HARC Online Workshops 2001 | Moderators
Online Workshop Moderators
Arctic Weather -- 5-9 November 2001
Henry Huntington is an independent researcher in Eagle River, Alaska. His work has examined traditional ecological knowledge, Arctic ecology, subsistence hunting, environmental contaminants, and climate change. He is a member of the U.S. Polar Research Board, and President of the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS). Henry will be assisting with all three online workshops.
John Walsh is a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Illinois. His research has addressed Arctic climate, linkages between climate and sea ice, and the detection of change in the Arctic using models as well as observational data. He is also interested in changes in the frequency of extreme weather events in the Arctic. He is presently spending a sabbatical year at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.
Treeline -- 26-30 November 2001
Sakari Kankaanpää is a researcher at the Finnish Forest Research Institute in Rovaniemi, Finland. He is a zoologist with an interest in treeline questions that began when he coordinated a timberline workshop that was held in Whitehorse, Yukon in 1998. He is presently involved in EUs international reindeer research project RENMAN and coordinating Arctic Councils northern timberline project.
Frans Wielgolaski is professor in Botanical Ecology at the University of Oslo, Norway. He has tought in this field for 40 years and has written and edited several books in Ecology. Two recent books are Polar and Alpine Tundra, 1997, 920 pp., in the Elsevier Series: Ecosystems of the World, and Nordic Mountain Birch Ecosystems, 2001, 390 pp., in UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Series. In the 1970s he was one of the leaders of the International Biological Program (IBP) in Norway and internationally in their Tundra Program, resulting in many scientific papers and books. At present he is chairman of the board in EU's international mountain birch project HIBECO.
Sea Ice -- 3-7 December 2001
Jim Maslanik is an associate research professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder. His main area of research involves the combination of remote sensing and modeling to identify and interpret regional variations and trends in Arctic sea ice cover. He is presently involved in projects to improve prediction of ice severity in the western Arctic and to integrate climate research with hazards assessment and community planning on the North Slope of Alaska.
Alex Whiting is the Environmental Protection Specialist for the Native Village of Kotzebue, located in northwest Alaska. He is also the principal and co-investigator on research projects involving traditional knowledge, climate/environmental change, wildlife, co-management of resources, contaminants in wildlife, marine ecology and historic preservation. He sat on the UAF Climate Change workshop panel as a member of the subsistence committee. He is an active subsistence hunter and gatherer. In addition he has a passion for, and is a student of, Alaska topics; including the fields of politics/policy at state, federal, and tribal, natural history, Native Alaskans, wildlife management, environment, socioeconomic, exploration and development.
"In general, indigenous peoples of the Arctic
have consistenly recommended that, in order to incorporate TKW [Traditional
Knowledge and Wisdom], researchers must actively involve Native residents
of the region in planning, implementation, and decisions about the use
of data and information, as their wisdom and knowledge is dynamic and
alive within them."
-- People and the Arctic: A Prospectus for Research on the Human Dimensions of the Arctic System.