Board of Directors
Current board members are listed below.
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Michael Retelle, President (Term ends 2016)
Michael J. Retelle is a Professor of Geology at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. Dr. Retelle did his undergraduate studies at Salem State College (BS, 1976) prior to working as a field geologist on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline in 1976. He did his graduate work in Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst (MS, 1979 and PhD, 1985). His primary research interests are in glacial and post-glacial environments on lakes in Maine, New Hampshire, and in the Canadian arctic. He's also part of an interdisciplinary geoarchaeology project in Shetland studying settlement disturbance in the Little Ice Age. Most recently he's participated in a National Science Foundation sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates studying modern glacial and lacustrine processes and climate change in Svalbard.
Johannes Verlinde, Secretary (Term ends 2014)
Johannes Verlinde is an Associate Professor of Meteorology at The Pennsylvania State University. He holds degrees from the universities of Pretoria, R.S.A. (BSc, 1980 and BSc [Hon], 1982) and Colorado State University (MS, 1988 and PhD, 1992). His primary research interests are clouds and cloud processes in the Arctic, and how these impact climate. He serves as the Site Scientist for the U.S. Department of Energy Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program Climate Research Facility at Barrow on the North Slope of Alaska.
Jay Gulledge, Treasurer (Term ends 2014)
Marianne Douglas, Executive Committee Member-at-Large (Term ends 2015)
Marianne Douglas is the Director of the Canadian Circumpolar Institute and a professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta. She holds degrees from Queen's University (BSc 1985; MSc 1989; PhD 1993). Following a two year Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Massachussetts, Amherst, she joined the Department of Geology, University of Toronto in 1995. In 2003 she moved to the University of Alberta and currently splits her time between Edmonton and Whitehorse, YT. Her primary research uses limnological and paleolimnological techniques to track environmental change in the Canadian High Arctic. She is currently serving as chair of the Canadian Committee for Antarctic Research.
John Payne, Executive Committee Member-at-Large (Term ends 2016)
David Cairns, Board Member (Term ends 2016)
Richard Coffin, Board Member (Term ends 2014)
Howard Epstein, Board Member (Term ends 2016)
Howard Epstein is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia, specializing in the ecology of arctic tundra, and dry grasslands and shrublands. His research focus is on vegetation dynamics, nutrient cycling, and plant-soil-atmosphere interactions. Current research projects in the Arctic involve 1) the “greening” of arctic tundra vegetation in response to recent warming, 2) changes in the seasonality of tundra vegetation processes in response to warming, and 3) patterns of arctic tundra vegetation and soils along latitudinal temperature gradients in the Arctic of North America and Russia.
Dr. Epstein received his B.A. degree in Computer Science from Cornell University in 1986. He received an M.S. degree in Rangeland Ecosystem Science from Colorado State University in 1995 and a Ph.D. in Ecology, also from Colorado State, in 1997. He conducted postdoctoral studies at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado. Dr. Epstein came to the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1998. As part of his arctic research, he has traveled north of the Arctic Circle nearly every summer since 1999 and has recently conducted several field expeditions in northwestern Siberia. He teaches courses in the Fundamentals of Ecology, Terrestrial Ecology, and Ecology of Grasslands and Tundra. He has published approximately 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on arctic tundra and dryland ecology.
Mark Ivey, Board Member (Term ends 2015)
Timo Koivurova, Board Member (Term ends 2016)
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
Mark Nuttall, Board Member (Term ends 2015)
John Tichotsky, Board Member (Term ends 2014)
John Tichotsky specializes in international and regional economic development and natural resource economics. Since 2001, John works as an international policy advisor to Roman Abramovich, former Governor of Chukotka. John is also a consultant and businessperson, and has experience in Arctic research and organization, as well as teaching and developing curriculum at the university level. John has a double major from Dartmouth College in economics and Russian (1988) and completed a Master’s degree (1993) and Ph.D. (1997), Jesus College, Cambridge. John was fortunate to study with Dr. Terence Armstrong at Cambridge, the scholar who defined the “Russian North” for the West. John wrote The Republic of Sakha: Russia’s Diamond Colony – a study about regional economy and the Russian diamond mining industry. John was a senior analyst at Fitch IBCA, the international rating agency. He conducted research on natural gas markets with Dr. Arlon Tussing, a US and Alaska energy expert. John lives in Anchorage, Alaska, with his wife, Mary Core, two children, Marilla Jane (4) and Anne Elizabeth (7 months) and three German shorthaired pointers– all avid skijorers.