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.
Professor Barrett is Professor Emeritus of Geology at Victoria University of Wellington where he is a founding member of the Climate Change Research Institute. He has received numerous awards in recognition of his Antarctic research including the Marsden Medal by the New Zealand Association of Scientists (2004) the SCAR President’s Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Antarctic Science (2006) and the New Zealand Antarctic Medal (2010).
Professor Chown is the Head of the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University in Australia. He has worked on Antarctic terrestrial and marine ecosystems and their constituent species for the past 25 years. Much of his research has been taken up in conservation policy in the region. In 2009, Professor Chown was awarded the first Martha T. Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica, and in 2014 he received the SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Orheim was Director of the Norwegian Polar Institute for more than a decade and subsequently Executive Secretary for the International Polar Year Secretariat. He was the Vice President of SCAR, chaired many meetings within the Antarctic Treaty system and was the first Chair of the Committee for Environmental Protection. He has more than 80
publications covering glacier mass balance and climate, ice dynamics, remote sensing, and politics of the polar-regions. In 2007 he was knighted under the Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav.
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.
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.