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.
Jay Gulledge , Treasurer (Term ends 2017)
David Cairns , Executive Committee Member-at-Large (Term ends 2016)
John Payne , Executive Committee Member-at-Large (Term ends 2016)
Carolina Behe (Term ends 2017)
Craig Dorman (Term ends 2017)
Howard Epstein (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 (Term ends 2015)
Gunnar Knapp (Term ends 2017)
Timo Koivurova (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