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The Speakers Bureau is a directory of arctic researchers and experts that are available to visit organizations, communities or schools to give presentations. The directory contains names, addresses, science specialties, and presentation experience.
We encourage organizations and communities applying to the Arctic Visiting Speakers Series to use the Speakers Bureau to select a visiting speaker. If a particular subject or speaker is not listed, please contact Judy Fahnestock at avs [at] arcus [dot] org, for suggested speakers.
Dr. Vladimir Alexeev is presently a Research Associate professor at the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. He is currently collaborating on many research projects, including:
- Modeling permafrost at the Permafrost Lab of the Geophysical Institute (GI), an activity being done in close contact with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the Danish Meteorological Institute,
- An IARC supported project on low-frequency variability in the Arctic,
- A study on the Arctic freshwater cycle using observations and simple conceptual models, in an NSF-funded project on Siberian hydroclimatology Alexeev also served as a chief scientist on the Nansen and Amundsen Basins Observational System (NABOS) 2009 Cruise.
Alexeev is an active speaker, and has given several presentations in local Fairbanks schools and has been involved in the organization of IARC supported summer schools for early career scientists and K-12 teachers since 2003.
Alexeev is interested in addressing all types of audiences and is available at all times of the year. Representative lecture titles include:
- Arctic Climate Change: Why is the Arctic Warming Faster than the Rest of the Globe
- My Discovery of the Arctic
- My Incredible Trip to Antarctica
Valerie Alia is an award-winning journalist, academic, author, and photographer. She is known internationally for defining the discipline of political onomastics – the politics of naming – and for her work on media ethics, Indigenous Arctic cultures, identities, and communications.
Alia's latest books are The New Media Nation: Indigenous Peoples and Global Communication and Names and Nunavut: Culture and Identity in the Inuit Homeland. She wrote and narrated the documentary, Nunavut: Where Names Never Die, for CBC, and is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World. Alia states, "I have spoken on Arctic issues, media ethics, and other topics as a keynote speaker and invited guest speaker, and have given readings in public libraries and other places; I have been making public presentations for more than thirty years; I enjoy speaking, fostering and encouraging public dialogue." Alia is interested in addressing academic audiences, graduate seminars, and the general public. A few representative lecture titles are:
- The New Media Nation: Indigenous Networks
- Outlaws and Citizens: Indigenous people and 'The New Media Nation'
- Names, Numbers, and Northern Peoples / The Politics of Naming in the Arctic
- Media Ethics in the Arctic
Alia was born in New York and raised in Oklahoma City, where she was active in the civil rights movement, participating in one of the first successful lunch counter sit-ins. She has a BA from the University of Cincinnati, an MA from Michigan State, and a PhD from York University (Canada). Alia has taught in universities in the US, UK, and Canada; is Adjunct Professor of Social Sciences at Royal Roads University (Victoria, Canada) and Visiting Professor at Leeds Metropolitan University (UK); and was the Running Stream Professor of Ethics and Identity at Leeds Metropolitan, Distinguished Professor of Canadian Culture at Western Washington University, and Senior Associate of the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge.
Brad has a BS in Biology from the Pennsylvania State University, and an MS and PhD in Zoology from the Ohio State University His MS work focused was on the abundance and habitat use of post-breeding shorebirds in northern Alaska, and his doctoral studies addressed the effects that the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill had on black oystercatchers in Prince William Sound. After completing graduate studies, he began his U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service career in Anchorage, Alaska as a migratory bird biologist. In this capacity, he helped establish and facilitate multi-agency/organization technical working groups for landbirds, shorebirds, and loons. Moving to Arlington, Virginia in 2001, Brad took on a position as National Coordinator of the U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan. As staff to the U. S. Shorebird Conservation Plan Council, he works with partners to develop collective solutions to the conservation problems facing migratory shorebirds. Luckily, Brad is able to continue some field work in the arctic and beyond and is primarily interested in problems of bird survey design and the application of science to conservation decision-making. Brad has produced more than 50 scientific manuscripts, technical reports, and conservation plans and has given more than 30 scientific presentations. He has also used his scientific background to bring biological messages to the lay public through more than 30 popular presentations and articles.
Some representative lecture titles include:
- Conserving Birds Throughout Their Annual Cycle
- Evaluating the Importance of the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area Within the National Petroleum Reserve, Alaska: Predicting Shorebird Density and Abundance
When asked why he would like to participate in the AVS program Brad stated he wanted to, "Create awareness of the fabulous nature of arctic birds and the threats they face throughout their annual cycle."
George is the co-founder of the International Crane Foundation (ICF) which was established in the spring of 1973, as the world center for the study and preservation of cranes. Dr. Archibald received his undergraduate degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and completed his Ph.D. at Cornell University. For 27 years George served as the President of ICF. Today he continues to advance ICF’s mission in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Cuba, China, India, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, South Korea and Russia.
In recognition of his accomplishments, George has received four honorary doctorates and many awards, including the Gold Medal from the World Wildlife Fund, a Fellows Award from the MacArthur Foundation, the Wildlife Conservation Medal from the Zoological Society of San Diego, the Lilly Medal and Indianapolis Prize presented by the Indianapolis Zoo (view award video), and the Douglas H. Pimlott Award from Nature Canada.
Brad Barr is a Senior Policy Advisor in the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, where he has worked since 1993. He received a BS from the University of Maine, a MS from the University of Massachusetts, and PhD at the University of Alaska. He is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, the International Committee on Marine Mammal Protected Areas/IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force, and has served on the Boards of Directors of the George Wright Society, the Science and Management of Protected Areas Association (SAMPAA), and the Coastal Zone Canada Association (CZCA). He is coordinating a number of maritime heritage-focused initiatives in Alaska, including a project related to the Aleutian Campaign in WWII, and the "Lost Fleets of the Western Arctic" which focuses on the commercial whaling history and heritage of the Alaska's Arctic coast. He has published extensively on marine protected areas science and management, most recently focusing on the identification and management of ocean wilderness.
Representative lecture titles include:
- "What is 'Ocean Wilderness' and How Can We Protect these Special Places in the Arctic?"
- "Identifying and Preserving Special Places in the Circumpolar Arctic"
- "Yankee Whaling Heritage in the Western Arctic"
- "The Law and Policy 'Toolbox' for Preserving Exceptional Places in the Arctic"
Leonid M. Baskin was born at Moscow, 04 September 1939. He was educated in the Moscow State University as biologist-zoologist. After the university he was used as a director of reindeer farm at Kamchatka. Then, he finished post-graduation curse in the Moscow State University where in 1968 he received a degree of a candidate of biological sciences. The title of his candidate dissertation was "Ecological fundamentals of reindeer husbandry". Just after that Baskin was invited at the Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences where he was used as a junior scientist, later senior scientist, and since 1994 a chief scientist. In 1975, Baskin received a degree of doctor of biological sciences. The title of doctoral dissertation was "Behavioral fundamentals of ungulates' behavior". In 2006, Baskin received a title of Professor as a scientific leader of 8 doctors and candidates of sciences.
During his scientific career Baskin published 12 books and about 200 papers. His most well-known books are:
- Baskin, L.M. Reindeer. Ecology and behavior. Nauka publications, Moscow. 1970. 150 p (in Russian)
- Baskin, L.M. Behavior of ungulates. Nauka publications, Moscow. 1976 (in Russian). 295 p.
- Hudson, R.J., Drew, K.R., and Baskin, L.M. Wildlife Production Systems. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 1989. 469 p (In English)
- Baskin, L.M. and Danell, K. Ecology of Ungulates. Springer, Berlin. 2003. 434 p. (In English)
- Pruitt, W.O. and L.M. Baskin. Boreal forest of Canada and Russia. Pensoft Publishers, Sofia. 2004. 163 p., (In English)
- Baskin, L.M. Reindeer. Behavior and management. Hunting and reindeer husbandry. KMK Publications, Moscow. 2009. 284 p. (in Russian)
- Baskin, L.M. and Okhlopkov, I.M. Protection of large mammals from industrial threats. KMK Publications, Moscow. 2012. 201 p. (in Russian).
Dr. Ekaterina Belooussova is currently working on a project affiliated with the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow, Russia. Her project, supported by the Research Support Scheme, is entitled " Natural Childbirth" Movement in Russia: An Anthropological Perspective".
Ekaterina received her Ph.D. in Culture Theory from the Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia. She conducted her undergraduate studies and master's in Classical Studies at the Department of Classical Studies at St. Petersburg State University, Russia. Her research interests are in contemporary urban folklore, medical anthropology, and gender studies.
Other projects that Ekaterina has been involved in include: "Contemporary Urban Popular Culture", Ideas and Beliefs, Concerning Childbirth, in Contemporary Urban Culture," and "Childbirth in Russia as seen by our Contemporaries." Ekaterina has also written several research papers as well as served as an editor and translator for a Russian publisher.
In the fall of 2001, she presented a lecture on, "The image of a spiritual midwife in contemporary Russian urban folklore," at the American Folklore Society Meeting and the National Park Service Beringia Days Conference, in Anchorage, Alaska.
Janet Mancini Billson is a native of Canada. She attended one-room schools in southern Ontario and completed her education through high school in British Columbia.
Dr. Billson is the author of:
- Inuit Women: A Century of Change, with Kyra M. Reis, a study of the impact of rapid social change and Canadian resettlement policy on Inuit culture and women's status and roles in Baffin Island);
- Keepers of the Culture: The Power of Tradition in Women's Lives (1995/1999, which includes a chapter on Inuit women); and numerous articles and book chapters on women and identity.
She has lectured widely on women in Canada, Native women, Inuit women and their families, and Nunavut.
As a sociologist, she specializes in gender and identity, particularly as affected by rapid social change and development. She interviewed Inuit women and men on Baffin Island, including dozens of focus groups. She developed a unique feminist research methodology in order to ensure that women in each community engaged in the process of interpreting data, testing emerging hypotheses, and reviewing the final draft of their community's chapter.
She received her Ph.D. in sociology from Brandeis University and was a professor of sociology and women's studies at Rhode Island College for 18 years. In 1999 she was named Alumni of the Year at Baldwin-Wallace College and in 2000 she received the national Sociological Practice Award from the Society for Applied Sociology. She was Visiting Professor at The George Washington University until 1996 and has since directed a small consulting firm focusing on international development. Billson has served as associate editor of the Canadian Review of American Studies and is active in many professional organizations, including the Lecture topics include:
- Her Powerful Spirit—Inuit Women in a Century of Change
- Keepers of the Culture: Common Pain and Uncommon Strengths Among Canada's Native Women
- Defining a New Inuit Identity: Taking Nunavut into the 21 st Century
- Gender, Power, and Ethnicity in North America: Significance in the Next Century
- Domestic Violence in the Context of Inuit Culture
Janet Billson shows related slides in order to stimulate discussion and obtain feedback from both general and academic audiences.
"My talks always try to inject some "alternative views" of our science, as portrayed by artists or school children. In this sense, I'm a bit peculiar."
Dr. Sam Bowser is a cell biologist at Wadsworth Center in Albany, New York. He is interested in the evolution and ecology of rhizopod protists, specifically Foraminifera, which are single-celled organisms that play an important role in the world's oceans. Research in Bowser's lab has helped unravel the early evolution of Foraminifera, their relationship to other rhizopods, and their ecological significance. He has extensive field experience in polar regions (McMurdo Sound Antarctica; Svalbard) and he could fill a book with stories about research at high altitudes.
Bowser is highly involved with the intertwining of art and science. To bring science to a larger audience, he works in cooperation with many artists in a variety of media including: photography, television, and film. He played a leading role in Werner Herzog's Oscar-nominated documentary Encounters at the End of the World.
Bowser is a very experienced lecturer and public speaker. He has given hundreds of talks to school age children, and most recently was invited to speak in the celebration of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty. Other recent public speaking events include being the keynote speaker for Earthweek 2009 at Dutchess Community College, and giving the keynote address at the University of Albany Department of Biological Sciences 2009 commencement ceremony.
Bowser is interested in speaking to a wide variety of audiences, and is excited to have the opportunity to network with a diverse group of educators. He is not available to speak during the months of October through December.
Representative lecture titles include:
• "Endangered Submarine Forests: Protistan Trees with More Bite Than Bark"
• "Twenty Years On (and Under) Antarctic Ice"
• "Art/Science in Antarctica: Rational Art and Irrational Science"
Bowser received his doctoral degree at the State University of New York in Albany; then went on to conduct two concurrent post-doctorate studies, one in cell biology at the Wadsworth Center, and the second in Polar Biology at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
A new genus of Foraminifera (Bowseria spp.) was named "in honor of Dr. Sam Bowser (USA), a protistologist and polar explorer, who has spent many years studying Antarctic monothalamous foraminifera and contributed immensely to our knowledge of their biology.
Syndonia (Donie) Bret-Harte
Dr. Syndonia Bret-Harte is currently a plant/ecosystem ecologist at the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has worked in both the tundra and boreal forest, and has been a researcher at Toolik Lake, Alaska for more than ten years. Dr. Bret-Harte is interested in how plant species affect the cycling of carbon and nitrogen in northern ecosystems, and how the growth responses of individual plant species may influence the response of northern ecosystems to climate change. Dr. Bret-Harte is just starting a new research project on how the interactions between shrubs and winter snow cover may influence carbon and nitrogen cycling in tundra as shrubs expand in tundra ecosystems.
Dr. Bret-Harte has experience lecturing to a broad range of audiences including high school students, teachers, tourists, community residents, congressional staffers, and scientists. Because of summer fieldwork, Dr. Bret-Harte can only participate in the Arctic Visiting Speakers' program during the winter. If a venue in northern Alaska was available during the summer, however, she could possibly participate since her fieldwork is at Toolik Field Station.
Representative lecture titles include:
- Climate change and tundra plants
- The role of different plant species in the response of northern ecosystems to environmental perturbation
- Plant and soil responses to neighbor removal and fertilization in tussock tundra
Through participating in the Arctic Visiting Speakers' Program, Dr. Bret-Harte hopes to help inform the public of scientific issues.
Dr. Noel Broadbent is currently a Professor in the Department of Archaeology and Saami Studies at the Umeå University in Sweden. He is also a Research Associate for the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. He received a bachelors degree in anthropology from San Diego State University in California and master's and doctorate degrees in archeology from the University of Uppsala, Sweden. Noel has been a member of the Umeå faculty since 1996, where he is responsible for all graduate research and graduate education programs in the Department of Anthropology.
Noel's current research focus is with the Northern Crossroads Project. This project is a diachronic analysis of northern Swedish prehistory from 9000-500 BP. He has also been working on the ongoing Polar History Project, which looks at the prehistoric landscapes and known historic sites such as the Andree Polar Expedition of 1897.
Noel's accomplishments include numerous performance awards from the National Science Foundation to an Antarctica Service Medal from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Navy. He was a founding member and serves as a board member on the International Arctic Social Science Association (1990-present). Besides writing and editing research papers, he previously produced two traveling exhibits, "Children of the Ice Age" and the "Umeå University on Norrland culture-history".
He has extensive lecture experience having given talks to groups all around the world. These include professional and public audiences. He is interested in talking with academic audiences, graduate seminars and the general public.
Dr. Burns is currently an Associate Professor and Program Head of the Department of International Environmental Policy at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He also serves as Co-Chair of the International Environmental Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy. His research interests in the context of the Arctic are in the potential impacts of climate change on Arctic species and ecosystems, and the potential impacts of energy exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Dr. Burns is an experienced speaker giving approximately 30–40 presentations each year. He is interested in speaking to academic audiences and the general public and is available to participate in the Arctic Visiting Speakers Series throughout the year.
