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Sunday, May 4, 2008

12:00 p.m. Registration & Transfer oral presentations to NGPR computer, poster set-up
4:30 p.m. Reception
6:15 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Doel, Ronald E., and Kristine C. Harper: Why History Matters [Presentation]

Monday, May 5, 2008

7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome - Overview - Participant Introductions. Participant introductions in alphabetical order: Maximum 2 minutes and one image
10:30 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Carlson, David J.: Scientific Impacts and Opportunities - IPY 2007-2008 [Presentation]
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Oral Presentations (7-minute Maximum)
  Davis, Jason M.: Governance of Antarctic bioprospecting: Scientific contribution to the geopolitics of property and territory [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Xavier, José C.: POLAR - Predator prey interactions in the Antarctic during the International Polar Year [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Lovenduski, Nicole S.: Determining the future behavior of the Southern Ocean CO2 sink [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Koppes, Michele N.: Controls on sediment yields from tidewater glaciers from Patagonia to Antarctica [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster] [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Swanson, Heidi K.: Effects of anadromous Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus) on food web structure and contaminant concentrations in coastal Arctic lakes [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Johnson, Cody R.: Geomorphic trophic hypothesis [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Laney, Samuel R.: Improving the use of satellite ocean color data in Arctic coastal ecosystems [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
3:00 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. Oral Presentations continued
  Abram, Nerilie J.: BAS CACHE (Climate And CHEmistry research program) [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  D'Andrea, William J.: High-resolution late Holocene temperature and biogeochemical reconstructions from southwestern Greenland [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Belicka, Laura L.: An integrated molecular and isotopic approach to assess organic sources and carbon sequestration over the Holocene Arctic Ocean [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Hill, Jenna C.: Late Pleistocene and Holocene sea level and climate history of the Chukchi Sea [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Mason, Arthur L.: Collaborative study of the nearly developing Arctic natural gas industry [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Baker, Narelle P.: Assessing the role of subglacial hydrology on the flow of West Antarctic ice streams: A numerical modelling approach [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Tape, Kenneth D.: Identifying areas prone to shrub expansion, and the role of snow, Arctic Alaska. Book: "Climate Warming and the Changing Landscape of Northern Alaska" [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Breen, Amy L.: Late Quaternary history of balsam poplar in North America [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
5:00 p.m. Poster Session (Monday presenters)
6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Smith, Philip M., and Chris Elfring: Planning the IGY, IPY & Future

Tuesday, May 6

7:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Palais, Julie: NSF, Office of Polar Programs (OPP) and Polar Research [Presentation]
10:30 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Oral Presentations continued
  Fietz, Susanne S.: Climate control on Holocene variability in Arctic sea-ice and marine carbon export production (ICECARB); Climate variability and ecological consequences in the Arctic [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Hebert, Karen E.: Contradictions of Consolidation: Labor, Nature, and Fishery Restructuring in Bristol Bay, Alaska [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Wobus, Cameron W.: Toward a predictive model of Arctic coastal retreat in a warming climate, Beaufort Sea, Alaska [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Schneider, David P.: Collaborative Research: A synthesis of the last 2000 years of climate variability from Arctic lakes [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Haase, Daniela.: The effectiveness of the current regulatory regime for Antarctic tourism [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Rennermalm, Åsa K.: The role of spatial and temporal variability of pan-Arctic river discharge and surface hydrological processes on climate [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Willis, Michael J.: POLENET GPS component - Arctic and Antarctic [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Courville, Zoe R.: Collaborative Research: Firn structure, interstitial processes and the composition of firn air at Summit, Greenland [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Oral Presentations continued
  Liu, Jiping.: Arctic regional climate model intercomparison project: Evaluation and interpretation of cloud and radiation fields using data products from FIRE.ACE [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Fogt, Ryan L.: An investigation of long-term Southern Annular Mode variability [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Rawlins, Michael A.: Application of Remote Sensing and Land Surface Modeling for Understanding Northern High-Latitude Hydrology and Climatic Change [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Sjostedt, Steven J.: Canadian Arctic SOLAS Network [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Meir, Jessica U.: The aerobic dive limit: Oxygen transport and depletion in emperor penguins; Characterization of the oxygen affinity of emperor penguin hemoglobin [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
3:00 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. Oral Presentations continued
  Strzelecki, Mateusz C.: Morphodynamics of the coast geoecosystem of two polar archipelagos Svalbard and South Shetlands [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Dieser, Markus.: Response of dissolved organic matter and microorganisms to environmental changes during the Austral summer in Pony Lake, Antarctica [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Bagshaw, Elizabeth A.: Biogeochemistry of cryoconite holes in Taylor Valley, Antarctica [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Wardell, Lois J.: Collecting multi-sensor data from UAV's in Greenland for ice sheet dynamics modeling [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Rose, Julie M.: Microzooplankton grazing and algal blooms in the Ross Sea: Interactive effects of temperature, carbon dioxide and phytoplankton community composition [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Cassar, Nicolas M.: Studies of net and gross production in the Southern Ocean: Controls and scaling [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
  Riesselman, Christina R.: ANDRILL -- Investigating Antarctica's role in Cenozoic global environmental change; Plio-Pleistocene evolution of sea-ice and nitrate utilization in the Ross Sea, Antarctica [Presentation] [Abstract] [Poster]
5:00 p.m. Baeseman, Jenny L.: The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)
5:15 p.m. Poster Session (Tuesday presenters)
6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Behrendt, John C., and Philip M. Smith: IGY Remembered - Eye-witness Accounts
  Doel, Ronald E., and Kristine C. Harper: IGY Remembered - Perspectives by Historians of Science
9:00 p.m. Fireside Discussions

