Agnieszka Bielecka

10391791_184855698870_2351676_n-2Geographer, mountain guide and expedition leader, climber, Agnieszka was part of the Polish team that achieved the first winter ascent of Gasherbrum I in 2012 and in summer of the same year she reached 8100 m on Lhotse. In 2014, she climbed Broad Peak (8051 m). She has expedition leader’s experience in the Alps, in Nepal, India, South America and in Svalbard. Agnieszka will be part of the traverse team, with a special responsibility for field safety.

Justyna Dudek

286404_10150274328819121_4076387_oGeographer conducting PhD research on current environmental change in polar regions at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Justyna has taken part in research expeditions to Svalbard and Alaska. She has also explored Lapland, Iceland, Siberian mountains (Altai and Sayan mountains), South America and the Himalaya. Justyna will take part in the traverse, making environmental observations and taking snow samples.

Dr. Krystyna Koziol (Project leader)

11041281_10206927367249668_3065794204366333974_o-kopia-2With a PhD (2015) from the University of Sheffield and experience working at the Polish Polar Station in Svalbard, Krys carries out research in environmental chemistry. Her research includes studies of rain and snow pollution in Svalbard, and the fate of organic matter on glaciers. Krys will lead the scientific analysis of this project: determining pollution levels and their connection to air mass trajectories.

Dr. Ann Eileen Lennert


Researcher at the Arctic Research Centre (ARC) Århus University and The Arctic University of Norway (UIT), Ann is interested in climate change and the environmental shifts in Greenland in the context of the cultural landscape and traditional knowledge. With a PhD from the University of Greenland and the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, she has several years experience of research in Greenland and in interdisciplinary projects in the Arctic. Ann is working on the human dimension of the project, coupling local engagement and knowledge to the science done on ice. She will also be our local logistics coordinator, passing on daily weather forecasts to the traverse team.

Dr. Lindsey Nicholson


Glaciologist at Innsbruck University, Lindsey is interested in glacier-climate interactions, water resources, glacier hazards and has worked on ice cores from Arctic Canada. Her field experience includes research in the Himalaya, Svalbard, Norway,  European Alps, Alaska, Chilean Andes, Tanzania and Kenya. Lindsey will provide her expertise in glaciological sampling and climatological observation during the traverse.

Prof. Żaneta Polkowska

zanetaŻaneta is an expert in analytical chemistry, especially environmental pollutants, is a lecturer in the Analytical Chemistry Department, Gdańsk University of Technology and a vice-chairperson of the Polish Chemical Society. Passionate about environmental analysis of precipitation, snow cover and glaciers, she supports this project by providing expertise on analytical techniques for organic pollutant level determination.