University of Northern Iowa, April 14-16, 2016
Cedar Falls, IA
Bridging The Future
of Arctic Social Science Research

This workshop will gather a diverse group of scholars to discuss the state-of-the art in Arctic social sciences and develop visioning scenarios for the future of social science research in the Arctic. The core topics will parallel discussions held at other regional workshops (Portland, OR and Providence, RI), which include: social sciences research and climate change; interdisciplinary research in the Arctic; social sciences and humanities in the Arctic, and applied social sciences research. Although the majority of attendees will be social scientists, we will invite researchers from the natural sciences and humanities to broaden the range of perspectives included in workshop discussions. A particular emphasis of the workshop will be on applied research through integrating social science theories, methods and data to serve the needs of Arctic communities, to meet national U.S. priorities and to address global challenges of the 21st century. A special theme will be the relevance of Arctic social science scholarship for sustainable development at different scales and in different regions (including all Arctic nations and continental U.S.).

Participants
Joseph Brewer
University of Kansas

Professor Brewer earned a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. He most recently served as an assistant professor and acting dean in the School of Natural and Social Sciences at Haskell Indian Nations University. His research interests include natural resources management for American Indian and Alaskan Natives, energy sovereignty for American Indian tribes and Alaskan Natives, the Federally Recognized Tribal Extension Program (FRTEP), Indian land tenure, and how local/regional Indigenous knowledge informs state/federal natural resources management procedures.

Shauna BurnSilver
Arizona State University

Shauna Burnsilver is an environmental anthropologist who studies how global climate and economic changes are transforming relationships between modern pastoral and hunter/fisher communities and the natural resources they have depended on for centuries. At the core of her research is the question of how households and communities respond to these changes by combining new and old (economic and social) strategies in the face of significant risks to human livelihoods and well-being. She frames her theoretical questions from within Anthropology, but takes an interdisciplinary approach to examining dynamics of change, vulnerability and resilience at the scale of households and communities within social-ecological systems. Households use unique and evolving combinations of emergent (novel) and old (traditional) strategies to respond to change. Her work combines qualitative and quantitative methodologies, leveraging the strengths of ethnography and quantitative survey research by incorporating unique insights gained from social network analysis, traditional ecological knowledge, collaborative science, and social-ecological modeling.

Kathryn A. Catlin
Northwestern University

Kathryn A. Catlin is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University. Her archaeological research in medieval Iceland investigates how the effects of anthropogenic environmental and landscape change, including erosion, affected the least powerful households living on the social and ecological margins. She is particularly interested in applying archaeological research to contemporary issues, especially social and political responses to climate change. Her dissertation research is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Leifur Eiríksson Foundation, and the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. She has previous degrees in engineering, and received her MA in Historical Archaeology from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2011.

Susan A. Crate
George Mason University

Susan A. Crate is a Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University. An environmental and cognitive anthropologist, she has worked with indigenous communities in Siberia since 1988. Her recent research has focused on understanding local perceptions and adaptations of Viliui Sakha communities in the face of unprecedented climate change—a research agenda that has expanded to Canada, Peru, Wales, Kiribati, Mongolia and the Chesapeake Bay. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and one monograph, Cows, Kin, and Globalization: An Ethnography of Sustainability (AltaMira Press 2006), and she is coeditor of Anthropology and Climate Change: From Encounters to Actions (Left Coast Press, Inc. 2009), with its second volume, Anthropology and Climate Change: From Actions to Transformations to be released in early 2015. She also served on the American Anthropology Association’s Task Force on Climate Change.

Mike Etnier
Portland State University

Mike Etnier, Ph.D. University of Washington, is Affiliate Research Faculty at Portland State University. He is a zooarchaeologist, primarily interested in studying biogeography and historical ecology of North Pacific marine ecosystems, and how changes in each of these has or has not influenced, or been influenced by, prehistoric human hunting practices. To study these complex systems, he spends nearly equal amounts of time working with modern and ancient bone and tooth samples.

