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Science AMA Series: We’re the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), here to talk about life and science in the polar regions, Ask Us Anything!
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Hi Reddit! The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is here to promote Polar Week! What is ​that​?​ There are two International Polar Weeks each year​ – ​one in March and one in September​ ​–​ ​which coincide with the equinoxes,​ the only time ​when everywhere on Earth has 12 hours of daylight. ​Polar Week is a series of international events with the goal of promoting the science that takes place in polar latitudes, and educating the public about all things polar. For the upcoming Polar Week we are specifically highlighting #PolarPeople, humans and their activities and impacts on the poles. Did you know that there are people living in Antarctica year-round? Or that permafrost thaw is causing infrastructure damage and affecting communities worldwide? This AMA is just one of many events ​being held world-wide to connect and educate the public about all things polar. ​See a full calendar of events here: http://www.apecs.is/outreach/international-polar-week/upcoming-polar-week.html APECS ​is an international and interdisciplinary organization for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators​,​ and others with interests in ​Earth’s ​Polar Regions ​(Antarctica and the Arctic) ​​as well as the wider cryosphere. ​Our goals include creating opportunities for the development of innovative, international, and interdisciplinary collaborations among current early career polar researchers as well as recruiting, retaining​,​ and promoting the next generation of polar enthusiasts.​ Learn more here: http://www.apecs.is​ APECS members participating in this AMA are early-career polar scientists in a variety of research areas with experience working in the polar regions in remote field locations and in some native communities, studying everything from sea-ice interactions to charismatic animals​ ​like​ ​penguins.​ ​We will be answering questions related to our research, what it’s like to work in the polar regions, or even how to get into polar research. Learn more about and join APECS for free here: http://www.apecs.is/get-involved/join-apecs.html Participants: Liz Ceperley:​ PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison researching the dynamics and history of glaciers in the Arctic, such as the Petermann Glacier in Greenland and well the paleoclimate of the last 20,000 years and has conducted fieldwork in the Arctic five times. Linkedin Alex Thornton: ​Master’s student researching the ecology of Pacific walrus​ and oceanography in response to environmental change. Website Jean Holloway: ​PhD student at the University of Ottawa in Canada, researching the impacts of forest fires on discontinuous permafrost in the Canadian arctic. She has done work in the Canadian arctic over the past 5 years, travelled to a remote fly-in site, and seen a polar bear face-to-face. Samantha Darling: ​PhD student at McGill University’s Sustainable Futures Lab, with research focusing on natural resources, governance and capacity in Northern Canada. Website Linkedin Aja Ellis: ​Postdoctoral researcher at Carnegie Mellon University working on aerosols, biomass burning, and Antarctic paleoclimate. Sara Strey: Meteorology Teaching Fellow at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, USA. Sara’s research focuses on interactions between Arctic climate change and midlatitudes.