People

brendan kellyBrendan P. Kelly is SEARCH Director and Chief Scientist. He is a Professor of Marine Biology with the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ International Arctic Research Center and a Senior Fellow with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.  See full bio

Email:   |  907-209-6531

athena copenhaverAthena E. Copenhaver serves as Assistant Director of SEARCH. She is also a writer, editor, science communicator, and climate interpreter. She’s worked in the environmental and nonprofit sectors for nearly a decade and specializes in managing scientific research and strategic communications. See full bio

Email:   |  831-264-5201

Current SEARCH personnel

NameAffiliationRole(s)Email
Alex ShahbaziMiddlebury Institute of International StudiesResearch Assistant
Athena CopenhaverInternational Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska FairbanksAssistant Director
Brendan KellyInternational Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska FairbanksChief Scientist, Executive Director
Elizabeth MarinoOregon State UniversityCo-Chair, Human Well-Being
Evan BloomWilson CenterCo-Chair, Geopolitical & Economic Stability
Francis WieseStantec, Inc.Co-Chair, Geopolitical & Economic Stability
George KlingUniversity of MichiganChief Editor
Jackie Qataliña SchaefferAlaska Native Tribal Health ConsortiumCo-Chair, Human Well-Being
Laura LandrumNational Center for Atmospheric ResearchProject Scientist
Marika HollandNational Center for Atmospheric ResearchCo-Chair, Drivers & Consequences of Arctic Change
Sarah TrainorUniversity of Alaska FairbanksCo-production Liaison
Vera Kingeekuk MetcalfEskimo Walrus CommissionCo-Chair, Drivers & Consequences of Arctic Change

Recent SEARCH contributors

In the two decades since its inception, SEARCH has benefitted from a wide array of diverse experts contributing to Arctic and climate science, Indigenous Knowledge, and decision-making at local, national, and international levels.

NameAffiliation
Amy LovecraftInternational Arctic Research Center
Andrea FisherUiT - The Arctic University of Norway
Andrew SeitzUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks
Betsy BakerWilson Center
Carling HayrisQ, Inc.
Casey DennehyNOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
Caspar AmmannNational Center for Atmospheric Research
Christina SchaedelNorthern Arizona University
Courtney CarothersUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks
Dee WilliamsU.S. Geological Survey
Edward Blanchard-WrigglesworthUniversity of Washington
Erin TrochimUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks
Fiamma StraneoScripps Institution of Oceanography
George HuntUniversity of Washington
Gifford MillerUniversity of Colorado Boulder
Gifford WongIDA Science and Technology Policy Institute
Hajo EickenInternational Arctic Research Center
Henry HuntingtonHuntington Consulting
Irina OvereemUniversity of Colorado Boulder
Jennifer FrancisWoodwell Climate Research Center
Jill GambillUniversity of Georgia
Kevin GriffinLamont-Doherty Earth Observatory - Columbia University
Kit KovacsNorwegian Polar Institute
Kristy TiampoUniversity of Colorado Boulder
Leah BraithwaiteApplied Science for Environment and Climate Change Canada
Lisa EisnerU.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Marco TedescoColumbia University
Matt KingUniversity of Tasmania
Matthew DruckenmillerNational Snow and Ice Data Center
Neysa CallU.S. National Science Foundation
Randy GaunttSandia National Laboratories
Raychelle Aluaq DanielU.S. Arctic Executive Steering Committee
Sandy StarkweatherU.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Stephen VavrusUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
Sue NataliWoodwell Climate Research Center
Ted ScambosUniversity of Colorado
Ted SchurrNorthern Arizona University
Trent SuttonUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks
Twila MoonNational Snow and Ice Data Center
Waleed AbdalatiUniversity of Colorado
Walt MeierUniversity of Colorado Boulder