Council 2022

PEI Council 2022-23

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

Karen Barton - USA

Karen Barton is a Professor of Geography, GIS, and Sustainability at the University of Northern Colorado. Her work focuses on community resilience and adaptation 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


Luiza Brodt – Russia, Canada

Luiza is an early-career Arctic researcher and currently is carrying out her doctoral research focusing on Arctic petroleum resources and energy security issues. Read More


Ebru Caymaz - Turkey

Ebru has a diverse academic background which nourishes her during her interdisciplinary studies. 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

Shraddha Chaplot - USA

Shraddha believes in the power of the individual, that each of us can do incredible things once we start recognizing the potential within us. Read More

Jill Diederich - Luxembourg

Jill studied anthropology at the universities of Frankfurt (Germany) and Uppsala (Arkhangelsk). 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

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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

Anne Farley Schoeffler - USA

Dr. Anne Farley Schoeffler teaches sixth, seventh, and eighth grade science near Cleveland, Ohio, USA and has been doing so for 19 years. 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

Katie Lodes - USA

Katie has been a classroom high school science teacher for over 30 years. Currently, she teaches at St. Joseph’s Academy: an all-girls, Catholic high school in the midwestern US. (St. Louis, Missouri) Read More

Katherine Schexneider - USA

Katherine is a recently retired (2020) US Navy physician now doing focused volunteer work around climate change in the Arctic. She has been assembling a portfolio of activities, Read More

Ekaterina (Katya) Sklyar - Switzerland

Katya has been a Geographer specialising in the environmental assessment of northern ecosystems for 23 years. She completed her undergrad and MSc, 1999-2005, at the Faculty of Geography of the Moscow State University. 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.

Erin Towns - USA

Erin Towns is a 22 year veteran social studies teacher at Edward Little High School in Maine, USA.  She is a 2020 PolarTREC Educator, National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Read More

Betty Trummel - USA

Betty spent 35 years teaching elementary school, with her last 27 years teaching fourth grade in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Betty earned her M.S. in science/outdoor education Read More

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

Deniz Vural - Turkey

Deniz has been fascinated by frozen and pristine environments and has wanted to play an active part in those studies. During her Bachelor's degree in Marine Engineering at Istanbul Technical University (ITU), 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 retired in 2021 as an educator coordinator for Arizona Project WET at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She worked with teachers to build community resilience Read More

Alona Yefimenko

Coming from the Even/Chukchi reindeer herding family in Ayanka, Kamchatka, Russia, Alona received her Master's Degree in Philology from the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia and the Far Eastern State University. Read More