It’s Time to Meet the Team!

I apologize. I am a failure as a blogger. I haven’t been keeping up with my blogging duties. It is just so hard to sit at a computer when I could be outside in the gorgeous location learning about what’s happening under the ice.

Now, please excuse the wind-swept hair and the layers of colourful (often clashing) winter clothes, but I think that it is time to introduce the international CONCUR team.


Georgiy Kirillin checking to make sure that the lake is still there.

Georgiy Kirillin (Germany) is a research scientist at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin working on physical processes in ice-covered lakes.


Alex Forrest and Jeff Williams siting the horizon

Alex Forrest (Australia) is a lecturer and researcher at the Australian Maritime College and specializes in using Autonomous Underwater Vehicles for data collection in ice-covered environments. His work has taken him from the High Arctic to the Antarctic and various remote locations in between.


Christof Engelhardt spending his “spare time” (not that he has had much) making dinner.

Christof Engelhardt (Germany), born in Berlin (1954), 1972-1977 Study in Mathematics Kharkov University (USSR), 1977-1990 Academy of Science GDR in Berlin, 1991-1992 Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research; since 1992 Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in Berlin; Research Topics: Field Methods in Physical Limnology, physical – biogeochemical Coupling; Winter Limnology.


Larry Kost drilling for water (I think he found some).

Larry Kost (Canada), research assistant. I’ve been involved in projects at Pavilion Lake, British Columbia, Canada and Lake Tahoe, Nevada, U.S.A. It’s great to be involved and am up for the challenge.


Jeff Williams wishing he hadn’t volunteered to hold the line.

Jeff Williams (New Zealand) is an electrical engineer who for 10 years has been applying technology to ocean science – from AUVs in the Arctic to moorings at McMurdo (Antarctica).


Elisa Lindgren

Elisa Lindgren (Finland) is in the beginning of her scientific career and works as a research assistant at the University of Helsinki, Finland, mainly with projects concerning cryosphere.


Will Rizk documenting our adventures.

Will Rizk (Germany) is a post-doc at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (Berlin), whose main interests lie in understanding the fundamental physical processes of lakes during their ice-covered periods.


Kelly Graves and Jeff Williams found something they don’t think was made in nature.

Kelly Graves (Canada) is a Master of Applied Science student at the University of British Columbia and is studying environmental fluid mechanics and is interested in ice covered lakes.

Matti Leppäranta (Finland) (Photo currently unavailable) is a professor in geophysics at the Department of Physics of the University of Helsinki. His research concerns the cryosphere. In the present project he collaborates in research and mathematical modelling of lake ice. He has worked on the ice of Lake Kilpisjärvi since 2007.

Now, I was trying to give you a Finnish word a blog; however, my Finnish translator is asleep, so I’m going to give it a go myself. The word we have been using the most is kiitos (thank you) and it is one that I intend on continuing to use.

Seuraavaan kertaan! (Until next time!)

3 thoughts on “It’s Time to Meet the Team!

      1. kellyelisegraves

        Now, you can check out Tom in the blog. He got his own blog post.



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