Richard Glenn


Lands and Natural Resources


North Slope Borough

rglenn [at]


PO Box 129
Barrow, AK 99723
United States

Brief Biography

Hunting for ugruk, or bearded seal. Photo Bill Hess, Running Dog Publications

Richard Glenn was Board President of the Barrow Arctic Science Consortium (BASC) from 1994 to 2015. BASC was a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting research and local involvement in research in the Barrow area, as well as the Executive Vice President of Lands for ASRC. He worked for the North Slope Borough from 1995-2001 as Director of the Department of Energy Management, and from 1989-2004 he was a consulting geologist for the NSB on contract from two different firms. .

Representative projects: Assorted oil and gas evaluation and development projects, 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 research.

Glenn received a Bachelor of Science at San Jose State University in 1985 and 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 was a member of the Ilisagvik College Board of Trustees (1993-2000, serving as chairman for most of his tenure). He has served on the Polar Research Board, the ARCUS board of directors, and on several National Academy of Science panels. In 2015 Richard was asked by Admiral Robert Papp to serve as an Alaska Native Liaison to the US State Department's Special Representative to the Arctic. Richard is also currently a member of both the North Slope Borough Planning Commission and the Barrow Zoning commission.

Science Specialties

geology, sea ice, Native communities, Arctic research logistics

Current Research

Hydrocarbon exploration development and production in a permafrost environment. Sea ice physical properties. Logistical support of Arctic field research.