The schedule below is still subject to change. You can also view the full schedule here.
The Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC), will be the first year-around expedition exploring the coupled Arctic climate system. It has been designed by an international consortium of leading polar research institutions under the umbrella of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), led by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) and the University of Colorado, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES).
Research Vessel (RV) Polarstern will spend 350 days (September 2019 until September 2020) frozen into the drifting Arctic sea ice. 300 scientists will investigate the Arctic climate processes that couple the atmosphere, ocean, sea ice, bio-geochemistry and ecosystem. The results of MOSAiC will enhance the understanding of the regional and global consequences of Arctic climate change and sea-ice loss, and improve weather and climate predictions.
During the first leg of the expedition, the MOSAiC partners and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) work together to offer the MOSAiC School 2019 on board of the support icebreaker RV Akademik Fedorov.
Duration of the MOSAiC School 2019: 15 September - 31 October 2019 (plus / minus a few days (as logistical or weather conditions may require changes of travel dates)
Port of exit and entry: Tromsø, Norway
The MOSAiC School 2019 is organized for 20 early career researchers (advanced graduate students and PhD students with no to limited experience with ship-based research) (see the list of candidates below).
International experts that are part of the expedition will share knowledge with the students, engage in discussions and hands-on experiences in groundbreaking research, and thus help to educate future Arctic climate experts. In addition, the participants will help the MOSAiC Teams on site to set up their instruments and experiments.
After the end of the MOSAiC School the participants will have to:
The schedule below is still subject to change. You can also view the full schedule here.
From the 250 applicants for the MOSAiC School 2019, we have selected 20 participants. Find out more about who they are and watch their FrostBytes about their research projects below. The FrostBytes are also avaialble to watch directly on Vimeo.
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
My name is Neil and I am a Master’s student in Atmospheric and Climate Science at ETH Zürich. Already during my Bachelor’s thesis, I got the chance to work with the COSMO-LES a high-resolution model to investigate the impact of turbulent surface fluxes on Arctic mixed-phase clouds. This really triggered my scientific interest in the Arctic region which I am continuing to pursue with my Master’s thesis where I will focus on using variability analogues for climate prediction. The objective will be to check whether we can use them for predicting the pattern of temperature and precipitation at higher latitudes for the following seasons or years.
Next to my studies I work as a teaching assistant for exercise lectures and as a tour guide for the museum ‘focusTerra’ at the Department of Earth Sciences where I give tours about climate change and its future scenarios. Beside that I love to be in the cold, either skiing, playing ice hockey or other activities.
I am very excited to be a part of the MOSAiC School, especially being able to get some hands-on skills, meeting fellow polar scientist, exchanging ideas and strengthening my scientific network for my future career.
Sorbonne University, France
I am a French PhD student in physical oceanography at Sorbonne University, Paris. The focus of my thesis is to document the consequences of the evolving sea-ice cover on the Eurasian Arctic Ocean, combining observational data and operational model outputs. Before starting my PhD, I completed a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Physics applied to climate and oceanography, also at Sorbonne University.
Since the beginning of my college studies, I enjoy sharing my interest for climate sciences and environmental stakes. In this frame of mind, I had the great opportunity to host the stand “Climate: how does it work?” during the Science Fair at Sorbonne University in 2017 and 2018: I presented fun and educational experiments to pupils from primary school to high school, and to the general public.
Beside my PhD, I love traveling the world and discovering new cultures (and cuisines!).
I really look forward to participating in the MOSAIC School: broaden my scientific knowledge, exchange with other scientists and experiment field work in the Arctic.
Univeristy of Oxford, United Kingdom
I’m a British physical oceanographer studying for a PhD at the University of Oxford. I’m interested in the interactions between the Arctic atmosphere, sea-ice and ocean. In particular, I’m trying to better understand how the freshwater reservoir of the Arctic Ocean responds to different patterns of winds over the Arctic. Freshwater is intimately linked to stratification and therefore has key relevance for climate and biology. In the main, I explore these relationships using climate model data. Before moving to the study of cold water, my research focus was hot rocks, and how they deform under stress during mountain building. An interest in climate change informed my decision to move field to oceanography. Outside of science, I work with a group called Positive Investment to try and make finance work for a more sustainable future, starting with educational endowments. I also work as a freelance events photographer, and like to turn my camera to the landscape - I blog sporadically about landscape evolution.