Representative lecture titles include:
- The impact of climate change on Arctic fauna and flora species
- Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: The case not made
- The impact of climate change on cetaceans in the Arctic and the potential responses of the International Whaling Commission
- The Arctic Climate Impact Assessment: Implications for the future of Arctic ecosystems
Dr. Burns hopes that his participation in the Arctic Visiting Speakers Program will heighten public dialogue and interest in Arctic environmental issues and will stimulate student interest in pursuing careers in Arctic research.
Jennifer Burns is Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she has been since 2000. She earned a B.S. in 1990 in Zoology from the University of California Berkeley, an M.S. in Fisheries in 1993 from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Burns’ research focuses on understanding how the age and physiological status of marine mammals influences their diving and foraging capacities, and on how differences in rates of physiological development impact life history traits. Her work on temperate and arctic pinnipeds has suggested that juvenile behaviors are constrained as a result of higher oxygen use rates, smaller reserves, and reduced body size, and that these constraints likely impact growth and survival. Research in Antarctic waters has focused on seasonal shifts in behavior and condition, and overwinter foraging strategies of crabeater and Weddell seals. Recently, her work has expanded to include studies of how nutrition and micronutrients may influence the development, how changes in climate and seasonality may influence life history events, and how different types of environmental knowledge can be integrated to improve local understanding.
Jennifer has served on a number of national committees and organizing groups, including the US GLOBEC Scientific Advisory Committee, The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee, the Prince William Sound Regional Citizen’s Advisory Council’s Scientific Steering Committee.
The Inuit as a culture are resilient, resourceful, gregarious and a truly unique component of our multi-cultural Canadian identity.
Charles Cahill has hands on experience with the Inuit lifestyle and culture in Nunavut. He is an experienced presenter, having spoken at more than 1000 audiences of teachers, academics and students since 1999. He currently lives and works in Nunavut for part of the year and he feels that he can provide valuable first hand information on life in the arctic.
Charlie worked as Economic Development Officer for the Government of the Northwest Territories for ten years and still works 4-5 months a year in Nunavut. His work involved interaction with local hunters and trappers groups, Inuit arts and crafts Associations and many Inuit businesses. He also served on the local Education Committee, the Hamlet Council and various community Boards and agencies.
Charlie feels that he can provide an overview of life in Nunavut today and insights into the transition that Nunavut is experiencing. He would be happy to speak to any of the potential audiences and is available upon request.
Donald W. Cline is Chief of the Hydrology Laboratory for NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS). He was formerly the Director of the NWS National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center. He received the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Geography from the University of Colorado in 1989, 1992, and 1995. Prior to joining NOAA in 1998, he completed post-doctoral positions with the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona, the School for Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado. He has taught introductory and advanced courses in Hydrology, Snow Hydrology, Geographic Information Systems, and Remote Sensing. His scientific and technical interests include water resources, hydrologic modeling, surface energy and mass exchange, development and application of airborne and satellite remote sensing systems, geospatial analysis, and the Cryosphere. He has conducted extensive field programs to improve remote observation and modeling of snowpacks in mountain environments and in the Arctic. Dr. Cline is a member of the American Geophysical Union.
Patricia Cochran was born and raised in Nome, Alaska. Ms. Cochran serves as Executive Director of the Alaska Native Science Commission, an organization that brings together research and science in partnership with Alaska Native communities. Ms. Cochran also served as Chair of the 2009 Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change and is Co-Chair of the Indigenous Peoples' Global Network on Climate Change. She is the past Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, an international organization representing 160,000 Inuit of Alaska, Canada, Russian and Greenland; and former Chair of the Indigenous Peoples' Secretariat to the 8 nation, Arctic Council.
Ms. Cochran has served as Principal and Co-Principal Investigator on numerous research projects throughout the Arctic, including the Survey of Living Conditions, Traditional Knowledge and Contaminants Project, Indigenous Knowledge Systems Colloquium and Bering Sea Sub Network. Ms. Cochran has extensive knowledge of key issues impacting Arctic communities and has spoken at forums worldwide. She has written numerous articles and publications and appeared internationally on programs reporting on climate change and indigenous issues.
Ms. Cochran previously served as Administrator of the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage; Executive Director of the Alaska Community Development Corporation; Local Government Program Director with the University of Alaska Fairbanks; and Director of Employment and Training for the North Pacific Rim Native Corporation (Chugachmiut).
Ms. Cochran has served as Chair of the American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Caucus of the American Public Health Association; Science Advisor to the U.S. Arctic Research Commission; Member of the Science Steering committee for the National Science Foundation Human Dimension of the Arctic System; Advisory Committee Member for NSF Office of Polar Programs; Chair of the Indigenous People's Working Group for the International Congress on Circumpolar Health; Treasurer and Governing Council Member of the International Union for Circumpolar Health; Member of the National Native Science Education Advisory Council; Member of the National Research Council Committee on Managing Wolf and Bear Populations in Alaska and Committee on Cumulative Environmental Effects of Alaskan North Slope Oil and Gas Activities; Board Member of the American Society for Circumpolar Health, President of the Albrecht-Milan Foundation, Board President of the Abused Women's Aid in Crisis center; Member of the Southcentral Native Educators' Association; Steering Committee Member of the Northern Research Forum, Working Group Member of ICARP II (International Conference on Arctic Research Planning), Program Steering Committee Member of the Native American Cancer Research Partnership, Vice Chair of the Advisory Panel for North Pacific Research Board, President of Spirit Days Incorporated, U.S. lead for the Youth and Elders Initiative of the Arctic Council, Board Member of the Alaska Forum on the Environment and Commissioner of the Aspen Institute Dialogue and Commission on Climate Change.
Ross Coen is a doctoral student in Alaska history at the University of Washington. He previously served as Rural Energy Specialist at the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, an applied research institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), and as Climate Change Policy
Analyst for Senator Ted Stevens and the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Coen holds a Masters degree in Northern Studies from UAF. He is the author of two books and numerous
articles on environmental, political, and social history of Alaska and the circumpolar North. His newest book, "Breaking Ice for Arctic Oil: The Epic Voyage of the SS Manhattan through the Northwest Passage," was published by University of Alaska Press in April 2012.
Terrence Cole is professor of Northern Studies and History and director of the Office of Public History at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He studied geography, northern studies and history at UAF and earned a doctorate in American history at the University of Washington. He returned to his alma mater in 1988 to teach and pursue his passion about polar exploration. Students have twice chosen him as Outstanding Teacher of the Year. He has also received the Emil Usibelli Teaching Award, the Edith Bullock Service Award and the governor's Distinguished Service to the Humanities Award. He has written five books on Alaska history, and was awarded the 2011 Alaska Historian of the Year for, "Fighting for the Forty-Ninth Star: C.W. Snedden and the Long Struggle for Alaska Statehood" published by University of Alaska Press. Terrence and his twin brother Dermot are the recipients of the Fairbanks 2011 Distinguished Citizens of the Year, recently awarded in September. Although he claims to have never kissed the Blarney Stone, Terrence loves to talk about history and politics. He is married to Gay Salisbury and has three children, Henry, Desmond and Elizabeth.
Dr. Robert Corell joined The Heinz Center as the Global Change Director on 1 December 2006. Before coming to The Heinz Center, Corell served as a Senior Policy Fellow at the Policy Program of the American Meteorological Society and an affiliate of the Washington Advisory Group. He recently completed an appointment that began in January 2000 as a Senior Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Corell is an oceanographer and engineer by background and training, having received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees at Case Western Reserve University and MIT.
Corell is actively engaged in research concerned with global change and the interface between science and public policy, particularly research activities that are focused on global and regional climate change, related environmental issues, and science to facilitate understanding of vulnerability and sustainable development. He co-chairs an international strategic planning group that is developing a strategy designed to harness science, technology, and innovation for sustainable development; serves as the Chair of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment; counsels as Senior Science Advisor to ManyOne.Net; and is Chair of the Board of the Digital Universe Foundation. Corell was the Assistant Director for Geosciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF) where he had oversight for the Atmospheric, Earth, and Ocean Sciences and the global change programs of NSF. He was also a professor and academic administrator at the University of New Hampshire.
As Chair of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, Corell has traveled and lectured to audiences worldwide with presentations focused on scientific, cultural, economic, and policy perspectives related to climate change. His audiences have included a wide range of individuals from scientists to lay people. Corell has also testified numerous times before Senate Sub-Committees and international forums on the impacts of climate change in the Arctic.
Representative lecture titles include:
- Science and Policy Interface
- Impacts of Climate Change in the Arctic
- Current Scientific Findings * Updates to the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment
Dr. Crate is an applied social scientist trained in cultural anthropology and human ecology with a focus on the complex issues of human-environment interactions. She practices ethnography and uses the contemporary theory intrinsic to human-ecological interactions, political ecology, sustainability studies and the politics of social change in her analyses. Her academic training, approach to teaching, and research orientation are interdisciplinary, as evidenced in her evolving research agenda, her publications to date, and her teaching.
The overarching theme of her ongoing research, teaching and service is the investigation into and fostering of sustainability in our contemporary world. This has been the central focus of her research in Russia since 1988 and is also the objective of her nascent domestic research agenda. The concepts and practices of sustainability are also integral to her teaching and active service, especially in campus greening. Dr. Crate is also involved in several international working groups that focus on sustainability in the arctic.
An important part of CARC's mandate is delivering timely and relevant information about the forces at work in the Canadian and Circumpolar Arctic regions. As northern regions evolve, they are finding they are dealing with many of the same issues. It is important that the southern based populations of countries like Canada and the U.S. recognize that these "remote" Arctic issues affect them as well.
John Crump is Executive Director of Canadian Arctic Resources Committee (CARC), a 30-year-old public advocacy non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting sustainable development in the Canadian and Circumpolar Arctic regions. CARC has members in all Canadian provinces and territories, most U.S. states, and around the world. CARC has been involved in issues related to pipeline development, aboriginal land claims, land use planning, research on arctic contaminants, environmental assessment and other issues. CARC supports its advocacy work with research based on scientific and indigenous knowledge.
Currently, the organization is fighting to ensure that a proper cumulative effects assessment is carried out in the central Arctic, site of several existing and potential diamond mines and other development; it is working in partnership with indigenous northerners on an international treaty to eliminate persistent organic pollutants. It is also carrying out work to promote the long-term viability of migratory caribou herds, and in 2001 CARC will convene a major international conference to examine the future of the circumpolar region in the face of global warming, and the pressure to open up the Northwest Passage as a commercial transportation route.
Crump holds a B.A. from the School of Journalism and an M.A. from the Institute of Canadian Studies, both of Carleton University. His M.A. research focused on development issues faced by the Innu of Labrador. He was Cabinet Communications Advisor to the Government of the Yukon, and Communications Advisor to the Yukon Government Land Claims Secretariat. During that period he also taught courses in journalism at Yukon College. He worked a journalist for CBC-Whitehorse hosting current affairs and other programs. He was with CBC-Ottawa and spent time in West Africa as a freelance journalist. He has worked as Manager of Policy and Government Relations for the Nunavut Planning Commission and prior to that as Senior Research Associate and Policy Analyst, at the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.
He has taught university courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and spoken numerous times on issues related to arctic development, public education, and other matters.
His lecture titles include:
- Building Sustainable Futures in the North
- New Governance Structures in a Post-land Claims Environment
- Evolving Conceptions of Arctic Security: Climate Change, Globalization and Democracy
- Down to Zero: Cultural Survival and the Elimination of Airborne Contaminants
He is interested in speaking to any type of audience through the Visiting Speakers Program and is generally least available from July-August.
Dennis Darby is Professor of Geological Oceanography in the Department of Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at Old Dominion University, where he has been since 1977. He earned a B.S. in 1966 and an M.S. in 1968, both in Geology, from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. in Geology and Oceanography in 1971 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research deals with the paleoclimatology and paleoceanography of the Arctic Ocean as determined by fingerprinting iron oxide sand grains using their chemical composition measured by electron microprobe and matching these grains to similar grain types in potential source areas around the Arctic Ocean. Knowing the precise source of each grain provides a detailed picture of the mix of sources for each layer in deep-sea sediment cores and this helps to elucidate the past circulation patterns of drifting ice that transported these grains. It also indicates where glacial ice existed and when this ice calved into the Arctic. The same technique is used to study modern ice floes and the export of this ice through Fram Strait into the Greenland Sea where it can melt and affect climate.
Darby has served on a number of national committees and organizing groups, including the NSF Arctic System Science (ARCSS) Program Ocean-Atmosphere-Ice Interaction Science Steering Committee and the Arctic Program Planning Group of Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling (JOIDES), charged with developing a science plan for arctic deep-sea drilling dealing with global climate problems.
Darby recently lead two successful coring expeditions to the central Arctic as part of the Healy-Oden Trans-Arctic Expedition (HOTRAX). This historic expedition, only the second crossing of the central Arctic by icebreakers, collected nearly 500 meters of sediment core and used multibeam swath mapping of the seafloor and chirp seismic to profile the sub-bottom in the upper 50 meters. This was the first such coring expedition to the central Arctic to use such technology to locate core sites and interpret the geologic setting of each site.
Darby is interested in addressing all types of audiences and is available at all times of year. His lecture topics include:
- The Role of the Arctic Ocean in global climate * Past Circulation Changes in the Arctic Ocean Based on Ice-rafted Detritus * Future Paleoceanographic Research in the Arctic Ocean: From Ocean Drilling to High Resolution Piston Coring * The HOTRAX'05 Expedition, Crossing the Arctic the Hard Way
Darby is interested in participating in the Visiting Speakers program because there is a need to educate people about arctic research.
Gijs de Boer
Jan de Vroede
Jan de Vroede was born in Belgium and speaks Flemish, French, English, German, Danish, and Greenlandic. He graduated cum laude from the University of Gent with a MA in musicology and from the University of Antwerp with a MA in international relations and politics (specializing in arctic issues). De Vroede currently lives in Greenland and works as an international manager for Katuaq Greenland Culture House. His research interests include cultural politics and policy, arctic music, identity, aboriginal films, and arctic nationalism. De Vroede first became interested in arctic contemporary culture through his involvement as a member of Chilly Friday, Greenland's most popular rock band, and has lectured on this subject in Belgium, Greenland, Holland, Canada, and Denmark. As a member of the Greenland Film Association, he has been an announcer for arctic film festivals and has arranged arctic culture festivals. He also arranges international arctic festivals as chair of the Etoiles Polaires Association, a member of UNESCO's Global Alliance.
De Vroede is interested in presenting to all audiences and sample lectures include:
- Contemporary Arctic Music: An Introduction
- Greenland's Cultural Policy
- To be Inuit—Who Sets the Limits?
- Assilissat and Techno Suaasat: Greenlandic Film Making
- Arctic Rap—How Cultural Politics Shape National Identity in the Arctic
Dr. Dombrowski has presented more than a dozen invited lectures in the US, Canada, and Australia, including research on public health, economic and social change in Northern communities, industrial development and land claims. He is the author of two books on Southeast Alaska, and has recently completed a large social network study in Nain, Labrador.
He is interested in speaking to academic audiences, graduate seminars and making presentations to the general public. Recent lecture titles include:
- Using Network Methods to Understand Rural Inequality: a Labrador Inuit Example (University of Nebraska, October 2012).
- Social Networks and Suicide in an Inuit Community (Jewish General Hospital / McGill University, Montreal, April 2012)
- Culture Politics and the Future of Indigeneity (Australian National University, September 2011)
- Social Networks and Social Reproduction (Memorial University of Newfoundland, March 2010).
- Putting some Zen back in Zen Marxism (University of Toronto, February 2008)
*The Culture Politics of Contemporary Alaska Native Subsistence (Columbia University, February 2006).
Dr. Dombrowski's research interests are in the areas of Alaska Native culture and history, Labrador Inuit culture and history, and global issues of indigeneity. He completed a B.A. in anthropology, with honors, from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in anthropology from Columbia University and a PhD from City University of New York (CUNY) and University Center. He is currently Associate Professor of Anthropology at John Jay College, CUNY.
