microbial life in extreme environments and his knowledge of planning and community discussions on exploring subglacial environments.
Dr. Barbara Methé is an assistant investigator in the Department of Microbial Genomics at The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) in Rockville, Maryland, where she has been since 2000 first as a visiting scientist and then as a collaborative investigator. Dr. Methé’s research interests center on the application of genomic, functional genomic, and metagenomic approaches to the study of microbial diversity and metabolism and their impacts on the environment. In 2003, she was a member of the BO-037 Project at Palmer Station Antarctica, which included fish collection on the R/V Laurence M. Gould. Since 2003, Dr. Methé has been a member of the organizing committee to develop the program on Microbial Environmental Genomics (MicroEnGen) as part of the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE). Dr. Methé received her doctorate in Environmental Engineering in 1998 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has expertise in genomics and its applications to sampling and studying cold-environment microbes.
Dr. Heinz Miller is a professor of geophysics at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research. His research interests range from polar geophysics (marine and terrestrial) to paleoclimate studies from ice cores. Dr. Miller has extensive experience with the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) serving as a member of the Glaciology Working Group from 1984 to 2002 and chair from 1990 to 1998, member of the Group of Specialists on Environmental Affairs and Conservation from 1988 to 2002, chair of the first workshop on Lake Vostok, and he was the initial chair of the Group of Specialists on Subglacial Lakes. He was the coordinator of the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica (EPICA) ice core program and chair of the EPICA Science Steering Committee. Dr. Miller also is on the Member Council of Managers of National Antarctic programs. He has extensive field experience both in the Arctic and Antarctica and has participated in various deep ice core drilling campaigns. Dr. Miller received his doctorate in geophysics in 1972 from the University of Munich. He has experience with deep drilling through ice sheets and familiarity with drilling technology.
Dr. Samuel B. Mukasa is a professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Michigan, where he has been on the faculty since 1989. In 1985-1989, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Geology at the University of Florida. Dr. Mukasa’s research interests include the geologic evolution of the Antarctic lithosphere and the integrated use of trace elements and Pb, Nd, Sr, Hf, and Os isotopes to model the evolution and dynamics of Earth’s mantle. He served as the chair of NSF’s Advisory Board for the Office of Polar Programs during 1994-1997, and on NSF’s Polar Geology and Geophysics Panel during 1992-1994. He also served as Associate Editor for the Geological Society of America Bulletin in 1995-1998. Dr. Mukasa received his doctorate in geochemistry in 1984 from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his postdoctoral research fellowship at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in Palisades, New York. He is nominated to the committee for his knowledge of the geologic setting and its influence on subglacial lake physical and chemical characteristics.