University of Tasmania, Australia
I am a geologist pretending to be a glaciologist, or the other way around, depending on how you look at it.
I completed my BSc(Hons) and MSc in geology at the University of Otago, New Zealand, performing mechanical experiments on ice to study microstructural evolution. Last October I moved to the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania to start my PhD, using mechanical experiments to derive a better numerical description of ice shelf flow. I try to find ways to relate the small-scale to the large-scale, from micron-level microstructure to entire Antarctic ice shelves.
In my spare time I like to blow things up in Antarctica (also known as performing explosive seismic surveys to study ice flow), and run long distances (sometimes also in Antarctica).
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany
I was born nearby Venice (Italy) and I started my career in Physics in 2010 supported by a huge smile and a loud “Good Luck!” from my math teacher. At present time, I can roughly understand the magic of those sea waves that, as a child, I saw forming in the distance and breaking at the shore.
After completing a BSc. in Physics at the University of Padua, I specialised in Atmosphere and Ocean Physics doing an MSc program at the University of Bologna. During a traineeship at the National Oceanography Centre of Southampton, stories about iced sea landscapes moved my interest from the Mediterranean Sea to the Arctic Ocean.
Currently, I am a Physical Oceanographer working on my PhD at the Alfred Wegener institute for Polar and Marine Research (Bremerhaven). In my PhD research, I aim to contribute to the understanding of the long-term variability of near-surface currents in the Arctic Ocean, in relation to climate changes observed in the last decades. I analyse changes in the TransPolar Drift at seasonal to decadal timescales, by means of satellite altimetry data over ice-free and ice-covered ocean.
Besides, wherever I am I always find space and time to follow my other passion, singing.
University of Oldenburg, Germany
I am a M.Sc. student studying Marine Environmental Sciences at the ICBM (Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment) at the University of Oldenburg.
Before moving to Oldenburg I completed my B.Sc. in Physical Geography at the University of Hanover where my studies specifically focused on ecosystem sevices and processing of data using GIS and InVEST. During my bachelor thesis I was able to apply my gained skills in the Ecuadorian cloud forest where I spent four isolated weeks collecting and processing data about the anthropogenic impact on habitat quality.
As I enjoy exploring the world, I became passionate about marine ecosystems due to several diving experiences and decided to follow that path in my further studies.
With participating in MOSAiC School 2019 I am very happy to have the opportunity of gaining my first experience on board of a ship and getting a special insight into arctic ecosystems through working with a MOSAiC team!
Montana State University, United States
I am a PhD Student in the Environmental Science & Ecology program at Montana State University. I study geobiology in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica in collaboration with a long term ecological research (LTER) site. I study how changes to regional climate effects microbially-mediated carbon cycling in permanently-ice covered lakes. Specifically, I am interested in determining if microbial decomposition is a significant sink of autochthonous and allocthonous organic matter. My work involves coupling biogeochemical experiments with long-term monitoring data to examine long-term trends in carbon transformations.
My interest in Polar Regions began during my M.S. studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where I studied terrestrial carbon subsidies to coastal food webs in the eastern Alaskan Beaufort Sea.
I am passionate about improving diversity and equity within STEM fields and work with my university’s chapter of Women in Science and Engineering to mentor undergraduates while they apply to graduate school. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and trail running in Bozeman, MT and beyond!
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
I just finished my master's degree in Environmental Sciences with a major in Atmosphere and Climate at ETH Zurich, and look back on six amazing years – driven by curiosity about nature and one overarching interest; climate change and its communication. After recharging my batteries this summer, I will start a PhD in atmospheric dynamics and climate change. During an internship at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) in Copenhagen, I investigated the surface mass balance of a South Greenland glacier catchment and participated in two (kite-)ski expeditions in the surroundings of this glacier (not yet the Arctic though ;-)). The study region did not change for my master thesis, but this time, I assessed the atmospheric dynamics that led to Greenland warm events. During my studies, I gained additional experience in communication by teaching as a maths assistant and event moderation. I am extremely grateful for the genuine team spirit in our degree and the research groups at ETH and GEUS, respectively. They all supported and guided my way to the MOSAiC School. I am excited and pleased that the journey of exploring the cool part of Earth's climate still continues.