Gail Fondahl
University of Northern British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Gail Fondahl is a Professor of Geography at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada. She holds a PhD in Geography from the University of California-Berkeley. Professor Fondahl’s research has focused the legal geographies of indigenous rights in the Russian North, the historical geography of reindeer husbandry in the Russian North, and co-management of resources and research in northern British Columbia. She is currently also involved in research on Arctic sustainability, with a focus on its cultural and legal dimensions. Dr. Fondahl is Canada’s representative to, and Chair of, the International Arctic Science Committee’s Social & Human Sciences Working Group. She also represents Canada on the Social, Economic and Cultural Expert Group of the Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group. She served as the president of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association from 2011 to 2014 and remains on the governing council of IASSA. She co-edited the recently released second Arctic Human Development Report (AHDR-II).

Duane A. Gill
Oklahoma State University

Duane A. Gill is Professor of Sociology at Oklahoma State University. He was part of a research team that investigated human impacts of the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Alaska through a series of longitudinal studies spanning 24 years. He recently led an NSF-funded research project to document and understand sociocultural and psychosocial impacts of the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in coastal Alabama. Dr. Gill was part of a research team employed by the Gitga’at First Nation in British Columbia to assess potential impacts of an oil spill associated with the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project. He also conducted research for the Mikisew Cree First Nation regarding cumulative socio-cultural effects of oil industry development in northern Alberta. These research activities generally seek to understand community capacity to respond to and recover from disasters, as well as ways to enhance community preparedness and resilience. Dr. Gill is a Fulbright Scholar, having spent the 1998-99 academic year at the University of Bahrain and the Fall 2015 semester as a Visiting Research Chair in Native Studies at the University of Alberta in Canada.

Heather Jean Gordon
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Heather Jean Gordon (Inupiaq~Nome Eskimo Community) has a B.A. in Race and Ethnic Studies (University of Redlands, CA), a M.S. in Sociology (University of Wisconsin-Madison), and is in her first year of the Indigenous Studies PhD program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Ms. Gordon participated in the Washington Internships for Native Students program during the summer 2010 and interned at the NSF Office of Polar Programs Arctic Social Sciences. Her work at NSF led into her master’s which examines results from interviews on relationship building conducted in a remote community in Greenland with Inuit and at the NSF with Arctic scientists. The results inform researchers of actions they can take to build trusting relationships with communities. In 2014, she participated in the Native American Political Leadership Program through George Washington University and interned at the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center. Ms. Gordon is currently a researcher at the Great Lakes Indian Law Center at UW-Madison. Her dissertation research looks at how self-determination in rural Alaska Native communities affects their sustainability and well-being.

Jessica Graybill
Colgate University

Jessica K. Graybill (Ph.D., University of Washington) is an Associate Professor of Geography at Colgate University, where she also directs the Russian & Eurasian Studies Program. The focus of her research is on coupled human and natural systems in urban settings and in the Russian Far North. In ongoing research in the Russian Far East, she investigates the human responses to environmental change due to sociopolitical transformation, natural resource extraction, and climate change. Jessica is also a recognized interdisciplinary studies methodologist.

Lenore A. Grenoble
University of Chicago

Lenore A. Grenoble (BA, Cornell; MA, PhD University of California, Berkeley) is the John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago, which she also chairs. She specializes in Slavic and Arctic Indigenous languages, and conducts fieldwork primarily on Evenki (Tungusic) in Siberia and on Kalaallisut (West Greenlandic, Inuit) in Greenland. She specializes in contact linguistics and language shift, and Language endangerment, attrition, and revitalization and is committed to the study of language as socially anchored and contextually situated and in working in close collaboration with speaker communities.

Virginia Hatfield
University of Kansas

I am an archaeologist living in Lubbock, Texas and affiliated with the University of Kansas. I have been working in the subarctic since 1998, conducting archaeological research on several islands in the Aleutians. These include excavations on Attu, Shemya, and Buldir, as well as brief survey of sites on Rat, Tanaga, and Kanaga with the Western Aleutian Archaeological and Paleobiological Project (WAAPP), directed by Dixie West, Debbie Corbett, and Christine Lefèvre. I worked in the central Aleutians on Adak Island with WAAPP and with the Central Aleutian Archaeological and Paleobiological project (CAAPP) with Dixie West. I also worked in the eastern Aleutians on sites on Hog, Amaknak, and Unalaska Islands with Rick Knecht and Rick Davis and for the Museum of the Aleutians. I am currently co-PI with Dixie West, Kirsten Nicolaysen, and Breanyn MacInnes on an NSF project for archaeological, geological and paleobiological research in the Islands of the Four Mountains. My research interests include the study of technological systems to investigate heritable continuity or discontinuity, social interactions, and technological organization in response to environmental changes in the Aleutian Islands and related northwest coast populations. I am interested in the origins and subsequent adaptations and interactions of populations in this maritime environment.

