Scientific Advisory Board

The ART initiative is being developed by early career scientists but to ensure the transition of knowledge from senior to early career scientists throughout the entire ART process. A Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established in order to mentor the ART Executive Committee. The SAB serves as a "pool of competence" for ART, representing all disciplines of marine science and including a balanced group of nationalities and nations.

Christian März
School of Earth and Environment
University of Leeds
United Kingdom


A geologist by training, Christian März is appointed as Associate Professor in Biogeochemistry at the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds. His main fields of interest in the Arctic encompass present and past cycles of various chemical elements in marine waters and sediments, including nutrients like phosphorus and silicon, and metals like iron and manganese. With an aim to understand both present-day processes at the Arctic seafloor and past environmental conditions reaching back almost 100 million years ago, Christian and his students and Postdocs analyse sediments and their pore water from various parts of the Arctic Ocean and North Pacific using a wide range of inorganic geochemical methods. Over the last years, Christian participated in several major research expeditions to the high northern latitudes onboard the German icebreaker Polarstern and the IODP drillship JOIDES Resolution, including the TRANSSIZ Expedition north of Svalbard organised by ART in 2015.

Former Executive Committee Members

Kędra (former Chair)
Institute of Oceanology PAN
Department of Marine Ecology
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Monika Kędra is an associated professor at Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences (IOPAN), Sopot, Poland and is a former chair of ART. Monika is marine ecologist with over 10 years of experience in studying benthic ecology and climate change pressures on the Arctic marine ecosystems functioning. Her work focuses on the benthic population dynamics, biodiversity and food webs. She is interested in carbon cycling and ecosystem productivity. Recently, she has been studying the effects of sea ice retreat on the primary production patterns shifts and its consequences for the related pelagic-benthic coupling processes and food webs. She has been working in both Pacific and Atlantic sectors of the Arctic Ocean. She is an active member of Marine Working Group IASC and an MWG IACS liaison officer for Antarctic Thresholds - Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation (AnT-ERA), SCAR Scientific Research Program.

Carolyn Wegner (former Chair)
Leibniz-Institut für Meereswissenschaften

Carolyn Wegner is a Research Associate at the Leibniz Institute for Marine Sciences in Kiel, Germany. Her research focuses mostly on transport process (sediments, nutrients, contaminants) and their temporal variability on Arctic shelf seas and along continental margins. It combines process studies, long-term moorings, and historical data sets to study land-ocean interaction and to develop a sediment transport model for Siberian shelf seas. Carolyn is the Chair of the ART Initiative, and an active member and session organizer of the OMAE (International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering) Scientific Committee – Coastal Engineering.

Alexandre Forest
Takuvik Joint Laboratory
Laval University

Alexandre Forest is a postdoctoral fellow in biological oceanography at Laval University, Québec (Canada) and a member of the Takuvik France-Canada Joint Laboratory. His work deals with the structure and function of Arctic marine ecosystems, with a focus on vertical particle fluxes and zooplankton ecology. In his research, he aims at better understanding the climatic, biogeochemical and ecological mechanisms that control the nature and magnitude of the biological pump in the Arctic Ocean. Toward this goal, he makes use of long-term time-series and develops conceptual and analytical models of biogenic carbon flows in pelagic food webs. In particular, one of his “hobbyhorses” is to integrate complex and heterogeneous datasets into comprehensible synthesis studies.

Matthias Forwick
Department of Geology
University of Tromsø

Matthias Forwick is working as a researcher at the Department of Geology, University of Tromsø, Norway. His work focuses mostly on the investigation of sedimentary processes and palaeo-environments on glaciated continental margins, mainly based on the analyses of material from Spitsbergen fjords, as well as the continental slopes and deep-sea environments off northern Norway and western Spitsbergen. It includes the reconstruction of glacial activity (advances and retreats of glacier fronts in fjords; ice rafting by sea-ice and/or icebergs; reconstruction of onshore glacier fluctuations), the investigation of sedimentary processes in glacier-proximal and -distal environments, the slope stability in fjords and continental slopes, as well as the investigation of deep-sea turbidites. He has participated in forty scientific and educational cruises/expeditions to the Nordic Seas, fjords in Norway and on Svalbard, the Arctic Ocean and Antarctica. In his current project, he is responsible for the XRF core scanner at the Department of Geology.

Forwick is also involved in a variety of teaching and outreach activities at the University of Tromsø including teaching and supervision of Ph.D. and M.Sc. students. He is also a member of the “recruitment group” of the Faculty of Science and Technology, as well as a project group aiming on the establishment of a “school laboratory” at the Faculty of Science and Technology that will focus on educating teachers and pupils in natural sciences and technology.

Karen Frey
Graduate School of Geography
Clark University

Karen Frey is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her research combines field measurements and satellite images to study links between the land, atmosphere, and oceans in the Arctic. Her most recent work focuses on permafrost thaw and impacts of sea ice on biological productivity.

