Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

News from a variety of sources related to research in the Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine regions as well as the wider Cryosphere. Many thanks to APECS members and the wider Polar research community for contributing to this shared resources! If you have an article to contribute, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Attention R Users: A new package with Antarctic place names is now available for use!

README leafletThe SCAR Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica (CGA) is the authoritative source for Antarctic place names. It was begun in 1992 and consists of approximately 37,000 names corresponding to 19,000 distinct features. These place names have been submitted by the national names committees from 22 countries. Since 2008, Italy and Australia have jointly managed the CGA, the former taking care of the editing, the latter maintaining the database and website. The SCAR Standing Committee on Antarctic Geographic Information (SCAGI) coordinates the project.

Recently, the SCAR Expert Group on Antarctic Biodiversity Informatics and SCAGI have produced an R package around the CGA. This R package (called "antanym") is intended to provide R users with easy access to CGA data, as well as functionality for filtering, searching, and using place names in the R software environment.

The package can be found here, along with installation instructions and examples of its use. Currently the package only exposes data from the CGA but may be expanded at a later date to other place name sources, such as subantarctic gazetteers. For more information about the CGA, see the overview page on the SCAR website or the CGA home page.

Some GIS packages (e.g. QGIS and ArcGIS) are capable of running R scripts, and so the antanym package might also be of interest to GIS users. QGIS users can alternatively access the CGA through Quantarctica, which also provides some of the same functionality for searching and filtering place names.

The #GreatAntarcticClimateHack Seeks Participants

Screen Shot 2016 09 16 at 10.57.28 AM#GreatAntarcticClimateHack will be held October 9-12 2017, at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography Forum, La Jolla, CA. Our first-ever Climate Hack will focus on bringing Antarctic and Southern Ocean observations to bear on evaluating the latest generation of climate and earth system models, producing new climate model metrics for the 21st century.

#GreatAntarcticClimateHack is a workshop to train non-modeling experts to use observational datasets to interrogate CMIP model results, thereby creating new model metrics and validation tools. The aim of the workshop is to facilitate preparation for the next IPCC report for a much broader science community, increase non-traditional climate modeling publications, and learn to apply/utilize data sets that help develop model validation skills. This first workshop will accommodate 50 participants on site, and 50 participants to join remotely online. To learn more or apply to attend, please visit

RIAC Webcast Expert Discussion on the Arctic: 21 March 2017

On March 21, Russian International Affairs Council will host an expert discussion titled “Science Diplomacy: US-Russia Cooperation in the Arctic”.
The meeting will be broadcasted online at 12:00

Paul Berkman, Coordinator, Arctic Options and Pan-Arctic Options; Professor of Practice in Science Diplomacy, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; Director, US-Russia Relations Project, Carnegie Corporation, will deliver the key speech at the event.
Leading Russian experts on international cooperation in the Arctic will take part in the discussion.


Discussion Points:

● The Arctic on the international agenda: geopolitical interests, sustainable development and ever-increasing research
● Russia–US cooperation in the Arctic against the background of Russia–West crisis
● Promoting connections between science, diplomacy and technology on the path to good governance and informed decision-making
● Science diplomacy as a way to reduce tension and build common Russia-US interests
● Interaction between scholars on the Polar issues: prospects for joint Russia-US research and multilateral formats


Working Language: English

The meeting will be broadcasted online at RIAC’s website.
You may send your question to the key speaker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or RIAC’s Facebook page and we will be glad to voice it.


Russian International Affairs Council

Joint UK- Russian Workshop "Climate Change Impacts on Surface Water and Groundwater Hydrology in Cold Regions"

Fully funded places for early career researchers based in UK and Russia (travel, accommodation and meals) are available on competitive basis.

The Workshop will address the following research topics:

• Observational evidence of change in coupled snow-frozen ground-hydrology-ecology system
• Present state and future projections of local, regional and pan-Arctic and Antarctic hydrology
• Modelling studies representing landscape evolution, dynamics of water storage and permafrost degradation
• Impacts of cold-region hydrology changes on ecology and local communities

Programme includes lectures from leading researchers, presentations from early career researchers, meeting with local stakeholders, field trip to research sites and local excursions.