Wednesday, May 7

7:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Thompson, Lonnie G., and Ellen Mosley-Thompson: Understanding Climate Change -- Stories from the Ice
10:30 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Olex, Christina: Teambuilding
1:00 p.m. Field Trip, Garden of the Gods and Manitou Springs

Thursday, May 8

7:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Thompson, Lonnie G., and Ellen Mosley-Thompson: Climbing Your Mountains -- and Keeping Your Balance!
10:00 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Discussion Groups: Maintaining a work/life balance
12:30 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Weiler, C. Susan: Distilling Your Science
2:15 p.m. Olex, Christina: Facilitation Training
3:15 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. Baeseman, Jenny L., Nerille J. Abram, Michele N. Koppes, Christina R. Riesselmann, Heidi K. Swanson, Michael J. Willes, Zoe R. Courville and José C. Xavier: Polar Education and Outreach
6:00 p.m. Outreach Hands-on Activity with on-site school students (2nd grade)
7:00 p.m. Dinner

8:00 p.m.

Manahan, Donal T.: Early Polar Exploration

Explanatory Note:
Dr. Manahan's IPY NGPR presentation could not be placed on the web at this time due to some copyright issues involving the use of certain historic photographs.  As part of the International Polar Year, The National Science Foundation recorded a lecture by Dr. Manahan entitled "The Poles, a History of Polar Exploration and Science" that was given at the Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C. on May 25, 2006.  This illustrated video lecture is available on this NSF web site:

Friday, May 9

7:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Pfirman, Stephanie: Research Productivity, Recognition and Life [Presentation][Resources]
9:45 a.m. Interdisciplinary Science - Challenges and Opportunities: Panel with Diane M. McKnight, Ellen Mosley-Thompson, Donald K. Perovich, Stephanie Pfirman, Lonnie G. Thompson
10:30 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Pfirman, Stephanie: Making Interdisciplinarity Work: [Presentation][Resources]
12:30 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Media and Policy - Challenges and Opportunities: Panel with Donal T. Manahan, Stephanie Pfirman, Donald K. Perovich and Mark McCaffrey
3:00 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. Bentley, Molly: Media Training and Mock Interviews
6:30 p.m. Dinner
9:00 p.m. Fireside Discussions

Saturday, May 10

7:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Discussion Group Reports
10:30 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Debrief
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Drobot, Sheldon D.: Catalyzing Change
2:30 p.m. Outdoor Activities
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Fireside Discussions

Sunday, May 4, 2008

7:30 a.m. Breakfast
7:30 a.m. Participants Depart: Latest room checkout 12:00 noon


4-12 May 2008

La Foret Conference Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado USA

Read the final report on the NGPR Project.

Read the Article on the Symposium in AGUs EOS Publication.

Download President of the American Polar Society, John Behrendt's Letter from from The Polar Times, Vol. 3 No. 13 where NGPR researchers and their work is mentioned.


Nearly every aspect of the Polar Regions are changing rapidly due to climate change, yet the scientific community has only begun to uncover the dynamics, sensitivities and global importance of these regions. The urgency for interdisciplinary as well as international approaches to scientific investigation is more critical now than ever before. Current and future polar researchers face the challenges to conduct transformative research to advance our understanding of polar systems, as well as effectively communicate these results to students, policy makers, and the global society.

From 4-11 May 2008, the New Generation of Polar Researchers (NGPR) Symposium brought together a select group of early career polar researchers from various personal and professional backgrounds across the spectrum of social, natural and physical sciences. This diverse and ambitious group spent an intensive week learning from each other and mentors many important aspects of IPY science, communication, outreach, polar history and managing careers in interdisciplinary and international research.

A select goup of mentors also shared insights, stories and expertise in overcoming obstacles young researchers face, including comparisons of polar research from the 1st IPY (1882-1883) through the IGY to the current IPY. This provided a continuum of polar science knowledge and a sense of history that will carry these young leaders forward to IPY 5 in 2032-2033.

The NGPR symposium is also part of the larger IPY at University of the Arctic and collaborates closely with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NGPR Acknowledgements

NSF logoThe NGPR is supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation through grant #ARC-0632324 to Whitman College, C.S. Weiler PI, and # ARC-0632312 to University of Colorado, Sheldon Drobot PI.

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