Pips Veazey

Pips Veazey was elected to fill a vacated position on the Board of Directors in December 2018 and her term expires in 2020.

Pips Veazey serves as the Principal Investigator and Project Director of the Alaska NSF Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, Fire and Ice: Navigating Variability in Boreal Wildfire Regimes and Subarctic Coastal Ecosystems. Funded by the National Science Foundation and the State of Alaska, Fire and Ice is a statewide project involving dozens of researchers, staff, and students examining short-term ecological change in critical Alaskan ecosystems. She is the lead and co-creator of Vis Space, a high-resolution visual environment designed to promote conversations about complex problems, develop creative solutions, and enhance team development, and also works at the Alaska Center for Energy and Power as the Deputy Director of Strategic Development.

She currently serves on two boards that represent her primary research interests: Arctic science and team research. In addition to being an ARCUS board member, she is the secretary and a founding board member of the International Network of the Science of Team Science (INSciTS). Defining the competencies for team science leadership and management was a focal point for her dissertation and she continues to work with large interdisciplinary research teams around the country to help them maximize their effectiveness by developing collaboration plans and facilitating discussions around teamwork.

Her formal education includes a BA in Psychology from Bates College in Maine, an MS in Oceanography from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and an interdisciplinary doctorate in Team Science Leadership, also from UAF. She loves sailing, has traveled extensively doing research on Antarctic sea ice, worked as a driller for the Greenland Ice Sheet Project, and fished commercially on a halibut schooner in the Bering Sea.

Supporting the critical work that ARCUS does with the Arctic research community has been a highlight of the last two years. We have an opportunity to work in a truly interdependent manner across the Arctic and collaborate with one another to find a vision for life that is sustainable and informed by people of the Arctic and our research communities. ARCUS is a key player in this quest and has the expertise and vision to bring people together to develop a shared understanding of our collective future.