Arctic-FROST Steering Committee

Arctic-FROST Steering Committee

Institution, Country, and Bio

Andrey Petrov


 Assoc. Prof., University of Northern Iowa, USA

Professor of geography and geospatial technology.  Directs the Arctic Remote and Cold Territories Interdisciplinary Center  (ARCTICenter), and the Program in Research and Outreach in Geography between Russia and the United States (PROGRUS), all at the University of Northern Iowa. Vice-Chair of the IASC Social and Human Sciences Working Group.

Jessica Graybill


Assoc. Prof., Colgate University, USA

Professor of various Human and Physical Geography courses including, former Soviet Union area studies, and Arctic area studies. Also the winner of a Science and Innovation Fulbright award. She is specializing in human economy, sustainability and energy studies. Editor of Polar Geography.

Peter Schweitzer


Prof., University of Vienna, AUSTRIA

Professor and chair of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna. Has taught social and cultural anthropology at universities in Alaska, Austria, and Russia.  Has served as Director of Alaska EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research).  President of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (2001-2004).

Timothy Heleniak


Senior Research Fellow at Nordregio, the Nordic Centre for Spatial Development, SWEDEN

Heleniak is a human geographer and demographer with regional expertise in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union and the Arctic. He is a former Director at the American Geographical Society and editor of the journal Polar Geography.

Gail Fondahl


Prof., University of Northern British Columbia, CANADA

Professor of Geography at the University of Northern British Columbia, and has served as Vice-President of Research there from 2008 to 2012.  Focuses research on indigenous land rights and legal geography in the Russian North.  Has also served as President of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (2011-2014).

Diane Hirshberg


Prof., University of Alaska, Anchorage, USA

Professor of Education Policy at the Institute of Social and Economic Research, part of the University of Alaska Anchorage, as well as the Director of the Center for Alaska Education Policy.  Research has included effects of boarding schools on Alaska Native students, and turnover of Alaska’s school teachers.

Lee Huskey


Prof., University of Alaska, Anchorage, USA

Economics professor, with courses including The Alaska Economy and Alaska Economic Issues.  Has also been Co-Principal Investigator of two National Science Foundation funded projects, such as Migration in the Arctic and Understanding Migration in the Circumpolar North. 46th President of the Western Regional Science Association.

Joan Nymand Larsen

Senior Scientist, University of Akureyri, ICELAND

Economist and Research Director with the Stefansson Arctic Institute, Akureyri, Iceland.  Leads three international indicators and quality-of-life projects – Arctic Social Indicators (ASI – I and II) and AHDR-II (Arctic Human Development Report: Regional Processes and Global Linkages). President of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (2008-2011).

Vera Metcalf


Eskimo Walrus Commission/Inuit Circumpolar Council, USA

Director of the Eskimo Walrus Commission (EWC), a Commissioner on US Arctic Research Commission, Advisory Panel member on North Pacific Research Board, a Steering Committee member on Alaska Center for Climate Assessment & Policy, and lastly, an ICC (Inuit Circumpolar Council) Executive Council Member for Alaska.

Rasmus Ole Rasmussen

Prof., Roskilde University, DENMARK

Currently, a Senior Research Fellow at Nordregio (Nordic Centre for Spatial Development), as well as a geography professor at Roskilde University.  Research includes focuses of regional development, GIS and Arctic and Northern regions.

Chris Southcott


Prof., Lakehead University, CANADA

Professor of sociology at Lakehead University and Yukon College.  Currently, Leader of the UArctic’s Knowledge and Dialogue programs, also PI and Research Director of the Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic (ReSDA).

Nikolay Shiklomanov

Assoc. Prof., George Washington University, USA

Associate Professor of Physical Geography at the George Washington University, USA.  Research interests include Arctic environment, permafrost, development, and climate change.

Tatiana Vlasova


Senior Scientist, Russian Academy of Sciences, RUSSIA

Researcher at the Institute of Geography, RAS, in Russia, and has served as co-chair to the International Geographical Union Cold Regions Environment. Research interests include socially-oriented observations, Indigenous knowledge, human observations and implications of climate change.

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