Dr. Michael Wenger
Michael Wenger, born in 1972, had caught the fever of discovery and travel from an early age. At the age of 17, he lived in Australia for a year, where he fell in love with the ocean and fish. During his biology studies on marine fish, however, the polar virus grabbed him on Svalbard. Despite years of “resistance”, including research and academic degrees, the virus did not let him go. So he switched, and instead of creating polar knowledge, he imparts it through travel, lectures, and articles at PolarJournal, which he has also presided over as executive director since 2022.
Julia Hager’s fascination with the Polar Region and passion for seafaring were awakened early on: Already during her marine biology studies starting in 2005 she took part in scientific ship expeditions to Antarctica, the Bering Sea, the North Pacific and the North Atlantic. During a two-year stay in Oregon, she encountered the ubiquitous plastic pollution of the beaches and her love of marine life suffered a shock at the sight of the animals injured by plastic. She has pursued this global environmental problem for over ten years now and she passes on her experience, her knowledge of plastic pollution to all age groups, including polar travelers in her role as tour guide.
Kevin McGwin is a journalist who has been writing about Greenland and the Arctic since 2006. Between 2013 and 2017, he was editor of The Arctic Journal. He then worked as a freelance journalist and translator, wrote articles for Arctic Today, contributed occasionally to the Greenlandic weekly Sermitsiaq AG, and has written for a number of other Arctic-related websites. In addition, he runs his own website, The Rasmussen, which follows the spirit of Arctic Journal and provides “regional news with a global perspective.” He has been a part of the PolarJournal team since January 2022, writing articles on a wide variety of topics, primarily from the Arctic.
When Heiner Kubny traveled to the polar regions for the first time in 1997, he did not yet know how much this trip would change his life. Driven again and again by the beauty, tranquility and beautiful wildlife in the icy worlds, he visited his heart’s world again and again. In the meantime, he has become one of the established polar specialists. He visited the “refrigerators” of our earth numerous times on expeditions by air, on research and expedition cruises or simply on foot. His contributions cover diverse topics, just like his beloved polar regions.
Camille Lin developed his passion for the poles in 2017 while wintering at the French Science Station on the Kerguelen Archipelago. During this almost total immersion in partly lunar landscapes, with animals that could be easily approached, and in stormy weather, he had the time and the desire to write. The following year, he began working as a journalist out of a passion for science, the polar environment, and seafaring. To satisfy his curiosity about maritime horizons, he hired on fishing vessels, on a hospital ship, and on cruise ships in Antarctica. He also writes for the French maritime magazine Le Chasse-Marée and the magazine Ça m’intéresse.
Mirjana Binggeli, who studied social sciences and lives in Switzerland, has always been fascinated by people, their different cultures and ways of life, with her main focus on current issues. Preferring cold climates to warm countries, she has traveled to Northern Europe and Finnish Lapland, where she contracted the polar virus. After a trip to Svalbard and Greenland, she became an expedition guide on ships in the Arctic and Antarctic.