University of Colorado Boulder, United States
I am a PhD student at the University of Colorado Boulder studying hydrology and hydrometeorology. My research aims to understand the variability and predictability of summer Arctic sea ice, focusing on hydrometeorology and statistical methods for seasonal forecasting. This is done using various satellite data products, but does not require direct collection of data or field work of any kind. I’m therefore extremely excited and honored to be participating in the MOSAiC School!
After receiving my Bachelor’s of Science in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech, I worked for a small aerospace start-up company in San Diego as a technical writer and business developer, and yet craved to spend more time outdoors and to see the world. I therefore switched gears and became a wilderness guide and outdoor educator, allowing me the opportunity to live and work in Guam, Hong Kong, and all across the U.S., as well as travel throughout Asia, Europe, and South America. Interacting with nature on a daily basis led me to pursue a future in Earth science, attending graduate school at the University of Colorado Boulder where I obtained my Master’s in Hydrology/Hydrometeorology, Water Resources, and Environmental Fluid Mechanics. My free time is spent rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, and exploring Colorado’s many microbreweries.
Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
I am a PhD student in Marine Geochemistry at Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences. My research is about mercury and methylmercury in sediments and benthic organisms from polar regions. My interest in mercury cycle started during my MSc studies. I worked on fractionation of mercury in aerosols. Now, during my PhD studies I will try to distinguish the origin of mercury in polar ecosystems between natural and anthropogenic mercury sources, estimate mercury impact on the ecosystem and determine its main origin in the Arctic and Antarctic. I will also try to quantify the impact of Global Climate Change on mobilization of past mercury deposits on surface of melting glaciers. The study area of my research are the Spitsbergen fjords (Arctic) and the area of the Admirality Bay (Antarctic).
During my PhD I will participate in all cruises to the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
University College London, United Kingdom
I grew up on an island in the river Thames, leaving to do my undergraduate degree in physics at Oxford University. I became passionate about environmental science during an Energy Studies module in my final year and wrote my dissertation on the detection and simulation of freezing rain events.
After finishing my degree I spent a year designing and building my own carbon fibre canoe. I then had a pretty disastrous few weeks paddling it solo from London to Germany.
I then moved to University College London to take an MSc in Climate Change, writing my dissertation on North Atlantic deep water formation over the last 10,000 years. During my master's I also developed interests in climate modelling and dynamics.
I now work at the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling at UCL investigating the physics of snow on sea ice. I’m supervised by Julienne Stroeve and Michel Tsamados and my research currently focuses on better incorporation of brine wicking and grain properties into radar altimetry products.
In my spare time I’m an environmental activist, sea scout leader, kayaker, powerboat instructor, Raspberry Pi programmer and Wikipedian.
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
I graduated Lomonosov Moscow State University and now I’m a PhD student in Atmospheric and Climate Science in Institute of Geography of Russian Academia of Science (Moscow). I’m interested in climate change and relationships between atmospheric variability and sea ice changes in Arctic seas. Now my current scientific project is reconstruction of sea ice concentration in the first half of the 20th century using archives, re-analyses and climate models. I have some experience of Arctic cruise as scientific assistant during NABOS cruise (Nansen and Amundsen Basins Observational System). Also I'm a teacher of "Young meteorologist" course for schoolchildren.
In my spare time I’m hiking and travelling. The mountains, sky and ocean are my passions.
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada
Alex Mavrovic received the B.Sc. degree in physics in 2016 and the M. Sc. degree in remote sensing in 2018, that he completed in 20 months, from the Université de Sherbrooke Sherbrooke, QC, Canada. He is currently Ph.D. candidate in environmental science at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, QC, Canada.
He participated in numerous field campaigns in the Canadian boreal forest, artic regions and mountainous regions. His research interests include snow, passive microwave, land surface schemes and avalanche risk assessment.
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
I completed my Bachelor of Science Specialization Chemistry at the University of Alberta in Canada. I am currently completing my Master of Environmental Chemistry at NTNU. My Master thesis is an experimental and modelling study of the fate of oil droplets released from subsea pipeline leaks. The work is completed in partnership with SINTEF. As part of my program, I was able to spend a semester at UNIS on Svalbard. It was there that I fell in love with polar sciences and am eager to learn more! I joined APECS and am now a Polar Week committee member with APECS Norway. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, traveling and volunteering.
