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The Martin Bergmann Medal for Excellence in Arctic Leadership or Science

2018 Recipients - Dr. James Drummond and Dr. Derek Muir


Dr. James Drummond

For his exceptional contributions to Arctic research, science and leadership, the Society is awarding James Drummond the 2018 Martin Bergmann Medal.

His contributions in furthering Arctic research include his establishment of PEARL (Polar Environment Atmospheric Research), the globally-recognized Arctic flagship observatory that has contributed to a significant body of research. His enthusiasm for Arctic research has animated the CANDAC/PEARL Outreach Program that supports thousands of students, teachers, senior officials, and members of the diplomatic community. Dr. Drummond is a highly sought-after and active contributor in the national and international scientific community, including his work on multiple high-level committees.

Dr. Derek Muir

For his contributions to research to control persistent organic pollutants (POPS) and mercury, as well as on national and international policies for chemical management and human risk assessment, the Society is awarding Derek Muir the 2018 Martin Bergmann Medal.

Dr. Muir is a leading Canadian environmental scientist and is considered a world leader in his field. For more than 35 years, Dr. Muir has contributed to the understanding of contaminants in the North and the impacts they have on Arctic ecosystems and people. During this time, he dedicated himself to education, outreach to the broader scientific community, as well as to local northern communities. He is always keen to listen to the concerns of the people, learn about their observations, experiences and traditional knowledge. Internationally, Dr. Muir’s work was an important contribution to the development of the Stockholm Convention, which controls the use of persistent organic pollutants (POPS). His long term monitoring of mercury in Arctic fish, marine mammals, and lake sediments, was an important component to the background information supporting the Minamata Convention, controlling the global use and emissions of mercury. Dr. Muir is among the most influential scientists in shaping the policy of environmental regulations on POPs in our era and for the past 10 years he has been consistently among the top 1% most-cited authors in environmental sciences worldwide.

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