Lead Authors

Tom BarryTom BarryTom Barry is the Executive Secretary for the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), which is the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council. The CAFF Secretariat is based in Akureyri, Iceland. Tom has a broad range of experience at national and international levels dealing with strategic planning and organizational development, a primary focus of which has been Arctic issues, where he works with a diverse range of stakeholders throughout the Arctic. Tom was heavily involved in the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment, which creates a baseline for use in global and regional assessments of biodiversity and provide a basis to inform and guide future Arctic Council work. Tom is also closely involved in the implementation of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme (CBMP), which is working to facilitate more rapid detection, communication and responses to the significant biodiversity-related trends and pressures affecting the circumpolar world.


Dominique BerteauxDominique BerteauxProfessor Dominique Berteaux was born in France in 1965 (where he grew up on the family farm) and immigrated to Canada as a student in 1991. After being trained in wildlife biology and animal ecology in several French and Canadian universities, he obtained in 1996 a PhD in biology at Sherbrooke University (Quebec). He is a university professor since 1999 and a Canada Research Chair on Northern Biodiversity at the University of Quebec in Rimouski since 2012. Over the years, he has developed an extensive experience of northern ecosystems and their wildlife, especially terrestrial mammals. He discovered the Canadian Arctic through the Swedish Tundra Northwest 1999 expedition and is leading since 2002 a study on Arctic fox ecology on Bylot Island, Nunavut. During the 2007-2008 International Polar Year, he was co-leader of the ArcticWOLVES (Arctic Wildlife Observatories Linking Vulnerable EcoSystems) project. He has authored or co-authored about 80 peer-reviewed scientific papers, but never counts the many hours he spends outdoors, enjoying with his family the wonders created through millions of years of Earth history.


Helga BültmannHelga BültmannDr. Helga Bültmann developed an interest in flora especially of mountains and the Arctic early in her life. She studied biology in Münster, Germany and there started with lichens, a group of organisms highly diverse and important in marginal areas. A master about species richness in terricolous lichen vegetation of the Austrian Alps was followed by a PhD in 1999 on the terricolous lichen vegetation of Germany, Denmark, Finland and Greenland. Until 2006 she worked at the University of Münster teaching flora, vegetation science and lichenology; since 2007 as freelance ecologist mainly in lichen-related projects or in the Arctic. She participated in five expeditions to different parts of Greenland for research on Arctic vegetation.


Jørgen S. ChristiansenJørgen S. ChristiansenProfessor Jørgen S. Christiansen is full professor in Arctic fish biology at Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics, UiT-The Arctic University of Norway. He is presently guest professor at Åbo Akademi University, Environmental and Marine Biology, Turku, Finland. He grew up in Qeqertarsuaq and other settlements in Greenland. As student at Pinngortitaleriffik/Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, he gained experience from shrimp trawling and whaling during five seasons in W Greenland waters. He holds a BSc in biology, geography and geology at the University of Copenhagen (1980), a MSc on carotenoids in Arctic char (1985, UiT), and a DSc on swimming bioenergetics in salmonids (1991, UiT). His publication record comprises experimental studies in Arctic fish physiology and ecotoxicology involving species such as polar cod, capelin and Arctic char. Being Greenlander by inclination, he has turned to field studies on Arctic fish biodiversity, conservation and ecology. He has lead several research expeditions to Arctic waters (Jan Mayen, Svalbard and NE Greenland) and also worked in Arctic Russia (Kola and White Sea). He is member of the Norwegian Red List expert group on fishes and Head of the international TUNU Programme: Euro-Arctic marine fishes – diversity and adaptation (2002-). The latter activity has resulted in close collaboration with colleagues dedicated to Antarctic and Arctic marine biology.


Joseph A. CookJoseph A. CookProfessor Joseph A. Cook is Director and Curator of Mammals and Genomic Resources, Museum of Southwestern Biology, University of New Mexico. Previously, he held faculty and curatorial positions at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and was Chair of Biology at Idaho State University. He is heavily involved in efforts to encourage greater participation of underrepresented students, especially Native Americans, in biology. His research in the Arctic built large museum collections (traditional and genomic) that are digitally web-accessible. He chairs the AIM-UP! Research Coordinating Network, which is exploring new ways to integrate environmental and genomic databases and infuse digital resources into education initiatives. His research focuses on conservation, molecular evolution and systematics of mammals and associated parasites, producing more than 125 peer-reviewed publications, including the Recent Mammals of Alaska. Over two decades, he led two international, specimen-based field projects aimed at understanding the biogeography of Beringia (Beringian Coevolution Project) and Alexander Archipelago (ISLES). Most recently, he co-founded Collaborative Integrated Investigations of Arctic Biomes to engage local communities, and resource managers together with botanists, parasitologists and mammalogists from academia in building site-intensive and spatially-extensive Arctic Archival Observatories to explore the relationships between environmental change, natural resource management and human health at high latitudes.


