Meet this years' Early Career Researchers at SIOS

Three ECRs are joining and contributing to SIOS and its activities this year. The collaboration is part of SIOS' efforts to engage the next generation in the SIOS community and to provide opportunities to advance their expertise and perspectives in Earth system science.

Information Advisory Group ECR observer

Sanne Moedt is a PhD fellow at the University of Copenhagen where she studies the impact of climate change on freshwater ecosystems in Greenland. Additionally, she is a guest lecturer at the University Centre in Svalbard, where she teaches in the master’s course ‘Freshwater Ecology of Arctic Lakes and Ponds’.

"I am excited to be part of SIOS as an ECR observer for IAG and plan to contribute to science outreach and information distribution, especially within early career networks. Moreover, I hope to grow my network within the scientific community in Svalbard."


Remote Sensing Working Group ECR observer

Peter Berthelemy is a PhD student at the University of Bath in England, and is currently developing a new method of detecting atmospheric gravity waves from the Aqua-AIRS instrument, with the idea to apply this method to various other instruments. He has previously worked with airglow imagers, with the idea to create a global network of useable (i.e. cloudless) data using deep learning. 

He has spent a semester studying the aurora at UNIS in Longyearbyen, and became smitten with the Arctic, which is how he came to apply for this position. Peter is looking forward to working around Arctic scientists, and also the opportunity to go back to Svalbard to hopefully see the elusive dayside aurora again!


ECR member of the SESS report 2023 editorial board

Marjolaine Verret is an early career environmental geochemist with an interest in polar regions and is presently employed as a temporary associate professor at the University Centre in Svalbard. She completed her M.Sc. in Geography in 2017 (University of Ottawa, Canada) where she studied carbon cycling in periglacial environments of the Canadian sub-Arctic. She obtained her PhD in 2021 (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand), for which she investigated the unique geochemical characteristics of the oldest permafrost on Earth, situated in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica.

"I applied to become the early career scientist member of the editorial board for the sixth State of Environmental Science in Svalbard (SESS) report because I want to expand my skills in scientific editorial activities. I also wish to gain further insight in the current research in Svalbard. I believe that SIOS is a highly collaborative initiative and that the SESS report is crucial in communicating Svalbard research to stakeholders and the public."