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EXPEDITION TEAM

 

Students on Ice Expeditions has brought together an international team of scientists, historians, artists, explorers, authors, educators, leaders, innovators and polar experts, whose experience and enthusiasm ensures that our students develop a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the polar regions and the planet. This staff team will help to make the expedition an unforgettable adventure!
 
EXPEDITION MANAGEMENT TEAM
GEOFF GREEN
Expedition Leader,
Founder & Executive Director, Students on Ice


Geoff Green has led 75 expeditions to Antarctica and 32 to the Arctic, as well as dozens of other adventures around the world. Geoff was named one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” in 2005, and Outpost Magazine recognized him as one of “Five Canadian Explorers to Follow.” Notable organizations such as the Discovery Channel and the Smithsonian Institution enlist Geoff to lead their expeditions. Geoff received a Special Commendation from the U.S. Congress for his work with youth and the environment and recently received the prestigious Michael J. Smith Award for Science Promotion in Canada. In 2007, he was named a Fellow of the Explorers Club in New York City and was awarded the prestigious “Explorers Club Citation of Merit.”

Geoff is the founder of Students on Ice. Since 1999, he has taken over 1,500 students, teachers, scientists and experts from around the world to the polar regions. He is a passionate ambassador for the protection of the planet’s global ecosystem.

TIM STRAKA
Education Program Director, Students on Ice


Tim co-creates transformative learning experiences with students of all ages. Committed to environmental and civic education, he has taught at elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels across North America, in Central Europe, in the Arctic and Antarctica.

Tim’s interests range widely from philosophy, to ecopsychology, to bioregionalism, and youth empowerment. He has worked with Outward Bound Canada, the YMCA of Greater Vancouver, the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, the Kawartha Outdoor Education Centre, Ontario’s Ministry of Education and several Canadian Parliamentarians. Tim is a member of the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication, the Ontario College of Teachers and the Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario.

Tim lives an active lifestyle. He enjoys skiing, paddling, swimming, biking, hucking frisbees and back-country travel. Tim is currently building a passive home which will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design/LEED™ for Homes Platinum Certification.

Tim earned a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies from Lesley University, and undergraduate degrees in Outdoor and Experiential Education (Queen’s University) and Politics (Bishop’s University). He has worked full-time with Students on Ice since 2007.
NIKI TRUDEAU
Participant Coordinator, Students on Ice

Niki holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics and is a graduate of the University of Ottawa's Bachelor of Education program. Her love for the outdoors began on paddling trips with her family in Algonquin Park. It was this passion for environmental awareness and outdoor adventures that brought Niki to Students on Ice in 2008.

As the SOI Participant Coordinator, Niki's ability to smoothly coordinate trip logistics and be the primary participant liaison is instrumental in making SOI expeditions successful. She manages the day-to-day operations of our field programs and provides support for expedition staff, educators, chaperones and student participants. As part of her work, Niki travels on Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. This immersion helps her understand the student and staff experience and provide support to all those hoping to participate in SOI expeditions.

 
FIELD-STAFF TEAM
OLLE CARLSSON
Marine Mammal Expert & Naturalist

Born and raised in Sweden, Olle was formerly a teacher and professional jazz musician before embarking on a life of polar adventure, writing, photography, and education. For over twenty years Olle has been sharing the migration route of the Arctic tern - Arctic adventures in the summer, and Antarctic adventures in the winter.

His fascination in the Polar world is grounded on the integrity and beauty of these remote places, as well as the astounding adaptations for survival under harsh conditions that the wildlife has suffered. Our need for places largely unaffected by humans will not decrease, and it goes without saying that they promote a deep engagement in environmental questions.

With his colleague, Stefan Lungren, Olle has co-authored several books about the Poles, including the award-winning Antarctica - In the Interest of All Mankind and the popular Antarctica - A Souvenir Book for the 7th Continent. Olle lives in Sweden and still practices Jazz!

DAVID FLETCHER
B.A.S. Base Commander & Polar Historian

David has spent the last 37 years in the polar regions, including 4 winters and 34 summers. He spent fifteen years with the British Antarctic Survey (B.A.S.) as a dog driver, Base Commander and Field Operations Manager.

David is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and was awarded the prestigious Polar Medal. He has also received the Fuchs medal from the British Antarctic Survey. David has participated on several Students on Ice expeditions as a polar educator.

SANTIAGO IMBERTI
Ornithologist


Santiago was born and raised in Patagonia, which meant that wilderness was only a short step from his front door. A long lasting love for nature was the logical consequence of the years lived there. He obtained a degree in tourism and ornithology, which allowed him to combine his love for nature and the outdoors with his work as a bird-watching, fly-fishing mountain guide.