Dr. Dombrowski was a Visiting Arctic Speaker in Fairbanks, Alaska, in November 2003 and delivered the Krech Lecture at the Haffenreffer Museum, Brown University in February 2013.
Patricia Erikson is a cultural anthropologist and Native American Studies scholar whose research pursues the history of arctic exploration, with particular emphasis on the participation of women. For the last ten years she has researched the archival collection of Josephine Peary's papers and photographs to document the role of Robert Peary's wife in late 19th/early 20th century exploration of Northwest Greenland. She employs a feminist geography analysis to look at issues of race, class, and gender in the Arctic. "I believe that the discussion of gender in the Arctic, as well as issues of race, are insufficiently discussed."
After years of archival research on polar exploration history, Erikson traveled to Northwest Greenland to retrace the journey of Robert Peary, enabling work on her manuscript, In the Shadow of the North Pole, the story of the American quest for the North Pole from the perspective of Peary's wife, Josephine.
Erikson is also the author of the non-fiction book "Voices of a Thousand People: The Makah Cultural and Research Center" (U. Nebraska Press), several chapters in edited collections, and articles in academic journals such as American Anthropologist, Cultural Anthropology, and Ethnohistory.
When she's not writing, Erikson consults for museums and public school districts, and seeks the rush of arctic air on Maine's ski slopes.
A few representative lectures include:
- No Place for a Woman: Josephine Peary and American Expeditions to Discover the North Pole
- Homemaking, Snowbabies, and the Search for the North Pole
- Josephine Peary and American Narratives of Arctic Discovery
Dr. Richard A. Feely is a Supervisory Oceanographer at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle. He also holds an affiliate full professor faculty position at the University of Washington School of Oceanography. His major research areas are carbon cycling in the oceans and ocean acidification processes. He received a B.A. in chemistry from the University of St. Thomas, in St Paul, Minnesota in 1969. He then went onto Texas A&M University where he received both an M.S. degree in 1971 and a Ph.D. degree in 1974. Both of his post-graduate degrees were in chemical oceanography.
Dr. Feely is the co-chair of the U.S. CLIVAR/CO2 Repeat Hydrography Program. He is also a member of the U.S. Science Steering Committees for the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program, the U.S. Ocean Carbon and Climate Change Program, and the U.S. Carbon and Biochemistry Program. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Oceanography Society. Dr. Feely has authored more than 160 refereed research publications. He was awarded the Department of Commerce Gold Award in 2006 for his pioneering research on ocean acidification. In 2007, Dr. Feely was elected to be a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.
Having recieved a BS in Geological Science at the University of Illinois in 1981, Steven went on to finish his PhD at the University of Colorado, 1986.Presently he is a professor of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Steven has presented to teacher conferences and workshops and large school groups of both elementary and junior high school students. His lecture titles include 20th climate change: A midwest to Arctic perspective and The Last Big Ice Sheets Megadroughts in North America. Steven is often in the field July through August. His research intrests include paleoclimatology, climate change, Arctic paleoenvironments, Russian/Eurasian Arctic, and extreme climate events. His goal is to provide up-to-date summary of various aspect of climate change science and to convey the excitement and challenges of research. As an educator, he hopes to present new material and insights to excite the next generation of developing scientists.
Jeff Freymueller is a Professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the Geophysical Institute within the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is interested in all of the ways that the surface of the Earth moves, deforms, and changes.
For his research, Jeff uses ultra-precise surveying techniques to measure motion of points on the Earth's surface. He then uses these motions to study active faulting and earthquakes, volcanoes and eruptions, along with the response of the Earth to the changing mass of glaciers and ice fields. Jeff maintains active research projects in Alaska and China, and has previously worked in California and South America.
Jeff has made presentations to general audiences at the Murie Science and Learning Center of Denali National Park regarding the Denali fault and the 2002 Denali Fault earthquake.
Jeff is interested in addressing all types of audiences, and is available at all times of the year, although summertime might be a little busy. Representative lectures titles include:
- Regional Variations in Sea Level Change in Alaska
- Weighing the Mass of Ice and Snow in Alaska
- Earthquakes in Alaska, Their Causes and Long-Term Effects
*"This program is an excellent opportunity to help bring science and scientific research results to the general public. Building interest in, understanding of, and support for science and the scientific method is important, given the many areas in which science needs to inform decisions about public policy or decisions that matter for people's lives." *
Craig George has worked as a Wildlife Biologist with the North Slope Department of Wildlife Management in Barrow, Alaska for 25 years. Craig earned a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the Utah State University in 1976 and completed his Ph.D. in bowhead whale energetics, age estimation and morphology. Beginning in 1982, Craig worked on and later coordinated the bowhead whale ice-based population assessment project on the sea ice near Point Barrow for nearly two decades. He also has conducted many postmortem exams on bowheads harvested by Alaskan Eskimos (since 1980) and published a number of papers on this work ranging from evidence of killer whale predation to structural anatomy to population biology. Craig has attended IWC meetings since 1987 focusing mainly on aboriginal whaling management procedures and assessments and population estimation. He has also participated in Eskimo traditional knowledge studies on the North Slope. Craig has lived in Barrow since 1977 and is married to Cyd Hanns, a wildlife technician. Together they enjoy community and outdoor activities with their two sons Luke and Sam.
Hunting for ugruk, or bearded seal. Photo © Bill Hess, Running Dog Publications
Richard Glenn is President of the Barrow Arctic Science Consortium (BASC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting research and local involvement in research in the Barrow area, as well as the Director of the North Slope Borough Department of Energy Management. He has worked with the North Slope Borough since 1995 and is responsible for providing current and long-range planning that complements on-going and future energy programs for the North Slope Borough.
From 1993 to 1995 he managed a small technical firm. Some of the projects included: North Slope Energy Alternative Study, Barrow Gas Field reservoir engineering, comprehensive housing plans, solid waste management plans and logistic support for many ice research organizations, including U.S. Navy, Army Corps of Engineers, and many universities and colleges. Glenn has experience in the petroleum geological field from regional studies to reservoir, formation and production evaluation. He has also been involved with field geologic mapping and structural geologic and seismic interpretation, permafrost, methane hydrate, and borehole temperature profile research.
Glenn received a Bachelor of Science at San Jose State University in 1985 and went on to receive his Masters Degree in Science at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 1991. He was appointed as a member of the United States Arctic Research Commission in 1995 and was re-appointed in 1999. He is also a member of the Ilisagvik College Board of Trustees (1993–present), the Native American Science Education Commission, and the Board of Barrow Technical Services, Inc. (1993–1995).
Richard heeds the Barrow elders, who want the same opportunities for working with scientists extended to younger people that had once been available to them. Richard works tirelessly to help researchers and to help provide opportunities for exposure to scientific research for young people.
Gordon's research interests include arctic and sub-arctic archaeology; the relationships between ancient reindeer, caribou, and bison followers and their herds; scientific applications to past cultures; and the rise of Chinese civilization. Currently, he is heavily involved in new methods of dating and enhancing poorly preserved rock art. Pictograph (pigment-coated) and petroglyph (surface-altered) art is scattered throughout the north, petroglyphs being only roughly dated on lake and sea level changes. Proper dating will allow a better description of culture by comparing art at each of its time levels.
Gordon earned a B.Sc. degree from the University of British Columbia, B.A. from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of Calgary. From 1972–76, he was Arctic Archaeologist at the National Museum, from 1977–98 Curator of Arctic Archaeology (Keewatin), and from 1999 on Curator Emeritus. He is a Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America, and has been an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University for twelve years. He speaks some Russian, French, and Spanish, has three years of training in Mandarin, and is currently in his second year of Arabic. He hopes his training in Chinese, Russian, and Arabic will allow him to explore aspects of the pre-Silk Road in Central Asia. For the past several years he has been applying his rock art dating methods in several countries.
Gordon is interested in speaking to academic audiences, graduate seminars, and the general public. His public speaking experience includes lecturing at many professional meetings, some schools, and guiding tourists in the north. Representative lecture titles include:
- People and Rangifer: An Ancient Bond
- Barrenland Archaeology
- Herd Followers in Ice-Age France and Mesolithic Russia
- Rise of Chinese Civilization
- Solving Palimpsest Problems in Archaeological Site
- Dating and revealing poorly preserved rock art.
Santonu Goswami is a postdoctoral research associate within the environmental sciences division in Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His main research interest focuses on understanding permafrost degradation in the higher latitudes affects ecosystem structure and functions.
Santonu's fascination for terrestrial biology grew out of his love for nature. Once he began his research work in the arctic, his interest expanded and he yearned to explore the other polar region. Santonu was fortunate enough to take part in an Antarctic expedition (IPY-ROAM) during Dec 2007-Dec 2008. He hopes to continue his research trying to understand how various ecosystems are affected by the recent changing climate and that one day he will be able to do some research in the "third pole", the Himalayan region.
Santonu is interested in addressing all types of audiences and is available at all times of the year. Representative lectures include:
•Monitoring Ecosystem Dynamics Using Hyperspectral Reflectance and a Robotic Tram System in an Arctic Landscape
•Experiences from an Antarctic Expedition as part of an International Polar Year project (IPY-ROAM)
•Why we do what we do – sharing experiences from the field
"I believe it is important to share our research experiences with audiences who may not have access to the type of research we do, mainly to expose them to the exciting world of ecosystem research and also create awareness about the changes that the earth system is going through at present. As a researcher it is our duty to communicate with the public to educate them about what we do and create awareness about the changing environment."
Dr. Gradinger specializes in the dynamics of microbial communities in polar seas. His recent work deals with the structuring role of sea ice for biological processes in Arctic waters. His participation in SBI, BEST/BSIERP and the Arctic Ocean Diversity projects focused on the ice-based microbial food web and the coupling of sea ice, pelagic and benthic realms in Arctic waters.
Dr Grantz main area of research interest is Arctic geology and tectonics. He has extensive knowledge and hands on experience performing research in the arctic. He views the arctic visiting speaker series as an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas on Arctic geology and tectonics with other workers.
Dr Grantz was in charge of the geologic framework and petroleum resource studies of the continental shelf and slope in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas from 1969-1987 and of the geologic framework and paleoclimate studies in the western Arctic Ocean Basin, from1988 to date. During this period he was the Senior Scientist on four multi-disciplinary geological/geophysical cruises to the Arctic Ocean Basin in 1988, 1989, 1992 and 1993. He was also the Senior Scientist on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea on a trans-polar transect from Alaska to Svalbard via the North Pole in 1994. Since 1995, he has been a Consulting Professor for the Department of Geology at Stanford University. He has been active in geologic mapping and structural, stratigraphic, petroleum resource, and aeromagnetic studies in Alaska between 1949 and 1988. In addition, he was the Lead editor for The Geology of North America, vol. L, the Arctic Ocean Region, which was published by the Geological Society of America and the Co-editor for the Tectonic Evolution of the Bering Shelf-Chukchi Sea-Arctic Margin and adjacent Landmasses published by the Geological Society of America as a special paper.
Dr Gantz is a member of a number of professional societies including; Fellow, Geological Society of America; Member, American Geophysical Union and American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the U.S. Geological Survey, 1949-1995.
- Chairman, Polar Research Board/National Research Council Committee on Arctic Solid-Earth Sciences, 1987-1991
- Arctic Magnetic Anomaly Map Committee of IAGA Working Group V-9,1990-1991 Nansen Arctic Drilling Program-Site Survey Subcommittee. 1991-1994
- Planning Committee, 1994 International TransArctic Section, 1991-1994
- Arctic Panel, Circum-Pacific Map Project, 1989-1995
- Group of Advisors, United States Arctic Research Commission, 1986-2001
- Member, U.S. Coast Guard Committee on the Utilization of Polar-Class Icebreakers for Polar Sciences, 1992-1993
- Member, International Arctic Science Committees, MAST (Map of Arctic Sediment Thickness) project, 2000-date
Dr Grantz is interested in making presentations to academic and graduate audiences.
Dr. Christopher Darren James Paci works to improve the capacity of northern indigenous peoples to address environment and natural resource management issues. While mostly working at the community level, Paci has also been involved in raising awareness of various audiences about circumpolar environmental issues, climate change, and contaminants.
Paci started Deep Consulting Inc. to work with the Dene governments on natural resource management issues. He has advised the Chiefs of the Yellowknives Dene as their Executive Assistant and the Center for Indigenous Environment and Resources on their five-year organizational planning process. He has also advised the Arctic Athabaskan Council on sustainable development, governance, and policy issues. His work has included translation of science and the stewardship of indigenous concepts into action (scientific research and public policy).
Paci holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba. He is a member of the University of the Arctic, both as a Roving Faculty member and past member of the Indigenous Issues Standing Committee. Paci is an experienced speaker, having lectured at the University of Northern British Columbia, University of Manitoba, Athabasca University, Carleton University, and Umea University.
Paci is interested in speaking to all audiences and is generally available throughout the year.
Representative lecture titles include:
- Requisites for sustainable healthy northern communities
- There is no wilderness here: connectivity of northern communities to globalizing influences
- Water is more than two hydrogen and one oxygen: northern views on water management
- Knowledge engines: northern and southern comparisons
- Traditional Knowledge and the role of northern communities in environmental impact assessment
Born in St. John's, Newfoundland, Joel has long nurtured passion for both arts and science. A leading Canadian ecologist, Joel worked in Sanikiluaq, Nunavut studying effects of climate change on Arctic eider ducks. For his Ph.D. Joel worked with the Inuit, developing time lapse monitoring technology and an underwater camera system to capture the world's first images of eiders diving below the sea ice. This led to Joel's involvement in BBC's Planet Earth: Ice Worlds and Frozen Planet. Joel has been leading one of Canada's largest International Polar Year outreach projects. His research was recently published as the cover story in Proceedings of the Royal Society. During his time in the Arctic, Joel listened to the Inuit tell stories of a troubled future due to neighboring hydroelectric dams. To help share these stories Joel collaborated with the community of Sanikiluaq to found Sanikiluaq Running Pictures and began a five-year process to create his first feature documentary, People of a Feather. The Arctic Eider Society has been created to maintain the legacy of this IPY program by continuing education and outreach in conjunction with community based monitoring programs to study the cumulative effects of hydroelectric developments on sea ice ecosystems and global climate. Joel has a lot of experience speaking with audiences of all demographics, ages, and even was the recipient of a 'best early career oral presentation award.'
Representative lectures include:
- Winter on the Arctic Sea Ice: Inuit Culture, Science and Filmmaking on the Belcher Islands of Hudson Bay
- The Role of Social Interactions in Linking Individual Behavior, Population, and Community Ecology: Studies of Eiders and Winter Sea Ice Habitats in the Canadian Arctic
- People of a Feather and the Arctic Sea Ice Educational
- Community Based Monitoring: Linking Traditional and Scientific Knowledge to Study the Winter Ecology of Eiders in Arctic Sea Ice
- Dive to Survive!
- Quantifying Temporal Variability on a Proportional Scale
Ingo Heidbrink (born 1968) is Professor of Maritime History at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. After having studied social and economic history at the University of Hamburg, he has worked with various maritime museums in Germany and has been head of the department of fisheries and whaling history at the German Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven up to his move to the US.
He has taught at the University of Bremen, was a co-founder of the Bremen International Graduate School for Marine Sciences, guest lecturer at the Ilisimatusarfik, the University of Greenland, and research fellow at the Hanse Institute for Advanced Sciences, the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, and the Loewe Research Focus for Juridical and Extra-Juridical Conflict Resolution.
He is Secretary General of the International Commission of Maritime History and Co-President of the North Atlantic Fisheries History Association. His main research areas are fisheries and whaling history, the history of commercial activities in the Arctic and Antarctic, US-Greenlandic history and the history of international conflicts related to resource exploitation of Arctic and Antarctic regions.
