Josef Elster is a polar ecologist at the Botany Institute of the Academy of Sciences. He also teaches at the University of South Bohemia and the Masaryk University in his country. He is interested in the ecology and ecophysiology of algae in natural, extreme and man-made environments.
Josef Elster has already carried out 15 research expeditions to the Polar Regions (The Arctic – Svalbard - 1988, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2004, Ellesmere Island 1991, 1993, 1994, Northern Sweden – Abisko – 2006, Antarctica 1996, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007). He had a 26 months postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto, Canada, and has spent 6 months at the National Institute of Polar Research, Tokyo, Japan,. Moreover, he made several short stays at various institutions.
However, it will be the first time that he will work in continental Antarctica, as he generally went to more coastal areas, like King Georges Island or Ross Island where the Czech Republic is running a Research Station.