Board of Directors

Current board members are listed below.

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Michael Retelle , President (Term ends 2016)

Michael J. Retelle
Michael Retelle , President (Term ends 2016)
Department of Geology
Bates College
44 Campus Avenue
Carnegie Science Center
Lewiston, Maine 04240-6084

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
Johannes Verlinde , Secretary (Term ends 2014)
Pennsylvania State University
502 Walker Building
University Park, Pennsylvania 16802

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)

Jay Gulledge , Treasurer (Term ends 2014)
Environmental Sciences Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
1 Bethel Valley Road
PO Box 2008, MS 6035
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6035

David Cairns , Executive Committee Member-at-Large (Term ends 2016)

David Cairns , Executive Committee Member-at-Large (Term ends 2016)
Department of Geography
Texas A&M University
3147 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-3147

John Payne , Executive Committee Member-at-Large (Term ends 2016)

John Payne , Executive Committee Member-at-Large (Term ends 2016)
North Slope Science Initiative
222 West 7th Avenue #13
Anchorage, Alaska 99513

Richard Coffin (Term ends 2014)

Richard Coffin (Term ends 2014)
Marine Biogeochemistry
Naval Research Laboratory
Section Head Code 6114
4555 Overlook Avenue, SW
Washington, District of Columbia 20375

Howard Epstein (Term ends 2016)

Howard Epstein
Howard Epstein (Term ends 2016)
Department of Environmental Sciences
University of Virginia
291 McCormick Road
Charlottesville, Virgina 22904-4123

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 (Term ends 2015)

Mark Ivey (Term ends 2015)
Sandia National Laboratories
PO Box 5800
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185-0734

Timo Koivurova (Term ends 2016)

Timo Koivurova (Term ends 2016)
Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (NIEM)
University of Lapland
Arctic Centre
PO Box 122
Rovaniemi FIN-96101

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 (Term ends 2015)

Mark Nuttall (Term ends 2015)
Department of Anthropology
University of Alberta
13-15 HM Tory Building
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H4

John Tichotsky (Term ends 2014)

John Tichotsky
John Tichotsky (Term ends 2014)
Alaska Cambridge Group
PO Box 100363
Anchorage, Alaska 99510

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.