Post-doctoral fellow, Université Laval, Canada
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 since 2008, 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, integrating 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.
PhD student, Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany
I am a graduate student in the POLMAR graduate school of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research. I work there since 2012 and the main focus of my research is biogeochemistry of Dissolved Organic Matter (DOM) in the permafrost-influenced Lena River and coastal Laptev Sea. In my studies on DOM I extensively apply non-targeted molecular tools (i.e. Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry(FT-ICR MS) and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy(NMR)) for understanding of roles, reactivity, tranformations, and properties of DOM in the changing arctic rivers. Also, I am interested in permafrost, its carbon pools and degradation processes. During my work I have done two expeditions to the Lena Delta and inner Laptev Sea (the Lena Delta 2012 and 2013 field campaigns). Prior my PhD studies I have studied organic chemistry in Lomonosov Moscow State University where I recieved my diploma degree. During my university years I started to be interested in studies on DOM in natural waters due to its extreme molecular complexity and incomplete understanding. Futher, I have combined my interest in DOM research with the Arctic Science. My involvement to the Arctic Science began from "the Polaris project" expeditions for undergraduate students to the Kolyma river (East Siberia, Russia) in 2010 and 2011. In these expeditions I realized how beautiful and at the same time vulnerable the Arctic is. At my free time I am interested in contemporary art, modern subcultures and music. I like mountaibiking, travel and sports.
Marie Curie fellow, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
My research aims to understand biogeochemical processes in polar environments with the main focus on constraining how chemical weathering is affected by glaciation. The chemical weathering of silicate rocks is a key feedback mechanism for the stabilisation of Earth's climate by regulating the carbon cycle. I work with isotope tracers (Ca, Sr, Li) in stream water, together with the analysis of rock samples and laboratory experiments.
I completed my PhD in isotope geochemistry at ETH Zurich in 2011. This was part of BigLink, a large inter-disciplinary project at Damma Glacier, Switzerland, which aimed to quantify the effects of recent de-glaciation on soil and ecosystem development. Afterwards, I moved northwards for a one year post-doctoral position at the Norwegian Geological Survey (NGU). I am working on a fieldsite in Svalbard which is comprised of two catchments: one is glaciated and the other is dominated by permafrost. This will allow me to quantify differences in weathering processes between glaciated and non-glaciated terrain. As of September 2013 I will be a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland where I will continue the analysis of the field samples which I have collected from Svalbard.In my spare time I'm usually outdoors: walking, skiing, cycling, climbing or running.
Post-doctoral fellow, Canada
Currently I am a W. Garfield Weston Postdoctoral Fellow, working with the National Wildlife Research Centre, Ottawa studying the effects of overabundant geese on the tundra wetlands in the Canadian Arctic. My research focuses on the effects of environmental change on freshwater habitats, for example we are seeing shifts in community composition, life history strategies, and food web dynamics in the tundra wetlands. Understanding the mechanisms of change within the aquatic community can help make informed conservation and management strategies.
It is this extreme seasonality in the Arctic that drives both my passion for the north and my research objectives. I earned my masters and PhD in aquatic ecology from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland studying arctic lakes in Lapland, Greenland, and Svalbard. I have been an active member of APECS since 2010 and look forward to taking on a leadership role for the 2014-2015 term.
PhD Candidate, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana
I am currently a Ph.D candidate in Ecology and Environmental Sciences at Montana State University in the United States. My dissertation focuses on sub-ice aquatic systems in Antarctica, and my overarching interests are in biogeochemistry and microbial ecology, especially in energy-limited environments. In 2013, I was part of a sample collection expedition to Subglacial Lake Whillans, a shallow lake that lies 800 meters beneath the surface of the Antarctic ice sheet. My research focused on the microbial communities in the lake water, their activities, and their relationships to carbon and nitrogen cycling. My dissertation work continues also includes experiments characterizing the ecological physiology of microorganisms in the estuary associated with the Subglacial Lake Whillans outflow beneath the Ross Ice Shelf.
I earned a BA in Biology from Colorado College in 2003, and an MSc from Montana State University in 2010. My MSc project was part of an International Polar Year funded program to study life in the ice-covered lakes of the Antarctic McMurdo Dry Valleys during the transition to polar night, and spanned three Antarctic field seasons from 2007 to 2010.
The Antarctic is an amazing place to be a scientist, and the importance of understanding the ecology of our polar regions is only increasing in the modern world. I enjoy sharing my experiences and inspiring the next generation of polar scientists through outreach activities aimed at the general public and K-12 classrooms.
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.
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.
PhD student, University of Colorado, Boulder, United StatesI am a Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado Boulder with the Aerospace Engineering department and the Remote Sensing, Earth and Space Sciences focus area. My research focuses in sea ice ocean - atmosphere interactions in environments with partial sea ice cover using unmanned aircraft as a sensing platform. My thesis is on processes surrounding freeze-up in the Arctic, including both cooling processes in the upper ocean prior to ice growth and the effect of delayed ice growth on the first-year ice cover. My research includes both the marginal ice zone in the Arctic and polynyas in the Antarctic, looking how sea ice floes respond to wind forcing (among other things) in both regions. I grew up in Chugiak, Alaska and attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, where I studied electrical engineering. After a year at MIT's Lincoln Lab working on border surveillance systems, I moved to the University of Colorado for graduate school. I received my M.S. in aerospace engineering in spring 2014, with a focus in remote sensing technology.
PhD student, Universidade de LisboaI am a Marine Biologist with a MSc in ecology, management and modeling of marine resources by the University Nova de Lisboa. I am a PhD Student in the Oceanography Centre of the University of Lisbon, Portugal, where I'm studying the effect of environmental factors in the life cycle of octopus. My research interests are mainly fish and cephalopods marine ecology studies, particularly the ones dedicated to growth, trophic ecology and population dynamics.Since 2009 I've been working in the Polar Project under José Xavier coordination (IMAR University of Coimbra) in collaboration with Martin Collins, John Watkins (British Antarctic Survey), Carlos Assis (University of Lisbon) and Yves Cherel (CEBC-CNRS, France). My work field is mainly dedicated to fish and cephalopods ecology, growth and population dynamics studies.I am a member of the APECS Portugal executive committee and member of the APECS council since October 2010. Under APECS I also collaborate in the Funding Resources working group.