Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholars (2015-2016)

Meet the 2015-2016 Arctic Initiative Scholars

Co-Lead Scholars

Dr. Michael Sfraga Dr. Michael Sfraga
(Co-Lead Scholar)
United States
Vice Chancellor, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)
Professor of Arctic Policy
School of Natural Resources and Extension
Discipline: Geography
Dr. Ross A. Virginia Dr. Ross A. Virginia
(Co-Lead Scholar)
United States
Director, Institute of Arctic Studies
Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science Dartmouth College
Discipline: Environmental Sciences

Energy Working Group

Dr. Gunhild Gjørv

Dr. Gunhild Gjørv
Norway
Professor
University of Tromsø- The Arctic University of Norway
Research Associate, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)
Discipline: Political Science
Individual Project Description: Tensions between energy and environmental security in the Arctic

Dr. Gwen Holdmann

Ms. Gwen Holdmann
United States
Director, Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP)
Discipline: Engineering
Individual Project Description: Renewable energy systems for remote Arctic communities

Ms. Noor Johnson

Dr. Noor Johnson
United States
Senior Advisor, Office of International Relations at the Smithsonian
Adjunct Professor
Brown University
Discipline: Anthropology
Individual Project Description: Knowledge and consultation practices in offshore and gas decision-making in the Canadian Arctic

Dr. Bjarni Magnússon

Dr. Bjarni Magnússon
Iceland
Assistant Professor
Reykjavik University School of Law
Discipline: Law
Individual Project Description: Can the United States establish the outer limits of its extended continental shelf under international law?

Dr. Gregory Poelzer

Dr. Gregory Poelzer
Canada
Associate Professor, Department of Political Studies
University of Saskatchewan
Discipline: Political Science
Individual Project Description: Arctic energy policy and governance from a First Nations perspective

Dr. Laura Sokka

Dr. Laura Sokka
Finland
Senior Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Ltd.
Discipline: Environmental Sciences
Individual Project Description: Sustainable use of forest bioenergy in the Arctic

Dr. Maria Tysiachniouk

Dr. Maria Tysiachniouk
Russia
Researcher and Chair, Center for Independent Social Research
Discipline: Environmental Sociology
Individual Project Description: Developing global standards in the Arctic: Toward sustainability of indigenous communities in the areas of resource extraction

Health and Infrastructure Working Group

Dr. Linda Chamberlain

Dr. Linda Chamberlain
United States
Founding Director and Public Health Scientist, Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project
Adjunct Professor
University of Alaska
Discipline: Public/Global Health
Individual Project Description: Trauma-informed framework for health and wellness in the Arctic

Susan Chatwood

Ms. Susan Chatwood
Canada
Executive and Scientific Director, Institute for Circumpolar Health Research
Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana school of Public Health
University of Toronto
Discipline: Public/Global Health
Individual Project Description: Health systems performance in Arctic regions

Asli Dis

Ms. Asli Diş
Sweden
Research Fellow, Royal Institute of Technology
Discipline: Urban Planning
Individual Project Description: Arctic as a test site for new spatial planning practices

Dr. Anne Hansen

Dr. Anne Hansen
Denmark
Associate Professor, The Danish Center for Environmental Assessment
Aalborg University
Research Associate, Centre for Innovation and Research
Discipline: Environmental Sciences
Individual Project Description: Impact assessment and offshore oil development in the Arctic

Dr. Trevor Lantz

Dr. Trevor Lantz
Canada
Assistant Professor, School of Environmental Studies
University of Victoria
Discipline: Environmental Sciences
Individual Project Description: Impacts of sea level rise and storm surge on community infrastructure

 

Water Working Group

Dr. Tom Arnbom
Sweden
Senior Conservation Officer, WWF Sweden
Discipline: Biological Sciences
Individual Project Description: International frameworks for the protection of walrus

Dr. Tamara Harms
United States
Assistant Professor, College of Natural Science and Math
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Discipline: Environmental Sciences
Individual Project Description: Flow regimes of Arctic rivers

Susanna “Itty” Neuhaus-Schuck

Ms. Susanna “Itty” Neuhaus-Schuck
United States
Associate Professor, School of Fine and Performing Arts
State University of New York at New Paltz
Discipline: Art
Individual Project Description: Lifecycle of an iceberg, in a series of multimedia installations

Dr. Øystein Varpe

Dr. Øystein Varpe
Norway
Associate Professor, Department of Arctic Biology
University Centre in Svalbard
Adjunct Researcher
Akvaplan-niva (Tromsø, Norway)
Discipline: Biological Sciences
Individual Project Description: Seasonal ecology of Arctic marine ecosystems: Fundamentals, multidisciplinary approaches, and relevance to society

Dr. Niels Vestergaard

Dr. Niels Vestergaard
Denmark
Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental and Business Economics
University of Southern Denmark
Discipline: Economics
Individual Project Description: Bioeconomics of Arctic fisheries