Lee Huskey
University of Alaska Anchorage/University of Northern Iowa

Lee Huskey is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Alaska Anchorage and Visiting Scholar in Geography and Arctic Studies at the University of Northern Iowa. At UAA he has served as Chair of the Economics Department, Director of the Experimental Economics Program, and acting Director of the Center for Economic Education. He is a past President of the Western Regional Science Association. Prof. Huskey’s research has focused on the Arctic economy, migration and material well-being in the North. His current research interests include the structural change that accompanies economic growth in the circumpolar north and its role in community economic sustainability. He has served as the principal investigator for two research projects on migration in Arctic Alaska and around the Circumpolar North. He is currently associated with two circumpolar networking programs: Arctic Frontiers of Sustainability (Arctic Frost) and Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic (ReSDA) which is a Canadian SSHRC initiative.

Jay T. Johnson
University of Kansas

Jay T. Johnson is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Geography and Atmospheric Science at the University of Kansas where he also directs the Center for Indigenous Research, Science, and Technology. His research focuses on Indigenous peoples' cultural survival, particularly in the areas of resource management, political activism at the national and international levels, and the philosophies and politics of place that underpin the drive for cultural survival. Much of his work is comparative in nature but has focused predominately on New Zealand, the Pacific, and North America. He and collaborator Soren Larsen have a book manuscript under review by the University of Minnesota Press entitled, being-together-in-place: coexistence in a more-than-human world.

Anna Kerttula de Echave
National Science Foundation

Anna Kerttula is an anthropologist and is the Program Director of the Arctic Social Sciences Program at the U.S. National Science Foundation. Her research has spanned three decades of fieldwork in the Arctic, during which she has covered a diverse range of research topics, from land use patterns and subsistence economies to identity, household organization, and domestic violence. Her host populations have been equally diverse including the Yup’ik, Dena’ina, Pribiloff Aleuts, and the Siberian Yupik and Chukchi of Russia. In addition to her position in the NSF Office of Polar Program’s Arctic Sciences Division, Anna is the co-Program Director of NSF’s collaboration with NEH on the Documenting Endangered Languages program, and sits a number of cross-directorate working groups.

Olaf Kuhlke
University of Minnesota-Duluth

Geographer by Profession, University Administrator by Choice, Cultural Entrepreneur by Accident, Historian of All Things Masonic by Conviction. For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in human mobility. I study why and how people walk, dance, and move from place to place, over short distances and across countries and continents. Most importantly, I look at the cultural, social and economic contexts and impacts of such moves. Currently, I am the Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where I also serve as an Associate Professor of Geography. As a cultural geographer, I have written about international migration, dance festivals and their place in national and local discourse, the representation of national identity in Canadian popular music, the global diffusion of dance practices, and the places of Freemasonry in the United States. More recently, I have become a passionate advocate for cultural entrepreneurship, and have written about the theoretical foundations of this new form of entrepreneurship emerging out of the liberal arts.

Melinda-Laituri
University of Minnesota-Duluth

Melinda Laituri is a professor of geography at Colorado State University in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. Laituri received her PhD from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona in Geography. Her dissertation research focused on environmental equity and groundwater resources in the American Southwest and the US-Mexico border. Dr. Laituri accepted a post doc at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and shifted to a lecturer position. She is a Fulbright Scholar and spent 2010 in Botswana. She is a Rachel Carson Fellow at the Environment and Society Unit at the Ludwig Maximillian University, Munich, where she conducted comparative research of major rivers. She is a Jefferson Science Fellow and was assigned to the Humanitarian Information Unit of the Office of the Geographer and Global Issues. She is a Visiting Scientist at Harvard University affiliated with the Center for Geographic Analysis. Laituri is the Director of the Geospatial Centroid @ CSU (gis.colostate.edu) that provides information and support for GIS activities, education, and outreach at her institution and in Colorado. Laituri is a former National Science Foundation program officer in Geography and Spatial Sciences. She has worked with indigenous peoples throughout the world on issues related to natural resource management, disaster adaptation, and water resource issues using geographic information systems (GIS) that utilize cultural and eco-physical data in research models.

