Executive Committee Members

AOS 2018 Exectuive Committee Members: Detailed bio's are provided below

Maribeth MurrayISAC International Program Office, Arctic Institute of North America, University of Calgary, Canada

Larry Hinzman, Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA

Volker RacholdInternational Arctic Science Committee, Potsdam, Germany

Barbara Ryan, Secretariat Director of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations, Switzerland

Eva KruemmelInuit Circumpolar Council, Canada

Peter Schlosser, Earth Institute, Columbia University, USA

Hajo EickenInternational Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA

Koni Steffen, Swiss Federal Research Institute, Switzerland 

Allen Pope, International Arctic Science Committee

Jan Rene Larsen, Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program/SAON Secretariat, Norway



 
     
     

Maribeth MurrayISAC International Program Office, Arctic Institute of North America, University of Calgary, Canada

Professor Maribeth Murray is a human ecologist and archaeologist with interests in climate/ecosystem/human interactions. As a member of faculty with the Department of Archaeology at the University of Calgary, Dr. Murray's research is focused on the human dimensions of climate change, and human and marine system dynamics in the Arctic and sub-Arctic. Her work emphasizes the integration of anthropological, climatological, historical, oceanographical, ecological, toxicological datasets to better understand how the Arctic functions as a system with people integral to that system. Her newest research activities include the development of a citizen-science program for marine observing, the development of polar climate change education tools for adults, and the analysis of climate impacts in a rapidly changing north, including the response of the research community to new challenges

 

Larry Hinzman, Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA

Professor Larry Hinzman is Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Hinzman served as the Director of the UAF International Arctic Research Center from 2007 to 2015 before stepping into his role as Vice Chancellor for Research. Dr. Hinzman’s primary research interests involve permafrost hydrology.  He has conducted hydrological and meteorological field studies in the Alaskan Arctic continuously for over 35 years while frequently collaborating on complementary research in the Russian and Canadian Arctic.  His research efforts have involved characterizing and quantifying hydrological processes and their inter-dependence with climate and ecosystem dynamics.  He has served as a member of the U.S. Polar Research Board and now serves as an Ex-Officio member of that board.  Hinzman is the US delegate and vice-president of the International Arctic Science Committee and vice-chair of SAON (Sustaining Arctic Observations Network).  He is strongly committed to facilitating national and international partnerships to advance our understanding of the arctic system.

 

 

 

Volker RacholdInternational Arctic Science Committee, Potsdam, Germany

Professor Volker Rachold is the Head of the German Arctic Office, which serves as an information and cooperation platform between German stakeholders from science, politics and industry. Dr Rachold's functions include managing the dialogue between German Arctic players, supporting the federal ministries interested in Arctic matters, coordinating Germany´s scientific input to the Arctic Council and planning and implementing national and international Arctic-related events and projects. Before moving to the German Arctic Office in 2017, he served as the Executive Secretary of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) since 2006. Dr. Rachold graduated as a geochemist from Göttingen University, where he also obtained his Ph.D. in 1994. Since then he worked with the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research. His research focused on land-ocean interactions in the Siberian Arctic and he led several land- and ship-based Russian-German expeditions. He is author and editor of numerous scientific papers and serves as a reviewer for scientific journals and funding agencies. 

   

Barbara Ryan, Secretariat Director of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations

Barbara J. Ryan, is the Secretariat Director of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) in Geneva, Switzerland. GEO is comprised of 104 Member States, the European Commission, and 109 international scientific and technical partner organizations. Under Ryan’s leadership, millions of satellite images and other Earth observation data have been made available to the general public at no charge, allowing scientists, planners and policy makers to make better-informed decisions on problems that transcend political boundaries. Her work addresses critical issues in agriculture, biodiversity, climate change, disaster planning, energy, health and water. Since becoming Director of GEO in 2012, Ryan has worked to integrate Earth observation systems from around the world into a single, comprehensive system that uses coordinated data to understand how environmental factors impact human life. Like Ryan’s career body of work, the system helps guide decision makers toward better agricultural, energy and land-use decisions.

