Thank You to Those Delegates & Participants Attended SCAR Open Science Conference 2016

Keynote Speakers

Dr Christina Hulbe

Weyprecht Lecture

Title: The Ross Ice Shelf: 190 years (or more) of exploration

Time & Date: 0830 – 0900 hours | 22 August 2016, Monday

Dr Christina Hulbe is Professor and Dean of the National School of Surveying at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand. She is lead PI for the Aotearoa New Zealand Ross Ice Shelf Programme. The multi-institutional, interdisciplinary programme investigates rate-determining processes associated with deglaciation in the Ross Sea, working across scales in space and time and visiting sites where critical observations can be made. Christina began her Antarctic career working with Ian Willans on what was at the time named Ice Stream B. She earned her BS in Engineering Geology at Montana Tech, her MS in Geology at The Ohio State University and her PhD in Geophysics at the University of Chicago (1998). She moved to Otago in 2013. She is engaged in a number of service activities, including co-chaired the Local Organising Committee of the SCAR 2012 OSC and chairing, since 2003, the International Glaciological Society's Publications Committee.

Professor Robert DeConto

Tinker-Muse Lecture

Title: Thresholds for the Birth and Death of an Ice Sheet

Time & Date: 0830 – 0915 hours | 23 August 2016, Tuesday

The 2016 Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica has been awarded to Professor Robert DeConto, University of Massachusetts-Amherst. 

Rob DeConto's background spans geology, oceanography, atmospheric science and glaciology. He studied at the University of Colorado in the late 1980s and early 1990s before undertaking one of the first PhD studies on Earth System modelling to help understand warm climates in the geologic past. This was followed by post doctoral positions at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), before joining the faculty of the University of Massachusetts.

In the last fifteen years, Rob's work has focused on the climate of Antarctica, the dynamics of ice sheets, and the sensitivity of the Antarctic Ice Sheets (and sea level) to conditions warmer than today. The need for model/field data integration was born in part from an international workshop he organized in 2002 that laid the ground work for what would eventually become the SCAR Antarctic Climate Evolution (ACE) and SCAR Past Antarctic Ice Sheet Dynamics (PAIS) scientific research programmes. His leadership has been instrumental in bringing ice sheet modelling and data acquisition communities together, enabling a data-constrained modelling approach to understanding the past and future behaviour of Antarctica's ice sheets. This initially led to the now classic 2003 Nature paper with modeller David Pollard, Pennsylvania State University, which presented a new coupled ice sheet-climate model showing how atmospheric CO2 levels declining below ~3 times pre-industrial levels could initiate ice sheet growth on Antarctica.

Professor Mahlon “Chuck” Kennicutt II


Title: The Path to the Promise of Antarctic Science in Two Decades

Time & Date: 0830 – 0900 hours | 25 August 2016, Thursday

Professor Mahlon “Chuck” Kennicutt II received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Union College, Schenectady, NY (1974) and a Ph. D. in Oceanography from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (1980). After graduation, he served as a Department of Energy Post-doctoral appointee and adjunct Professor of Chemistry at the University of Tulsa for 1½ years. Dr. Kennicutt returned to Texas A&M University as a founding member of the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG). He worked as a Research Scientist for more than 23 years in GERG rising to Director from 1998-2004.

In 2004, Professor Kennicutt was named the Director of Sustainable Development in the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) at Texas A&M University and continued to lead the Sustainable Coastal Margins Program (SCMP) created in 2000. In the OVPR, he was involved in developing concepts for research programs at a branch campus in Doha, Qatar and worked on university/private sector partnerships. In 2004, Dr. Kennicutt returned to the Oceanography Department and the Environmental Programs where he taught oceanography, polar science, and science and policy. Professor Kennicutt’s interests include: environmental chemistry; organic geochemistry, the fate and effect of pollutants, environmental monitoring, ecosystem health, Antarctic environmental issues and sustainability science. Dr. Kennicutt was a Professor in the Department of Oceanography from 2002-2013 and was named Professor Emeritus upon his retirement (2013).

Professor Kennicutt first travelled to Antarctic as a graduate student in 1977 on a cruise with the Argentine Navy on the ARA Islas Orcadas (the USNS Eltanin). He next went south in 1990 in response to the grounding of the Argentine ship Bahia Paraiso and the subsequent oil spill at Palmer Station. This marked the beginning of more than 22 years of research on the impact of humans on Antarctica. Professor Kennicutt served as the U.S. Alternate Delegate (5 yrs.) and Delegate (9 yrs.) to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). He served as a SCAR Vice President from 2004 -2008 and SCAR President from 2008-2012. Dr. Kennicutt was an ex officio member of the National Academies Polar Research Board for 14 years, a science advisor to the U.S. State Department Antarctic Treaty Delegation for 7 years, and attended 10 Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings. Among other honors, Professor Kennicutt was named a National Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences for life and was awarded the Antarctic Service Medal of the U.S. An Antarctic geographic feature was officially named Kennicutt Point in 2006.

Dr. Elie Poulin

Antarctic Science Sponsored Lecture

Title: Diversification or marine benthic fauna in the southern Ocean: A Phylogeographic and Phylogenetic Perspective

Time & Date: 0830 – 0900 hours | 26 August 2016, Friday

Dr. Elie Poulin has a long trajectory in Antarctic and sub-Antarctic Science. In 1992 he initiated his research on reproductive modes among Antarctic marine invertebrates in the course of his Ph.D. studies in Ecology and Evolution in Montpellier II University in France. During this time, he participated in several expeditions, including a 13 month overwintering expedition with the French Polar Institute, based in the sub-Antarctic Kerguelen Archipelago, but visiting as well Terre Adélie in East Antarctica. After his Ph.D. thesis Dr. Poulin moved to Chile in 1999 for a post-doctoral position at the Catholic University in Santiago, mainly focused on ecological and evolutionary processes in the Humboldt Current. In 2003 he accepted a position of Assistant Professor at the Department of Ecological Sciences, Faculty of Sciences. In 2004 he participated in the first of a series of Antarctic expeditions with the Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH), to be followed in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2011. During 2008 he organized a collaborative diving expedition between Chilean and French researchers along the Antarctic Peninsula, with joint Chile-French funding from the CONICYT-CNRS ECOS program. Similarly, Dr. Poulin participated to a French expedition to Kerguelen Island during Austral summer 2013.

Dr. Poulin has trained 11 PhD and 6 M.Sc. postgraduate students since 2005 among which several in Antarctic research (4 M.Sc. and 3 Ph.D. students), has published 60 ISI papers among which 20 deal on marine species from Antarctic and sub-Antarctic areas, including prestigious journals such as Evolution, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Molecular Ecology and BMC Evolutionary Biology, among others. He has led several national and international research projects, such as FONDECYT, International ECOS program, and has had important responsibilities in the Millennium Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB) from 2005 to 2013, as leader of the Evolution group. He is currently director of PhD program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in Universidad de Chile. Dr. Poulin is member of the Chilean Council of Antarctic Research and has been Work Package 3 leader (Patterns of gene flow and consequences for population dynamics) of the International SCAR-EBA (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research-Evolution and Biodiversity) program until it ended. He has also participated in numerous national and international Antarctic congresses, such as SCAR Open Science Conferences, SCAR Biology Symposia and Antarctic Latin-American congresses.