University of Utah, United States
After graduating as Valedictorian and President of the National Honor Society from the largest high school in Idaho, Ryleigh Moore earned a full academic scholarship to attend Boise State University. She graduated summa cum laude with a double major in pure and applied mathematics and a minor in computer science in just 3 years. In fall 2017, Ryleigh entered the applied mathematics PhD program at the University of Utah where she is currently working with Distinguished Professor Ken Golden to study Arctic Ocean processes. Her research specifically focuses on creating a model that captures the impact Arctic melt ponds have on sea ice albedo. Ryleigh utilizes tools from statistical mechanics, probability, geometry, and mathematical physics in order to rigorously explore, classify, and model the evolution of Arctic melt pond geometry. Ryleigh is also interested in using stochastic differential equations to model sea ice dynamics and other Arctic processes. Outside of math and reasearch, Ryleigh enjoys playing golf and raquetball, collecting football cards, exploring antique stores, and SCUBA diving or snorkeling in the ocean.
Memorial University of Newfoundland / Fisheries and Marine Institute, Canada
I am a PhD student at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada working with Arctic forage fish. My main research interests are rooted in the fields of marine ecology and fisheries science. My PhD research focuses on the northward range expansion of boreal species into Arctic waters. This phenomenon is known as the borealization of the Arctic. The borealization is not a uniform process at the Pan-Arctic scale. I aim to describe where borealization occurs and how it affects Arctic ecosystems. Most of this work is based on the use of ice-tethered autonomous sampling platforms that are to be deployed throughout the Arctic. These platforms collect data for a full year cycle and are fitted with environmental sensors and echosounders, which give the animal distribution in the water column and their preferred habitat seasonally.
Originally from France, I moved to Norway for my MSc where I worked on coastal plankton ecology. This is where I discovered polar ecosystems and appreciated how the strong seasonality of the Arctic drive marine life.
In my spare time you are likely to find me outside near mountains where I like to run, ski, climb and camp. I always enjoy a good book, music, and company.
University of Tasmania, Australia
Oceanographer, Msc. Born in Brazil, I’ve already wanted to be an astronaut, an actress, a writer and a journalist. Ended up a physical oceanographer with zero artistic skills. At the moment, I am a phD student at the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), working with elephant seal CTD data. The focus of my research is to examine the influence of the melting of the Totten ice shelf on the downstream Vincennes Bay polynya. I aim to describe the physical oceanography of Vincennes Bay region in relation to the seasonal evolution of Dense Shelf Water (DSW) for Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW) production, focusing on how the vertical stratification affects the distribution of the modified Circumpolar Deep Water (mCDW). Prior to my PhD, I have worked as a marine technician in merchant vessels for the Ship of Opportunity Program and got a master’s degree in Physical, Chemical and Geological Oceanography at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (FURG). My dissertation looked into XBT fall rates in the Southern Ocean. The goal was to identify and quantify the depth errors and to develop a new regional equation that would represent better the particularities of the region.
University of Potsdam, Germany
I was born in Nuremberg, Germany, and was always interested in both science and art. In 2010 I started a Bachelor of Arts in Photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund and graduated in 2014. I love being a photographer, but working on my photographic Bachelor thesis reminded me of my interest for science. Finally the visit of alpine and polar landscapes, especially Svalbard, during that time convinced me that studing Physics with a chance of becoming a polar researcher was the right thing for me.
So I startet a Bachelor in Physics at the TU Dortmund in 2014 and graduated in 2017. In 2017 I started the Master in Dortmund but went to UiT, the Arctic University of Norway, in Tromsø for a one year exhange. Within this year I had the chance to visit Svalbard once again and study at UNIS, the University Centre in Svalbard, for two courses. Since 2018 I am absorbed in the Master of Physics at the University of Potsdam, Germany, where I am currently starting my Master thesis about the impact of an improved turbulence parametrization for polar conditions in a regional Arctic climate model.
Hello! My name is Igor. I`m from Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI), department of estuary hydrology, Saint-Petersburg, Russia. I`m bachelor of general physics and master of ecology. I have been working in AARI and participating in seasonal polar expeditions since 2014 (Svalbard and Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago). Now I`m PhD student and my research is "Current state and methodologiical approaches to assessment of Arctic estuaries". I love science, extreme works, music and jokes.
