asia, I discovered a love and passion for cold environment field work. In May 2010 I began my MS at the University of Colorado – Boulder, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Studies. During that time I completed a UNIS field course on ‘Fate and Modeling of Pollutants in the Arctic, and was also a member of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica, Long Term Ecological Research Site (LTER), ‘Stream Team’. The Stream Team is tasked with measuring discharge of ephemeral glacier fed streams in the Dry Valleys which flow 6-10 weeks per year, as well as collect water samples for chemical and biological analysis. We spent almost four months camping in the dry valleys and hiking to and from the stream sites. I am now in the first semester of my PhD, also at CU-Boulder. My dissertation specific research interests are in local and long range transport of contaminants and pollutants, and impacts on water quality and the hydrological cycle. Furthermore, I am interested in climate impacts on water quality in polar and alpine areas. I am also very interested in the social and human impacts of climate change and have worked with the Stockholm Environmental Institute Oxford, UK, and Center for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo. Like many researchers in the polar sciences, I love the great outdoors! I’m an avid snowboarder, hiker, backpacker, and also enjoy rock and ice climbing.

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