 

   

Eva KruemmelInuit Circumpolar Council, Canada

Eva Kruemmel’s university education includes a Diploma in Biology from the University of Cologne, Germany (1998), and a Ph.D. in Biology with a Specialization in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology from the University of Ottawa, Canada (2006). Post-doctoral studies at the University of Ottawa followed (2007-2008 and 2009-2011). Dr Kruemmel's research topics have been the importance of Pacific salmon as vectors of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), the relations of diet, contaminants and diabetes in two Native communities in northwestern Ontario, and the origin and fate of mercury in the Arctic. Eva started working for the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Canada Office in June 2008, and held a position there as a Senior Policy Advisor on Environment & Health. She has been representing ICC in various international fora, for example at United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee (INC) meetings on Mercury, meetings of the Stockholm Convention on POPs and the UNFCCC. Eva also represented ICC Canada in the Research Management Committee of the Northern Contaminants Program and in Arctic Council working- and expert groups, such as the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP). She represents ICC as a Board member to the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON), and is also a member of the SAON Executive Committee.In May 2016, Eva and her husband Michael Scheer founded “ScienTissiME”, with the goal to make knowledge more easily accessible by developing custom software for a variety of data needs, contributing to research and offering policy advice.

 

 

 

 

Peter Schlosser, Earth Institute, Columbia University, USA

As the deputy director and director of research at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, Professor Peter Schlosser plays an active role in developing interdisciplinary research on sustainable development in addition to conducting his own research, teaching, designing courses and publishing regularly. For several decades, Peter Schlosser has been one of the world’s leading earth scientists. His research is directed at understanding the natural state of the Earth’s hydrosphere, including its oceans, groundwater and terrestrial surface waters, as well as the human perturbation of our planet’s natural state. One dimension of his focus on anthropogenic impacts on our planet is climate change, one of Schlosser’s specific areas of expertise. He is the founding director of the Columbia Climate Center (CCC) , which partners with approximately 20 schools, departments and centers at Columbia and the Earth Institute to promote multidisciplinary research collaborations across the University. Through these collaborations, the CCC aims to improve humankind's capacity to understand, predict and respond to climate variability and change within a multidisciplinary approach to sustainable development.

   

Hajo EickenInternational Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA

Hajo Eicken is Professor of Geophysics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and Director of the International Arctic Research Center at UAF. His research focuses on sea ice geophysics and the importance of sea ice in Arctic social-environmental systems. He has helped build an integrated sea-ice observatory in northern Alaska as an interface between geophysical and local knowledge of ice conditions and hazards. He heads an effort at UAF to enhance use of scientific data by stakeholders, drawing on a number of different approaches, including scenarios development and analysis. As immediate-past Chair of the Science Steering Committee of the US Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH), he has worked towards the establishment of an observing network to improve understanding and responses to rapid Arctic change. 

   

Koni Steffen, Swiss Federal Research Institute, Switzerland 

Dr. Konrad (Koni) Steffen is the Director of the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL and a Professor in Climate and Cryosphere at the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) at EPF-Lausanne, and at the Institute for Atmosphere and Climate at the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology (ETH) in Zürich, Switzerland. He is responsible for vital instrumentation deployed in the Arctic to help us monitor the significant changes taking place on the Greenland Ice Sheet.  Without his work, human knowledge of Arctic climate, warming, and melting dynamics would be substantially diminished. He has led field expeditions to the Greenland ice sheet, to Antarctica, and other Polar Regions for the past 40 years to measure the dynamic response of ice masses under a warming climate. He has published over 130 peer-reviewed papers and 15 book chapters. He spent 24 years at the University of Colorado and led the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) before returning to his homeland in July 2012. He is a member of the ESA Climate Advisory board, the Advising Board of the Alfred Wegner Institute for Polar and Marine Sciences in Germany, the Swedish Polar Institute, and several research institutes.

   

Allen Pope, International Arctic Science Committee

Dr. Allen Pope is the Executive Secretary for the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC, [http://www.iasc.info)]www.iasc.info). He is also a research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (University of Colorado Boulder) where he studies remote sensing of glaciers and ice sheets. Allen holds a Ph.D. in Polar Studies from Cambridge University and is the former president of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists. He also enjoys sharing and discussing polar science with the public and tweets @PopePolar.

   

Jan Rene Larsen, Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program/SAON Secretariat, Norway

Since 2011, Jan Rene has served as the Secretary for the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) and Deputy Executive Secretary for the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), a working group of the Arctic Council. Mr Larsen has extensive background in environmental biology, statistics and computer science.