Stockholm University, Sweden
My background is in meteorology. Under my bachelor studies at the University of Hamburg and my master studies at Stockholm University I obtained a broad knowledge on the global climate system, atmospheric physics, chemistry and research methods in general. In my master thesis I focused on Arctic aerosols and their importance for cloud formation. As a part of my thesis I participated in the MOCCHA (Microbiology-Ocean- Cloud-Coupling in the High Arctic) campaign on the Swedish Icebreaker Oden in August and September 2018 that had the objective to investigate the origin of Arctic aerosols. My task during this campaign was to deploy and maintain a newly developed miniaturised cloud water sampler and to analyse the sampled cloud water for their chemical composition. Recently I completed my master studies and will pursue a PhD at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Analytical Chemistry (Stockholm University) starting in May, where I will focus on sea spray aerosol fluxes. I am very much looking forward to the MOSAiC summer school and am very excited to learn more about Arctic research beyond my field of expertise.
Two school teachers each from Germany and the United States have the possibility to join the MOSAiC School 2019. You can find out more who they are below.
I started out in applied mathematics with a specialty in coupled systems of differential equations. I got my Masters degree in 2004 and my PhD at TU Berlin in 2008. Then I shifted my focus to schools and outreach activities of the Matheon research center before becoming a maths and physics teacher in 2011 at Herder High School in Berlin. Here, I use my academic background to get pupils excited about maths and science.
I am co-organizer of the "Jugend forscht" science fair and senior jury member of the German Young Physicists' Tournament.
Since 2017 I also work part-time at Humboldt-University of Berlin instructing new maths teachers.
I like travelling, science, maths puzzles, archery and cooking.
Katie Aspen Gavenus grew up in the not-quite-Arctic town of Homer, Alaska. She is an environmental educator and program director for the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. Her undergraduate degree is in Environmental Studies and Visual Art through Bowdoin College in Maine, US. She recently completed a Master's Degree in Science Education through IslandWood and the University of Washington (Seattle, Washington, US). Katie is committed to making science education - and educationmore broadly - locally relevant, culturally sustaining, inspiring, and empowering. She believesscience education should be a collaborative effort between learners, educators, researchers, knowledge-bearers, and community members.
She enjoys learning, kayaking, picking berries, hiking, catching salmon, playing soccer, growing food and tide pooling. She makes good soup and is perfecting a yeasty-biscuity bread recipe. Her favorite type of plankton is ctenophores/comb jellies and she has a tiny scar from being bitten by an intertidal worm.
Dr. Anne Gold is the Director of CIRES Education & Outreach and a Senior Associate Scientist at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she focuses on science education for educators, students and the general public around climate, water, polar regions and general geoscience education. She is interested in understanding and studying effective ways of teaching and learning and is dedicated to grounding her education work in solid research and evaluation. Anne has worked for over a decade with researchers to support them in broadening the impact of their science. Anne is a climate scientist by training with a doctoral degree in Paleoclimatology from the University of Regensburg in Germany.
I am a teacher for German and Geography with a past as a journalist for Süddeutsche Zeitung, now living in Hannover. During my studies at LMU (Munich) I spend a few months in Iceland which inspired me to write my final thesis about the melting of glaciers worldwide.
Being part of MOSAiC unites my passion for teaching, my special interest in glaciology and the effects of global warming as well as my journalistic curiosity. I am looking forward to experiencing the scientific methods and their results first hand, transporting them into the school and giving my students an authentic insight into the Arctic and its ecosystem as well as the work of scientists. Therefore, I will design very different materials for German schools but also organize workshops and talks afterwards, because it is my further goal to convince students and adults of the effects of global warming whilst presenting them hard facts and good arguments. During MOSAiC SCHOOL I‘m going to show you the most important criteria for useful data, media and information for teachers, the conveyance of science into schools and modern methods of teaching and learning.
The following lecturers will be teaching during the MOSAiC School 2019 (more to be added over the coming weeks).
Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany
Sommerfeld, Anja is the project manager of the MOSAiC project. MOSAiC is the largest Arctic expedition of our time with a highly international consortium and is coordinated at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Potsdam (AWI). For one year (from September 2019 until September 2020) the German research icebreaker POLARSTERN will be frozen into the Arctic sea ice and drift with the natural sea ice drift across the central Arctic. Anja, as part of the coordination team, manages the day to day business of MOSAiC and functions as an interface between the coordination, the scientists of all different nations and AWI`s logistics department in Bremerhaven. In addition, she supports the media and outreach activity to enlarge the awareness about Arctic science and its importance. As scientist Anja will participate in one of the cruise legs of the year-around expedition. Before starting the position as project manager, Anja was a PhD student in the section Physics of the Atmosphere at AWI Potsdam that results in a PhD degree in 2015. From 2006 until 2012 she studied Meteorology at the Freie Universität in Berlin.