Joshua Lynch
Texas A&M University

Joshua Lynch is a PhD candidate with the Center for the Study of the First Americans at Texas A&M University, working under the direction of Dr. Ted Goebel. My research interests are focused on late Pleistocene/early Holocene occupations of Siberia and interior Alaska. More specifically, these interests include the technological organization of mobile hunter gatherers, the functionality of specific projectile point forms in early Beringian tool kits, development and adaptive advantages of inset microblade technologies, and experimental archaeology. I have had the opportunity to expand the scope of my dissertation research to include public outreach events emphasizing prehistoric subsistence techniques and technologies, as well as archaeological stewardship, across Alaska.

Alan B. Craig
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Alan Craig is the Senior Associate Director for Human-Computer Interaction at the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science. He is also a researcher at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Alan has focused his career on the interface between humans and machines. He has been involved in many different capacities related to scientific visualization, virtual reality, data mining, multi-modal representation of information, and collaborative systems. He has been with NCSA for nearly twenty-five years where he has aided scientists in adopting high performance computing technologies to advance their research. Alan has also been instrumental in developing next generation tools and techniques in high performance computing. In his new role with I-CHASS he is bringing HPC methodology, tools, and techniques to researchers and educators in humanities, arts, and social science

Mary Marshall
Oregon Health & Science University

When author/photographer and Environmental Steward, Mary Marshall, met her husband and partner, Native American Jon Waterhouse, she had no idea what the future might hold, and her background in the cosmetic dental field did little to prepare her for what awaited. She soon found herself alongside Jon paddling a canoe in the Arctic, forging rushing rivers to visit members of remote tribes within the Amazonian Basin, and jumping from moving ship to moving ship on the massive Lena River to meet reindeer herders in the farthest reaches of Siberia. Numerous projects to help address climate shifts and their effects on various small populations have taken Marshall down many rivers, logging thousands of miles in canoes filled with high-tech recording equipment as well as water-quality monitoring devices.She is passionate about her work, photographing and interviewing the people with whom she connects on these journeys, and providing them the opportunity to share their own stories, in their own words.

Herbert Maschner
University of South Florida

Herbert Maschner is Executive Director of Center for Virtualization and Applied Spatial Technologies (CVAST) at the University of South Florida. He also holds tenured Professorships in the USF Department of Anthropology and the School of Geosciences. He serves as the Academic Editor of PeerJ, and on the Editorial Boards of the Journals Digital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage and Science and Technology of Archaeological Research (STAR); He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and serves as the Society for American Archaeology representative to the AAAS. The recipient of over 13 million in grants, including PI on ˜$5.9 million from the National Science Foundation, he has published 2 monographs, 9 edited books, 108 articles, chapters, and reviews, and presented over 200 conference papers with abstracts.

Nancy Maynard
University of Miami and NASA

Nancy Maynard is a NASA Emeritus Scientist and a Visiting Scientist at the U. Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) and the Cooperative Institute for Marine & Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) with an interest in the use of remote sensing to observe changes (environment, climate, land use/cover) in the Arctic and their impacts on indigenous populations in the region. Originally trained as a marine biologist, she has had a broad range of scientific experience ranging from oceanographic research at sea to science policy in the White House to studying health impacts of climate change to application of satellites to societal issues. She is a collaborator on a NASA grant to develop AMSR-E data for quantifying winter climate changes such as “rain-on-snow”, with NASA and indigenous reindeer herder partners for practical dissemination to herders across the Arctic. In addition, for a number of years, Dr. Maynard served as the Project Manager for the NASA Tribal College & University Project to increase the number of American Indian/Alaska Native undergraduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related disciplines. She was a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group 2 Assessment Report, Polar Regions Chapter, and a Convening Lead Author of the US National Climate Assessment (NCA) Report for the Indigenous Peoples, Lands & Resources chapter – both published in 2014. She is currently a Lead Author on the international report on Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic (AACA) in the Barents Sea Region.

