Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


We are looking for ECRs interested in delivering Southern Ocean science to policy makers.  In particular, we are seeking ECRs who would like to have a core role in contributing to profiles of different taxa in the Southern Ocean for use in the Marine Ecosystem Assessment for the Southern Ocean (MEASO - 

This is a great opportunity to share your expertise and gain experience in communicating scientific findings to a different audience. You will be mentored in developing these profiles and in considering how best to communicate information on the status and trends of taxa to policy-makers.  

Specifically, we are keen to have any of you who specialise in different Southern Ocean taxa from primary producers through to blue whales and everything in between, to assist to collate, summarise and review of species information (see description of requirements for profiles at: The list of taxonomic groups are given on the Biota page of MEASO.  We are seeking profiles of the main taxa within each of these groups that can be either combined or separate profiles depending on information available.  

Some species profiles are well underway and now require reviewing by experts of those taxa whilst others are under development and require initial input from scientists to compile species information from the literature. All species profiles are/will be stored on the Southern Ocean Knowledge and Information (SOKI) WIKI page http://soki.aqFor of an example profile please see:

The first MEASO will be completed following a workshop in 3-7 June 2019 in Woking UK.  A special issue of a peer-reviewed journal will feature the outcomes of MEASO. It will then be presented to the CCAMLR Scientific Committee. For your input in compiling and reviewing species information you will be listed as an author on the relevant citeable SOKI page and acknowledged in the final report.

If you would like to be involved, please contact Maddie and Christine (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with details of your expertise and species/taxa of interest. MEASO is a diverse and inclusive program, many APECS ECRs have already contributed to the first MEASO workshop in 2018 and content for publication. 

You will also need to register on SOKI to access the other species pages see:

If you would like to know more about MEASO, please visit our SOKI pages or get in touch. 

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