New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute - Science Panel

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    Professor Mahlon Chuck Kennicutt II (Chair)

    Chuck Kennicutt is Professor Emeritus of Oceanography at Texas A&M University. He was a member of the U.S. Department of State delegation to the Antarctic Treaty from 2002-2007, US Delegate to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) from 2003-2012 and ex officio member of the U.S. Polar Research Board from 1998-2014. He served as a Vice President (2004-2008) and President of SCAR (2008-2012) and led the first SCAR Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science Horizon Scan in 2014. Professor Kennicutt was named a National Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences for life, awarded the Antarctic Service Medal of the U.S. Antarctic Program and a geographic feature was officially named Kennicutt Point in 2006.

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    Professor Jane Francis

    Professor Francis is the Director of the British Antarctic Survey. She was a Professor of Palaeoclimatology and Dean of the Faculty of Environment at the University of Leeds, UK. She is Chair of the UK National Committee for Antarctic Research and recipient of a UK Polar Medal. Her principal research interests include palaeoclimatology and palaeobotany. Professor Francis’ work focused on understanding past climate change during both greenhouse and icehouse periods in the geological past, in both the Arctic and Antarctica.

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    Dr Yeadong Kim

    Dr Yeadong Kim is the President of the Korean Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) and was a principal research scientist in geophysics at KOPRI. He was the project manager for the construction of the Korean Antarctic station, Jang Bogo, which opened in February 2014 at Terra Nova Bay. Dr Kim was the president of the Korean Geophysical Society from 2004 to 2007 and is a current SCAR Vice President.

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    Professor Berry Lyons

    Professor Lyons is currently the Director of the School of Earth Sciences at the Ohio State University, and former Director of the Byrd Polar Research Center. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, American Association for the Advancement of Science and American Geophysical Union. Professor Lyons was the lead investigator (and is still an active member) of the McMurdo Dry Valleys Long Term Ecological Research program funded by the National Science Foundation.

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    Dr Steve Rintoul

    Dr Rintoul is a Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Fellow at the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research facility in Hobart, and leader of the Oceans program at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre. He is a recipient of the Australian Antarctic Medal and internationally recognised as a leading authority on the circulation of the Southern Ocean and how it affects global climate systems. Dr Rintoul was awarded the 2012 Martha T. Muse prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

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    Professor Diana Wall

    Professor Wall is the director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, a University Distinguished Professor of Biology and Senior Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University. She is the recipient of the 2012 SCAR President’s Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research and the 2013 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. Her research interests include how soil biodiversity contributes to healthy, productive soils, and the consequences of human activities on soil sustainability.