Nicole Misarti
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Nicole Misarti is an Assistant Professor Research at the Water and Environmental Research Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Previously she was an Institutional Research Associate Postdoc at College of Oceanographic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University and a National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow housed at Center for Archaeology, Materials, and Applied Spectroscopy (CAMAS), Idaho State University for two years. She has conducted archaeological, ecological, geological and limnological workin coastal and interior Alaska for 16 years. She is a specialist in marine ecosystems, stable isotopes and elemental analysis. Misarti is currently involved in coastal and marine research in southern Alaska and southern most Patagonia (Chile and Argentina). Her web page, with current project information can be found at: http://ine.uaf.edu/werc/people/faculty/nicole-misarti/

Robert Orttung
George Washington University

Robert Orttung is Research Director at the George Washington University Sustainability Collaborative and Associate Research Professor of International Affairs at GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Orttung is the lead PI on two National Science Foundation grants focused on promoting urban sustainability in the Arctic. He is the editor of the forthcoming Sustaining Russia’s Arctic Cities (NY: Berghahn, 2016). Among his previous publications are several books and articles examining the interconnection between energy and international relations, including serving as editor with Andreas Wenger and Jeronim Perovic of Energy and the Transformation of International Relations: Toward a New Producer–Consumer Framework (Oxford University Press, 2009) and Russian Energy Power and Foreign Relations: Implications for conflict and cooperation, (Routledge, 2009). He is the president of the Westover Village Civic Association and a member of the board of Field to Table, which runs two farmers markets in Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Orttung received a B.A. in Russian Studies from Stanford University and both a M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Timothy (Tim) J. Pasch
University of North Dakota

Timothy (Tim) J. Pasch (Ph.D., Communication, University of Washington 2008) is Associate Professor and Chair of Communication at the University of North Dakota (Grand Forks). US/Canadian citizen fluent in French and Japanese, with Inuktitut language ability acquired through the US. Dept. of Education FLAS initiative. He lived with an Inuit family in Inukjuaq, Nunavik (Arctic Québec) for his dissertation research and has more recently worked in Arviat, in the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut, where he has assisted with various digital research workshops in the Inuit community. His research interests focus on crowdsourcing and digitally disseminating traditional knowledge related to Identity and Communication in the Circumpolar Arctic. Pasch seeks to build NSF collaborations for Arctic social network analysis and mobile application development focused on human-dimension social scientific cyberinfrastructure. His work also focuses upon the social aspects of geographic information systems including the uneven development of geographic information networks within institutions and their connections/disconnections within indigenous communities around the world.

Andrey N. Petrovh
University of Northern Iowa

Andrey Petrov (Ph.D. University of Toronto) is Associate Professor of Geography and ARCTICenter Director at the University of Northern Iowa. Dr. Petrov is an economic and social geographer who specializes in Arctic economy, regional development, demography and post-Soviet society. His current research is focused on regions of the Russian and Canadian North and concerns regional development, spatial organization, and restructuring of peripheral economies. Dr. Petrov leads the NSF Research Coordination Networks in Arctic Sustainability (Arctic-FROST) and coastal social-ecological systems (Arctic-COAST). He is also serves as the Chair of the AAG Polar Geography Specialty Group, IASSA Councilor and U.S. Representative for the IASC Social and Human Sciences Working Group. He is a co-editor of Arctic Social Indicators II.

Marshall Scott Poole
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Marshall Scott Poole (Ph.D, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is David L. Swanson Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Visiting Professor of Organization and Communication Studies at Vrije University, Amsterdam, Netherlands. His research interests include group and organizational communication, information systems, collaboration technologies, organizational innovation, and theory construction. Scott is the author of over 150 articles, book chapters, and proceedings publications and has authored or co-edited 11 books. He has been named a Fellow of the International Communication Association, a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association, and is recipient of the Steven A. Chaffee Career Productivity Award from the International Communication and the Joseph E. McGrath Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Study of Groups from the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup).

