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)
Opik AhkingaNative Village of DiomedeCo-Production Team Member, Drivers & Ecological Consequences of Arctic Change
Merle D. ApassingokGambell, AlaskaCo-Production Team Member, Drivers & Ecological Consequences of Arctic Change
Betsy BakerArcticNetCo-Production Team Member, International Cooperation & Economic Decision Making
David BaltonWhite House Office of Science and Technology PolicyProject Co-Design
Matthew BermanInstitute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska AnchorageCo-Production Team Member, International Cooperation & Economic Decision Making
Mary BlairAmerican Museum of Natural History, New YorkCo-Production Team Member, Human Well Being
Evan BloomWilson CenterCo-Chair, International Cooperation & Economic Decision Making, Executive Committee Member
Nora Jane BurnsNorth Slope BoroughCo-Production Team Member, International Cooperation & Economic Decision Making
Athena CopenhaverInternational Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska FairbanksAssistant Director, Executive Committee Member
Elizabeth “Liz” Qaulluq CravalhoNANACo-Production Team Member, International Cooperation & Economic Decision Making
Jamie DonatutoSwinomish Indian Tribal CommunityCo-Chair, Human Well Being, Executive Committee Member
Ken DuntonUniversity of Texas at Austin, Marine Science InstituteCo-Production Team Member, Drivers & Ecological Consequences of Arctic Change
Edward AlexanderGwich'in Council InternationalCo-Production Team Member, International Cooperation & Economic Decision Making
Andrea FisherKPMGProject Co-Design
Savannah Venetis FletcherFairbanks North Star Borough AssemblyCo-Production Team Member, Drivers & Ecological Consequences of Arctic Change
Ephraim FroehlichAKWA-DCCo-Production Team Member, Human Well Being
John Craighead “Craig” GeorgeNorth Slope Borough, Dept. Wildlife Management (retired)Co-Production Team Member, Drivers & Ecological Consequences of Arctic Change
Cyrus HarrisNative Village of Kotzebue Tribal CouncilCo-Production Team Member, Drivers & Ecological Consequences of Arctic Change
Matt HeavnerLos Alamos National Laboratory to the Department of EnergyCo-Production Team Member, International Cooperation & Economic Decision Making
Mallory HoffbeckMiddlebury Institute of International StudiesResearch Assistant
Marika HollandNational Center for Atmospheric ResearchCo-Chair, Drivers & Ecological Consequences of Arctic Change, Executive Committee Member
Torre JorgensonAlaska EcoscienceCo-Production Team Member, Drivers & Ecological Consequences of Arctic Change
Brendan KellyInternational Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska FairbanksChief Scientist, Executive Committee Member, Executive Director
Beth KerttulaCo-Production Team Member, Human Well Being
George KlingUniversity of MichiganChief Editor, Executive Committee Member
Chelsea KochUnited Nations, Decade of Ocean ScienceCo-Production Team Member, Drivers & Ecological Consequences of Arctic Change
Laura LandrumNational Center for Atmospheric ResearchCo-Production Team Member, Human Well Being
Sylvia LangeCo-Production Team Member, Human Well Being
Maija Katak LukinNational Park ServiceCo-Production Team Member, Human Well Being
Elizabeth MarinoOregon State UniversityProject Co-Design
Vera Kingeekuk MetcalfEskimo Walrus CommissionCo-Chair, Drivers & Ecological Consequences of Arctic Change, Executive Committee Member
Chloe NunnUnited Nations, Ocean DecadeCo-Production Team Member, Human Well Being
Rebecca PincusStrategic and Operational Research Department, US Naval War CollegeCo-Production Team Member, International Cooperation & Economic Decision Making
Perry PungowiyiCo-Production Team Member, International Cooperation & Economic Decision Making
Martin RobardsWildlife Conservation Society - Arctic Beringia ProgramCo-Production Team Member, Human Well Being
Jackie Qataliña SchaefferAlaska Native Tribal Health ConsortiumCo-Chair, Human Well Being, Executive Committee Member
Alex ShahbaziMiddlebury Institute of International StudiesResearch Assistant
Alexandra ShultzAmerican Geophysical UnionCo-Production Team Member, Drivers & Ecological Consequences of Arctic Change
Sarah TrainorUniversity of Alaska FairbanksProject Co-Design
Darlene Tocktoo TurnerShishmaref, AlaskaCo-Production Team Member, Human Well Being
John WalshUniversity of Alaska, FairbanksCo-Production Team Member, International Cooperation & Economic Decision Making
Francis WieseStantec, Inc.Co-Chair, International Cooperation & Economic Decision Making, Executive Committee Member

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