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/sediment 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 currently a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland where 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.
PhD Candidate, University of Colorado Boulder, United States
I 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.
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, University of Tasmania, Australia
I am a PhD student at the University of Tasmania, where I split my time between the English Department and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. My research looks at representations of Antarctica in advertising media – I ask how Antarctica has been used to sell various products and services over time. This topic reflects my wider research interests in Antarctic Humanities and Social Sciences research: In 2013 I completed a Masters of Antarctic Studies at the University of Canterbury, examining representations of Antarctica upon the theatrical stage, and I am currently the Early Career representative on the SCAR Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group Steering Committee. I first travelled to Antarctica in 2011 as part of the University of Canterbury’s Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies, and I have since returned for two seasons, spending time lecturing on Antarctic cruise ships.
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.
Post-doctoral fellow, Université Laval, Canada
APECS President 2014-2015
APECS Vice President 2013-2014
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.
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign - United States
I am an atmospheric scientist and instructor studying interactions between the Arctic and midlatitudes from the perspective of air sea interactions. I received my BS from Central Michigan University in 2009, and my MS in 2009 in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Illinois. I’m currently the Meteorology Teaching Fellow at Northland College in Ashland, WI while finishing the final stages of my PhD work remotely with the University of Illinois. My current areas of research interest include arctic-midlatitude interactions, excellence in undergraduate education, and air sea interaction from both the atmospheric and oceanic perspectives.