Jim Powell
University of Alaska Southeast

Jim Powell is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS), where he teaches natural resource policy, sustainability, and local governance. His research includes community and institutional response and adaptation to climate change in Alaska, Greenland, and the Yukon Territories. Alaska Native observations and their adaptation to environmental change are central to Jim’s work. Before his appointment at UAS, Jim spent 28 years in environmental management, focusing on water quality and wetland issues. Among his other appointments, Jim was the Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and was also an Assistant Director for the Division of Environmental Quality at DEC. His public service includes nine years on the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly with three years as Deputy Mayor. Today, Jim balances his teaching with serving on several state and local nonprofit boards; he also lectures and consults on sustainability planning. Jim has a PhD in Natural Resources and Sustainability Science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a Master in Public Administration from UAS, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Eisenhower College at Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Ecological Society of America’s Rapid Response Team, and is on the Board of Directors for the Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska. Jim lives in Juneau, Alaska with his wife, Beth Kerttula and their very spoiled dog, Cody.

Peter Pulsifier
University of Colorado, Boulder

Peter Pulsifer is a research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, where he leads the the Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA) and other projects. His research addresses questions around computer-based information representation with a particular focus on interoperability and sharing across knowledge domains. Form more than fifteen years, Dr. Pulsifer has focused on theory and practice in the context of polar information management. More recently, he has worked with members of arctic communities to facilitate the sharing of local observations and Indigenous knowledge. In his role as Chair of the international Arctic Data Committee, and now the co-chair of the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee in the U.S., Peter is actively participating in the coordination of polar data resources. Most recently, as part of an ad-hoc group he has been working with members of the Arctic Executive Steering Committee to establish and international working group on Community Based Observing in the Arctic and beyond.

Liesel Ashley Ritchie
University of Colorado, Boulder

Liesel Ashley Ritchie is associate director at the University of Colorado’s Natural Hazards Center and a research professor with joint appointments in CU Boulder’s Institute of Behavioral Science and Environmental Studies Program. During her career, Dr. Ritchie has studied a range of disaster events, including the Exxon Valdez and BP Deepwater Horizon oil spills; the Tennessee Valley Authority coal ash release; Hurricane Katrina; and earthquakes in Haiti and New Zealand. In the past two decades, she has served as either principal investigator or senior researcher on more than 80 projects with funding from a variety of entities including NASA, NSF, USGS, and NOAA. Since 2000, her focus has been on the social impacts of disasters with an emphasis on technological disasters, social capital, and renewable resource communities and she has published widely on these topics. Dr. Ritchie’s most recent research includes two NSF projects: one on how settlement and litigation processes in the aftermath of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill are influencing social and psychological recovery in coastal communities along the northern Gulf of Mexico and another in Colorado and Oklahoma studying risk perceptions associated with earthquakes induced by deep wastewater injection. Dr. Ritchie is a National Institute of Standards and Technology Disaster Resilience Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Sciences Gulf Research Program Advisory Board.

Peter Schweitzer
University of Vienna, Austria

Peter Schweitzer is Professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna and Professor Emeritus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His theoretical interests range from kinship and identity politics to human-environmental interactions, including the community effects of global climate change, and his regional focus areas include the circumpolar North and the former Soviet Union. Schweitzer is past president of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association, and past chair of the Social and Human Sciences Working Group of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC). He is the editor of Dividends of Kinship (Routledge 2000), co-editor of Hunters and Gatherers in the Modern World (Berghahn 2000), Arctic Social Indicators (Nordic Council of Ministers 2010), and Arctic Social Indicators II: Implementation (Nordic Council of Ministers 2014), and co-author of Russian Old-Settlers of Siberia (Novoe izdatel'stvo 2004; in Russian).

Colleen Strawhacker
University of Colorado, Boulder

As a research scientist at NSIDC, Strawhacker is currently building a data management program for the Arctic Social Sciences through the leadership of multiple projects that enable scientific research and outreach through the development of cyberinfrastructure. Throughout the course of her career, Dr. Strawhacker has participated in, and now, leads large, international, collaborative teams of researchers and data managers (e.g., the North Atlantic Biocultural Organization) to build capacity for cyberinfrastructure for Arctic social scientists. These activities complement her ongoing scientific research, which focuses on the archaeology of long-term, multi-scale strategies that people in the past implemented in response to climate change.

