PEI Council 2020-21

The Council represents PEI members who step forward to volunteer their time and talents in a leadership role for a limited period of time. Council members are active leaders representing PEI in many ways, such as at international conferences and meetings, and are recognized as experts by senior leaders in many fields. Read More

Gisele M. Arruda - UK

Gisele M. Arruda is a professor in Circumpolar Studies (Energy, Arctic, Climate Change, Environment and Society). Read More

Inga Beck - Germany

Inga studied physical Geography at the University of Munich and did her PhD about permafrost in Northern Quebec, Canada. Read More


Sarah Bouckoms - New Zealand

I have a background in Physics working with the Ice Cube Neutrino Detector. Read More


Maria Pia Casarini - Italy

Maria has two degrees from Milan Cattolica University (Modern Languages and Italian Letters); M.Phil. in Polar Studies, Cambridge University, UK. Read More

Matteo Cattadori - Italy

I started to work in the polar education field in 2005. After that I made and followed several projects Read More

Julia Dooley - USA

Julia’s polar experience began as an ARISE Educator with ANDRILL in 2007 on the Southern McMurdo Sound project and on the Mackay Sea Valley Seismic Survey Team. Read More


Silvia Dotta - Brazil

Sílvia Dotta is a professor at Federal University of ABC, Santo André, SP, Brazil. With a Ph.D. in Education, she coordinates Read More

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Susy Ellison - USA

Susy Ellison has been teaching about our planet, in one form or another, for over 30 years as both classroom teacher and environmental educator. Read More

Waldemar Fontes - Uruguay

Waldemar Fontes has been working in Antarctic related fields since 1999. He was the Commander of the Uruguayan Scientific Base Artigas Read More

Kolbrún Hjaltadóttir - Iceland

Kolbrún Svala Hjaltadóttir is a teacher with a master's degree in open education with an emphasis on computer and information technology. Read More

Barbara Olga Horyn

Barbara is a certified Arctic Nature Guide from University of Svalbard, currently doing PhD research on tourist safety in polar regions at the University of Iceland. Read More

Christian Alan Houghton - Argentina

Christian is a Professor in Biological Sciences and haa a degree in Biology with a thesis about ecotoxicology and oxidative stress. Read More

Joanna Hubbard - USA

Joanna Hubbard is a middle school science teacher in Anchorage, Alaska, USA; she has taught both 7th and 8th grades at three different middle schools Read More

Louise Huffman - USA

Louise is currently Director of Education and Outreach for the US Ice Drilling Program at Dartmouth College, but works remotely much of the time from home in Florida. Read More


Shridhar Jawak - India

Shridhar D. Jawak is currently working as a "Project Scientist B" at the Polar Remote Sensing Division of Earth System Science Organization (ESSO) ─ National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR), India. Read More


Rainer Lehmann - Germany

During his studies at the Universities of Heidelberg (Germany) and Basel (Switzerland) Rainer investigated glacial and periglacial geomorphology Read More

Tim Martin - USA

Currently Tim lives in central North Carolina USA, regardless of where I've lived, he’s always felt most at home out in the natural world. Read More

 David Martinez - USA

David recently completed his Masters in Biodiversity, Evolution, & Conservation and previously worked as the Community Outreach Supervisor Read More

Neelu Singh -India

Ms. Neelu Singh has more than 7 years of working experience in the field of environmental chemistry. Read More

Alfredo Soto Ortega - Chile

I am the Deputy Director and Coordinator of connectedness to the Performance Agreement GAIA - Antarctic and Antarctic Advisory Outreach Read More

Anthony Speca -UK

Anthony Speca is Managing Principal of Polar Aspect, a consultancy he founded in 2012. He has advised government particularly on issues of Arctic governance, fiscal policy and economic policy. Read More


Valeria Tacca - Italy

Valeria comes from Italy and is a math-science teacher in a Middle school. She loves polar regions and is interested in Climate Change. She likes traveling and taking photographs and learning about our wonderful planet.

Ramcharan Vijayaraghavan- India

Ram has been in the field of education for the last 16 years leading content development, teaching and training as well as Read More

Sophie Weeks - UK

Sophie Weeks is a science communicator based in Cambridge, UK. Having originally trained in both science and art she enjoyed a 20-year career in Museum and Gallery Education working for the British Library. Read More

Betsy Wilkening - USA

Betsy is an education coordinator for Arizona Project WET at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She works with teachers to build community resilience Read More