Applications open now to early career researchers. Deadline is 26 March 2017.

Workshop website:
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Call for paper proposals: Arctic social sciences, humanities, and the roles of library, archival, and information sciences

We are in the process of putting together and editing a book of collected papers on the role(s) of librarians, archivists, and information professionals working in and with the Arctic social sciences and humanities. The working title of the book is “Arctic Social Sciences and Humanities: The Role of Library, Archival, and Information Sciences in the Circumpolar North.” Our aim is to publish the book through Routledge, the international academic publisher, who has expressed interest in the project.

We are seeking proposals for papers on topics related to the roles, activities, and scholarship of librarians, archivists, curators, and information professionals specifically within the context of Arctic social sciences and humanities.

Priority consideration will be given to submissions from:

  • Persons currently working within Arctic geographies and/or working directly with Arctic materials, information, data, and populations
  • Persons currently involved with library/archival/museum/information/data projects in Alaska, Canada, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden

Proposals pertaining to all types of libraries, museums, and information centres—including academic, public, government, etc.—will be considered. Possible examples of topics might include, but are not limited to:

1. Current, real-life, applied projects and topics in: special collections, archives, digital humanities, cultural heritage, literacy, education, etc.

2. Current, real-life, applied projects and topics in: information representation and retrieval with indigenous languages, particularly in terms of website and/or database development, language translation, online information-seeking behaviours, etc.

3. Current, real-life, applied projects and topics in: social sciences data/dataset management and curation, particularly related to libraries’ involvement in quantitative or qualitative data for specific disciplines such as anthropology, communication, geography, history, political science, psychology, sociology, etc.

4. Critical, conceptual, and theoretical papers about: libraries and museums as spaces for the communication, display, and critique of Arctic societies and cultures—perspectives from anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, communication studies, gender studies, philosophy, psychology, etc. are encouraged

We are only interested in high-quality proposals. If you have an idea or project in mind and would like to submit a proposal for consideration, please email, in English, the following:

  • Names, institutional affiliations, and brief biographical information of all intended authors
  • Email address of primary author/main contact
  • Proposed title of paper
  • Proposed abstract of paper (i.e., tell us about your intended paper, please be as specific as possible)

Deadline for proposal submissions: 17 April, 2017.

Authors will be notified of proposal status on: 1 May, 2017. Authors of accepted proposals will be asked to write a paper aimed for academic and professional audiences. Papers must be original submissions not published elsewhere. Papers must be submitted to the editors in English to be included in the book. Complete details for writing the full paper will be sent to authors whose proposals are accepted.

Expected deadline for final paper submissions: 1 September, 2017.

If you have any questions about the proposal process, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you and best regards,

Spencer Acadia, editor
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Marthe T. Fjellestad, editor
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Call for papers for Special Issue on “Response of polar organisms and natural environment to global changes” in Advances in Polar Science“

We would like to invite you to submit manuscripts to a special issue of the journal Advances in Polar Science (APS) on “Response of polar organisms and natural environment to global changes”.

APS is an international, peer-reviewed and open-access journal jointly sponsored by the Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) and the Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration (CAA). It is a quarterly journal published in March, June, September and December and circulated internationally (ISSN 1674-9928, CN 31-2050/P). Articles published in APS are free of charge with generous funding from PRIC. For more details, please see the attached introduction file or visit the APS’s websites:

We thank you in advance for your consideration to submit manuscripts to this special issue, and we encourage you to share this announcement broadly with interested colleagues. Any queries should be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Special Issue on “Response of polar organisms and natural environment to global changes”

High altitude and high latitude regions on Earth are experiencing rapid changes in climate, with impacts on polar organisms and the environment. The persistent cold and sometimes inhospitable conditions create unique ecosystems and habitats for polar organisms. This thematic issue will focus on various polar organisms and natural environmental changes including the polar fauna and flora, polar microorganisms, the carbon and nitrogen cycles of the polar tundra, polar environmental change and contamination. In addition, there is an urgent need to identify sensitive indicators of ecosystem history, which may be sentinels for change or adaptation. For instance, plant quadrats are one platform to study the correlations of vegetation (e.g. hair grass, mosses, lichens), microbiology and environmental characteristics, and to monitor the influence of climate change on these organisms. This Special Issue seeks to bring together polar researchers studying different ecological systems and components of the food web, and to consider these sensitive natural environments in a changing global perspective. We welcome relevant contribution on this topic.