Victoria A. Walsey
University of Kansas

Victoria A. Walsey is a member of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation and descendent of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs. She has attended Northwest Indian College and earned an Associate of Sciences Degree. She then transferred to The University of Kansas and attained her Bachelors in Environmental Sciences and a Masters in Indigenous Studies. Her Masters work focuses on Resources Management issues of Indigenous peoples in the United States, New Zealand, and Canada. She is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Geography at the University of Kansas. She is also a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) Fellow in the Climate Change, Humans, and Nature in the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) program. Her current research is on bridging communication gaps between resource management systems and fishers along the Yukon River to aid cultural and traditional knowledge of fishers.

John Waterhouse
Oregon Health & Science University

Native American and Environmental Steward, Jon Waterhouse, created a truly innovative approach to developing the nexus between Western Science and Indigenous Knowledge when he attached and deployed sophisticated water-quality testing sensors from his canoe and hit the 2400-mile Yukon River. This river-monitoring first has now been shared with numerous Indigenous cultures and offers limitless opportunities to understand rivers, estuaries and watersheds. In addition to the collection of river health data, the process is providing the tools and equipment needed for those who have called remote rivers home since time immemorial to document and share their own oral histories and Indigenous science. Through decades of working with Indigenous communities from Siberia to the Amazon,the guidance of these people has enabled him to see the countless benefits of engaging place-based cultures in all efforts of environmental stewardship and study. He encourages collaborations between the contemporary and the Indigenous whenever possible. In 1995, Waterhouse retired from a twenty-year career with the U.S. NAVY as a decorated chief petty officer educated in a variety of subjects, including anti-submarine warfare, air warfare, oceanography, and electronics, to name but a few. Waterhouse moved to Alaska that same year in search of new adventures, a choice which would eventually lead to a serendipitous encounter with his future wife and partner in this global effort, Mary Marshall. In 2010 Waterhouse was appointed by President Barack Obama to the 15-member Joint Public Advisory Committee, among representatives from Canada, Mexico, and the United States chosen to advise the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). In 2014, Waterhouse was invited to join the Oregon Health & Science University as an Indigenous Scholar, a teaching and research position which allows him to fully pursue his efforts in connecting global cultures while combining Western Science with the Indigenous sciences of those with whom he engages.

Dixie West
University of Kansas

Based at the Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum, Kansas University, I have over 20 years archaeological experience working in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. With NSF funding I have worked in the western (Buldir, Attu, Shemya), central (Adak), and the eastern (Islands of the Four Mts) Aleutians. My chief interests include reciprocal impacts between humans and their environment and climate change. My colleagues and I have integrated DNA, stable isotopes, geology, climate studies, paleoecology, lithic and use wear analysis, tephrochronology, and sourcing raw materials.

Laura Zanotti
Purdue University

I am an environmental anthropologist and interdisciplinary social scientist who partners with communities to examine how local, mostly rural, livelihoods and well-being can be sustained and to identify the pathways that shape just futures. Using a feminist political ecology framework, I map out spatial inequalities and injustices experienced by resource-dependent communities and highlight local creativity in the context of acute change. In addition to environmental anthropology, I find kinship with decolonizing approaches to research inquiry alongside insights from cultural geography, Indigenous studies, and Latin American studies. I have partnered with the Kayapó, an indigenous community in Brazil, for over ten years and am currently working on projects that take place in Alaska (North Slope) and Brazil (Pará) with collaborative research teams and project partners. These project focus on environmental justice, resilience, strength, and healing. I joined the Purdue Faculty in 2009 and am an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology.

Marybeth C. Stalp
University of Northern Iowa

Marybeth Stalp (Ph.D., University of Georgia) is Professor of Sociology at the University of Northern Iowa. He research focuses on the intersection of gender and culture in contemporary society. Current research includes anexamination of contemporarywomen's quilting activities in U.S., Ireland and potentially Iceland as a gendered form of cultural production, with specificattention to family tensions emerging as midlife women develop leisure interests. She also studies leisure aspects of women, aging, andthe social benefits of belonging to women’s organizations.

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