Co-Production Teams

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations to our co-production teams.  We welcome nominations on a rolling basis for co-production teams, and our Integration Group is open to anyone who would like to join.

Call for nominations

We continue to welcome nominations of scientific, Indigenous, and decision-making experts who might be interested in serving on future teams. Each team includes a balanced mix of scientific, Indigenous, and decision-making experts. The teams have met once in Anchorage and once in Nome and have begun creating shared understanding of how the changing Arctic is impacting people, ecosystems, and society.

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, 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 2-4 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.

Again, we thank everyone who submitted their nominations. Nominations will remain open for co-production team members on a rolling basis. 

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 made in and about the Arctic.

This project was co-designed and is led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the Eskimo Walrus Commission, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, 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, scientific, and decision making experts consistently and reliably work together to share their collective knowledge and to create new outcomes. 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, converse, share their knowledge, and co-design new outcomes in 2022–2025.


Clearly written, spoken, and visual explanations of expected environmental changes and their consequences shared with diverse audiences. Improved ways of working together, of co-producing knowledge (bringing together diverse groups to create new knowledge and practices), and of sharing these important new understandings with wide audiences.


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.