New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute - Science Panel

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    Professor Robert Dunbar (Chair)

    Professor Dunbar is the W.M. Keck, Sr. Professor of Earth Sciences at Stanford University. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Woods Institute for the Environment, a Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, and Director of the Stanford University Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry Laboratory. He received the Antarctic Service Medal of the United States in 1983 and the SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research in 2016. Professor Dunbar serves as a Trustee for the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, and is a member of the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the U.S. National Academies. He co-authored the 2015 National Academy of Sciences report on Strategic Visions for Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research. His research group examines coastal biogeochemistry, present and past climate change, and melt rates of ice sheets.

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    Professor Carlota Escutia

    Professor Escutia is a researcher of the Spanish High Council for Scientific Research (CSIC). In 2009, she was granted a Blaustein Visiting Professorship from the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University. Her principal research interests r focus on understanding Antarctic Ice Sheet dynamics and related paleoceanographic and sea level changes. She has led 22 international projects, among them the IODP Expedition 318, and scheduled IODP Expedition 373. She chaired the SCAR-Antarctic Climate Evolution and the SCAR-Past Antarctic Ice Sheet Dynamics (PAIS) Research Programmes (2008-2016); and the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling Science Support and Advisory Committee (ESSAC) (2011-2013).

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    Professor Dame Jane Francis - DCMG

    Professor Dame Jane Francis is the Director of the British Antarctic Survey. She was previously Professor of Palaeoclimatology and Dean of the Faculty of Environment at the University of Leeds, UK, and is a recipient of the UK Polar Medal. Her principal research interests focus on understanding past climate change during greenhouse and icehouse periods in the geological past, in both the Arctic and Antarctica.

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    DR Jill Mikucki

    Dr Mikucki is an Assistant Professor of Microbiology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is a member of the Science Advisory Board to the United States Ice Drilling Program Office and chair of its Subglacial Access Working Group. She received her PhD. in Antarctic Microbial Ecology from Montana State University in 2005 and has remained interested in the structure and function of microbial ecosystems below ice ever since. Jill has participated in numerous Antarctic field projects including the sampling of subglacial Lake Whillans and Blood Falls. She is particularly motivated by multidisciplinary collaborations for the clean access exploration of subglacial environments.

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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 Martin Siegert

    Professor Siegert is Co-Director of the Grantham Institute, and Professor of Geosciences at Imperial College London. His research interests are in the field of glaciology, specifically using geophysical techniques to quantify the flow and form of ice sheets both now and in the past. He leads the UK NERC Lake Ellsworth Consortium, which aims to directly measure and explore an ancient subglacial lake in West Antarctica. In 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and was awarded the 2013 Martha T Muse Prize in Antarctic Science and Policy.

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    Dr Ho Il Yoon

    Dr Yoon is the President of Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) and is a paleoceanographer. He has been participating in the Korean Polar Research Program since 1988 and also wintered twice at the King Sejong Station in Antarctica. Since 2004, he has been teaching graduate students in Korea at the University of Science and Technology as a Professor. For a number of years, he served as Committee member of SCAR and Board member of Geological Society of Korea. He is currently serving as a Committee member of ANDRILL and Vice President of Polar Technology Research Committee in Korea.

  • Professor Byron Adams

    Byron Adams is a University Professor of Biology at Brigham Young University, USA.  He helped develop the SCAR Antarctic Thresholds – Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation research program and is a United States representative to the SCAR Standing Scientific Group on Life Sciences.  Byron has had continuous funding from the US National Science Foundation since 2002, including support for the McMurdo Dry Valleys Long Term Ecological Research project, and as leader of two expeditionary projects in the Transantarctic Mountains.  His research program in evolutionary ecology focuses on how organisms, communities, and ecosystems respond to climate-driven environmental disturbance.