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Polar Environments About us

The Polar Environment Research Theme is a multidisciplinary network for scientists at the University of Otago with an interest in polar regions. 

Due to its ideal location, the university has developed a particularly strong connection with Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, and the theme members are actively involved in Antarctica New Zealand and the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute.

Our goal is to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and research in polar studies at the University of Otago. In particular, we encourage the involvement of graduate students and young researchers.

A key objective is to mentor emerging researchers with and interest in polar studies, and provide them with support to develop knowledge and networks nationally and internationally.