Dr. Jason Box has been investigating Greenland ice sheet sensitivity to weather and climate as part of 23 expeditions to Greenland since 1994. His time camping on the inland ice exceeds 1 year. Year 2012 brought a deeper level of insight as the scientific perspective shifts to examine the interactions ice with atmospheric and ocean systems, including the role of fire in darkening the cryosphere. As part of his academic enterprise, Box has authored or co-authored 50+ peer-reviewed publications related to Greenland cryosphere-climate interactions. Box instructed climatology courses at The Ohio State University 2003-2012. Box is now a Professor at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS). Box was a contributing author to the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2007 4th assessment report. Box is also the former Chair of the Cryosphere Focus Group of the American Geophysical Union.
I consider myself a landscape sculptor– by which I do not mean that I bounce about on bulldozers: there are scars enough on the land. Rather, the forms and patterns that I find in my travels, especially in ice, give me an armature for my intellectual, emotional, visual explorations and probings in metal, as well as glass, stone, and other materials. These emerge from my deep appreciation of the natural world, and my distress at the insults, many of them irrevocable, that it receives from our species. This environmental subtext is not presented in an obviously illustrative kind of way, but woven into a metaphorical fabric.
Dr Joseph Cook is a PDRA on the Black and Bloom project at the University of Sheffield who is particularly interested in researching the links between biological and physical processes on glaciers and ice sheets, and modelling albedo. He completed his PhD at the University of Sheffield (UK) in 2012 and has undertaken several Arctic field seasons. He is also an avid rock climber and mountaineer and maintains a cryosphere-focussed website.
Dr Karen Cameron is a microbial ecologist working in the Department of Geochemistry at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland. Her previous research has focused on biogeochemical interactions that occur within supraglacial and subglacial environments, and on the biogeographical variability of glacial associated microbial communities.
Dr Marek Stibal is a scientist in the Department of Geochemistry at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland. He examines the microbial ecology and biogeochemistry of icy ecosystems, with an emphasis on large scale effects of microbial activity on glacial systems, carbon and nutrient cycling in the cryosphere, and microbial diversity, distribution and dispersal in Arctic and Antarctic terrestrial environments. He has been working on Arctic glaciers, including the Greenland Ice Sheet, since 2002.
Martyn Tranter is a Professor of Polar Biogeochemistry at the Bristol Glaciology Centre, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, UK. He specialises in the geochemical interactions between microbes and sediment in a range of glacial environments, from the surface to the bed. He has worked in the European Alps (on the Haut Glacier d’Arolla project), Svalbard, Norway, Antarctica (on the McMurdo Long Term Ecological Research Program, the Subglacial Lake Ellsworth Project and WISSARD) and Greenland. He was awarded the Polar Medal in 2010. He is Lead PI of the UK NERC-supported Black and Bloom Project, which is closely aligned to the Dark Snow Project.
Mr. Nathan Chrismas is an evolutionary biologist and PhD student at the Bristol Glaciology Centre, part of the University of Bristol’s School of Geographical Sciences. His research focuses on cyanobacteria, key primary producers in the cryosphere. He is interested in the processes that have led to their colonisation of the polar regions, the molecular mechanisms that allow them to survive in such extreme environments and the impact that they have on global biogeochemical cycles. Chrismas is a keen rock climber and hopes to use these skills to better understand the microbiology of remote and inaccessible regions affected by climate change.
Ross Edwards is an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Curtin University, Perth Australia. Ross is a biogeochemist investigating black carbon and trace metals in snow and ice. He has worked in the Antarctic, Arctic, China and the United States. A major focus of Ross’s research has been the development of new analytical methods to detect chemical species and nanoparticles at low concentrations and high temporal resolution. He is interested in feedbacks between the Earth’s climate and the biosphere.
Dr. Tristram Irvine-Fynn is Lecturer in Process Glaciology at the Department for Geography & Earth Sciences and the Centre for Glaciology at Aberystwyth University since 2012. With a background in Arctic Glacial Hydrology, Tris has worked extensively in the Canadian Arctic, Svalbard, the European Alps, Himalaya and New Zealand. Tris’s expertise focuses on how near-surface hydraulics, albedo and surface roughness of glacial ice influence surface energy balance and creates habitats for microbes.
Peter Sinclair is an independent, award winning, graphic artist, animator, and videographer now specializing in climate, energy, and related politics. He is arguably the internet’s leading climate video blogger with 15 thousand subscribers to his video climate blog http://climatecrocks.com/. As of mid Nov., 2012, the Climate Crock series contains more than 100 videos and 9 in the Yale forum series, titled “This is Not Cool”. Sinclair’s most popular videos have gotten 80,000 views. The total viewership nears 2.5 million total views. Sinclair will join the expedition to shoot video and sound to produce video shorts to be posted online and pushed toward TV media.
Dr Arwyn Edwards is Lecturer in Biology at the Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences and the Centre for Glaciology at Aberystwyth University since 2010. With a background in molecular microbiology he has been studying the microbial communities of glacial systems for eight years, blending fieldwork conducted principally in Svalbard and the European Alps with the application of state of the art meta- ‘omics techniques to gain insights into microbial interactions with glacial systems at both “deep” evolutionary and contemporary timescales.