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Introducing '19 WCS Speaker Dr. Mark Terry from Toronto, ON

Dr. Mark Terry is a professor of Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto. He has travelled throughout the global Arctic on several occasions documenting the Canadian research of ArcticNet (2010), serving as the Scientist-in-Residence on Adventure Canada’s circumnavigation of Iceland (2018), making the first documented video of a crossing of the Northwest Passage, The Polar Explorer (2011), and

teaching at Arctic universities in Russia. In 2015, Canadian Geographic Magazine named him one of Canada’s Top 100 Greatest Explorers of all time. 
He has been decorated by Queen Elizabeth for this work with her Diamond Jubilee Medal and by The Explorers Club with its Stefansson Medal, the organization's highest honour.

Sought by explorers for centuries as a possible trade route, the Northwest Passage was first navigated by Norwegian Roald Amundsen in 1903-1906, a true polar explorer--he was the first man to reach the South Pole as well. In the recent past, Arctic sea ice prevented regular marine passage throughout most of the year, but climate change has reduced this ice, making the waterways more navigable. THE POLAR EXPLORER chronicles a rare crossing of the Passage 

on a three-week scientific expedition taking place on the aptly named icebreaker, the Amundsen. Studying the effects of climate change in this Arctic region, as well as at the other end of the earth, Antarctica, is the focus of this feature documentary.
Dr. Terry has given two TED Talks in Homer, Alaska, and the Ontario Science Centre on the subject of his scientific discoveries in both the Arctic and Antarctica. He has also taught a Master Class in Arctic documentary filmmaking for the American Conservation Society’s 50th anniversary celebrations of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He also taught a class in polar filmmaking to aboriginal graduate students at the Arctic College of the Peoples of the North in St. Petersburg, Russia.


Dr. Mark Terry leads an expedition to Antarctica to report on the new discoveries made by the world's scientific community stationed in Antarctica. This award-winning documentary reveals many new scientific revelations such as penguin suicide, new vegetation growing in the world's largest desert, diminishing populations of land animals and marine life and the dangerously increasing melting 

of Antarctica's land ice. Winner of 15 international film awards, The Antarctica Challenge was the only film invited to screen to delegates attending the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen in 2009.
Dr. Terry has worked with the United Nations since 2009 providing global scientific research to its annual climate summits known as the COP conferences. His work with GIS mapping as a data delivery system was recently nominated by the UN for its Sustainability Development Goals Action Award in the category of Visualizer.
Today he teaches a course on The Geo-Doc, a Remediated Form of Documentary Filmmaking and Environmental Activism in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. He also teaches courses in Arctic Studies, Antarctica Studies, and Documentary Filmmaking at Ryerson University.
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