University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Dr. Ranjan Datta is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at University of Regina, Canada. Ranjan’s research interests include advocating for Indigenous environmental sustainability, food Security in Arctic, Indigenous energy management, decolonization, Indigenous reconciliation, community-based research, and cross-cultural community empowerment. As an Indigenous scholar, he has developed a strong understanding of relational research frameworks from his 15 years working experience with various Indigenous and cross-cultural communities in Canada, USA, Norway, India, and Bangladesh. He has a total of 26 peer-reviewed publications on Indigenous land-water and sustainabilities issues, and his recent book, Indigenous Perspectives on Land-Water Management and Sustainability, published with Routledge. Currently he is also editing two books titled Responsibilities for land and reconciliation is under contact with University of Toronto Press and Reconciliation in Practice: A Cross-cultural Perspectives is in press with Fernwood Publishing.
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. I've developed a method to produce probabilistic seasonal forecasts of the September minimum sea ice extent which have been contributed to the Sea Ice Outlook hosted by the Sea Ice Prediction Network. I'm currently developing models to forecast date of sea ice retreat, advance, and melt onset.
I received my Bachelor’s of Science in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech, then spend the following eight years transitioning through careers as an engineer, technical writer and business developer, wilderness guide, and outdoor educator. This variety of work allowed me the opportunity to live and work in Guam, Hong Kong, and all across the U.S. These experiences led me to pursue higher education in Earth science, attending graduate school at the University of Colorado Boulder where I obtained my Master’s degree in Hydrology/Hydrometeorology, Water Resources, and Environmental Fluid Mechanics.
GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences, Germany
My name is Elizabeth Orr and I am a glacial geologist and geomorphologist. Part of the growing Alpine Cryosphere community in APECS, I work primarily in polar and high-altitude mountain settings, which include the Himalayan-Tibetan orogen and the Central Andes. My research focuses on answering questions about the role of glacial dynamics and process, and the broader cryosphere in landscape evolution, and the geomorphic impacts of climate change that are occurring now and in the future. I finished my PhD at the University of Cincinnati in the Spring of 2019, and have recently flown back across the pond to start a postdoctoral position at the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences, Potsdam. I have been a member of APECS since 2016 and served as a Council member since 2018.
NORCE Norwegian Research Centre, Norway
Representing the UK Polar Network (UKPN) on the APECS Council
My research focuses on marine microbial food webs, and the interactions between different components, from viruses to zooplankton. I am particularly interested in how these interactions impact biogeochemical cycling and marine food webs. I have been actively involved with the UK Polar Network and APECS since 2015.
National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, India
I have completed my PhD on the freshwater lakes. My current area of interest is education and outreach. Now, I am working as Project Scientist B in polar outreach activities at National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research, Goa, India. I joined the APECS Council for the 2016-17 term as council member and impressed with the team work and enthusiasm of working at APECS. Later I continued work as council member and contributed in various projects before being elected as National Coordinator for 2018- 2019. I am excited to be a part of APECS ExCom for the 2019-2020 term. This way I will be able to contribute in various projects besides supporting early career researchers and encouraging them to engage in more outreach activities.
University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
I am doing PhD of Political Science at University of East Anglia in the UK. My research interests are EU’s Foreign Policy, Grand Strategy, Regimes Theory and Game Theory Application on Foreign Policy Decision Making.
I was UACES Scholars of EU Studies 2017 granted by the University Association of Contemporary European Studies in London, UK.
On August 22, 2019, I was invited to deliver a talk on EU-China Relations at the EU Delegation to China in Beijing for the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China Talk Series.
I was visiting researcher at National University of Singapore, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tohoku University in Japan. I was also lucky to get the grants, scholarships and fellowships from Yale University, Indiana University Bloomington, Oxford University, Cambridge University, United Nations University, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Sir Philip Reckitt Education Trust, Santander Mobility Award, DAAD fellowships among others.