During the off-season Santiago continues his ornithology research focusing his attention on the birds of Patagonia and Bolivia. He also uses this time as an opportunity to travel around the world bush walking and birding, studying different bird communities and their surrounding environments. Santiago photographs and writes about the places he visits and his experiences as a guide, trying to convey in words and pictures some sense of the magic of nature. He has traveled to Antarctic many times. His articles and stories have been published in scientific journals and popular travel magazines.

MARIANE LEDUC
Communications & Public Relations Specialist, Edelman (Montreal, Canada)


Before joining Edelman Montreal as Account Manager  in the Consumer and Healthcare practice where she is responsible for various assignments such as media relations, research and event organization for several corporate and consumer clients, Mariane as worked as a Project Manager at a Quebec public relations firm. She also worked at the Sacré-Coeur Hospital Foundation, as a Communications Consultant for the launch of a major fundraising campaign as well as on public relations mandates for clients related to emergency preparedness, including Direction de santé publique de Montréal and Sécurité civile de Montréal.

Mariane Leduc holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from the Université du Québec à Montréal and studied Germany’s history in Berlin for two months. Mariane has always loved working with the public and sharing her experiences with the people she meets.

Traveling is an important part of her life and she has already visited several countries and regions including Peru, Mexico, Germany, the Czech Republic, England, France, Belgium, Western Canada, Holland, Cuba and Austria. She loves nature and being outdoors. One of her best experiences was her trip to Amazonia, in Peru, where she learned a lot about wildlife.

LINDA MACKEY
Landscape Artist

Linda Mackey, Canadian landscape artist, is Students on Ice’s Art Director, Art Liaison for the International Polar Year International (IPY) Programme Office, Director of Arctic Quest and founder of Polar Artists Group. She first traveled to the High Arctic in 2002 with renowned artist Doris McCarthy and returned with a passion to share the Arctic with others. She led a group of artists to Pangnirtung, Baffin Island for a sketching trip in 2004, and with Kathy Haycock of Eganville, Ontario, and Bonnie Levinthal of Philadelphia, began plans for Arctic Quest and celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Northwest Passage in 2006. The Arctic Quest project is fully endorsed by IPY, project #338.

Linda’s painting Follow Your Dreams was presented to Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor the Honourable James Bartleman in 2006 by the TCDSB as part of their twinning initiative between Nunavut and schools in Toronto. Linda has taught thousands of school children and artists art workshops based on her Arctic travels and is Artist in Residence for the TCDSB and The Club at Bond Head. She has also been Artist in Residence and presented PowerPoint presentations and workshops on the Arctic for galleries, museums, and art groups including McMichael Canadian Art Collection and Varley Art Gallery. Linda is a former board member of the Society of Canadian Artists and an elected Signature Member of the Worldwide Nature Artists Group.

The Arctic inspired Linda to simplify light and form in her paintings and she is best known for her Arctic landscapes. She has won several awards for her work, which can be found in collections across Canada, United States, and England.

LEE NARRAWAY
Adventure Photographer

Lee Narraway spent her childhood exploring the wetlands, forests and lakes of Eastern Canada with her father, an outstanding naturalist and environmentalist. This ignited a passion and curiosity for the outdoors that continues to this day.

Lee received her first camera at ten years of age and soon discovered the joy of sharing her view of the world with others. She uses natural light and her ability to communicate with people to create unique environmental portraits. Her professional career is now focused on travel and adventure photography.

In her quest for outstanding images, Lee has skied, hiked, canoed, backpacked, and traveled by dog team, horseback, snow machine, helicopter, hot air balloon and icebreaker to remote and isolated parts of the world.

When she visited Canada's High Arctic, Lee became fascinated with its diversity and haunting beauty. Now, she strives to capture its mystery and magic on film by documenting the dramatic scenery, the wildlife and the evolving lifestyle and culture of the Inuit.