His list of publications include four monographs, more than ten edited books, close to an hundred scholarly papers and contributions to popular history projects, and a comparable number of papers presented at scholarly conferences and meetings on all continents.
Tim Heleniak is a member of the Department of Geography at the University of Maryland. Prior to coming to the University of Maryland, he worked with the World Bank, the United Nations Children's Fund, and the US Census Bureau. While at the World Bank, Heleniak was involved in a Russian project called the "Northern Restructuring Project," which is designed to assist the Russian government with out-migration and restructuring of selected regions in Siberia. Heleniak, along with four others, currently has a project funded by the National Science Foundation looking at forced and voluntary migration across the circumpolar region. He continues to consult with the World Bank on issues of migration and regional development in Russia and the other countries of the former Soviet Union, including contributing to a recent report titled "Migration and Remittances: Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union."
Heleniak has spoken to a wide variety of audiences, including lectures at the Population Reference Bureau, the College of DuPage, the Geography Department Seminar Series at the University of Maryland, and in the Environmental Science and Policy Seminar Series at George Mason University. In addition to teaching at Georgetown University, Heleniak has also delivered a number of lectures to undergraduate students in a wide variety of departments at various schools.
Representative lecture titles include:
- "Migrations Trends in Siberia and the Russian North"
- "Post-Soviet Development in Siberia"
- "Why the Soviets put so many people in Siberia?"
- "Patterns of Migration Following the Breakup of the Soviet Union"
Heleniak is interested in sharing his knowledge and experience analyzing migration and development trends in the Russian north and also in visiting and learning about the experience of other northern communities.
Karsten Heuer is a wildlife biologist, park ranger, and author who has spent much of the last decade following some of North America’s most endangered wildlife on foot and skis. He is the author of two bestselling adult books (Walking the Big Wild and Being Caribou), as well as another for children. He has received numerous awards for his writing, including a National Magazine Award (2010), a US National Outdoor Book Award (2006), the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award (2007), and the Banff Mountain Book Festival’s Grand Prize (2006). He is working on his third book, Finding Farley, which explores the world of storytelling as it chronicles the epic five-month trip by canoe and sailboat that he and his wife and two-year-old son undertook to visit and pay tribute to author Farley Mowat.
It is important to communicate the results and appeal of our scientific work to a broad audience.
Dr. Huntington completed his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, UK, in 1991. Subsequently he worked for the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission, the North Slope Borough (Alaska), and Inuit Circumpolar Conference, prior to becoming an independent researcher and consultant in 1997. Dr. Hungtington has produced several scientific and plain-language publications on various aspects of the Arctic. He has conducted research around the Arctic on traditional knowledge, contaminants, climate, ecology, and human dimensions. He is Past Board President of ARCUS and a member of the Polar Research Board, National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Huntington's research interests include the Arctic environment, traditional knowledge, arctic peoples, human dimensions of the Arctic.
Dr. Huntington has made presentations for audiences at schools, mixed scientific audiences, and policy fora. He would be glad to speak to academic audiences, graduate students, the general public and schools.
Representative lecture titles might include:
- Oceans, watersheds, and people: Facts, myths, and realities.
- Humans and the Arctic environment: changing roles, changing research.
- Traditional ecological knowledge, satellites, and migratory species: complementary approaches to ecological understanding.
- Peoples of the Arctic: similarities and differences.
Dr. Huntington participated in the 2002 Arctic Visiting Speaker Series and was a keynote speaker at the North American Environmental Education Association conference, held in Anchorage, Alaska, 2003.
Orville Huntington is presently the Chair of the Interior Athabascan Tribal College. He also currently is serving as the Interior Villages Representative on the Alaska Federation of Natives Board for the 43 villages in the Doyon area, and makes his home in the Athabascan community of Huslia, a village in the Yukon-Koyukuk region of Alaska.
Orville works exclusively with professors, non-profit organizations, and colleges regarding the issue of "Climate Change Impacts and the Sustainability of Rural Communities." He also uses and continues to develop the Native American Traditional Ecological Knowledge database.
His research interests are the direct and indirect impacts of subsistence use on fish, animals, and plants of northern ecosystems; the evaluation of currently policy and regulations and their affects on the subsistence methods and means of harvesting fish, wildlife, and plants. Orville is also committed to education and outreach projects that help non-Alaskans understand the culture and subsistence lifestyle of his people.
Orville has extensive experience in presenting to the public. He has given keynotes at various ARCUS Arctic Forums and has spoken on panels at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. In 2000, he participated in the Arctic Visiting Speakers' program as a presenter at the Marine Science Institute at Port Aransas, Texas. He enjoys the Arctic Visiting Speakers' program because it allows him to, "share and add to what little knowledge is out there on matching Native American Traditional Knowledge with contemporary western science."
He is interested in presenting to school audiences (K-12), academic audiences, graduate seminars, and the general public. Orville is not available during mid-June through mid-July or September due to subsistence activities.
Sarah Hurst is a journalist, Russian translator, and writer. She studied in the United Kingdom, has lived in Russia, Azerbaijan, and China and now resides in Anchorage, Alaska. "Since coming to Alaska I have developed a particular interest in the conflicts here between natural resource development, the indigenous subsistence lifestyle, and environmental concerns. These are huge issues for the arctic region that are becoming more urgent every day."
Through numerous interviews with indigenous people and scientists, Hurst has written (not yet published) a book about how the Alaskan Inupiat assisted the Russian indigenous peoples in Chukotka to revive their whale hunting traditions. She also assisted in the making of a PBS documentary about Alaska statehood. With her knowledge of 19th and 20th century Alaskan history, Hurst has written a play that is being turned into a graphic novel for high school students. She has also been writing for a newspaper called 'Petroleum News' regarding mining, oil, and gas issues in Alaska, Canada, Russia, and Norway.
Hurst is experienced giving presentations to a variety of groups and is interested in speaking to academic, graduate seminars, general public, and school audiences. Some representative lectures include:
- Subsistence whale-hunting in Russia and Alaska: cooperation and conflict
- Alaska Natives, civil rights and land claims: a constant struggle
- The battle for Alaska statehood - was it worth it?
- Natural resource development in the Arctic: the next frontier
Lee Huskey is a professor of economics at University of Alaska Anchorage. His research focuses on the economies of the north, primarily Alaska. He has examined the role of institutions and geography in regional and community economies and has taken both a historic and comparative approach. An important focus of his work has been the migration of residents within, into, and out of the north and its communities and the complex role of jobs and subsistence as determinants.
Dr. Huskey lectures regularly to students and has also made presentations to professional and community groups both in Alaska and other places throughout the north. He is interested in speaking to academic audiences and the general public. Representative lecture titles include:
- Migration as economic adjustment: The experience of rural Alaska
- Limits to growth: Remote regions, remote institutions
- Technology and growth in remote regions
Dr. Huskey would like to participate in the program because he is interested in building connections and learning more about other arctic regions.
Dr. II'inskii has been a senior scientist at the Biological Department at Moscow State Lomonosov University since 1994. In 2000, he received his Doctor of Science in Hydrobiology from the same university, entitled, "Heterotrophic Bacterioplankton: Ecology and Role in the Natural Purification Processes from Oil Pollution." He received his Ph.D. in microbiology in 1979 and his B.Sc. in soil microbiology in 1973.
Il'inskii's research interests are ecology of heterotrophic bacterioplankton and bacterioneuston, oil pollution biodegradation, aquatic hydrocarbon-oxidizing bacteria, and the microbiology of reservoirs. He has extensive scientific expedition experience participating in 18 expeditions on research vessels. He has also worked at Russian scientific field stations around the world including two wintering expeditions in the Arctic (Severnaya Zemlya) and Antarctic (Bellingshausen station, King George Island).
II'inskii has conducted many lectures and is interested in presenting to all audiences. Representative lecture titles include:
- Ecology of marine heterotrophic bacteria with special attention to polar regions
- Heterotrophic bacterioplankton of central arctic regions
- Hydrocarbon-oxidizing bacteria of arctic ice and water
- Oil biodegradation in situ under low temperature (marine and fresh water environments)
- Microbiological monitoring of oil pollution in marine environments with special attention to polar regions
Il'inskii enjoys traveling to new places and would like to participate in this program so that he can interact with other specialists interested in similar research. He is also interested in finding students for an exchange program.
Peter T. Irniq is a former Commissioner of Nunavut, an Inuit cultural teacher and an artist. He has lived most of his life in Nunavut, though he has also lived in the Western Arctic (Northwest Territories), Manitoba and Ontario. Peter is an Inuit Canadian and served as the second Commissioner of Nunavut from April of 2000 to April of 2005. Mr. Irniq currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario.
Mr. Irniq was Assistant Director, from 1997-1998, of the Nunavut, Heritage/Culture, Department of Education, Culture and Employment for the Government of Northwest Territories (NWT) where he was responsible for developing culture and heritage programs and services to meet the needs of the new territory of Nunavut. After, He became Deputy Minister of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth for 1998-99 and was mandated to be the guardian of traditional Inuit culture and language.
In addition Mr. Irniq writes an Inuit perspective column for the News/North.
Throughout his professional life Mr. Irniq has focused on advancing Inuit culture and language. As Commissioner he was a respected spokesperson who worked in the territory, nationally and internationally to connect all people to Nunavut, its culture and its history.
Peter Irniq has also created several Inuksuit, or "likeness of a person." An Inuksuk is a stone figure that acts as a beacon for travelers in Canada's north,symbolizing the strength, leadership, and motivation of the Inuit.
Sarah James, as board chair, member and a spokesperson for the Gwich'in Steering Committee, has educated Alaskans, other Americans, Congress and peoples from around the world about the Gwich'in Nation, the Porcupine River Caribou Herd and the importance of protecting "The Sacred Place Where Life Begins" from oil exploration and drilling. The goal is to protect the caving and nursing grounds of the caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Raised in Alaska's far north, she did not attend school until she was about 10. She lives in the small community of Arctic Village, south of the Brooks Range. Sarah has traveled widely, from Washington, D.C. to foreign countries, speaking out for the rights of indigenous peoples and grassroots activism. In recognition of her leadership, she has received many awards. In 2001, she received a Ford Foundation "Leadership for a Changing World" grant given to "outstanding but little known leaders." She, along with Jonathon Solomon and Norma Kassi, received the Goldman Environmental Prize for "grassroots environmentalists" in 2002. In 2004, she was the recipient of the 2004 "Ecotrust Award for Indigenous Leadership." In 2009 she was named to the Alaska Women's Hall of Fame and was honored as one of 50 women who have made or are making significant contributions to the shaping of Alaska.
Anne Jensen is a long-time resident of Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost community in the United States. She has 27 years experience in anthropology in Alaska, including ethnographic research, archaeological surveys and excavation sites throughout Alaska. She serves as Principal Investigator at Pingusugruk, Ukkuqsi, Ipiutaq and Nuvuk on the North Slope.
Jensen is currently General Manager and Senior Scientist for Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC) Science LLC, facilitating support and operation contracts for U.S. Department of Energy climate change research in Barrow and Atqasuk, a U.S. Department of Education "Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations" (ECHO) grant project. Jensen has published on resource use and zooarchaeology. Her current research focuses on human adaptation in arctic and subarctic environments; paleoeconomy and paleoenvironments; and traditional knowledge of Iñupiat peoples. She is the principal investigator on, "Learning From the Past: Archaeology of Nuvuk," which is working with local students to excavate a rapidly eroding major Thule cemetery at Point Barrow (c. AD 1000-1500), Alaska, a project which has recently discovered the northernmost Ipiutak (c. AD 300-400) occupation in the world. Jensen has a great deal of experience speaking to all kinds of audiences.
A few representative lectures include:
- Exciting Finds from Nuvuk: Archaeology at the Top of the World
- Traditional Wooden Houses of North Alaska
- What is Archaeology, and How Do We Do It?
- Maintaining Ethical Relationships Between Researchers and Native Communities
"People are fascinated by the Arctic and by archaeology of the Arctic. When people find out what I do, they ask a lot of questions, and talking with groups helps spread the knowledge. It is worth noting that public education also is the best way to diminish looting, increase respect, and protect cultural resources for everyone."
Alaska filmmaker Leonard Kamerling has produced numerous critically acclaimed, award winning documentary films on Northern cultures and issues. His film The Drums of Winter, about Yup'ik music and dance, was named to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 2006. He is Curator of Film at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, and an Associate Professor of English at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF).
Kamerling has thirty years of experience producing ethnographic and cultural documentary films with Alaska Native communities. Throughout his career, Kamerling has been committed to exploring issues of cultural representation and the role that both documentary and fiction film can play in eliminating stereotypes and credibly translating one culture to another.
Currently, Kamerling is heading a long-term visual study on the global problem of indigenous urban migration. He is experienced in speaking to a wide range of audiences and is available to speak during the academic year.
Some representative lectures include:
- Hollywood and the Idea of North: How the North and Native People are Represented in American Cinema
- Treasures from the University of Alaska Museum Film Collection: Keeping the Visual History of Alaska Alive
- Thirty Years of Collaborative Filmmaking with Alaska Native Communities: An Illustrated Lecture
- Recording Culture: A History of Ethnographic Cinema from 1895 to the Present
- Hammer or Kiss? The Propaganda Films of World War II
Karim-Aly S. Kassam is an International Professor of Environmental and Indigenous Studies in the Department of Natural Resources and the American Indian Program at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University. His objective is to merge teaching with applied research in the service of communities. His research focuses on the complex connectivity of human and environmental relations, addressing indigenous ways of knowing, sustainable livelihoods, and climate change. It is conducted in partnership with indigenous communities in the Alaskan, Canadian, and Russian Arctic and Sub-Arctic; the Pamir Mountains in Afghanistan and Tajikistan; and the rain forest in the south of India. By investigating the relationship between biological diversity and cultural diversity, Dr. Kassam seeks to expand the foundations of the notion of pluralism.
Dr. Kassam's book, "Biocultural Diversity and Indigenous Ways of Knowing: Human Ecology in the Arctic," was published in 2009.
Dr. Kassam states, "I have been working in the Arctic for over 15 years with northern communities such as the Sami, Inuit, Inupiat, and Dene, and have just published the results of my life's work and, therefore, have something meaningful to contribute." Dr. Kassam is interested in speaking to academic, graduate student, and general public audiences. Dr. Kassam's work in the Arctic has been used by civil society institutions as well as government agencies to develop policy.
Potential lecture titles include:
- Ways of knowing
- Mapping Indigenous Knowledge
- Human Dimensions of Climate Change in the Arctic and Alpine Areas
- Link between Biological and Cultural diversity
Dr. Kassam holds a PhD in Natural Resource Policy and Management from Cornell University, an MSc in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics, an MPhil in Islamic Studies from the University of Cambridge, and a BA in Economics from the University of Calgary.
I enjoy presenting and have had excellent responses to my talks and seminars.
Andy Keller is a biological researcher, naturalist, scholar, public educator, and outdoorsman who specializes in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Alaska. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks working on a masters degree in Northern Studies where he is examining the debate over oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Keller earned a B.S. degree from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington in 1981. He has a diverse history which includes working for twelve national parks, several national wildlife refuges, Alaska's Tongass National Forest, and the Bureau of Land Management.
He has conducted research, written articles, presented illustrated slide programs, and visited members of congress in his efforts to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Andy is an outdoorsman and naturalist who had instructed Outward Bound courses and other outdoor programs. He spends as much time as he can in the wilderness.
Andy is interested in speaking to all audiences, including academic, graduate, public and school groups. He is generally not available in early December.
Representative lecture titles are:
- The last great wilderness-a history of and introduction to the Arctic Refuge.
- Biology and conservation of North America's coastal temperate rainforest.
- Making a difference-a hands-on workshop on organizing to protect the environment.
