Council 2023

PEI Council 2023-24

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


Kimberly Aiken - Tasmania/USA

Kimberly is a PhD student at the University of Tasmania, Australia, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Read More



Ebru Caymaz - Turkey

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



Jebunessa Chapola - Canada

Dr. Jebunnessa Chapola is a settler and a woman of colour who is trained as a decolonial, anti-racist, feminist activist scholar and practitioner. 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


Silvia Dotta - Brazil

Sylvia is a professor at Federal University of ABC (Santo André, SP, Brazil). Read More


Marta Espírito Santo - Portugal

Marta is a science and mathematics teacher in the second cycle of basic education in Agrupamento de Escolas Professor Ruy Luís Gomes (Almada, Portugal), 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 20 years. Read More


Jeane de Fátima Moreira Branco - Brazil

Jeane de Fatima Moreira Branco is a master’s student, STEM teacher, pedagogue and neuroeducator. 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


Wendi Pillars - USA

Wendi Pillars, National Board Certified Teacher BCT and US Army veteran, has been teaching multi-lingual learners and a variety of content areas for nearly 3 decades; Read More


Larry Rechlin - USA

Larry lives with his wife and family in FL, a bit of weather change from the Polar Regions! His high school, college and adult life revolved around the hospitality industry. Read More


 Karen Romano Young - USA

Karen’s work as an author, illustrator, science comics creator, and science communicator has taken her to the Arctic and Antarctic Read More


Alfredo Soto - Chile

Soy un profesor que ha recorrido por más de 50 años cada recoveco de mi territorio en Chile, Read More


Jaswant Singh - India

Professor Jaswant Singh, male, environmental scientist, post graduated from Lucknow University, Lucknow, India in the year 1983, and awarded doctoral degree in the year 1987.  Read More


Valeria Tacca - Italy

Valeria comes from Italy and is a math-science teacher in a middle school. Read More

Alex Thornton - USA

Alex Thornton is an interdisciplinary marine ecologist and educator, currently working as the Summer Course Coordinator Read More


Deisi Trindade Maricato - Iceland

Deisi is a Ph.D. research student at the Department of Rural Tourism at Hólar University in northern Iceland. 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 is a highly skilled researcher who possesses a deep passion for permafrost research. Read More


Deanna Wheeler - USA

Deanna was a PolarTREC teacher in 2009 and 2012 in the Arctic studying beneficial organisms in the Bering Sea and Chukchi Seas. Read More

Steve Wroe - UK

Steve’s first experience of polar research was in 1973 when he joined the British Antarctic Survey Read More