Submitted manuscripts, except for review papers, should be complete and adequately supported by original investigation; they should not be versions of communications submitted or published elsewhere. All manuscripts will undergo regular review by members of the Editorial Board and other appropriate experts.


The schedule for this special issue is:

• Paper submission deadline: 10 February 2017 (extended into 30 March 2017)

• Final acceptance deadline: 30 April 2017 (extended into 30 May 2017)

• Publication: June 2017


Details can be found at


Prof. Xiaoliang Ling

Assistant Editor

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Online Submission:


FRISP 2017 - Deadline for early career discount approaching

The registration for FRISP 2017 which will be held in Bergen, Norway June 19th-22nd is open:

The deadline for registration is 10 April, 2017, but why not do it now?

Master and PhD students can apply for a 30% reduction of the conference fee - the deadline for student application is 15 March, 2017. The support is primarily targeting advanced Master students and PhD candidates, but subsidiaries will be distributed as long as funding is available.

The meeting will take place at Panorama Hotell and Resort on Sotra, an island outside Bergen, Norway, see link above for details.

The FRISP - Forum for Research into Ice Shelf Processes - is an opportunity for scientists working on ice shelf processes to meet in an informal setting and exchanging ideas, results and field plans. Since 2016 FRISP is also confirmed as an Expert Group under the SCAR Physical Sciences Group to focus on the glaciological, oceanic and atmospheric processes governing the behavior of ice shelves that are key to the ice sheet contribution to sea level change:

Feel free to spread the word and looking forward to see you in Bergen!

Best wishes from this year's FRISP organizing committee

Gordon Research Seminar “Marine Molecular Ecology” Hong Kong, July 22-23, 2017

Dear APECS Friends,

Join us for an exciting Young Scientist meeting this summer: the Gordon Research Seminar “Marine Molecular Ecology” at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from July 22-23, 2017!

Entitled “Molecular Insights into Marine Ecological Interactions from Micro to Macro Scales”, the seminar focuses on cross-disciplinary studies of interactions between all domains of marine life and the ecological impact of climate change. Focal topics include molecular adaptations to changing oceans, marine holobiont functioning, symbioses, chemical signaling, metabolic exchange, co-evolutionary dynamics, and virus-host ecology (

In addition to oral/poster sessions where everyone can present and discuss their research, we’ll have two exciting talks by senior scientists: the Keynote Presentation by Rebecca Vega Thurber ("Tracking the Dynamic Roles of the Microbiome and Virome in 250 Million Years of Coral Evolution") as well as a dedicated Mentorship Session with Jed Fuhrman (“Where Marine Microbiology is Going and Advice on How to Get There”).

The seminar offers multiple benefits for young scientists: getting experience in scientific presentation, an informal atmosphere which is ideal for networking and discussion, and vital guidance on career development and hot topics in marine sciences through the Mentorship Component. The seminar is followed by a prestigious Gordon Conference, which everyone should definitely attend as well - two exciting conferences on Marine Molecular Ecology at a fantastic meeting venue overlooking the ocean! A real advantage of Gordon conferences is their small size, with everyone staying/eating at the same place: this guarantees plenty of networking opportunities and social exchange. Last but not least: meals, lodging and sea view are included in the registration fee!

For registration and further details, please visit

Looking forward to see you in Hong Kong!GRS2017

Applications open until 3 April for Antarctica Guest Scientist Program with Quixote Expeditions

Quixote Expeditions is excited to announce its 2017-2018 Guest Scientist program for our Jan 27 – Feb 27, 2018 trip to the Antarctic Peninsula.