Brendan P. Kelly has been studying marine mammals in the Pacific, Atlantic, Southern, and Arctic Oceans for the past 30 years. His research focuses on the behavioral ecology of marine mammals, especially ice-associated pinnipeds.
Over the past 20 years, Kelly has given many presentations on his research to general audiences including Rotary Clubs, K–12 classrooms, the Audubon Society, numerous universities, the Mountain Film Festival in Colorado, and the Middlebury Breadloaf Writing Program.
Representative lecture titles include:
- Seals' Sense of Snow: Ice Breeding Seals and Climate Change
- Labs on Ice: Seal Sniffing Dogs and Ringed Seal Ecology
- Walruses, Seals, and Climate Change
- Indigenous People and Sea Otters: Synecology in the Present Tense
Kelly is committed to sharing results of his scientific investigations beyond the narrow audiences that read scientific literature.
Dr. Kholodov received his Ph.D. in Geology at the University, Moscow, Russia in 2001. His research interests include:
- Temperature regime of permafrost
- Periglacial (cryogenic) processes and phenomena
- Gas and gas hydrates and their interaction with permafrost
- Organic substance in permafrost
- Offshore permafrost
- Sea-land interaction in the Arctic
- Quaternary geology and paleogeography
His recent appointment includes Research scholar visitor at the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks from 2007 to present. Prior to that, he was Senior scientist at the Laboratory of Soil Cryology in the Institute of Physical-Chemical and Biological Problems of Soil Science RAS from 2001-2007.
I strongly believe in the importance of science and environmental education at all school and college levels and among the general public and am committed to participating in such efforts.
Dave Klein retired as Senior Scientist and Professor Emeritus at the Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). He had been with the Coop Unit and a faculty member in the Biology and Wildlife program at UAF since 1962. He is now Professor Emeritus with the Institute of Arctic Biology, UAF. His research interests are in arctic ecology, plant-animal interactions, adaptations of arctic terrestrial mammals, arctic grazing systems (reindeer and caribou habitat relations, indigenous people relationships), northern development and associated environmental impacts and their mitigation, and winter ecology in the Arctic and Subarctic.
Klein received his bachelor's degree in Zoology/Wildlife from the University of Connecticut in 1951, his M.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of Alaska in 1953, and his Ph.D. in Zoology/Ecology from the University of British Columbia in 1963. He has made significant contributions to understanding the ecology, management, and conservation of large mammals and arctic and subarctic ecosystems, working primarily in Alaska, but also Canada, Siberia, Greenland, Svalbard, and Scandinavia. Klein has served on national conservation committees initiated by the National Academy of Sciences, contributed to local conservation councils, advised state and federal agencies and testified before the U.S. Congress on many conservation issues. He has educated numerous graduate students who now are international leaders in the wildlife profession. For his professional contributions in the biological sciences and applied ecology, Professor Klein received the Aldo Leopold Award in 1999 from the Wildlife Society.
Klein is interested in speaking to any type of audience through the Speakers Series. He is less likely to be able to participate during the summer.
His lecture topics include:
- Herbivores and plant responses to herbivory in the High Arctic.
- Winter ecology of vertebrates in the Arctic and Subarctic.
- Impacts of oil development and their minimization in the Arctic.
- Sustainability of caribou and reindeer grazing systems and their associated human cultures and economies.
- Cultural diversity and sustainable use of the environment.
I specialize in international environmental law in the Arctic but I am interested in other international law issues relevant in the Arctic. I am of the opinion that many times it is exactly the international aspects of arctic problems that are not easily comprehended by the public.
Dr. Koivurova defended his thesis "environmental impact assessment in the Arctic; a Study of International Legal Norms" in 2001 at the University of Lapland Finland. He has published 6 scientific articles, mainly about arctic issues and he has written a large number of newspaper articles.
The Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law and Dr. Koivurova himself, are dedicated to increasing the level of knowledge about arctic issues to different stakeholders in the Arctic. To further this philosophy, Dr. Koivurova has taught in the Arctic Studies Program at the Arctic Center for two years, lecturing to students all over the world.
Dr. Koivurova is an experienced presenter, having given presentations at several conferences and seminars. He is interested in speaking to all potential audiences of the Arctic Visiting Speaker Series but he is generally unavailable around Christmas and in the summer months.
His lecture titles include:
- International environmental law in the Arctic
- Environmental impact assessment in the Arctic
- International law of physical space in the Arctic
Moki Kokoris is a freelance graphic artist/designer/illustrator, as well as a teacher of graphic design, piano, and polar ecology in Ridgefield, CT. Kokoris holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cooper Union and is also a graduate of the Ukrainian Music Institute. She is the United Nations Representative for the World Federation of Ukrainian Women's Organizations (WFUWO), a non-governmental organization in consultative status with the Department of Public Information of the UN, having been appointed to the Planning Committee for the Conference on Climate Change.
Kokoris was the first woman of Ukrainian descent to reach the North Pole (April 18, 2003) and is a lifetime member of the American Polar Society. She is also an active member of Polar Bears International and has recently launched a new outreach in-classroom educational program named 90-north which includes a collaborative exchange with the United States Polar Rock Repository at the Byrd Polar Research Center. Moki's research interests and presentation materials center on general studies of the polar regions, with a concentration on the Arctic, including its flora, fauna, indigenous peoples, climate change issues, as well as the importance of conservation of these areas. She also worked as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC).
Moki has made numerous visits to various schools and Scout groups in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Her lectures are typically tailored to match current classroom curriculum and have included talks on polar history and exploration, geography, ecology, zoology, paleontology, as well as indigenous anthropology.
Representative lectures titles include:
- The Polar Bear and Its Habitat
- North Pole Expedition and Life of the Explorer on the Big Ice
- Polar Research and Science
- Lifestyles of the Inuit and the Saami
Moki's presentation topics are predominantly geared towards grades 3-5. She also prefers to cover a maximum 3-hour (one way) driving distance in the New England area due to the large amount of accompanying equipment, polar gear, and hands-on artifacts that are an integral part of her presentations. Please note though that interested parties should call to discuss the above in case options are available.
Moki is excited about being an Arctic Visiting Speaker and is looking forward to broadening her affiliations and scope of environmental education thereby promoting additional methods of reaching students who would otherwise not have access to such subjects and experiences.
Dr. Mikhail Kozlov is currently a Docent at the University of Turku in Finland. His current research involves the effects of aerial pollution on the structure and functions of terrestrial ecosystems. Since 1991, his field research has been in the Kola Peninsula, Russia. In general, he is interested in evolutionary ecology and the ecological and evolutionary consequences of environmental contamination by industrial emissions. He is also interested in the taxonomy, morphology, and phylogeny of Lepidoptera.
Mikhail was born in St. Petersburg and moved to Finland in 1991. He completed a Masters of Science in Zoology, in 1984, at the Leningrad State University in Russia. Before moving to Finland, he also completed a Candidate of Science (equivalent to a Ph.D.) at the Institute of Biology, Siberian Branch of Academy of Science of the U.S.S.R., in Novosibirsk, Russia. He has held a variety of positions ranging from Project Researcher at the University of Turku in Finland, to a visiting Professor at the Kola Science Center at the Russian Academy of Sciences, in Apatity Russia.
Mikhail has had extensive experience with research and training abroad, including a fellowship at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C, USA and more recently exchange visits with the Hungarian Natural History Museum in Budapest and the Zoological Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia. His native language is Russian but he is also fluent in English. He also has some experience with the German and Finnish languages.
He is interested in the Speakers' program to strengthen the links between Finland and the USA in his field of research. This program gives him an opportunity to meet both professionals and the other people interested in environmental problems.
He is interested in talking with academic audiences, graduate seminars and the general public. He has had experience giving lectures and teaching to university students as well as non-scientists in Finland and Russia.
His lecture topics include:
- The Environmental hazards associated with industrial and military activities on the Kola Peninsula, Russia.
- The impact of global change on the frequency and severity of forest pest outbreaks.
Due to fieldwork, he is generally not available June - August.
Dr. Laursen's research in mycology (study of fungi-mushrooms and toadstools) focuses on fungal genomics, phylogeography, systematics, taxonomy, and ecology. Experiences have included 38 years of extensive field and laboratory studies in arctic, subarctic and subantarctic environs. Alaskan work has focused on ecological and systematic problems demonstrated by the higher fungi in five of six AK provinces (Southeast, South Central, Western Arctic, Interior, and Northern Arctic and alpine zones). Research investigations have emphasized ecological studies on subantarctic, boreal, alpine, maritime, taiga, subarctic, and Arctic tundra fungi. A broad ecological base has been gained from extensive fieldwork performed. Not only fungi, but also associated lichens, lichenicolous fungi, slime molds, bryophytes and higher plant assemblages and their adaptive mechanisms within tundra (cold-dominated) habitats have been emphasized in research conducted. Studies in fungal systematics and in determining roles played within tundra plant communities continue.
Examples of presentations include:
* Mushrooms Demystified: Roles and associations of fungi in Arctic Environments
* Cycles in the Forest: Mammals, Mycophagy, and Mycorrhizae
* High Latitude Fungal Associations of SE Alaska's Cold Temperate Rain Forest: Tongass Truffles and Other Goodies
* Studies of Alaskan Cellular Slime Molds
* Phylogeography of basidiolichen-forming Lichenomphalia Redhead species of Arctic, subarctic, and sub-Antarctic regions
Lisbeth Lewander is an Associate Professor in political science at Gothenburg University. She has been studying Antarctic and Arctic issues for the last 30 years. Currently she is in charge of one research project on politics and diplomacy in the Arctic, and is also producing a website on social sciences concerning polar issues. With these two projects she is conducting fieldwork in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, and Norway. In her spare time she also runs a project on gender and crisis management. Dr. Lewander has experience lecturing at universities and to the general public.
Some representative lecture titles include:
* Swedish Polar Policies from IPY 1 to present
* The Human Dimension of the IPY
* The Aesthetics of risk in polar exploration
Lewander completed her licentiate thesis on Antarctic sovereignty issues and her PhD thesis on Gender and Nation using examples from polar travel writings.
Dr. Lewis is a research associate with the Center for Alaska Native Health Research (CANHR) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Institute of Arctic Biology, where he is a principal investigator on an NSF grant exploring the Strengths, Roles, and Needs of Alaska Native grandparents. Dr. Lewis was an Assistant Professor with the UAF Alaska Native Studies Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he taught the Cultural Knowledge of Native Elders, mentoring students and is still assisting with the new Indigenous Studies doctoral program, as well as continuing his community health in Bristol Bay, and statewide. He has been involved with numerous professional conferences and organizations where he has presented his dissertation research and continues to engage in community health research with Indigenous elders. Dr. Lewis received his doctoral degree in Cross-Cultural Community Psychology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), where he did his research with Alaska Native elders in Bristol Bay (SW) Alaska to establish an Alaska Native definition of successful aging. He was also actively involved with the Alaska Native Social Workers Association at UAF and served as the Vice President for the National Association of Social Workers, Alaska Chapter. His research interests include rural community health, circumpolar health issues, Indigenous gerontology, and cross-cultural health care. Dr. Lewis is interested in, "Sharing my passion and research interests in the circumpolar north. This opportunity would also provide an opportunity to engage in dialogue and discussion on these topics and learn from the participants and students."
Representative lecture titles include:
- Successful aging through the eyes of Alaska Natives. What it means to be an Elder in rural Alaska
- What has your community done for you? The role of rural communities in healthy aging
- Indigenous sustainability and community involvement. How to effectively partner Universities and tribal communities to promote research collaborations
"I use photography to educate and inspire people about science and conservation. My specialty is documenting field work in the Arctic and Antarctica."
Chris Linder is a Research Associate in the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's Physical Oceanography Department, and a professional science and natural history photographer. He received a B.S. degree in Oceanography from the United States Naval Academy and a M.S. in Ocean Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program. He currently divides his time at WHOI between researching the dynamics of ocean fronts and using photography to educate the public about scientific research.
Since 2002, Linder has focused on communicating the stories of scientists working in the Arctic and Antarctica. His education and training as an oceanographer give him a special insight into photographing marine science. He has spent over a year of his life on expeditions to the polar regions.
Linder has experience in educating the general public on general science in a variety of venues, including: Carnegie Museum of Natural History; American Geophysical Union; the Field Museum of Chicago; Houston Museum of Natural Science; Museum of Science, Boston; National Science Teachers Association Annual Meeting; and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History; to name a few.
Representative Lecture Titles:
- Greenland's supraglacial lakes
- Adélie penguins of Ross Island
- The Polaris Project: Climate Change Science in Siberia
- Raptor of the South: the South Polar Skua
His most recent project, titled "Live from the Poles" connected researchers with the public during the International Polar Year (2007 – 2009) using daily online photo essays and lectures "from the ice" to museum audiences nationwide via satellite phone. This project, funded by the National Science Foundation and the Richard King Mellon Foundation, took him from the Greenland Ice Sheet to penguin colonies on Antarctica's Ross Island.
Linder's images have appeared in museums, books, calendars, and international magazines, including Geo (Germany), Nature's Best, Outdoor Photography, and Wired. A solo exhibition of his photographs, titled "Exploring the Arctic Seafloor," opened at the Field Museum in Chicago in February 2007 and is currently touring science and natural history museums. He is currently working on a book titled "Science on Ice," for the University of Chicago Press, which will be published in Fall 2011. Linder is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers.
Dr. Philip Loring is a human ecologist with research interests in food systems, food security, and environmental change. His research is interdisciplinary in nature, integrating methods and perspectives from ecology, anthropology, geography, ethnobiology, and environmental history. His current focus is on coastal and marine living resources in Alaska, including such topics as community vulnerability and adaptation, Yukon River Salmon management, and marine invasive species.
Loring has given invited talks and plenaries at numerous national and international academic conferences. He has also been recruited to speak on a variety of science topics to a diverse set of audiences, including K-12 children, policy-makers, incoming graduate students, and the general public.
Loring is interested in addressing all types of audiences and is available at all times of the year. Representative lecture titles include:
Are We Asking Too Much of the Yukon River?
Local Knowledge, Cross-Cultural Collaboration and the New Science
The Future of Alaska Food Systems
Sustainability and Small-Scale Societies
"I think this speaker series is a great contribution and I am happy to contribute where/when possible. Communicating openly in diverse venues on these important issues is an essential part of my job as a scientist."
Angaangaq Lyberth is a Kalaallit Inuk, a carrier of the traditional Qilaut-drum, and an Angakkuq-Shaman, whose family belongs to a long line of Traditional Healers from the west coast of Greenland. His name, Angaangaq, means "The Man Who Looks Like His Uncle."
Angaangaq, or "Uncle" as he is known around the Globe, has addressed audiences in more than 40 countries on a wide range of issues, including the impact of climate change on the indigenous peoples of the arctic region. He conveys his message through a combination of storytelling, song and drumming, and dialogue with program participants. Angaangaq is also a skilled mediator and facilitator, helping resolve intra-familial and tribal/community disputes through the use of talking circles.
Uncle has spoken before governments, politicians and United Nations councils. He is an internationally respected Elder for the Native Communities of the Circumpolar Arctic, North and South America and Europe. Angaangaq is a member of the World Wisdom Council and World Commission on Global Consciousness and Spirituality and an Elder of the Tribal Link Foundation, Inc., acting as liaison to indigenous tribes. He is associated with the United Religions Initiative in alliance with the United Nations, the Club of Budapest International, The Masters Group, and the Earth Restorations Corps. and Jane Goodall Institute. He is an Elder in association with West Virginia University and speaks frequently at Universities and colleges in North America and Europe. Sharing healing circles with leaders of small villages and indigenous tribes from around the world is among his most rewarding work.