Based in White Lake, Ontario, this professional adventure photographer continues to travel the world, discovering wildlife, landscapes and characters through the lens of her camera. Her popular photography workshops have been taught in such diverse areas as Australia, Canada, Chile and the Arctic.
SCOBIE PYE
Polar Scientist & Historian


Scobie Pye is a research scientist with a Masters of Science degree from the University of Tasmania, Australia. Over the past 30 years much of his life has been spent in southern latitudes working with the British Antarctic Survey, and the Australian Antarctic Division and the University of Tasmania. He has spent four winters and seven summers on the island of South Georgia, two summers on the floating ice shelf station of Halley Bay in the Weddell Sea and two winters and nine summers on Australia’s Macquarie Island. Scobie’s main scientific interests are focused on the conservation and management of Polar Regions. He has worked and traveled extensively in the northern latitudes. In 1978, Scobie was awarded the Fuchs Medal for outstanding service to the British Antarctic Survey.
JAMES RAFFAN, PhD
Environmental Educator, Author & Adventurer

Over the years, Jim has written for media outlets including Canadian Geographic, National Geographic, Explore, The Globe and Mail, as well as for CBC Radio and The Discovery Channel. He is the best-selling author and editor of 14 books including Summer North of Sixty, Fire in the Bones, Bark, Skin & Cedar, Deep Waters and, most recently, Emperor of the North: Sir George Simpson and the Remarkable Story of the Hudson’s Bay Company. He is Past Chair of the Arctic Institute of North America as well as a Fellow and Past Governor of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, service for which he was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.

Between expeditions and northern projects, James Raffan has had a number of real jobs. For 19 years, he was a professor of Outdoor & Experiential Education at Queen’s University Faculty of Education, where his teaching was recognized with a number of provincial and national awards. Since leaving Queen’s in 1999, he has been based at his home in the Rideau Lakes north of Kingston, Ontario, balancing dog walking and canoeing on Cranberry Lake with practise as a freelance writer and broadcaster with part-time work as the first Curator of the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario.
REMY RODDEN
Environmental Educator, Musician & Storyteller

Remy is first and foremost an environmental educator - a biologist, interpreter and teacher - who just happens to have a natural talent for singing and song-writing. As Manager of Environmental Education and Youth Programs for the Government of Yukon Territory, Canada, Remy leads and oversees popular wilderness-based experiential youth programs and supports environmental literacy in schools. He is also a well-known "eco-singer" whose performances and recordings have garnered international attention. (The song “What’s That Habitat?” from the album Think About the Planet is part of compilation celebrating the UN Earth Charter).

Remy often tells his audiences "We all have gifts to share, to help make the world a better place." Assisting people recognize and utilize their true gifts, and supporting them in moving from awareness to action are primary targets for Remy. Certification in leadership development and executive coaching supplement his Queen’s University degrees in biology and outdoor/experiential education.
FRED ROOTS, PhD
Polar Issues Expert & Science Advisor Emeritus

Fred Roots is Science Advisor Emeritus to Environment Canada. He graduated in geological engineering at the University of British Columbia, and received his PhD in geology from Princeton University. He was senior geologist in the first international scientific study of Antarctica, the Norwegian-British-Swedish Antarctic Expedition, 1949-52: co-leader of Operation Franklin, the major study that established the petroleum potential of the Canadian arctic Islands in 1955; and leader of Operation Stikine 1956 and 1958, the first integrated geological study of the Canadian northern Cordillera. In 1958 he organized the Polar Continental Shelf Project and served as its coordinator until 1971. From 1968 he became involved in discussions of the environmental responsibilities of the Canadian government, which led to the organization of the Department of the Environment. In 1971 he was appointed Advisor, Environmental and Northern Programmes, Department of the Energy Mines and Resources, and in 1973 he became Science Advisor to the Department of the Environment, and served in that capacity until becoming Science Advisor Emeritus in 1989.

Fred is the author of over 250 scientific papers and published reports on Polar, environmental and global change subjects. Dr. Roots has a mountain range in Antarctic named after him. His many awards include the Gold medal from the Royal Geographical Society.
ALEX TAYLOR
Polar Educator


Alex Taylor’s Antarctic career kicked off in 1992 when he was hired by the British Antarctic Survey as a polar guide for a glaciology project in the shadow of Mt. Vinson. A love of the continent’s incredible landscapes, wildlife, history and other-worldly experiences was born and he has been working on the continent regularly ever since.

More then 10 seasons south in Antarctica have afforded Alex the privilege of visiting many parts of the continent working in support of science projects for the British Antarctic Survey and the United States Antarctic Program. He has also provided technical and safety support for television and films down south. Most notable were the two ship-based expeditions in 1999 and 2000 to film the IMAX feature Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure.

Alex has a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary, specializing in Outdoor Pursuits and Geography. He has climbed and traveled all over the world but the Canadian Rockies and Antarctica remain his favourite places on the planet.

Alex’s home base is in Canmore, Alberta. He has been working in the Rocky Mountain National Parks for over 23 years. His eclectic work life has always been focused on the wild outdoors and has included jobs as a wildland fire fighter, wildlife technician, weather station specialist, still photographer and videographer, to name a few. When not in Antarctica, Alex works as a backcountry project manager for Parks Canada in Lake Louise.

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