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Early career newsletter - January 2024

Arctic Early Career News

USAPECS + IARPC Early Career Forum

Periodically USAPECS and the IARPC Early Career Forum 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 Forum 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 Forum 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: 


Daniel M. Watkins, Angela C. Bliss, Jennifer K. Hutchings, Monica M. Wilhelmus

“Evidence of Abrupt Transitions Between Sea Ice Dynamical Regimes in the East Greenland Marginal Ice Zone”

Date of Publication: 31 July 2023

Type: Paper

Keywords: Arctic, sea ice, marginal ice zone

MacKenzie Jewell, Jennifer K. Hutchings, Cathleen Geiger

“Atmospheric highs drive asymmetric sea ice drift during lead opening from Point Barrow”

Date of publication: 2023

Type: Paper

Keywords: Arctic sea ice, breakup, Beaufort Sea, lead patterns, remote sensing


USAPECS - Call for blog posts

This year, USAPECS is hosting a blog series entitled “Exploring Polar Science Across Disciplines”! We are looking for US-based scientists and professionals with any polar/alpine/cryosphere connection for this series. Our goal is to gain perspectives from a variety of disciplines in polar research to help inform the early career community of what research pathways exist in the community. We will prioritize blog posts from those who are in their early career, but we welcome proposals from those at any career stage. Potential topics include: your interest in polar science and how your research reflects that, how your research has fostered collaboration outside your respective field, and other related topics of your choice. We invite you to share experiences participating and networking, or any new insights with the USAPECS community by submitting a blog post proposal.


Each blog will be approximately 3-5 paragraphs (or longer, if preferred) and a series of optional questions and writing prompts will be provided for inspiration.


If you are interested in participating, please email with your name, affiliation, polar discipline, career field (academia, government, NGO, private sector, etc.) and a short (1-3 sentence) pitch by February 2nd, 2024

Please forward this announcement to any others who you think have an interesting perspective to share and may be willing to participate. Selected blog contributors will be notified within two weeks. The series will be launched in late spring and will consist of monthly or bi-monthly posts depending on the level of interest we receive.

IARPC Early Career and Participatory Research & Indigenous Leadership in Research February Meeting: NSF Safe and Inclusive Fieldwork (SAIf) Plans

On February 15, 1:00-2:00pm EST, please join IARPC’s Participatory Research & Indigenous Leadership in Research and Early Career teams for a meeting on NSF’s Safe and Inclusive Fieldwork (SAIf) plans. The webinar will focus on (1) explanation and exploration of the new NSF Safe and Inclusive Working Environments pilot requirement and (2) strategies for ensuring work environments within local communities are safe and inclusive for both community members and early career researchers.

US CLIVAR Workshop

US CLIVAR is accepting abstracts through Dec. 11th for their workshop on Blocking and Extreme Weather in a Changing Climate. This hybrid event will take place in Boulder, CO Mar. 18-20 with goals of enabling dialogue, synthesizing knowledge, and identifying modeling challenges.

Rice Business Plan Competition 

The competition, entering its 24th year, gives collegiate entrepreneurs real-world experience to pitch their startups, enhance their business strategy and learn what it takes to launch a successful company. Applications are accepted through January 31.

NASA Transform to Open Science (TOPS) - Open Science 101

NASA released its free Open Science 101 curriculum to empower researchers, early career scientists, and underrepresented communities with the knowledge and tools necessary to embrace open science practices. The curriculum’s initial goal is to train 20,000 scientists and researchers over the next five years, enabling them to embrace open science practices and maximize the impact of their work.

Call for Abstracts: Arctic Congress 2024

Organizers invite abstracts for the Arctic Congress 2024. This conference will convene 29 May-3 June 2024 in Bodø, Norway. The session list is available here; abstricts are due January 19 at 5:00pm Central European Time.

In particular, the conveners of the following session invite abstracts:

SESSION 4.0.6: People of the North; Building Active and Inclusive Participation of Arctic Youth and Communities through Community and Citizen Science  Conveners: Janet Warburton, Roben Itchoak, and Katie Spellman

Session Description:This session will explore the role of youth and communities in Arctic-focused research with a particular focus on how to equitably include and support them through community and citizen science research projects in the Arctic. With the Arctic facing unprecedented changes due to climate change and other human activities, community, and citizen science offer an opportunity for Arctic communities to actively participate in and lead research, to better understand the scope of changes happening in their environment, and to develop solutions based on Indigenous Knowledge and local expertise. Youth involvement is a crucial aspect of community and citizen science as a means to care for and protect their community, protect their environment, and nurture their leadership skills.

The session will feature presenters from a variety of perspectives who have implemented community and citizen science projects throughout the Arctic with a specific focus on including youth and communities. Presentations will cover the benefits of community and citizen science, challenges and opportunities, and best practices for equitable inclusion of youth and communities. Throughout the session, participants will learn about the power of community and citizen science in sharing knowledge, addressing locally relevant issues, fostering community leadership in research and data sovereignty, and contributing to scientific knowledge and policy.

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