Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


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Mentor Database

Name (First, Last)
David Walton
Job/ Position Title/ Classification
Emeritus Fellow
Department/ Unit/ Branch
University/ Institution/ Organization/ Employer
British Antarctic Survey
Telephone Number (please include country code)
+44 1487 840449
Please check the major focus area that best fits your interests.
  • Education and Outreach
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Terrestrial
Primary Discipline
Please list a few keywords that describe your work and interests Separate the words with a comma ( , ).
Environmental management, conservation, science/policy interactions, Antarctic science
Please indicate the main regions where you work or conduct your research.
  • Antarctic
  • Other
Please provide a short biosketch (1000 characters)

I spent my working career with BAS. After 20 years as a terrestrial ecologist I became a science manager first for terrestrial & freshwater research and then for environmental work in general. I also was responsible for data management and public outreach at BAS and a member of the management Board for 20 years. As was also a chief officer for the British Ecologicakl Society and a member of council for 12 years. For 14 years I was the SCAR representative at the Antarctic Treaty meetings, explaining science to the diplomats and lawyers. From this I developed a strong interest in science and policy linkages which resulted in me writing a new history of SCAR as well as a new book on Antarctic science and its relevance. I am now researching a new book on politics and science interactions in Antarctica. I established the journal Antarctic Science and have been the Editor in Chief for the last 27 years. I currently act as editor for the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat at the annual ATCM and am the editor of the on-line system Antarctic Environments Portal.

Mentoring activities you are interested in participating in (check all that apply).
  • Mentor Panels
    These panels are held at major international conferences and are coordinated by
    APECS members. Participation involves a 2-3 hour commitment on the day
    of the panel meeting.

  • Career Development Workshop Sessions
    Helping in the coordination and facilitation of sessions at major conferences

  • One-on-One Mentoring
    Email correspondence with APECS members regarding career advice (including
    alternative careers in polar/cryospheric issues), research skills, data
    management and occasional research-specific discussions/questions.

  • Helping to improve presentation and communication skills

Preferred method of mentoring (check all that apply)
  • In-person meetings/conferences/seminars
  • Telephone/Skype conversations
  • Email Exchange
Conferences you normally attend (check all that apply)
  • SCAR Open Science Conferences
We would very much like to include you in the online mentor database that is available to our members, but we also understand that you might only want us to use your information for our internal purposes. Please let us know if we can include your information on our website.
Sure, include me in your list online

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