ScienceWe are Arctic and Antarctic scientists celebrating International Polar Week! Ask us anything!
Sep 23rd 2017 by Polar_Science • 22 Questions • 72 Points
For this International Polar Week, members of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS; www.apecs.is) are highlighting how we all live in a #PolarWorld, where issues happening in the poles affect everyone on the globe. To help celebrate, we want to discuss the interconnectivity of Earth, international collaborations, and people living and working in the poles. APECS is the future of polar science; ask us anything!
As we’re logging in from around the world (Belgium, Canada, India, Portugal, South Africa, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the United States), you can expect our answers over the next 24-hours. You can also join in on the Polar Week discussions across social media at #PolarWeek and #PolarWorld, or learn more about APECS’ celebrations here.
APECS members participating in today’s iAMA are, in alphabetical order by surname:
- Tonya Burgers is an ocean chemist from Canada and collects seawater samples to measure dissolved inorganic carbon to understand rates of ocean acidification and air-sea CO2 exchange in the Arctic.
- Henrik Christiansen is a marine biologist from Belgium and investigates the connectivity and adaptation of Southern Ocean fish.
- Archana Dayal is a biogeochemist from the UK and studies snow and ice microbes/biogeochemistry in the High Arctic (Svalbard) for her PhD. (Twitter)
- Jean Holloway is a scientist in Canada who is interested in how permafrost is responding to climate change in the Canadian Arctic. (Twitter)
- Kyle Mayers is a marine biologist from the UK, and interested in studying the interactions between algae and their grazers (zooplankton). (Twitter)
- Ricardo Molina is a scientist from Guatemala and working in the United States, and his research is part of the The Polar Earth Observing Network (POLENET) project.
- Swati Nagar is a biologist from India, studied freshwater lakes and interested in conducting outreach activities in polar sciences for students and public. (Twitter)
- Gabriela Roldan is a researcher from Argentina and works in New Zealand, and studies connections that Antarctic Gateway cities construct, resulting in a unique “Antarctic identity." (https://twitter.com/Antarcticdentty)
- Marius Rossouw is a plant ecophysiologist from South Africa, trying to understand how sub-Antarctic ferns are coping with climate change. (Twitter)
- José Seco is a Marine biologist from Portugal, and is interested in looking to the pathway of heavy metals on the marine food web (from crustaceans, fish, squid, marine birds). (Twitter)
- Sara Strey is an atmospheric scientist in the United States, studying interactions between the Arctic and midlatitudes from the perspective of air sea interactions. (Twitter)
- Alex Thornton is a marine ecologist from Alaska in the United States, and is interested in studying how polar marine mammals and seabirds respond to environmental change. (Twitter)
Yes, I have been vegan for 15+ years. It started for the environment and quickly my stance was confirmed for myself the more I learn about sustainable agriculture, climate change, health benefits, etc. I live in a country where it's possible to have access to all the nutrition I need through a complete vegan diet, so I adhere to it, though also work with subsistence hunters who do not have that luxury. -Alex
Google's free my dude, 5 min of research will show that animal ag is a huge driver of climate change and biodiversity loss, water wastage, etc. So it's pretty hypocritical for people who care about climate change or actually work in the field to support such an environmentally devastating industry for their taste buds. Sorry to burst your ignorant bubble.
I wouldn't say it is a matter of we don't care. People come into polar science for a variety of different reasons, and although environmental conservation is a core factor in what we do, sometimes the science of these environments is enough to draw people in. I have many friends who work in environmental science who make an active life choice to reduce consumption of meat, palm oil and animal products. Sometimes it can be difficult in stressful environments (and harsh environments) to maintain these practices, even though sometimes it is possible. Scientists (esp. Polar scientists) are communicating to people all the time about the impacts of anthropogenic climate change on these environments. So through this we hope people will change their lifestyles. I hope this makes sense, apologies I am on the move :) Kyle
What do you want to see being achieved within your lifetime?
On a lighter note - tourism might hit through the roof, if one were to find polar bears and penguins together!! Thanks, it is a privilege to be in this field :) - Archana.
Thanks for answering Kyle! I too figured it'd be pretty cold all year round.
If you look at the average temperatures for Alert in Canada (~82 deg North, Longyearbyen is ~79 in Svalbard) you can see it is MUCH colder! http://www.holiday-weather.com/alert_ca/averages/ - Kyle
As someone who is considering an education in climate science. What are some fields that are in high demand in the near future?
It's great that you are interested in climate Science and teaching people. You can visit APECS website for more options, as how can you contribute to the science as well as to the society by making people aware about Polar Science -swati