Keen to work on Marion Island? Then apply for the exciting opportunity below. Applications close 30 November.
The Antarctic Legacy of South Africa lists the job openings for the 75th expedition to Marion Island (2018 – 2019) at the following link: http://blogs.sun.ac.za/antarcticlegacy/research-science/jobs/. Have a look and apply!! And while you visit the website, check out the amazing history of South Africans in the Antarctic…
Registrations for the APECS World Summit 2018 are now open. The summit will take place just before POLAR2018 in Davos, Switzerland from 17-18 June 2018. Day 1 (17 June) is a closed meeting for members of the APECS Leadership and APECS National Committee Leaderships. Day 2 (18 June) will be an open workshop for all early career researchers attending POLAR2018. You can register for the summit on the summit website. Also have a look at the preliminary program here.
Registration deadlines will be:
- 16 February 2018 for APECS Leadership and APECS National Committee leadership reps who want to attend both days of the summit.
- 31 March 2018 for APECS members and other interested early career researchers wanting to attend the second day of the summit.
For any comments or questions about the summit, please contact email@example.com.
Antarctica Day is fast approaching and every year on 1 December the world celebrates all things Antarctica. This year also marks 48 years since the Antarctic Treaty was opened for signature, establishing Antarctica as a place of peace and international scientific exploration. Are you planning anything exciting on 1 December? You can share your plan for Antarctic Day 2017 celebrations through the form on the Antarctica Day website. APECS would love to hear from you!
Antarctica Day is celebrated on 1 December and APECS is again organizing a photo competition. The theme of this year’s competition is ‘Antarctica Alive’. You can submit your photos in two categories: Antarctica Team Work and Antarctic Fauna. Submission close on 25 November at 18 GMT. From 25-30 November you can then vote for your favorite photo through the APECS website. Submit your photos today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. More on the competition is available at https://www.apecs.is/outreach/antarctica-day/antarctica-day-2017/photo-competition.html.
The REference Antarctic Data for Environmental Research (READER) is a great source for climatological, ice core, and oceanographic data. So if you are researching any of these fields and your research area is Antarctica, why don’t you check out the READER website (https://legacy.bas.ac.uk/met/SCAR_ssg_ps/OceanREADER/index.html), its link on the SCAR webpage, or contact John Turner for more information. Links to the various data repositories follow below:
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 20 NOVEMBER 2017
The Marion Island Marine Mammal Programme, University of Pretoria, has just opened the application call for Field Research Assistants (2 x sealers and 1 x killer whaler) for 2018 – 2019. If you are interested in pursuing a career in marine mammology, this might be for you…
Read the advertisements carefully though…if you are not willing to work under extreme physical and weather conditions, walk thousands of kilometers in your gumboots (often to the detriment of your feet) and work with fierce and sometimes dangerous animals, then don’t apply. Also, note that this work will be done on a remote island, with only approximately 20 other people living on the island with you for the year. A lot of the sealer work is also done alone, so if isolation is not your forte, consider this carefully.
However, should you apply and you are successful in getting the job, also be prepared for a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience! You will work extremely hard, but it will be some of the most satisfying work you’ll every do in your life!! You will get to witness the island’s entire life cycle…through the cold and dark winter when there is not much happening on the island…to the bustling summer breeding season where everything comes alive…coming full circle into winter again when the ship comes around again to bring the next team. If you are a hard-worker with a true passion for marine mammals, with a lot of grit and determination, then I can’t think of one single reason for you NOT to apply…
Follow the link below for the advertised posts…
A recent paper in Science Advances (see reference at the end) describes the global distribution of highly threatened terrestrial vertebrates and invasive species on islands. Global biodiversity loss is extremely rapid on islands, especially where invasive species are the drivers of extinctions. It stresses the fact that if we are planning to prevent or minimise these extinctions, we need appropriate conservation planning. Biosecurity is an important management tool in preventing invasions, but eradication of these species is needed to reduce further biodiversity loss.
South Africa’s only sub-Antarctic island, Marion Island, has unfortunately not been spared from invasive species. Various different invasive plants and insects have been identified, but none with such devastating and visibly negative effects as the common house mouse, Mus musculus. These little animals are creating havoc all over the island, from damaging and killing Azorella plants to eating albatross chicks alive. There are plans for a future eradication programme on the table, lets just hope it happens soon enough…before too much damage has been done to the island and its inhabitants.
One of the authors of the mentioned paper, Dena Spatz, stated the following:
“The opportunities to prevent extinctions are now laid out right in front of us. This knowledge base of threatened island biodiversity can really empower more efficient and better-informed conservation planning efforts, which is exactly what our planet needs right now.”
Spatz et al. (2017) Globally threatened vertebrates on islands with invasive species. Science Advances 3(10):e1603080. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1603080