Arctic Early Career News - May 2024 - USAPECS & IARPC Early Career Community of Practice

Liz Weinberg May 17, 2024

Periodically USAPECS and the IARPC Early Career Community of Practice will share research from, and opportunities for, early career researchers working in the polar regions. This regular round-up aims to highlight and celebrate the work being done by early career researchers in Arctic research. If you have information you would like to submit, please see the link below.

Are you or do you know an early career researcher who has recently published work related to the Arctic? We at USAPECS and the IARPC Early Career Community of Practice want to highlight your work! Please fill out this form with any Arctic publications, webinars, posters, etc. and we will share on the IARPC Early Career Community of Practice and with our USAPECS Twitter followers. Anyone who identifies as early career is eligible to submit! Any questions? Email for more information. Submit documents here.


MacKenzie E. Jewell and Jennifer K. Hutchings, “Observational Perspectives on Beaufort Sea Ice Breakouts”
22 December 2023
Type: Paper
Keywords: Arctic, sea ice, breakout, remote sensing

Sinan Yirmibesoglu and Burcu Ozsoy, “First observations of emperor penguins on Horseshoe Island, Antarctica”
30 July 2023
Type: Paper
Keywords: Emperor Penguins, Antarctic Peninsula, Horseshoe Island
Author website/social media: Instagram @sinanyirmibesoglu

Bradley A. Gay, Neal J. Pastick, Andreas E. Züfle, Amanda H. Armstrong, Kimberley R. Miner, John J. Qu, “Investigating permafrost carbon dynamics in Alaska with artificial intelligence”
16 November 2023
Type: Paper
Keywords: permafrost, artificial intelligence, permafrost carbon feedback, carbon cycle
Author website/social media:, @bluehouseffect

Mary-Louise Timmermans and Zachary Labe, “Sea Surface Temperature” [in 2023 Arctic Report Card]
13 November 2023
Type: Paper
Keywords: Arctic, Arctic Amplification, Sea Ice, Sea Surface Temperature
Author website/social media:

Ratnakar Gadi, Eric Rignot, D. Menemenlis, “Modeling Ice Melt Rates From Seawater Intrusions in the Grounding Zone of Petermann Gletscher, Greenland”
22 December 2023
Type: Paper
Keywords: ice shelf, marine-terminating glacier, freshwater, seawater, ice melt, sea level rise
Author website/social media:


Reminder: Share your input on IARPC’s implementation plan by May 31

The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) is asking for input on Arctic research priorities for the next two years. IARPC is updating the implementation plan for the 2022-2026 Arctic Research Plan and is asking the community to help us celebrate our successes and accomplishments, highlight where we need to shift our attention, and suggest where new research deliverables may be needed.

Learn more

Submit your input by May 31

The Arctic Data Center 2024 Community Survey

Attention Arctic research community! The Arctic Data Center is calling Arctic researchers to share their valuable feedback and insights to explore ways to enhance the repository to better meet the needs of the community. We highly encourage those who have submitted data to the repository in the past, have attended one of our data science trainings, used our tools and/or services, and beyond to take this survey. It will take about 10-15 minutes to complete and all responses will remain anonymous. For more information, please visit the survey link and if you have any questions to please reach out via email to

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Survey Closes 📅 : June 28th, 2024

Position Available: Communications Lead - International Arctic Research Center

The International Arctic Research Center (IARC) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) invites applications for a Communications Lead. This full-time position will be located in Fairbanks, Alaska.

The Communications Lead will work with teams of researchers, coordinators, technicians, and other communications professionals to interpret scientific findings and creatively tell compelling and interesting stories about Arctic research for a variety of audiences. The successful candidate must be passionate about conveying scientific or technical subjects to diverse audiences, highly organized and detail-oriented, and comfortable filling a variety of roles within a team.

Minimum qualifications include an undergraduate degree in public relations, journalism, communications, or related field; four years of progressively responsible experience relevant to the program, or an equivalent combination of training and experience preferred; experience coordinating science communication efforts across a large team or organization; experience with media inquiries, writing press releases, and/or working with journalists; and experience communicating scientific topics with broad audiences and across multiple communication channels. A Master’s degree preferred.

To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible. This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Application deadline: Open until filled

For more information and to apply, see the full position description

For questions, contact Kristin Timm, UAF,, 907-474-6836

Position Available: Research Liaison & Coordinator, Alaska Fire Science Consortium

The Alaska Fire Science Consortium (AFSC) invites applications for a Research Liaison and Coordinator. This full-time or part-time position may be located on-site at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in Fairbanks, Alaska, and/or a hybrid or fully remote within Alaska work arrangement may be considered.

The Alaska Fire Science Consortium works directly with Alaska's interagency fire management community and researchers investigating fire science topics in Alaska's rapidly changing fire environment to improve communication and support management decisions with the best available science. The Coordinator is a vital member of the multifaceted AFSC team, supporting activities in both research development and science delivery to make a real difference in how science is used. Core activities involve coordination and communication between researchers and wildfire managers in Alaska, including the Alaska Wildland Fire Coordinating Group and its sub-committees. The successful candidate will be responsible for implementing and organizing webinars, workshops, and written products developed in collaboration with research teams, management leaders, and other AFSC staff.

A Master's degree and two years of research experience at the postgraduate level in fire science or related field, or an equivalent combination of training and experience in fire suppression, management, and/or fire science research is required.

Application review begins 6 May 2024

For more information and to apply, see the full position description

For questions, contact Delia Lopez-Ketzler, UAF,, 907-474-1960

Arctic Congress Sessions on Indigenous-led and collaborative research

The Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic is excited to be co-convening two sessions at Arctic Congress, in Bodo, Norway, May 29 - June 3rd. Both sessions will highlight research that centers Indigenous voices and reflects on ways to invite collaborative research and authentic relationships. "Strategies from Indigenous-led and collaborative projects for knowledge sharing and data sovereignty in Arctic research" will focus on strategies for Indigenous data sovereignty and co-production of knowledge. Co-convened with PSECCO (Polar Science Early Career Community Office), "Strategies for centering Indigenous voices for Arctic community-led research and co-production of knowledge for early career researchers" will discuss lessons and reflections for early career researchers working in collaborative Arctic research. View the full program.

Polar Impact Mentorship Initiative 2024-25

The Polar Impact Mentorship Initiative (PIMI) Organizing Team is excited to welcome application submissions for the 2024-25 cohort, due May 24, 2024! This program is designed to support mentees who identify as a racial or ethnic minority within polar science and consider themselves ‘early career’ (in graduate school or equivalent post-graduate job/program) in their field. We recognize that these individuals face unique challenges, and the Polar Impact Mentorship Initiative aims to address those challenges by providing access to mentorship, community, resources, workshops, and networking opportunities. Following the 2022-2023 PIMI Pilot Program year, we are thrilled to be doubling the cohort size from 10 to 20 mentor and mentee pairs!

If you are interested in applying as a mentee, please fill out this form.

We are also seeking mentors to serve either as a one-on-one mentor with students in the program, or be available for panels or workshops one or more times over the year. Please note that there are no requirements related to racial or ethnic identity in order to participate as a mentor.

If you are interested in applying as a mentor, please fill out this form.

We welcome applicants in fields related to polar science including academia, policy, industry, technical careers, and science communication. Both mentor and mentee applications close on May 24th, 2024 and programming will begin in September 2024.

Details regarding time commitments, programming, and more can be found in the application forms linked above. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to us at Please share among your networks with anyone you think may be interested!

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