Alfred Wegener Institute & Association of Polar Early Career Scientists, Germany
Josefine Lenz is a geographer by training with a strong interest in changing Arctic landscapes and thaw lake dynamics. In 2016, she has received her PhD and continued working in the Permafrost Research Section at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Potsdam, Gemany, in close collaboration with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA. Her engagement in international committees and young researchers’ networks has continuously increased, e.g. as IASC Fellow in 2015/2016, Vice-President of APECS in 2016/2017 and founding member and chair of APECS Germany in 2018/2019.
Besides Arctic research, science communication and support of the next generation of Polar researchers as always been key for her. As a project officer for APECS in the in the EU Horizon 2020-funded project ARICE, Josefine will continue her efforts e.g. by coordinating the MOSAiC School.
Josefine has undertaken 6 land expeditions into the Arctic and one 7-week cruise into the Indian Ocean with RV Sonne – now she is more than excited to expand her experience during the first leg of MOSAiC and learn from and with the 20 enthusiastic MOSAiC School participants.
University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Ian Brooks studied physics at the University of Manchester Institute for Science and Technology, staying on for a PhD in thunderstorm electrification processes. He moved to Scripps Institution of Oceanography for post-doctoral research in marine meteorology, studying marine stratocumulus, and boundary layer turbulent structure. He returned to the UK and the University of Leeds in 2002, where he is now professor of boundary layer processes in the School of Earth and Environment. His research is based around field measurements of atmospheric boundary layer processes, including atmosphere-ocean interactions, and Arctic boundary layer and cloud processes.
He has undertaken four research cruises in the central Arctic ocean, including two drifting stations with substantial installations of instrumentation on the sea ice. He has also led two aircraft based measurement campaigns over the marginal sea ice around Svalbard.
Ammosov North Eastern Federal University, Russia
My name is Stanislav (Stas) Ksenofontov. I'm native Sakha and Evenk from the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), North-Eastern Siberia, Russia. My very first degree is in Chinese and English linguistics obtained from the Far Eastern State University for Humanities in the Russian city of Khabarovsk, not far from China. But my passion turned out to be in human geography PhD in which I gained in 2018 at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. In my research I have been dealing with the global change impacts on the biodiversity and indigenous people's livelihoods in Arctic Yakutia. Particularly, I have been focusing on climate change, land use change, overexploitation and socio-political transformations affecting indigenous communities in the north of Yakutia. After my PhD I had a research fellowship in South Korea investigating Korean scientific, political and economic interests in the Arctic. Currently I work as a senior researcher at the Ammosov North Eastern Federal University in my home town of Yakutsk. I am an International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) fellow 2018 for the social and human working group and Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) Council Co-Chair. Other than research, I really like traveling, dancing traditional Evenki heeje or traditional Sakha ohuokhai, playing khomus (Jew's harp), nature. I hope that I will bring up important issues all indigenous communities around the Arctic face now. And I do believe that students of MOSAiC school will take some messages home and raise awareness among their families, friends and colleagues.
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany
Thomas Rackow has been a postdoc and climate modeller at the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Germany since 2015. His research is based around mechanisms of climate variability and systematic errors of climate models. He enjoys teaching, working with mathematical and physical models, and co-developed the first coupled climate model with a sea ice-ocean component supporting triangular multi-resolution grids during his PhD. The model is now known as the AWI Climate Model (AWI-CM) and it is used for a variety of different projects, including the 6th phase of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6) that provides the basis for the next IPCC report. Thomas’ research goal is to add previously missing features and processes like mesoscale ocean eddies, leads in sea ice, or the drift of icebergs into current climate simulations in order to improve the model predictions. Since the calving of iceberg A68 in July 2017 and its massive media response, he also gained experience in working with press and media representatives. He received a diploma in industrial mathematics („Technomathematik“) in 2011 with a thesis about the drift and decay of icebergs and collaborates with the Sea Ice Drift Forecast Experiment (SIDFEx), which will provide near-real time drift forecasts for Polarstern’s position over the course of the MOSAiC expedition. He is also very interested in art and science communication and is always looking for new creative ways to visualize climate change and its impacts for the public.
