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Arctic Live 2017 Team

Meet the speakers who are part of this year’s Arctic Live team.

Live-links from the Arctic

Jamie Buchanan-DunlopJamie Buchanan-Dunlop
Director, Digital Explorer
An experienced educator, Jamie is always searching for new ways for children to learn about their changing world both inside and outside the classroom. This process started with taking young people from East London schools on expedition to Morocco and the Gulf and using new satellite and media communications to share this experience live with thousands of pupils back in the classroom. Leaving teaching to work on these projects full-time, he founded Digital Explorer to continue this work. This has seen him lead numerous education expeditions to Africa, the Middle East and Asia as well as working with science teams in the Arctic, Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef.
Twitter: @jamie_bd
Digital Explorer Arctic Live 2017Dr. Bianca Perren
Quaternary Paleoecologist,
British Antarctic Survey

Bianca is a Quaternary paleoecologist with a specialization in Arctic/Antarctic environmental change. She has spent the last 15+ years working in the Arctic, on Ellesmere Island, Svalbard, and Greenland, investigating how ecosystems respond to past and ongoing climate change. Now she is working on recovering records of past climates from the sub Antarctic islands that encircle the Antarctic continent. Her work has been cited by the IPCC and has appeared on CBC radio’s Quirks and Quarks, and in National Geographic and New Scientist magazine. She is also a painter and printmaker, taking advantage of polar field seasons to capture her impressions of remote, changing landscapes on paper.

Live-links with polar scientists based in the UK and Norway

Dr Ceri LewisDr Ceri Lewis
Lecturer in Marine Biology, University of Exeter

Ceri Lewis is an experienced marine biologist with expertise in how environmental change and pollution affects reproductive processes in marine animals. Ceri currently holds a lectureship position at Exeter University and is conducting research into how marine animals adapt and respond to environmental change, such as ocean acidification, climate change and increasing pollution. As part of this research Ceri joined the Catlin Arctic Survey in 2010 and 2011 to study ocean acidification processes in the High Arctic during the winter-spring transition period, enduring temperatures as low as -40°C in the pursuit of vital scientific data on climate change. She also helps run a tropical marine ecology field trip to study the coral reefs in the Bahamas and recently did a research cruise into marine microplastics off the coast of Maine from a 60ft yacht.
Twitter: @CezzaLew

Dr Kelly HoganDr Kelly Hogan
Marine Geophysicist, British Antarctic Survey
Kelly Hogan is a marine geophysicist who specializes in reconstructing past Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets. Specifically, Kelly uses glacial geomorphology and sedimentary processes at the seafloor (imaged and sampled from ships) to determine past patterns of ice flow and how quickly the ice retreated since the last glacial some 20,000 years ago. Kelly links these results to past, natural changes in climate helping to improve our understanding of the response of the Cryosphere to future climatic change. She has participated in 9 research cruises since 2006 to the Antarctic Peninsula, Bellingshausen and Amundsen seas in the South and around Svalbard and Greenland in the North.
Marta MisiakMarta Misiak
PhD Student, British Antarctic Survey and Cardiff University

Marta Misiak is a PhD student at the NERC British Antarctic Survey and the Cardiff University, UK, working on soil fungi in Arctic and Antarctic. She is particularly interested in how fungi present in these cold parts of the world and how they are going to respond to warming. This gap in knowledge needs to be filled as fungi are pivotal to many ecosystem processes, notably nutrient cycling. Temperature increases in polar regions are already having negative effects on ecosystems, but still little is known of how warming might affect polar soil fungi.

Ben SaudersBen Saunders
Polar explorer, endurance athlete and motivational speaker

Ben Saunders is one of the world’s leading polar explorers, and a record-breaking long-distance skier who has covered more than 6,000km (3,700 miles) on foot in the Polar Regions since 2001. His accomplishments include leading The Scott Expedition, the longest human-powered polar journey in history, and the first completion of the expedition that defeated Captain Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton, a 105-day round-trip from Ross Island on the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again.
Ben is the third person in history to ski solo to the North Pole, and holds the record for the longest solo Arctic journey by a Briton. He is also an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, a patron of British Exploring, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and an acclaimed keynote speaker, described by TED (where he has spoken three times) as ‘A master storyteller‘.
Twitter: @polarben

Markus FreyDr Markus Frey
Ice & Atmospheric Chemistry Scientist, British Antarctic Survey

Dr Markus Frey is an Ice & Atmospheric Chemistry Scientist based at the British Antarctic Survey. His research has taken him to Antarctica 7 times and to the Arctic 4 times. In 2015 he spent six weeks aboard the Norwegian research vessel “ RV Lance” that was frozen into the Arctic sea ice. This pioneering project studying the entire life cycle of Arctic sea ice meant researchers had to endure challenging Arctic winter conditions with complete darkness, temperatures frequently dropping to below -30ºC and polar bears. Markus carried out experiments on the sea ice and in the ship’s Crow’s Nest to understand better how salty blowing snow during winter storms may release sea salt particles to the atmosphere. Small sea salt particles floating in air are important for climate because they contribute to cloud formation.

Jennifer KingDr Jennifer King
Postdoctoral researcher, Norwegian Polar Institute

Dr Jennifer King’s interest in Polar regions stemmed from participation in an expedition to Greenland in summer 2000. This interest was further developed during a physical geography degree at the University of Reading, including two periods of fieldwork & travel on Svalbard. An interest in satellite remote sensing came later, whilst pursuing a Masters in Glaciology at Aberystwyth University, the fusion of the two led Jennifer to her PhD research at the University of Sheffield on the use of SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) for tracking sea ice movement.
Jennifer’s current postdoc position is at the Norwegian Polar Institute where her research combines remote sensing techniques with in-situ measurements to investigate sea ice thickness and dynamics. Jennifer recently participated in the NICE2015 expedition, a multidisciplinary observational study on drifting Arctic sea ice in the region north of Svalbard from winter to summer in early 2015.

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