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APECS: Two APECS representatives for the ISOC for the SCAR OSC 2014

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anton_vTristy_Vick_1We are excited to announce that Council members Tristy Vick-Majors and Anton Van de Putte will be representing APECS on the International Scientific Organising Committee (ISOC) for the SCAR Open Science Conference that will take place in Auckland, New Zealand from 25 – 29 August 2014!

Anton Van de Putte is a member of the APECS Council and co-editor of the APECS Newsletter. He is a Marine Biologist with a strong interest in the role of fish in the Southern Ocean Ecosystem. He received his PhD in 2008 for his research on the ecology and evolution of Southern Ocean fish, whit special focus on the mesopelagic lantern fish Electrona antarctica. He has experience in Science Education and Outreach. Currently, he is a science officer for the Belgian SCAR-Marbin and AntaBIF projects that aim to provide free and open access to Antarctic biodiversity data.

Tristy Vick-Majors is currently the co-chair of the APECS Research Activities Committee (RAC). She studies microbial ecology, limnology and biogeochemistry in icy, cold environments. She spent three field seasons in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica doing research for her M.S. on permanently ice-covered lakes, and is now working on her Ph.D on biogeochemical processes in Subglacial Lake Whillans, which lies 800 meters beneath the surface of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Tristy is constantly looking for new ways to form collaborations and to improve networking opportunities for graduate students and other aspiring scientists.

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