University of Bremen, Germany
I am working on satellite remote sensing of Polar Regions with focus on monitoring changes of sea ice (extent, mass, and dynamics) and on understanding underlying climate processes. Satellite measurements are validated using ground-based and airborne field observations. Currently I am the head of the research group "Remote Sensing of Polar Regions" at the University of Bremen, Institute of Environmental Physics, Bremen, Germany. Before, I was a research scientist at the Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromsø, Norway and a postdoctoral scholar at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA. My Diploma degree in physics (comparable M.Sc.) and the Ph.D. degree in oceanography I received in 2004 and 2008, respectively, from the University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany. Current work addresses the development of new retrievals for sea ice parameters like leads from SAR and radiometer data and the coordination of the remote sensing activities for the international Arctic drift expedition MOSAiC.
My name is Dorothea Bauch and nowadays I would call myself professionally a tracer oceanographer. I use stable isotopes and geo-biochemical methods to investigate the effects of sea ice and ocean stratification on climate change. More specifically I use tracer studies to identify freshwater sources and sea-ice related brine signal within the water column of the central Arctic Ocean and I investigate variations in freshwater sources and budgets on the Siberian shelf regions.
I started my scientific education at the universities of Göttingen and Heidelberg with the general intention to do something for environmental protection. I studied physics, some philosophy and more or less forgot about my initial intention till I started my master thesis at the Institute of Environmental Physic in Heidelberg where I developed a device for sample preparation for radiocarbon dating (14C AMS) and applied it to a wide range of environmental samples (soil, atmospheric CO2, foraminiferal carbonate, bones and ocean water). Later on I worked at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, USA, and received my PhD in 1994. At that critical time in my career I had to find my own field and funding and I started working on the interpretation of planktic foraminiferal isotope data based on plankton tow and sediment data. At the same time I also started a family, became mother of three children and till recently worked part time in science at GEOMAR in Kiel, Germany. I continued my studies on planktic foraminifera and moved on to modern analog evaluation of foraminiferal isotope data using a direct comparison of present data for the interpretation of past tracer signals. With the thinning of the arctic sea-ice and several opportunities for wide spread arctic sampling my current research focuses on comprehensive studies of the Arctic Ocean halocline and its formation on the Siberian shelf regions applying isotope oceanographic methods. For the MOSAIC program I will look at the imprint of the melt and freeze cycle reflected in stable oxygen isotopes (δ18O). Based on these investigations I will work with AWI and international colleagues on a better understanding of arctic gas and matter fluxes at the sea-ice ocean interface.
CIRES, University of Colorado, NOAA, USA
Matthew Shupe is one of the primary designers of the MOSAiC scientific vision, developing the concept from 22 years of Arctic field work in many locations. His research focuses primarily on atmospheric processes that impact the surface energy budget, specifically including clouds and precipitation, aerosol-cloud interactions, radiation, and atmospheric structure. Starting directly after his undergraduate education, he launched his Arctic research career in the late 1990's at the yearlong, drifting SHEBA project studying the radiative impacts of clouds. Since that time he has engaged in research at Arctic land stations, on cruises through the Arctic Ocean, and on top of the Greenland Ice Sheet, helping to develop a generalized understanding of Arctic cloud processes. Over the course of these field studies, he obtained his PhD from the University of Colorado, and currently works for the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado and NOAA in Boulder.
Naval Postgraduate School, USA
I am a Research Professor in physical oceanography specializing in ocean turbulence and mixing. Over the last forty years this has involved me in a range of ocean observation programs spanning nearshore wave breaking and sediment transport, inner shelf non-linear internal waves, iron enrichment experiments in the central Pacific, and ocean / ice interaction studies in the Arctic and Antarctic. Since my participation in the 1997 year-long SHEBA ice drift station in the Beaufort Sea, I have been developing Autonomous Ocean Flux Buoys (https://www.oc.nps.edu/~stanton/fluxbuoy/) that enable year-long measurements of ocean heat, salt and momentum fluxes (vertical transport) just below the ice. The primary objective for the AOFBs and complimentary autonomous ice-deployed instruments is to identify the dominant processes controlling Arctic ice extent and thickness in the rapidly evolving Arctic. These AOFB’s have evolved to include measurements of diffusive fluxes within the salt stratified ocean below the ocean mixed layer, and methods to look at heat trapping in the ocean just below the ice during the sunny Arctic summers. Three of these systems will be deployed from the Fedorov on ice floes about 20 Km from the Polarstern, and one in the main ice camp at the start of the project. I look forward to meeting you during the Fedorov MOSAiC cruise both in the classroom and direct involvement in the instrument deployments.