Quixote Expeditions has a Guest Scientist Program where scientists can join any of our regularly scheduled trips in order to help them carry out their active research. This can be anyone working on a master’s or PhD thesis, professors and researchers at universities, and scientists associated with non-profits. We offer a free space onboard any of our scheduled trips for scientists to perform their research. We sail in remote places that are often hard for scientists to get to and for those with limited funding, impossible due to the expensive nature of working in remote areas. We hope that by offering these spaces – one per trip, that amazing and interesting science can be continued here at the end of the world.


In exchange we ask that the scientists to contribute the following:

  • To involve the other guests onboard with the research and data collecting if possible (Its not always possible!).
  • To present some of their current or past research while onboard.
  • At the end of the trip to prepare a short write up about the trip and the science that will then be posted on the QuixoteExpeditions Website.
  • To help operate the vessel (standing watch, helping in the galley, etc). Ocean Tramp, while a large sailboat, is still small compared to a larger research vessel. We ask that all scientists chip in, along with our guests.


We can offer free room and board to one scientists per trip. All other related costs are at the expense of the scientists. Please go to our website for the application and full details


Laura, Owner
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AGU Awards and Nominations

The AGU Cryosphere Focus Group Executive Committee reminds you that it is time to nominate your colleagues for AGU Fellow, AGU Ambassador, Cryosphere Early Career Award (10 years post-degree), and Nye lecturer. Fellow/Ambassador nominations are due March 15, 2017 and award nominations are due April 15, 2017. Instructions for the nominations can be found below. AGU is looking to increase diversity across awards and particularly encourages international and female nominees. International nominees are required to be AGU members for at least 3 years. As a reminder, nominations of Fellows and Ambassadors who declare multiple focus group/section affiliations will be reviewed within each focus group/section they declare within AGU.

If you are interested in participating in the AGU Cryosphere Executive Committee please contact one of the officers listed below. Follow us on Facebook at Cryosphere Focus Group for more information.


Noah Molotch, Awards Chair

Tavi Murray, President

Lora Koenig, President elect

Sinead Farrell, Secretary


Instructions for nominating an AGU Fellow:

Instructions for AGU Ambassador:

Instructions for nominating the Cryosphere Early Career Award:

Instructions for nominating the Nye Lecturer:


Nye Lecture Criteria for Nominee Proposals

Nominations for Nye Lecture should succinctly address:

a. The candidates history at producing relevant, cutting-edge science in any sub-discipline of cryosphere sciences research, as well as how the candidate’s prominent research would complement the Nye Lecture’s history

b. The candidate’s merit as a prominent member of the cryosphere sciences community

c. The candidate’s merit as an engaging, effective speaker to an audience of non-specialists.

Nominations should be limited to no more than 2 pages (with reasonable formatting choices) including the name, area of expertise, and potential lecture topics of the nominee. We actively encourage diversity in nationality, race, gender and career stage in nominees. Nominations may be submitted by a single individual or multiple individuals, but are limited to a single submission per individual per year. Nominations for the Nye Lecturer are to be submitted to Noah Molotch, Cryosphere Science Focus Group Awards Chair, before or on the posted deadline.

Call for Papers: Journal of Territorial and Maritime Studies Summer/Fall 2017

The Journal of Territorial and Maritime Studies announces a call for papers for the Summer/Fall 2017 issue.

The Journal of Territorial and Maritime Studies (JTMS) is an interdisciplinary journal of research on territorial and maritime issues sponsored by the Northeast Asia History Foundation, with editorial offices hosted by Yonsei University in South Korea. The journal provides an academic medium for the announcement and dissemination of research results in the fields of history, international law, international relations, geography, peace studies, and any other relevant discipline. The journal covers all continental areas across the world, and it discusses any territorial and maritime subject through the various research methods from different perspectives. Practical studies, as well as theoretical works, which contribute to a better understanding of territorial and maritime issues are encouraged.

Manuscript submissions should include four sections:

- A title page,
- A structured abstract,
- A main body, and
- References.

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically.

Manuscript submission deadline: 1 April 2017.

To submit a manuscript, email all required documents to:
Lonnie Edge
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For information on proposal guidelines and style guide, go to:

For questions, contact:
JTMS Editorial Office
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