John Turner is a research scientist at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, UK where he leads a project investigating recent Antarctic climate change and how it may change over the next century. He has had a long involvement with SCAR and was the Chief Officer of the Physical Sciences Standing Scientific Group from 2002 to 2006 and chaired the steering committee of the SCAR programme on Antarctica and the Global Climate System from 2005 to 2008. He is the co-author of ‘Antarctic Meteorology and Climatology’ and ‘Polar Lows: Mesoscale Weather Systems in the Polar Regions’, both of which were published by Cambridge University Press. He was awarded the International Journal of Climatology Prize of the Royal Meteorological Society in 2005.
Robert Bindschadler is Chief Scientist of NASA's Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, a Senior Fellow of the Goddard Space Flight Center, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and a past President of the International Glaciological Society. He maintains an active interest in glaciers and ice sheets and has led 15 Antarctic field expeditions to study dynamics of the West Antarctic ice sheet. During his 29 years at NASA, he has developed numerous unique applications of remote sensing data for glaciological research including measuring ice velocity and elevation using both visible and radar imagery, monitoring melt of the ice sheet by microwave emissions, and detecting changes in ice-sheet volume by repeat space-borne radar altimetry. He has testified before Congress, briefed the U.S. Vice President, published over 140 scientific papers, including numerous review articles and is often quoted commenting on glaciological impacts of the climate on the world's ice sheets and glaciers.
Peter Convey is a research scientist at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, UK where he is the senior terrestrial ecologist in a wide-ranging programme investigating ecosystem structure and function in the Antarctic, and how this responds to environmental variability and change. He has wide research interests ranging from genomics and ecophysiology to historical biogeography. He is Co-Chair of the current SCAR Science Research Programme 'Evolution and Biodiversity in Antarctica' (2005-2013), and was a Steering Committee member of its predecessor programme 'Regional Sensitivity to Climate Change in Antarctica' (2000-2005). He is a co-editor of ‘Trends in Antarctic Terrestrial and Limnetic Ecosystems: Antarctica as a Global Indicator’, published by Springer.
Guido Di Prisco
Guido Di Prisco is a Director of Research of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). His expertise lies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and his particular interests in molecular adaptation and evolution in polar oceans and the impact of climate change. He has undertaken 13 expeditions at Mario Zucchelli Station in the Ross Sea, and 6 at Palmer Station on the Antarctic Peninsula, and participated in 3 research cruises in the Antarctic/sub-Antarctic. A member of SCAR's Standing Scientific Group on Life Sciences, he is Co-Chair of SCAR's research programme on Evolution and Biodiversity in the Antarctic, and helped to steer its predecessor biological programmes. Guido has been Guest Editor of 5 books in his subject area, and of a number of Special Issues of high impact journals in his field. He is author or co-author of over 280 peer-reviewed articles.
Eberhard Fahrbach is a research scientist at the Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar-und Meeresforschung and head of the Observational Oceanography section. He has the position of scientific coordinator of RV “Polarstern”. He is working on water masses and circulation in Polar oceans. He has participated in 18 cruises to the Antarctic and the Arctic most of them as chief scientist. He was and is a member of a variety of national and international steering groups and committees. In 2007 he was awarded the Georg Wüst Prize by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Meeresforschung.
Julian Gutt is a research scientist at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany, and has been involved in polar research for 25 years. His interests focus on ecosystem responses to climate-induced disturbance. In 2006/07 he was the principal investigator of an expedition to the area where the Larsen A and B ice shelves had recently disintegrated, to examine the way in which these areas were being recolonised by new organisms. He is a member of the steering committee of the "Census of Antarctic Marine Life". Together with John Turner, he chairs SCAR's Action Group on "Prediction of Changes in the Physical and Biological Environments of the Antarctic". Besides many scientific articles he has written several chapters for popular books on marine biodiversity and environmental change.
Dominic Hodgson is a research scientist at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, UK. He is a Quaternary Scientist with a particular interest in high latitude environmental change. His current research involves using lake sediments, as well as polar marine sediment and ice cores, to investigate how different parts of the Earth System have interacted to produce the large climate changes that occurred naturally in the past. Recent career highlights include developing new relative sea level curves for Antarctica, reconstructing the Holocene history of Antarctic Peninsula ice shelves, documenting climate history from lakes that have survived through glacial cycles, and working on a recently emerged subglacial lake. Dr Hodgson has led research in many regions of Antarctica including east Antarctica, the Antarctic Peninsula, Maritime Antarctic and Subantarctic Islands.
Paul Andrew Mayewski
Paul Andrew Mayewski is Director and Professor of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine. He has led more than 50 research expeditions throughout polar and high mountain regions including leadership of the 25 institution Greenland Ice Sheet Project Two and the 21 nation International Trans Antarctic Scientific Expedition. He has authored more than 300 peer reviewed articles and appears regularly in public media venues discussing climate change. In 2006 he was awarded the SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research.
Colin Summerhayes is a geologist with an extensive career in oceanography, whose most recent scientific research has been on how climate change affected ocean currents and oceanic productivity during the past 100,000 years. A former Director of the UK's Institute of Oceanographic Sciences Deacon Laboratory, now part of the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK, he spent 7 years as Director of the Global Ocean Observing System Project for UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission in Paris before joining SCAR as Executive Director in 2004. He is a co-author of ‘Oceans 2020, Science, Trends and the Challenge of Sustainability, published by Island Press; of ‘Oceanography: an Illustrated Guide, published by Manson Publishing; and of ‘Upwelling in the Oceans’ published by Wiley.