Co-Production Teams

SEARCH needs your Arctic expertise to communicate understanding of change in this vast region. Consider serving on a co-production team!

Call for nominations

SEARCH seeks nominations of scientific, Indigenous, and decision-making experts to serve on co-production teams. Each team will include a balanced mix of scientific, Indigenous, and decision-making experts.

These experts will co-produce syntheses of a changing Arctic, and make this understanding accessible to all.

SEARCH is funded by the National Science Foundation to co-produce and share syntheses that can inform decisions in communities, governments, and commerce.

Team members should be:

  • Expert.  Demonstrate scientific, Indigenous, and/or decision-making expertise about the Arctic environment.
  • Able to synthesize.  Recognize the value of creating and sharing syntheses (defined as “combining diverse conceptions into a coherent whole”).
  • Collaborative and respectful.  Commit to working for the next 4-5 years in diverse groups to create new knowledge and practices.
  • Available.  Attend monthly remote meetings and at least one in-person meeting each year.

Travel support for team meetings will be provided. Indigenous participants are also eligible to apply for technical support and stipends for meeting days.

Nominations are open and will remain open until further notice. We will begin reviewing nominations starting on 15 November 2021. Successful nominees will join one of three co-production teams.

Co-producing Understanding of the Drivers and Consequences of Arctic Environmental Change

Invitation to join the effort


Local people, governments, and businesses need to understand the changing Arctic environment to make sound decisions.


The combined knowledge of Indigenous, scientific, and decision-making experts is needed to inform decisions.

This project was co-designed and will be led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the Eskimo Walrus Commission, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Oregon State University, Stantec, Inc., the University of Michigan, and the Wilson Center.

We are recruiting for three co-production teams, each including Indigenous, scientific, and decision-making experts.


Indigenous and scientific experts need to repeatedly work together to share their collective knowledge with decision makers. Doing so will require new practices of mutually respectful collaboration. Travel support will be provided as well as stipends for Indigenous experts.


Co-production teams will meet and assemble their knowledge in 2022–2025.


Clear, written explanations of expected environmental changes and their consequences. Improved processes for co-producing knowledge (bringing together diverse groups to create new knowledge and practices).


SEARCH Assistant Director: Athena Copenhaver,

SEARCH Director: Brendan Kelly,


Team descriptions and co-chairs

red boat in ocean

Drivers and Ecological Consequences of Arctic Environmental Change

Changes to sea ice, glaciers, ice sheets, permafrost, and life in the ocean and on land.


man tossing fishing line from boat

Human Well-Being in the Changing Arctic Environment

Physical safety, food security, sea level, coastal erosion, and community resiliency.


cairn made of ice

International Cooperation and Economic Decision-Making

Implications of environmental change on international cooperation; impacts on international, regional, and local government policies and industry.