Have you ever considered working in Antarctica? Dr. Jenny Baeseman is an innovative, creative science and educational consultant (and SOI alum!), who joined us on The Bridge to discuss polar careers for young scientists! Interviewing her was Samantha McBeth, early-career researcher, polar guide, SOI & Canada C3 alum.

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About Jenny Baeseman

Jenny Baeseman is a polar scientist, educator and consultant with more than 15 years of experience working in and supporting research and science communication in the Arctic and Antarctic. SOI is proud to call her an alum of both our International Polar Year Arctic Expedition in 2009 and SOI’s 2011 Antarctic Expedition where she engaged youth in learning about the Polar Regions through science as well as opportunities available to early career scientists.

Dr. Baeseman has a BSc in Water Chemistry from the University of WI – Stevens Point, an MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota, a PhD also in Civil Engineering with an environmental emphasis from the University of Colorado, and postdoctoral training in Geosciences from Princeton University. She has spent four seasons in Antarctica, three in the McMurdo Dry Valleys and one on the peninsula. She has held several high-level international science leadership positions and continues research in her spare time through an adjunct position at the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) at the University of Alaska – Fairbanks. As a consultant, she helps facilitate international science and education projects.

Dr. Baeseman founded and led the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) between 2006-2012, helping young researchers combine their interests in interdisciplinary polar science with education and outreach and gain international leadership through professional development activities. Following APECS, she became the Director of the Climate and the Cryosphere Project (CliC) and in July 2015, she was appointed Executive Director of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) where she was the first woman and first non-UK resident to hold the post for the 60-year old organization.

After nearly a decade overseas managing international science organizations, Dr. Baeseman returned to her home state of Wisconsin where she works as a consultant.

About Sam McBeth

Samantha is an early-career polar biologist and field researcher, guide/naturalist and science communicator from Gatineau, Québec, in Canada. She holds a Master of Science in Northern Studies from Carleton University, where she focused on the social, political and environmental realities of our northern regions. Strangely in love with cold oceans for such a landlocked childhood, she’s been working on ships in the polar regions since 2014. When she can’t get herself to the sea, she’s sharing her experiences and passion for those incredible places, engaging folks young and old into protecting and enjoying nature. She is a strong believer that understanding and experiencing the environment is the key to protecting it.