University College London, United Kingdom
I received the M.S. degree in statistical physics from l’École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, Lyon, France, in 2005, and the Ph.D. degree in theoretical physics at Université Claude Bernard, Villeurbanne, France, in 2009, with a focus on the mechanical response of glassy materials from a theoretical and modeling perspective.
I held several post-doctoral positions with the Centre for Polar Observations and Modeling, University College London, London, U.K. and the University of Reading, U.K., where I implemented several new sea ice model parameterizations including a new anisotropic rheology and a new form drag formulation into the Los Alamos CICE sea ice model. Since 2014, he has been a Lecturer with the Department of Earth Sciences, UCL, where I was involved in the development and analysis of several satellite products in the polar regions ranging from sea ice thickness, sea surface elevation, significant wave heights, snow on sea ice, sea ice roughness, melt pond concentration, and so on.
At the Alan Turing Institute, London, I lead the working group on data science for climate and the environment. I was also funded by ESA as part of the mission advisory group for the Earth Explorer 9 mission Sea surface Kinematics Multiscale monitoring satellite.
I received the Prestigious Agrégation de Physique from l’École Normale Supérieure de Lyon in 2004 and am delighted to be teaching as part of the MOSAiC school onboard Fedorov. For MOSAiC, I received funding from NERC with Prof Julienne Stroeve from UCL to explore the "Seasonal evolution of Ku- and Ka-band backscattering horizon over snow on first-year and multiyear sea ice" and this will be my first scientific expedition in the polar regions!
Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland
Jari Haapala is a physical oceanographer, graduated at the University of the Helsinki in 2000. For over 25 years, his research has centered on a climate variability and change, development of numerical models and sea ice dynamics research. His expertise extends through a broad range of techniques, from experimental field research and data-analysis to numerical modelling. He is also experienced fieldwork scientist, conducted and coordinated research experiments both in the Arctic Ocean and the Baltic Sea. Currently, he is the head of the Marine Research at the Finnish Meteorological Institute and adjoint professor at the University of Helsinki. He has been involved on several international research projects such as IceState, IRIS, SafeWin, Damocles, SPICES, SmartSea, ARICE and been active in many international bodies, like being present chair of the ArcticROOS and Finnish represent of the IOC, EuroGOOS and EuroArgo. He has authored 59 peer-reviewed publications and 50 other scientific reports. He has 20 years experience on teaching and supervision in the university level. He has been a visiting scientist at the Institute of Marine Research, Kiel, Germany, University Louvain La Neuve, Belgium, Rossby Center, Sweden, Max-Planck Institute of Meteorology, Germany and at the Norwegian Polar Institute.
CASW Showcase and Freelance Science Journalist, USA
Shannon Hall is an award-winning freelance science journalist, who specializes in writing about astronomy, geology and the environment. Her work often appears in The New York Times, Scientific American, National Geographic, Quanta, Nature, Discover and others. She is also a contributing editor at Sky & Telescope magazine. A constant nomad, she has finally settled down in Colorado where you can find her hiking every weekend with her dog “Moose,” who loves nothing more than diving head-first into a snow bank or an icy-cold mountain lake. Follow her on Twitter at @ShannonWHall.
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Chris Cox studied Environmental Science and Geography at the University of Idaho, receiving his PhD in 2013 with a focus on cloud-surface radiation interactions in Alaska, northern Canada and Greenland. From 2013 to 2014, he conducted post-doctoral work on atmospheric boundary-layer processes and isotope hydrology on the Greenland Ice Sheet at the University of Colorado before becoming a full time research scientist with CIRES, supporting the NOAA Physical Sciences Division in Boulder, Colorado. His research focuses on the processes that control the surface energy budget in the northern high latitudes, in particular those processes that pertain to melting and freezing of ice over coastal land, the Arctic ocean and the Greenland Ice Sheet.
BBC Future, UK
University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany