YES Network - APECS Town hall meeting at EGU 2011

Speaker Information


Dr. Leila M. Gonzales
YES Network, Communications Team member, ex-officio
Geoscience Workforce Analyst, American Geological Institute, USA


Biographical Sketch:

In her role as the geoscience workforce analyst for the American Geological Institute’s (AGIs) Geoscience Workforce Program, Dr. Gonzales collaborates with geoscience faculty, federal agencies, professional societies, and industry representatives to identify needed research and critical issues pertaining to the geoscience profession. In 2009, she collected, assimilated, and analyzed data from over 80 sources (e.g. federal, industry, academic, and restricted datasets) and over 1,000 records to compile the first comprehensive report that benchmarked all aspects of the geoscience workforce, AGI’s Status of the Geoscience Workforce report. She regularly give presentations to the geoscience community (e.g. federal agencies, academic institutions, industry professionals, etc.) both in person and via virtual webinars, and leverages a wide variety of web technologies (websites, social media, webinars, etc.) to provide geoscience professionals with information and resources to help them address critical areas in the profession. Additionally, Dr. Gonzales is active within the international geoscience community. She serves on the IUGS Global Geoscience Workforce Taskforce, and is an active member of the YES Network, an international professional network for the support of early-career geoscientists and geoscience students.



Mr. Allen Pope
President, Association of Polar Early Career Scientists
PhD Student, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, UK


Biographical Sketch:

Originally from the USA, I have lived in the United Kingdom for the past two years. I'm currently a PhD candidate studying the remote sensing of glaciers with a particular focus on applications to glacier mass balance; my research focuses on using high resolution airborne multispectral imagery to create a glacier facies classification scheme. My recent work has included a Masters in Polar Studies at the University of Cambridge integrating airborne LiDAR and Landsat data to build a DEM of Iceland’s second largest icecap and study its changes over the past decade. Also, I have an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard University where my senior thesis was based on an application of cosmogenic nuclide exposure age dating to building a history of the interior West Antarctic Ice Sheet.

Originally attracted to polar research through a love of hiking, cross-country skiing, and just getting outside, I try to spread my love for polar science to anybody who will listen, especially through involvement with APECS and the UK Polar Network. I take every chance I get to pursue field research and among other places have worked in northern Namibia (with Paul Hoffman and Eugene Domack studying Snowball Earth), in southeast Alaska (with the Juneau Icefield Research Program - JIRP), and Antarctica’s Dry Valleys (with Sujoy Mukhopadhyay and Robert Ackert using cosmogenic nuclides to stuying glacial and erosional history).



Dr. Alan Haywood
School of Earth and the Environment, University of Leeds, UK


Biographical Sketch:

BSc (Hons) - University of London (Earth and Environmental Science) - 1997 Master in Research - University of Reading (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences) - 1998 PhD in climate modelling - University of Reading - 2001 NERC Fellow - modelling ocean geochemical cycles - Reading - 2001-2003 Principal Investigator British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge - charged with the development of leadership of a multi-million pound 5 year research programme reconstructing and modelling the development of Antarctic environments and climate through geological time - 2003-2007.

Reader in palaeoclimatology - SEE Leeds - 2007-
Postgraduate Research Tutor SEE Leeds - 2009 -
Principal investigator for palaeoclimate within NCAS - 2009 -
IPCC AR5 contributing author (past climate chapter) - 2011.



Mr. Luca Demicheli
Secretary General EuroGeoSurveys - The Geological Surveys of Europe, Italy


Biographical Sketch:

Since the beginning of 2009 Luca Demicheli is Secretary General of EuroGeoSurveys (EGS), the organisation representing the national Geological Surveys of Europe. Following a Decree of the Italian Minister of the Environment, Luca has recently also covered the position of Secretary General of the Italian Committee for the International Year of Planet Earth (2007-2009), a UNESCO initiative to promote Earth sciences among decision-makers and the public at large, which formally ended in June 2010. Formerly responsible for the coordination of the international activities of the Geological Survey of Italy, he also previously served for several years within the European Commission's DG JRC where he launched and coordinated the environmental strategy of several major international scientific projects. A geologist specialising in environmental engineering and environmental management and planning, Luca performed his post-graduate studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, at the National Technical University of Athens, and at Imperial College London. He is member of several national and international task forces, committees and management boards.



Dr. Dawn R. Ferris
Soil Science Program Coordinator, Soil Science Society of America, USA


Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Dawn Ferris joined the SSSA staff in July as the Soil Science Program Coordinator. Most recently she was faculty at The Ohio State University (OSU) in the School of Environment and Natural Resources where much of her research was located in Iceland studying successional landscapes, restoration and soil carbon. She still maintains an adjunct faculty position with OSU. Prior to OSU, Dr. Ferris spent the majority of her career in environmental consulting and, for a shorter time, in county government. During her career she has, among other things, owned her own consulting business, managed the Minnesota office of Tetra Tech, and traveled across the U.S. as part of her work. She has a B.S. in soil science from the University of Wisconsin, a M.S. in soil physics and a PhD in Forest Hydrology from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Ferris is both a licensed and certified soil scientist and has worked on issues surrounding the implementation of these programs since the early 1990s; Dr. Ferris has been involved with the Council of Soil Science Examiners since its inception and was the chair for several years. She also held a Governor appointed position as the Soil Science Board Member on the MN Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design.

Briefly, some of the primary objectives of Dr. Ferris’s position with SSSA include overseeing the soil science licensing and certification programs for SSSA (including legislative issues), facilitating continuing education for soil scientists, and to overall help to grow the soil science profession by working with and facilitating communication between the private sector, government, academia and students.