Keynote Speakers

Prof. Isla Myers-Smith

Isla Myers-Smith is global change ecologist. She leads a research group at the University of Edinburgh and coordinates large collaborative research networks. Her research integrates large-scale data synthesis, ecological monitoring, new technology including drones, and field-based experiments to understand how global change alters plant communities and ecosystem processes with a focus on tundra ecosystems. To find out more about her research see here.

On her presentation, called Quantifying the Drivers and Impacts of Tundra Vegetation Change, she says “The Arctic is warming rapidly, with unknown consequences for tundra ecosystems and the Earth’s climate. I will summarize the evidence for the detection and attribution of tundra vegetation change to climate change using data from across the tundra biome. I will highlight the work of the following large collaborative research networks: 1) The ShrubHub and ITEX Networks as a part of the Tundra Trait Team are quantifying the drivers of tundra plant trait change. 2) The High Latitude Drone Ecology Network is testing the links between long-term ground-based measurements, satellite data and observations using drones. And, 3) Tundra Teabag Experiment is measuring the influence of tundra change on soil decomposition. These international collaborative research efforts are allowing us to fill key knowledge gaps in terrestrial Arctic ecology.”

Prof. Peter Lemke

Peter Lemke, Professor of Physics of Atmosphere and Ocean, was Head of the Climate Sciences Research Division at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, until his retirement in 2014. He has 40 years of experience of working in climate and polar research. He acted as Chief Scientist on several polar expeditions. His special interests are the observation and modelling of high-latitude processes and their role in climate. Lemke was Chair of the World Climate Research Programme from 2000 to 2006 and Coordinating Lead Author of the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC.

He will talk on Ice in the Antarctic Climate System.


Prof. Georg Kaser

Georg Kaser is an expert in glacier climate interactions with particular emphasis on Tropical glaciers. He is Professor for Climate and Cryospheric Research at the University of Innsbruck, was the Funding President of the International Association for Cryospheric Sciences (IUGG) and served as an IPCC Lead Author both in AR4 and AR5.

His presentation will be on Observations on the state of Mountain Glacier Science.