Aviaja Egede Lynge
Aviâja Egede Lynge received her MSc in Social Anthropology from Edinburgh University, Scotland in 2002. Her fields of interests were post-colonialism, culture, development of indigenous societies, and rural areas. Her professional experience includes working for the Greenland Home Rule Government as a Secretary to the Minister of Industry, Agriculture, and Labor; and private sector work with research, courses, integration of Danish and Greenlandic children in the public schools, and development of a Greenlandic empowerment concept. She is currently based at the Institute of Learning Processes, with the University of Greenland. Aviâja works with the Greenlandic school reform, an organization whose mission is 'education for all,' as a study leader for higher education programs for school teachers. She also teaches educational anthropology.
Aviâja has served on the board of several organizations, including: Greenland Tourism–The National Tourism Board of Greenland; Inuit Youth International–a grass roots organization that works to strengthen cultural and spiritual development by promoting higher self-worth among Inuit youth; SAMIK–a cooperative operation between Greenland and Iceland for the development of tourism and cultural ties; and Katuaq–Greenland Cultural Centre.
She has traveled most of the world, and her greatest interests are how to better educate native peoples, cross-cultural understanding between peoples, post-colonialism, and indigenous peoples' affairs. Her interests also cover the influence of colonialism on Greenlandic identity and self-determination, and how to motivate Greenlanders to study where they came from so they can better understand who they are today.
Aviâja has a great deal of experience as a public speaker. She has given lectures to various groups, including academics, teachers, communities, international audiences, politicians, and young people.
Representative lecture titles include:
- Statement on Education
- Best Colony in the World - Rethinking Nordic Colonialism
- Mental Decolonization in Greenland
- Colonial Influence on Ethnic Identity in Greenland - Seen in Relation to Education
- Equality on Whose Terms? - A Story about Coming to Realize the Misleading Notions of Colonial History
- Healing Postcolonial Traumas of Nordic Indigenous Women
Mr. Allen Marquette is an experienced radio host who writes and records his own weekly science programs aired on the NPR station in Valdez, Alaska, with listeners all over Prince William Sound and the Copper River Basin. Mr.Marquette states, "I love science and the ability to share my passion with others... To share the wow factor in science... especially with kids!"
One of his many interests includes the plants, animals, and climate of Alaska during the Pleistocene epoch. He also lectures on dinosaurs of Alaska. With new dinosaur discoveries occurring every year in Alaska, this lecture is updated regularly to include all of the latest discoveries and research being done within the state. Marquette also owns a business called 'Paleo-Educational Products,' which includes a teacher's supply catalog of geological and paleontological specimens and collections of fossils, crystals, and minerals.
Marquette is an experienced speaker who has traveled to communities in Idaho, Montana, Arizona and Alaska giving presentations on geological and paleontological themes. His science knowledge is diverse with experience presenting programs in astronomy, paleontology, and geology.
Potential lectures include:
- Pleistocene Alaska: The amazing and unusual animals that lived in Alaska during the last great ice age (lecture includes many hands-on objects such as skulls, teeth, bones, claws, and hair from Alaska's extinct animals).
- Dinosaurs in Alaska: Alaska is the new hot spot for dinosaur discoveries and will add greatly to our knowledge of how dinosaurs lived (lecture includes replicas of dinosaur teeth and claws from Alaska and other areas around the world).
Dr. Robert McGhee received B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of Calgary in 1968. He currently holds the position of Curator of Arctic Archaeology with the Canadian Museum of Civilization. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the Arctic Institute of North America, and past-president of the Canadian Archaeological Association. In 2000, he was awarded the Massey Medal of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Canada's highest award for excellence in the geographical sciences.
McGhee's research has focused on the archaeology of Arctic Canada and related regions. He has undertaken fieldwork from Labrador to the Mackenzie Delta and northwards to the High Arctic islands, as well as in Svalbard and Chukotka. In recent years he has excavated the remains of Sir Martin Frobisher's 16 th century Northwest Passage expeditions; worked at a 2,000 year old Eskimo village on the Siberian coast of Bering Strait; worked with the High Arctic Inuit community of Resolute Bay in reconstructing an 800 year old village; and crewed for a portion of the Atlantic crossing by the reproduction Viking ship Gaia.
His work has addressed problems such as the first people of the New World Arctic; the origins of Inuit culture; reactions of prehistoric populations to episodes of climatic and environmental change; the art and symbolism of prehistoric arctic peoples; and the relations between aboriginal peoples and early European visitors to Arctic Canada. The latter topic has led to studies on the nature of mediaeval Norse exploration and enterprise in the New World, and on the general character of early European contacts with New World peoples.
This research has been reported in over 100 books and articles, including both academic publications and those designed for a general audience. Among the latter are Ancient People of the Arctic (UBC Press 1994);The Arctic Voyages of Martin Frobisher (McGill-Queen's University Press, 1999); and The Last Imaginary Place: a Human History of the Arctic World (Oxford University Press, 2005).
McGhee is experienced in presenting illustrated lectures on several subjects, including:
- The History and Culture of the Inuit
- Inuit Art in Historical Perspective
- Climate and History in Arctic North America
- Early Europeans and Inuit in Arctic North America
- Martin Frobisher and the English Search for the Northwest Passage
- The Last Imaginary Place: Arctic Perceptions and Realitie
C. Peter McRoy
C. Peter McRoy is a professor with the Institute of Marine Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His research is focused on the ecology of marine food webs with special emphasis on seagrasses and productivity.
He has experience addressing numerous public organizations as well as scientific societies.
Representative lecture titles include:
- Ecology of Seagrasses
- Ecology of the Bering Sea, Chukchi Sea, and Western Arctic
- The Cycle of Primary Production and Nutrients in Prince William Sound
Walt Meier is a research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), part of the University of Colorado Boulder's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. His research focuses on studying the changing sea ice cover using satellite sensors and investigation of impacts of the declining Arctic sea ice on climate and people. In addition to his research activities, Walt is the science lead for sea ice data archived at NSIDC and has also been involved with several outreach and educational activities. From 2001 to 2003 he was an adjunct assistant professor at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, teaching remote sensing and polar science courses. From 1999 to 2001 he was a visiting scientist at the U.S. National Ice Center in Suitland, Maryland. He has a B.S. from the University of Michigan (1991), a M.S. (1992) and Ph.D. in atmospheric and oceanic sciences (1998) from the University of Colorado.
Walt is an experienced presenter having lectured at various middle and high schools, educational conferences, science centers, policy institutes and public venues.
Some representative lecture titles include:
- Arctic sea ice: On the fast track of climate change
- Observations and impacts of changes in Arctic climate
- Using satellite data to explore Arctic climate change
Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff
Larry Merculieff has almost four decades of experience serving his people, the Aleuts of the Pribilof Islands and other Alaska Native peoples in a number of capacities. His reach has been broad and varied—a few of the positions he's held include: City Manager of St. Paul Island, Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development, President and CEO of Tanadgusix Corporation, Chairman of the Board of The Aleut Corporation, and General Manager of the Central Bering Sea Fishermen's Association (one of the six Community Development Quota groups created by Congress to receive fish allocations in Alaska).
In 2007, Merculieff received the Environmental Excellence Award from the Alaska Forum on the Environment for his lifetime achievements on environmental issues, as well as the Buffet Finalist Award for Indigenous Leadership. He is featured in a book published by Second Story Press entitled "Native Men of Courage." Merculieff also co-authored a book published by Les Intouchables in October 2009, called "Aleut Wisdom: Words of an Aleut Messenger." The book is written in French.
From 2000–2003, Merculieff served as the Director of the Department of Public Policy and Advocacy in the Rural Alaska Community Action Program. As Director, Merculieff led the largest subsistence rights march in Alaska's history and emceed the subsistence rally after the march. The march was instrumental in protecting Alaska Native subsistence rights, which were legally contested by the State of Alaska, to fish for salmon along Alaska's rivers. He also successfully led a four-year effort to gain federal and state recognition of Alaska Native subsistence rights to catch and eat halibut throughout coastal Alaska.
Merculieff is co-founder and former chairman of the Alaska Indigenous Council on Marine Mammals; former chairman of the Nature Conservancy, Alaska chapter; former co-director of the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society, Alaska chapter; as well as co-founder of the International Bering Sea Forum, the Alaska Forum on the Environment, and the Alaska Oceans Network. He served as chairperson for the Alaska Sanitation Taskforce and co-chair of the Federal/State Taskforce on Rural Sanitation to bring support for running water and flush toilets to over one hundred Alaska Native communities. Merculieff served on the National Research Council Committee on the Bering Sea Ecosystem and was one of four Native Americans to present at the White House Conference on the Oceans during the Clinton administration. Merculieff was selected by Aleut leaders to be part of a one-hour Discovery Channel documentary about the history and spiritual aspects of Aleuts, which aired in 2001. In 2004, he received the Alaska Native Writers on the Environment Award from the Alaska Conservation Foundation and, in 2006, he received the Rasmuson Foundation Award for Creative Nonfiction.
Close to Merculieff's heart are issues related to cultural and community wellness, traditional ways of living, Elder wisdom, and the environment. Having had a traditional upbringing, Merculieff has been, and continues to be, a strong voice advocating the meaningful application of traditional knowledge and wisdom obtained from Elders in Alaska and throughout the world when dealing with modern day challenges. As the Coordinator for the Bering Sea Council of Elders, Merculieff works with some of the most revered Elders from seven regions throughout Alaska focusing on the health of the Bering Sea ecosystem and the viability and health of the coastal and river cultures dependent on it. Merculieff has shared Elder wisdom locally, nationally, and internationally, and his writings and interviews have appeared in such publications as the Winds of Change, YES, Red Ink, Alaska Geographic, Smithsonian, National Geographic, and Kindred Spirits. Merculieff was featured in National Wildlife an "American Hero", having called national and international attention to major adverse changes in the Bering Sea ecosystem.
Samuel Mukasa is a professor in the Geological Sciences Department at the University of Michigan. He has earned B.Sc. degrees in geology and chemistry from the University of New Hampshire, a M.Sc. in geology at Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in geochemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in New York. Mukasa belongs to several professional organizations including the American Geophysical Union, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Geochemical Society, and the Geological Society of America. Mukasa's research interests are in mantle evolution and volcanism in the Bering Sea region.
He has experience lecturing to university audiences and school children. Because of his academic schedule, summer lectures are ideal, however, with ample notice arrangements can be made during the winter months.
Representative lecture titles include:
- Origins and Timing of Volcanism in the Bering Sea Region
- Source Characteristics of Volcanism in the Philippine Island Arcs
- Tectonic Evolution of the Paleo-Pacific Margin of Gondwana
- What We Have Learned About Mafic Magma Differentiation From Studying Layered Mafic Intrusions Such as the Dufek in Antarctica
Mukasa would like to participate in the AVS program "to communicate to Alaskans what I have learned about volcanism in their back yard."
Joseph D. Ortiz is a Professor in the Department of Geology at Kent State University. His primary academic interests are in paleoclimatology and paleoceanography. He uses a variety of research methods to approach problems in his field from a process-oriented perspective. These methods include: physical properties measurements of earth materials, marine micropaleontology, carbon and oxygen stable isotope geochemistry, and statistics. He received his Ph.D. in Oceanography in 1995 from the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, and a B.S. with Honors in Aquatic Biology from Brown University in 1988. Before coming to Kent State University, he was an Associate Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. He has participated in numerous oceanographic research cruises in the Chukchi Sea, Labrador Sea and Baffin Bay, North Pacific, eastern equatorial Pacific, North Atlantic, and South Atlantic, and has presented invited scientific lectures at institutions throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. His findings have been published in a number of scientific journals, including Science, Paleoceanography, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Geochimica et cosmochimica Act, and the Journal of Global and Planetary Change.
Dr. Kathleen Osgood is a comparative literature scholar from Vermont, working with the University of the Arctic (www.uarctic.org). Her primary interests are in contemporary indigenous literature of the North, particularly as a tool of cultural revival and survival.
Kati has extensive experience presenting talks to an array of audiences. Since the 1980s, she has been talking to groups as varied as Girl Scouts and international arctic social scientists, laypeople, and indigenous students. For a week in May 2002 Kati brought her doctoral research about circumpolar native literature to students in the literature department at Sakha State University in Yakutsk, Siberia as part of an Arctic Visiting Speakers Tour. Kati has said she likes "the challenge of adapting materials to a particular audience."
Representative lecture topics include:
- The shaman as poet in a postcolonial northern world, Alexey Kulakovsky and prophecy;
- The indigenous author as ecologist: Nils-Aslak Valkeapää and placenames in Sami;
- Northern Images: The films of Markku Lehmuskallio and Zacharias Kunuk; and
- Saana, Malla, and the Tears of Kilpis, an animation about a place in the Arctic for children.
Kati is excited about her chance to be an Arctic Visiting Speaker and feels ARCUS has been pivotal in bringing speakers to the Center for Northern Studies, to Central Vermont, and in enabling her to work with colleagues in far-flung places of the North.
*I am interested in collaboration with institutions interested in implementing new computer methods for research and including such methods in training courses and research.*
Alexander Papusha is Professor in the Applied Mathematics Department at Murmansk State University, where he has been since 1987. He received his Master's Degree in Mechanics from Kiev State University in 1974 and his Ph.D. in Math and Physics from the Institute of Mechanics of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in Kiev in 1977.
His research interests include computer simulations and processing of geophysical observations in northern Russia with novel analyses based on Mathematica 3.0 computer techniques; processing of the data field theory of non-linear dynamical systems; chaos & dynamics models in non-linear mechanical systems; investigations of the new kind of dissipative structure in geophysics with computer modeling. He is a member of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences and Arts.
He is interested in addressing any type of audience through the Visiting Speakers Series. He is least available to participate from September to December.
His lecture topics include:
* *Mathematica* as a tool for processing geodissipative structures data.
* Mathematical problems of geodissipative structure: obtaining, processing and interpretation .
* *Mathematica* implementation in the non-linear theory of elasticity: curve line orthonormal basis
Dr. Andrey N. Petrov is Assistant Professor and Director of the Arctic Social and Environmental Systems Research Lab at the University of Northern Iowa, USA and Adjunct Professor at Yukon College, Canada. He works on issues of economic development, impacts of resource activities, Indigenous demographics and labor migration, human capital, cultural and knowledge-based economy of arctic Canada, Russia and USA. He is the Principal Investigator on the National Science Foundation "Creative Arctic" project – a pan-arctic study focused on spatial analysis of the creative capital and its economic impact in remote regions of the Circumpolar North. Dr. Petrov is a lead co-author of the Arctic Human Development Report (AHDR II) and Arctic Social Indicators Reports (ASI I and II). Dr. Petrov is a Councilor of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association and an Associate Editor of Polar Geography. He also leads several NASA funded Arctic climate change impacts projects.
Dr. Petrov has been an invited and keynote speaker at multiple public events and conferences, appeared in media outlets in the USA, Canada, and Russia.
Dr. John Pomery joined the Center of Glaciology in January 2000. He previously served for 10 years as a Research Scientist and Project Leader with the National Hydrology Research Institute of Environment Canada and an Adjunct Professor with the Division of Hydrology, University of Saskatchewan, both in Saskatoon, Canada. Current research interests involve blizzards, snow hydrology, snow ecology, snow chemistry, arctic hydrology and climate change. John's research emphasis is to improve the understanding and description of the principals underlying mass, energy, and chemical exchange between the atmosphere, cryosphere and hydrosphere with high latitude and altitude catchments.
Before returning to Canada, John was a Research Hydrologist with the Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station in Laramie, Wyoming, USA. He graduated with a B.Sc. (Hon.) in Geography in 1983 and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering in 1988, both from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. In 1998, he was a Guest Scientist at the Shinjo Branch of Snow and Ice Studies, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention in Japan. In 1988-89 he was a NATO Science Fellow at the School for Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England.
