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The National Committee currently consists of five members. APECSSA has a chair, co-chair, an organizational liaison, and one outreach coordinator. These are Rosie Dwight, Christel Hansen, Marius Rossouw, and Elizabeth Rudolph. We also have a number of members of APECSSA so if you would like to get in touch with any of them have a look at the database.

Chair: Christel Hansen

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Christel is a PhD student at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. While her Master’s work covered openwork block deposits in Antarctica, she now focuses on diurnal frost environments in the Antarctic, sub-Antarctic and High Drakensberg of South Africa. Her role is to coordinate the national committee establishment, to oversee the website, news and communication channels, while also connecting with RSA funding and the various project PIs. She has been to Antarctica four times (2010/11, 2011/12, 2013/14 & 2014/15) and once to Marion Island (2014). Christel can be contacted on g11h7349@campus.ru.ac.za.

Co-Chair: Marius Rossouw

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Marius is a PhD student currently working on the effect of the abiotic environment on the physiology of ferns on Marion Island, in the sub-Antarctic. He has overwintered on Marion Island (2015-2016) and has also been to the island numerous times during the annual relief voyages (2009 until present). Marius serves as the point of communication for the South African APECS members, is in charge of the quarterly newsletter and also works closely with the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa (ALSA). He can be reached on mariusrossouw@sun.ac.za.

Organizational Liaison: Elizabeth Rudolph

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Elizabeth is a PhD student, working on cosmogenic nuclide surface exposure dating of Marion Island in the sub-Antarctic. She is also a lecturer at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. Her Master’s work on rock glaciers took her to Antarctica twice (2013/14 & 2014/15), while her Honors studies led to a visit to Marion Island (2011). Her PhD studies have since taken her to Marion Island again, ost recently in 2017. She serves as the communication link between APECS, the international polar community and the South African community. She also engages with the various polar research programs currently active under SANAP and the South African students and emerging researchers. She can be reached on RudolphEM@ufs.ac.za.

Outreach Coordinator: Rosemary Dwight

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Rosie is a PhD student at Texas A&M University, USA and works in the Arctic. She completed her Masters on the biotic-abiotic effects on lichen distribution in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica and spent two summers in Dronning Maud Land (2012/13 & 2013/14). Rosie is in charge of workshops and webinars and raising awareness of the polar research community within the South African student population. She also connects to other South African researchers and universities. Rosie can be reached on radwight@tamu.edu.

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