Jeremy Mathis
Chemical Oceanography
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Jeremy Mathis' research in Chemical Oceanography at the University of Alaska Fairbanks focuses on the cycling and fate of carbon and nitrogen in the marine environment and how they affect the ecosystem. Measuring the consumption of inorganic carbon (primary production/net ecosystem production) and the production of organic carbon gives an indication of how the ecosystem is behaving in a certain region. Many environmental factors can influence net ecosystem productivity, and because this process is the basis of the food-web it can have dramatic consequences to higher trophic level organisms such as fish, birds, marine mammals, and humans. Along with the consumption and production of carbon and nitrogen in the ocean, Jeremy is also interested in how they are transported from one region to another. This has led him to study eddies in several different parts of the world. Some of these eddies are responsible for moving organic carbon and nitrogen produced over continental shelves into a deep ocean basin while others are responsible for large scale inter-ocean exchanges of carbon. Most of Jeremy's work in marine biogeochemisty takes place in the Arctic Ocean, the Bering Sea, and the Gulf of Alaska. He is also interested in terrestrial processes (river runoff, coastal erosion, etc.) in the Arctic that impact the marine ecosystem.

Christine Michel
Freshwater Institute
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Christine Michel is a research scientist in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Her research investigates the processes that determine primary production in the Arctic and the pathways of transfer of this production to pelagic and benthic food webs. She has gained extensive experience from her participation in several ship-based and ice-based field programs in various Arctic regions including the Beaufort Sea, the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Baffin Bay and Hudson Bay. Christine’s current research focuses on micro- and meso-scale processes that influence sea-ice microbial interactions and further impact the biogeochemical cycling of carbon and other elements in Arctic marine food webs.

Kohei Mizobata
Department of Ocean Sciences
Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology

Kohei Mizobata is an assistant professor in the Department of Ocean Sciences, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Japan. He is mainly working on physical/satellite oceanography. His research interests are ocean heat budget in relation to ice-ocean dynamics and spatio-temporal variabilities of ocean circulation in the Arctic Ocean.

Anna Nikolopoulos

AquaBiota Water Research

Anna Nikolopoulos is a physical oceanographer at AquaBiota Water Research in Stockholm, Sweden. Her primary research interest in the Arctic Ocean is the gateway circulation and the dynamics of the shelf boundary currents. Her work mainly involves the analysis of long-term current mooring data from the Alaskan continental shelf in the Beaufort Sea.

Matt O’Regan

Department of Geological Sciences
Stockholm University

Matt O'Regan joined Stockholm University as a Research Scientist in June of 2012. His interest and involvement in Arctic Research began during his PhD when he participated in the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program's Arctic Coring Expedition to the Lomonosov Ridge. His research interests are on the long-term geologic and paleoceanographic evolution of the Arctic Ocean.

Ilka Peeken

Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research

Ilka Peeken is a research scientist at the Alfred Wegener Institute. Her research involves particle transport in the ocean and its reflection in marine sediments, the role of iron in biogeochemical cycles and biological sources of climaterelevant trace gases in the ocean. Recently she focused on the effect of climate change on polar marine sea ice biota and related ecosystems in the Arctic Ocean, with special emphasis on the Central Arctic and the Fram Strait. During field campaigns she studies how the dramatic reduction in sea ice cover and thickness will affect sea ice biota and thus cryo-pelagic and cryo-benthic coupling.

Marit Reigstad
Department of Arctic and Marine Biology
University of Tromsø

Marit Reigstad works at the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, University of Tromsø, Norway. Her scientific focus is carbon cycling through pelagic-benthic coupling and regulation of vertical flux of organic material by organisms at lower trophic levels, and through physical forcing. Methods include short-time sediment traps, pelagic plankton communities, with characterization of organic matter though microscopy and biochemical analysis. A combination of field investigations and process-oriented experiments has been useful to reveal mechanisms behind retention patterns and composition of organic material as seen in sediment traps deployed with high vertical resolution. She has experience from several investigations in the Barents Sea, studying the impact of ice and environmental conditions on productivity and pelagic-benthic coupling. She has also been responsible for the biological program in the IPY project "iAOOS Norway" with investigations on the East-Greenland shelf in the Fram Strait. At present, she leads the CONFLUX project, focusing on the role of different organisms on degradation processes in the upper water column (>200 m). Experience from coastal regions, fjords and the Arctic. Cooperation with ecosystem modelers to investigate productivity and fate of primary production related to the ecosystem composition on larger time- and spatial scales.

ART Mentors

Mentor NameAffiliation and LocationE-mail
Leif AndersonUniversity of Gothenburg, 
Hein de Baar Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, The
Julie Brigham-Grette University of Massachusetts, USA
Bernard CoakleyUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks,
Lee CooperUniversity of Maryland,
Cynan Ellis-EvansBritish Antarctic Survey, United
Irina FederovaArctic and Antarctic Research Institute,
Jacqueline GrebmeierUniversity of Maryland,
Larry HinzmanInternational Arctic Research Center,
Alf Håkon HoelInstitute of Marine Research, Tromsø, Norway 
Martin JakobssonStockholm University,
Heidemarie KassensGEOMAR,
Sang LeeKorean Polar Research Institute,
Wieslaw MaslowskiNaval Postgraduate School,
Koji ShimadaTokyo University of Marine Science and Technology,
Ruediger SteinAlfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research,
Michael TjernströmMISU,
Jean-Éric TremblayUniversity of Laval,
Paul WassmannUniversity of Tromsø,
Jan Marcin WeslawskiInstitute Oceanology PAS,