John's accomplishments include awards for scientific research from NATO, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Eastern Snow Conference, and Environment Canada. Besides numerous papers, he has also authored a book with Professor D.M. Gray, Snowcover Accumulation, Relocation, and Management, and has both edited and contributed to the books, Wolf Creek Research Basin: Hydrology, Ecology, Environment and Snow Ecology.
He is interested in the Speakers' program to meet other arctic researchers and to educate different groups about snow. He has previous experience conducting lectures to general university audiences (Canada, UK, Sweden, and Japan) as well as TV interviews.
He is interested in talking to school audiences (K-12), academic audiences, graduate seminars and the general public.
His lecture topics include:
- Arctic snow cover
- Effects of Northern land use change on water supply
- Physics of snow ecology
Due to fieldwork and teaching, he is generally not available April –May or October-November.
Arcady Putilov is an expert on rhythmic phenomena in living nature and on basic principles of individual variation in physiology and psychology. He received his first PhD (Doctoral Candidate) in animal and human physiology from the Institute of Physiology in 1985, and he received his second PhD (Doctor of Science) in normal physiology from the Medical University of Tomsk in 1999.
After graduating from the State University of Tomsk in 1976 (MD in zoology), he was affiliated with the Institute of Physiology of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Novosibirsk (1976-1995). In 1995-1999, he was affiliated with the Institute for General Pathology and Human Ecology of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Novosibirsk, and with the International Scientific Center ARKTIKA of the Far-East Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Magadan, and of the University of Alaska, Anchorage.
Currently, Dr. Putilov serves as chief researcher at the Research Institute for Molecular Biology and Biophysics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Novosibirsk (the former Institute for Medical and Biological Cybernetics).
For more than 20 years, he has served as a member of editorial board of Biological Rhythm Research (Former Journal of Interdisciplinary Cycle Research). More currently, he joined the editorial boards of several online journals. He also served as Lead Guest Editor of Sleep Disorders.
The results of his early researches on rhythmic phenomena were summarized in the monograph Systemforming Function of Synchronization in the Living Nature (Science: Novosibirsk, 1987). The results of his more recent researchers on basic principles of individual variation were published in the monograph Geometry of Individual Variation in Personality and Sleep-Wake Adaptability (Nova Science Pub Inc: New York, 2011).
Along with a number of scientific articles on chronobiology, somnology, and biological psychiatry in peer reviewed international journals (Chronobiology International, Biological Rhythm Research, Somnologie, Neuropsychopharmacology, Ergonomia, World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, Psychiatry Research, Advances in Experimental and Medical Biology, Psychopathology, Arctic Medical Research, etc.), he published a book appealing to lay audience of Russian-speaking readers ("Larks", "Owls" and Other…, 1987, 1st ed., 2003, 2nd ed., and 2005, 3rd ed.).
Dr. Putilov has long-term experience in giving lectures for academic, student and lay audiences. Since 1993, he has been lecturing at the Humanitarian Academy of Siberia, the Classical Institute, and the Novosibirsk State University (Novosibirsk). In 2001-2003, his work on a textbook on evolutionary psychology (Human zoological psychology: Mind of men and women in the mirror of evolution) was supported by a grant from Russian Foundation for Humanities, and in 2002-2004 he organized a series of the international Siberian Indian Summer Schools on Human Ethology (www.ethology.nsu.ru). In 1989-1993, he has been an active participant in the Alaska-Siberia Medical Exchange Program, and in 2009 he visited Alaska again to participate in the USG Strategy Planning Meeting: Behavioral and Mental Health in the Circumpolar Arctic co-sponsored by the National Institutes of Health's Fogarty International Center and the US Arctic Research Commission.
Dr. Putilov is interested in speaking to all types of audiences through the Visiting Speakers Series. His lecture topics include:
- Basic principles of sleep-wake regulation,
- Structural representations of individual differences in sleep-wake patterns and personality,
- SAD and sleepless in Siberia, and Siberian experience on non-pharmacological treatments for seasonal and non-seasonal depression
Life-long Alaskan Michelle Ridgway has engaged in marine ecological research and exploration in Alaskan Arctic and Subarctic waters for over 20 years. From coastal kelp forests to deep-sea habitats, Michelle has examined the role of physical and biogenic features in supporting the diversity and abundance of species in Alaskan seas. Recently focused on the unique role of submarine canyons, Michelle is studying continental margin geomorphology, biogeochemistry, and attempting to quantify chemosynthetically- derived carbon sources feeding into northern foodwebs. Diver, submarine pilot and ROV operator, Michelle continues to probe the depths of Alaskan marine waters using cutting edge technology to examine facets of some of the most productive ocean ecosystems in the world.
Michelle has experience lecturing to a broad range of audiences including school students, graduate students, and the general public. Michelle's accomplishments include: keynote speaker at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium in January 2007; UAS Egan Lecture Series Speaker October 2008; New England Aquarium Lecture Series in September 2008; and Invited Bering Sea Days Speaker in April 2008 for the communities of St. Paul and St. George. Because of summer fieldwork, Michelle is generally more available to participate in the Arctic Visiting Speakers' program during the autumn and winter.
Arto Rinne and his ensemble, Sattuma, are noted musicians whose scholarly and artistic expertise in folk instruments ranges from constructing their own instruments to innovation on traditional tunes. The quartet's repertoire includes Finnish polkas, Russian waltzes, Karelian folk songs, and an occasional Celtic melody. The Finnish Literature Society has recognized Rinne for his contributions to Karelian folk culture.
Rinne started his musical career as a singer in a boys' choir when he was six. He later joined the Petrozavodsk State University Folk Ensemble, Toive. In 1989, he was one of the founding members of the group Santtu Karhu and Talvisovat ; he still plays accordion and bouzuki with this ensemble. From 1994-2002, Rinne was the lead-singer for the folk music group Myllärit. With these groups, Rinne has toured Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Canada, Germany, Scotland, and the United States. He has also been a music reporter for Karelian radio since 1988 and has organized the Petrozavodsk Karelian Faces music festival since 2003.
Rinne's presentations include lectures and live examples of Finno-Urgic song traditions.
Dr. David A. Robinson is a Professor in the Department of Geography at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He also serves as New Jersey’s State Climatologist. He received a BS in geology (1977) from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA and earned a doctorate in earth sciences (1984) from Columbia University. He was an Associate Research Scientist at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (1984-1988) prior to heading to Rutgers (1988-present). He became State Climatologist in 1991, leading an office that tends to the weather/climate data, research and outreach needs of a vast array of stakeholders, including maintaining an operational weather network of 60 stations.
Dr. Robinson’s research interests are in applied climate, especially related to New Jersey, and in climate dynamics and change, particularly focused on global snow cover. His research has been funded via 70 grants from NSF, NOAA, NASA, USDA and various NJ state agencies. He has published 108 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters and has presented at more than 250 conferences and invited lectures. His efforts include managing a database of satellite-derived snow extent over Northern Hemisphere continents. The digitized snow maps extend back to the late 1960s and are used in national and international climate assessments.
Robinson is a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and sits on lead climate advisory committees for the National Academy of Sciences and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He has chaired two National Research Council panels and the American Meteorological Society’s Polar Meteorology and Oceanography Committee, and is a past president of the American Association of State Climatologists. Dr. Robinson is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and has received a NOAA Environmental Hero award, as well as the Lifetime Achievement award of the Association of American Geographer’s Climate Specialty Group. Dr. Robinson teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in climatology, physical geography and remote sensing.
Stephen Roe is a Senior Scientist with E.H. Pechan & Associates, a technology-oriented consulting firm specializing in air pollution, information technology and management consulting. Mr. Roe has over 20 years of professional experience primarily spent in air quality consulting. He has worked with private and public sector clients on air quality issues including the attainment of air quality standards, regional haze, toxic air pollutants, and climate change. Recently, he has been involved as a certifier of greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories submitted to California's Climate Action Registry. His firm certified the first inventory submitted to the Registry.
Mr. Roe has also been working with the Center for Climate Strategies, a non-profit organization, to provide climate change mitigation plan technical and policy support to state and local governments. Currently, support is being provided to over a dozen states. His work on these projects has included: greenhouse gas inventory development (including the development of an inventory for the state of Alaska); technical support on the development of climate change mitigation policies; and facilitation of stakeholder technical workgroups in the agriculture, forestry and waste management sectors.
Mr. Roe recently delivered several presentations on the Alaska GHG emissions inventory at the Alaska Forum on the Environment, to an Anchorage non-profit conservation group, and to an Anchorage high school conservation group. He is excited about opportunities to collaborate with interested climate change researchers and share his knowledge and experiences with the community at large.
Representative lecture titles include:
- State of Alaska Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Forecasts
- GHG Mitigation Options Implemented or Considered in the U.S.
- Emissions Inventory Considerations for the Development of Climate Change Mitigation Plans
I teach in an isolated, Native village with 40 residents in the Alaska bush where roads, stores, and emergency facilities do not exist. I have taught my students to dream big and then find a way to make that dream happen. As we finish the year under the shadow of a possible school closure, we are making our dream come true by visiting our Nation's capital. Even in very remote, very small places there is a way to make every dream come true.
Chie Sakakibara is a cultural geographer interested in global indigenous studies and human-animal interactions. Her current research focuses on global warming and its influence on traditional human relationships with the bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus) in the Alaskan Arctic. During her fieldwork among the Iñupiaq people in Barrow and Point Hope, Alaska (2004-7), she was adopted by several whaling families and experienced their subsistence activities including whaling. Sakakibara has extensive invited lecture experience.
Along with her climate change project in the Arctic, she has begun exploring in-depth case studies of human interaction with whales in the Azores because of the region's historical link to arctic Alaska. In the Azores, the whales have been vital to human survival since the arrival of Portuguese settlers in the fifteenth century. Despite the physical distance between northern Alaska and the Azores, key issues elucidate interrelationships between the two regions. As the effects of climate change take hold among Alaskan and Azorean communities, the role and place of whales in sustaining ethnic identities becomes greater, and among the Iñupiaq provides the cornerstone of cultural resilience that people embrace to imagine a hopeful future.
"I have been conducting fieldwork on climate change and indigenous cultural responses in northern Alaska since 2004. As a form of reciprocity, I would like to travel and share my knowledge, findings and experience in communities by becoming part of the Arctic Visiting Speakers program. I would be delighted to address a variety of audiences including K-12 students, graduate and undergraduate students, and the public." Sakakibara is available most of the year , with the exceptions of June and July.
A few representative lectures include:
- Into The Whaling Cycle: Global Warming and Iñupiaq Cultural Responses in Arctic Alaska
- Repatriation as Re-animation: Bringing Iñupiat Music Home to Alaska
- Kiavallakkikput Aġviq: Cultural Responses to Climate Change among the Iñupiaq People of Arctic Alaska
- Global Warming and the Iñupiaq Cultural Responses
Sakakibara received her PhD in Geography from the University of Oklahoma (OU), her BA in Native American Studies, and her MA in Art History at OU. In addition to her research, she collaborates with Columbia's Center for Ethnomusicology on their Iñupiaq music heritage repatriation project, led by Dr. Aaron A. Fox. Sakakibara has also served on the faculty in the Native American Studies Program at OU.
Donat Savoie explores the recent changes for the Inuit of Canada, and the social, cultural, linguistics and economic impacts. He is also interested in the governance systems that have been changed dramatically with the signing of several land claims agreements. Dr. Savoie states, "I strongly believe it is very important to convey to various audiences my knowledge and experience in Inuit, Arctic, and Circumpolar Affairs, to which I dedicated 42 years. Given the present issues related to climate change and its impact on Aboriginal Peoples, including the Inuit, the development of new and innovative Aboriginal governance systems in arctic countries, and the interest of several countries in the resources of the North, are all reasons that show clearly the importance of discussing these issues publicly, and informing different audiences of the present and future challenges." Dr. Savoie is available to speak to academic, graduate, school, and general public audiences. A few lecture titles include:
- Innovative Governance in Canada's Arctic: Inuit Self-Determination Efforts Today
- Nunavik Inuit Governance Issues and Political Future
- Self-government in the Canadian North: Creation of the Nunavik Regional Government: Innovative Project and Challenges
Dr. Savoie was born in Montréal, Canada, and obtained a Master's Degree in Anthropology from the Université de Montréal. He joined the Public Service of Canada in 1969, namely with the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (DINAC), where he held several senior positions related to Inuit, Arctic, and Circumpolar Affairs. He retired in 2006. Amongst his senior assignments, Dr. Savoie was appointed Director of Scientific and Circumpolar Affairs within DINAC, and Chief Federal Negotiator for the Nunavik Inuit self-government negotiations. He acted as Senior Advisor Northern Policy (1990-1992) to Mary Simon, President, Inuit Circumpolar Conference.
Dr. Savoie is the recipient of the following awards: 7-time recipient of the DINAC Outstanding Achievement Award; Award of Excellence of the Public Service of Canada for his contribution to the creation of the Nunavut Territory; Tribute of the Government of the Northwest Territories for his contribution to the Canadian North; Weaver-Tremblay Award from the Canadian Anthropology Society; Elected Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America of the University of Calgary; Elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of Canada. Dr Savoie has also received special recognitions and commemorations from Inuit of Canada organizations such as the Makivik Corporation (which represents the Inuit of Nunavik), the Avataq Cultural Institute, and the Inuit community of Kangiqsualujjuaq.
On June 3, 2010, he was made Chevalier (Knight) of the National Order of Quebec, the highest order given by the Government of Quebec, by the Premier of Québec, Jean Charest, at a ceremony held in the Quebec Parliament in Quebec City, Canada, for his exceptional contribution to the Canadian North, and especially to Nunavik and to the Inuit of the region.
William Schneider is curator of oral history and adjunct in anthropology at the Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he introduced oral history "jukeboxes" or innovative interactive, multimedia computer files that present and cross-reference audio oral history and related photos and maps. Dr. Schneider has authored and edited many books. He was the author of So they Understand: Cultural Issues in Oral History; he edited Kusiq: An Eskimo Life History from the Arctic Coast of Alaska; and he was a co-editor with Phyllis Morrow of the book When Our Words Return: Writing, Hearing, and Remembering Oral Traditions of Alaska and the Yukon.
Schneider's research interests are in anthropology, oral history, ethno-history, and folklore.
He is interested in speaking to academic audiences, graduate students, and the general public, and he is prepared to deliver lectures on these or similar topics:
- Oral History: Dead or Alive
- Alaskan History Through Stories Told by the People Who Lived It
- Stories to Live By: A Look at Stories that Teach Lessons for Life
Schneider is not available for speaking engagements during March, July, and August. As a speaker in the 2001 series, he had a positive experience.
Todd Sformo was a graduate student at University of Alaska Fairbanks in the labs of Drs. Brian Barnes (UAF) and Jack Duman (University of Notre Dame). Todd's research examined high latitude insect physiology, specifically freeze tolerance and freeze avoidance. Currently, Todd is a wildlife biologist for the Department of Wildlife Management, North Slope Borough, in Barrow, Alaska, working on a variety of subjects including polar bear thermoregulation, fish research, and oil on biological surfaces.
Arthur Smith III
Dynamic, cinematic imagery replaces the abstraction of the Arctic with visual reality.
A lifelong photographer and resident arctic filmmaker since 2004, Arthur lives on Alaska's Barter Island, in the Inupiat Eskimo village of Kaktovik. He specializes in the genres of documentary and natural history filmmaking for theatrical, broadcast, and interpretive applications. An artist bearing witness to life and change in the far north, Arthur's goal is to inspire appreciation, understanding, and conservation of arctic regions through film.
Life is animated. Yet, statistics, studies, sound bites, and still photographs shape many people's understanding of life in the Arctic. Bringing the place "alive" on screen complements the research of polar experts in other disciplines by demystifying the far north and providing visual context for understanding a place often beset by abstraction and stereotype. As an image-maker and resident of an Inupiat community, Arthur's experience—and portrayal-- of the north and its people is authentic, founded in valued relationships many years in the making.
Arthur uses the cutting-edge tools of digital cinematography to bring the Arctic to audiences worldwide. With his Hollywood-grade digital cinema cameras, Arthur's capacity to translate the Arctic is on par with the epic scale of the place itself. The "5K" digital cinema format exceeds the technical standards of high-definition fivefold and is suitable for giant-screen presentation. Digital cinema– a rapidly growing technology and a new film industry standard– is revolutionizing, and democratizing, the way in which images meet the screen. Liberating the superior quality of 35mm film from the analog medium has profound implications for natural history and documentary filmmakers.
From his 2008 debut, Ice Bears of the Beaufort, to his 2012 short documentary, Once There Were Polar Bears, Arthur has received many awards for his work, which one Film Quarterly writer hailed as "meditative avant-garde film." Additionally, Arthur's multimedia installations have been showcased at the Burke Museum of Natural History. Heaven's Shore, a cultural documentary produced at the invitation of the mayor of Kaktovik, Alaska was screened for the North Slope Borough mayor at a Slope-wide summit in 2010. Finally, his work has also appeared on PBS Nature, National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Films, and the Discovery Channel. Arthur is also currently contracted by the USGS to provide technical support for a Kaktovik-based polar bear genetic research project.
Representative presentation titles include:
(Each presentation includes an A/V component. For interested hosts, Arthur will provide equipment specs to ensure a high-quality viewing experience for audiences.)
- Far North Filmmaking: Technical & Practical Aspects of Working "On-Location" in Arctic Alaska
- The Digital Cinema Frontier: A Revolution in Natural History Filmmaking
- Shot-by-Shot: The Making of an Arctic Movie
- Polar Bears of Arctic Alaska: Bear Images and Insights from Alaska's Only Arctic Filmmaker
Aaron Spitzer is the foremost expert on contemporary events in Canada's North, and is a leading authority on Northern history, politics, travel, adventure, journalism and modern culture.
Based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Aaron is the longtime editor of Up Here, the magazine of Canada's North, which in 2010 was named the best magazine in Canada. He's also a lecturer and expedition crew member with the leading Arctic cruise company, Adventure Canada.
Aaron has co-authored several Lonely Planet guidebooks about Alaska and Northern Canada, has produced the only daily television news shows serving Northern Canada, has run Nunavut's newspaper of record, has edited the leading newspaper in Bush Alaska, and has co-edited the world's southernmost newspaper, the Antarctic Sun.
Aaron has also worked as a kayaking, canoeing and rafting guide in Alaska and Northern Canada, and has conducted numerous independent expeditions. He's devoted his life not just to knowing the North, but to living in and actively exploring it.
Aaron is an expert in presenting the complexities of the North in a compelling, comprehensible way. His lecture topics include:
- So, where exactly is the Arctic?: Defining the Far North
- The Arctic heats up: Contemporary issues in the Far North
- The entire history of the Franklin expedition (in just over half an hour)
- All of it about Nunavut
- How the Arctic was won and run: Governance in the Far North
Neesha Wendling is the principal coordinator for the Eider Journey program at the Fairbanks Fish and Wildlife Field Office. Eider Journey is designed to expose Barrow and Cold Bay high school students to field studies in wildlife ecology and conservation issues related to Steller's eiders. As part of the program, students conduct breeding pair surveys in Barrow and travel to Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, where the birds molt and winter, to participate in eider banding drives and eelgrass research. The students then present their experiences to their community in the form of presentations, science projects, radio, newspaper, etc. Wendling is involved with virtually all outreach and education regarding eiders on the North Slope. She coordinates the Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Contest for the North Slope and is currently working on a “train the trainer” program to communicate with individuals in each North Slope village about eider issues and their concerns. Last June, she helped launch the first annual Barrow Bird Camp for middle-school age students. Wendling also works to get the message out about the use lead shot and subsistence bird harvest seasons and closure periods.
Wendling is extremely knowledgeable about Steller's eider ecology and is a skilled teacher who works well with students. She has presented the eider work in Barrow, Cold Bay, and Anchorage. Wendling is interested in speaking to all audiences and is available throughout the year except for in June.
Representative lecture titles include:
- Breeding Biology of Steller's Eiders
- Wintering Ecology of Steller's Eiders
- Student Involvement with Steller's Eider
Ken Tape is a research scientist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks studying climate warming and landscape changes in the Arctic. Those landscape changes include the expansion of shrubs and the effect on herbivores, fluctuations in the erosion regime, heterogeneity of vegetation change, and the implications of these changes to the broader arctic system.
Ken often uses repeat photography to document expanding shrubs, migrating tree-line, shrinking glaciers, and deteriorating permafrost in the Arctic. He has written for technical and popular journals, including a recent book for the general public called "The Changing Arctic Landscape" (University of Alaska Press), which features a variety of repeat photography from Arctic Alaska. The book content was developed into a special exhibit that debuted at the University of Alaska Museum of the North May 15, 2010 to Jan 15, 2011, and is now commencing a national tour managed by the Burke Museum in Seattle (http://www.burkemuseum.org/booknow/changing_arctic).
Ken enjoys science that is readily interpretable, and the Arctic Visiting Speaker Program is a great opportunity to synthesize and share the remarkable photographic evidence documenting terrestrial changes in the Arctic. The repeated photographs used to assess change have been published widely, and Ken is happy to share the photographs with science and non-science people alike. Repeated photographs can be interpreted by anyone, thus removing the complicated layer of interpretation that is associated with most measurements of terrestrial change.
Dr. Veselova was born in 1949 in Aldan (Sakha Republic, Russia). After having graduated with honours from the Blagoveschensk college of the Soviet Trade, she entered the Soviet Institute of Trade at the Moscow Commercial University. 1994-1997 were marked by Dr. Veselova's active participation in the social program of South Yakutia Labour and Employment Center where she delivered a course of lectures about the possibilities of starting private business. In 2006 Vera Veselova defended her dissertation thesis and became a candidate of Philosophical Sciences.
Dr. Veselova is considered to be one of the leading experts and highly professional tutors not only in Siberia, but in the whole Far East region of Russia. She has more than 35 scientific and popular scientific articles, teaching manuals, monographs and books on Economy, Regional Economy, Conflictology, Industrial development of the northern Russian regions. The topics of her desirable lectures include the following:
- Conflictology (case-study of the Sakha Republic enterprises);
- Mega-projects of Sakha Republic: the Scheme of Integrated Development of Productive Forces, Transport and Energy in Yakutia until 2020;
- Golden mines of Alaska and the Russian North (past and present state);
- Musical approach in teaching economic disciplines.
Dr. Veselova's research interests include Philosophy, Economic theory, History of economic theories, Theory of accounting, and Financial control in the Arctic region.
For more than twenty years, Dr. Wheelersburg has researched indigenous arctic populations in Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula. Primarily, he has engaged in ethnohistorical research on land and resource use related to reindeer herding Saami groups as they came under the influence/control of majority societies in this region. He has recently helped local research groups document traditional knowledge about pre-Revolutionary settlement patterns and land/resource use in the western Kola Peninsula.
As part of his master's and doctorate studies in Anthropology and Circumpolar Studies at Brown University, Dr. Wheelersburg has conducted field research virtually every year in the Scandinavian Arctic for the past twenty years. With two Fulbright Fellowships to Sweden, grants from the American Scandinavian Foundation, the Arctic Institute of North America, and several grants from the Arctic Social Science Program at NSF, along with service in Iceland for a decade as a Reserve Army officer on the NATO staff assigned to the Icelandic Civil Defense Office, he has studied among and built relationships with both formal education/research institutions as well as informal/indigenous research organizations and individuals in several arctic countries.
His work has reached a broad audience of scholars as well as the arctic community. He has published articles in journals including Arctic, Arctic Anthropology, and Northern Reviews (in press) and published chapters in Readings in Saami Culture, Language, and History (University of Umea, Sweden).
Dr. Wheelersburg has presented lectures to the general public as part of local and regional library programs and at programs through his school. These programs have focused primarily on native and indigenous peoples in the U.S. and Scandinavia.
Dr. Wheelersburg is interested in speaking to all audiences and representative lecture titles include:
- Pre-industrial Saami land use in the Imandra Lake watershed, Kola Peninsula
- Saami portrayals in popular media, especially National Geographic magazine—A case of ethnic stereotyping?
- Swedish compliance with European community requirements for indigenous resource use rights—A Saami perspective
- Working with and developing local and indigenous research organizations in the Arctic
Dr. Wheelersburg hopes that the Arctic Visiting Speakers Program will allow him to visit and present his work in public and educational settings outside of his research area.
Daniel M. White, Director of the Institute of Northern Engineering (INE), joined the University in 1995. Dr. White also holds the rank of Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UAF. His interest and expertise in the traditional field of sanitary engineering led him to conduct research on drinking water protection, development, and treatment. Dr. White pioneered research on how climate change affects drinking water, water resources, and related infrastructure. Pursuing issues related to freshwater in the Arctic, Dr. White spent considerable time in rural villages and remote locations. Dr. White's work has led to a better understanding of water resources for rural communities as well as the potential impacts of climate change on freshwater resources and infrastructure. In 2005, Dr. White accepted an appointment as Interim Director of INE. After a national search, he was hired as director of INE in July, 2006. Dr. White is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Alaska.
Charles Wohlforth is a life-long Alaska resident and prize-winning author of numerous books about Alaska. His work includes writing about science and the environment, politics and history, travel, and as-told-to biography. A popular lecturer, he has spoken all over the United States and overseas. Wohlforth lives with his wife, Barbara, and their four children. They reside in Anchorage during the winter, where they are avid cross-country skiers, and in summer on a remote Kachemak Bay shore reachable only by boat.
Wohlforth, 47, graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1986 before returning to Alaska to work six years as a newspaper reporter, including covering the Exxon Valdez oil spill for the Anchorage Daily News. He became a full-time freelance writer in 1993, publishing articles in The New Republic, Outside, Discover and other periodicals, and writing ten books. He also served two 3-year terms on the Anchorage Assembly.
In 2004, Farrar, Straus & Giroux published Wohlforth’s widely acclaimed non-fiction account of climate change in the Arctic as experienced by the Eskimos and the scientists studying it, titled The Whale and the Supercomputer. The book won The Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology, among numerous other national and regional citations for science, culture, and journalism. In 2010, Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press published The Fate of Nature: Rediscovering Our Ability to Rescue the Earth, which examines the role of culture in addressing global environmental problems. The book uses Alaska as a microcosm to examine the human capacity for co-operation in the commons of the ocean and Arctic.
Wohlforth is an experienced public speaker. He has presented slide lectures on his books more than 100 times in settings such as the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge University, the Peabody Museum at Yale University, and the University of Alaska Rural Development Program conference in Barrow, Alaska. He has been the keynote speaker at numerous conferences, including the American Meteorological Society’s annual meeting, the ARCUS Annual Meeting, and the University of Alaska Book Festival. He also has presented to many K-12 school groups. He has been interviewed on NPR’s Science Friday, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and many other national broadcasts. His public lectures have drawn audiences of more than 150.
Xiaofeng Xu is a postdoctoral research associate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Xu obtained his Ph.D. from Auburn University in December 2010, and worked there as a postdoc fellow for half year prior to joining Oak Ridge National Laboratory in August 2011. Xiaofeng has a very broad background including a bachelor degree in biotechnology, a master degree in environmental science and a Ph.D. degree in forest biology and ecology. Over the course, he has been trained in a variety of fields ranging from molecular ecology to global change ecology, in a variety of expertise ranging from in-situ observation to modeling approach and historical reconstruction with satellite data. With all these trainings together forming a systems perspective, Xiaofeng is more interested in doing research as a systems ecologist by using a combination of field observation, earth system modeling, satellite data and mathematical approaches.
Dr. Xu's research mainly focuses on land-atmosphere interaction in a framework of Earth system modeling. He did his Ph.D. research in estimating terrestrial fluxes of methane and nitrous oxide, two potent greenhouse gases, across the continental North America during 1979-2008. He is currently working on evaluating soil microbial mechanisms on production and consumption of trace gases and their roles in climate system dynamics. He has published numerous papers in prestigious journals including Global Change Biology, Global Biogeochemical Cycle, Global Ecology and Biogeography, Environmental Science and Technology, Biogeosciences, Journal of Geophysical Research, and Environmental Research Letter, etc. He also serves on editorial board for Agricultural and Forestry Meteorology and as an expert review for the 2013 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change wetland supplement as well as an ad hoc reviewer for more than fifteen international journals.
Dr. Yang is currently an associate research professor at the Water and Environmental Research Center, Institute of Northern Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks. He received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. (water resources and hydro-meteorology) in China and has international research/work experience. He was a research associate at the Lanzhou Institute of Glaciology and Geocryology, Chinese Academy of Sciences; a visiting scientist at the University of California; and a post-doc research fellow at both the Meteorological Service of Canada and McMaster University. He also worked as a research scientist at the Institute for Global Change.
Dr. Yang's primary research interests are in cold region hydrology, specifically, climate and climate change/variation in the arctic and high latitude regions; large arctic river hydro-climatologies and changes; applications of remote sensing data/products in the high latitude regions; and data analysis systems including accuracy assessment and adjustment/correction, statistical analysis, and numerical modeling of cold region hydrology.
He has published over 50 research articles and has extensive lecture experience having given over 30 talks at national and international conferences/workshops. He is interested in talking with academic audiences, graduate students and the general public.
Potential lecture topics include:
- Hydrologic response of major Siberian rivers to climate change and
- Development of bias-corrected high latitude precipitation database and
- Streamflow response to seasonal snowcover extent changes in large
- Representativeness of arctic weather station data for computation of
snowmelt in a small area
Dr. Yang has previously participated in the Arctic Visiting Speakers Series as a host and enjoyed his experiences.
Dr. Randall L. Zarnke recently retired from the State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game where he had worked since 1978. His research interests involved the effects of diseases and parasites on population ecology of wildlife species. He provided diagnostic services for the staff and public on wildlife diseases and conducted disease and parasite surveys of wildlife species in Alaska.
Zarnke is an avid Alaskan trapper and is knowledgeable about furbearer biology. He also recently made a movie and has written a book about the history of hockey in Interior Alaska.
Zarnke received his Ph.D. in Veterinary Science and Wildlife Ecology in 1978 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focused on latent viruses in snowshoe hares. He also received his M.Sc. from the same university. Through the Wildlife Society, Zarnke became a Certified Wildlife Biologist in 1981. He is a member of the Wildlife Disease Association and a member of the Speakers' Bureau for the Alaska Trapper's Association.
Zarnke is an experienced speaker and is comfortable presenting to a variety of audiences. In particular, he is interested in talking to school audiences (junior and high school students), academic audiences, graduate seminars, and the general public.
His lecture topics include:
- Common Diseases and Parasites of Alaskan Wildlife
- Furbearer Biology and Trapping in Alaska
- Oral History of Hunting and Trapping in Alaska
- The History of Hockey in Interior Alaska (book and movie)
John Ziker is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Boise State University. His research interests include the indigenous peoples of Siberia, social organization and change, economic anthropology, and human behavioral ecology. He most recently was a term assistant professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. During the spring 1999 and spring 2000 semesters, Ziker taught anthropology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Ziker earned a B.A. in anthropology in 1988 at Arizona State University. He completed language programs at Moscow Energy Institute and Norwich University and received a Ph.D. in anthropology in 1998 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His dissertation research, “Kinship, Exchange, and Ethnicity among the Dolgan and Nganasan of Northern Siberia”, analyzed the changes in the mixed economy of a community of Siberian hunter-gatherers after the dissolution of state socialism. In 2001-2003, Ziker was a post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany, as a member of the Siberia Project Group, focusing his research on hunting practices and property relations among the Dolgan and Nganasan peoples.