Anders DahlbergAnders DahlbergProfessor Anders Dahlberg is doing research in fungal ecology. His research focus is analysis of spatiotemporal patterns and dynamics of mycorrhizal, other soil-dwelling and wood-inhabiting fungal populations and communities in boreal forests at natural and managed settings, presently primarily using mass-sequencing and DNA-barcoding. In the Arctic, he has researched arbuscular and ectomycorrhiza. He is also conducting mycological research in relation to sustainable forestry, global change biology and biodiversity conservation. One recent project is to integrate mycology, natural resource economics and forestry in order to evaluate interactions between fungal diversity and land management. Part-time, he works as a fungal conservation expert by the Swedish Species Information Centre, in charge of fungal red-listing in Sweden and conducting analyses of status, causes and in particular ways to facilitate desired developments of biological terrestrial diversity. The work is based on cooperation with scientists, NGOs, public authorities, land users, the educational systems and the public. He’s working with global and European fungal conservation issues as a member of the Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball Specialist Group within the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the European Council for Conservation of Fungi (ECCF) and is one of the initiators to establish a global fungal Red List.


 Fred J.A. Daniëls Fred J.A. Daniëls

Professor Fred J.A. Daniëls was born 1943 in Arnhem, the Netherlands. His main interests are nature, music and soccer. He studied biology at the Utrecht University and was 1968 appointed as staff member of the Institute of Systematic Botany, later Botanical Ecology. He obtained his PhD degree in 1980 for a thesis on the vegetation of the Angmagssalik District, Southeast Greenland. In 1987 he accepted a university professor position in Geobotany at the University of Münster, Germany, from where he retired in 2008. His main research interests are patterns and dynamics of vegetation with special attention to bryophytes and lichens. He made 15 expeditions and research trips to Greenland (1966-2009), three to high Arctic Canada and two to the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, and one to the Russian Far East. In addition, he carried out fieldwork in many countries in Europe together with Kazakhstan, Egypt, North America and South Africa. He is (co)author of c. 130 scientific publications, almost half of these pertaining to the Arctic. He was involved in the CAVM project (1992-2005), is member of the CAFF Flora and Vegetation Group, involved in the ABA, CBVM and IAVD projects of CAFF. He is currently finishing a book project on the vegetation of Greenland.“May the beauty of Greenland’s nature last forever”


Dorothee EhrichDorothee Ehrich

Dr. Dorothee Ehrich is an Arctic ecologist. She was born in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1969 and studied biology at the University of Basel. In 1994 she participated in an ornithological expedition to Taimyr, Russian Arctic, and has since then worked with different aspects of Arctic ecology. She obtained her Ph.D. at University of Oslo, Norway, in 2001 with a thesis on population genetics of lemmings. In the following years she worked on genetics of cyclic small rodents and later on phylogeography and migration of Arctic plants. Since the beginning of the International Polar Year in 2007 she is working at the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology of the University of Tromsø. Her current research focuses on food web interactions in the Arctic tundra, ecosystem monitoring in the context of climate change, and natural resource use in Arctic terrestrial ecosystems. She works also on developing a collaborative monitoring program for the tundra ecosystem between northern Norway and several sites in Russia. Since 1994 she has worked in the field in the Arctic almost every year, mostly in Russia, but also in Canada, northern Norway and Svalbard.


Jon FjeldsåJon Fjeldså

Professor Jon Fjeldså was born in Norway in 1942 and grew up north of the Arctic Circle. A strong interest in nature goes back to the childhood. Early research activities were focused on grebes and other waterbirds, starting in Norway and Iceland, but soon shifting to South America. Employed since 1971 at the Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen, where his DSc degree was obtained in 1975. With Copenhagen as a base he has since conducted fieldwork on all continents, mostly in the tropics, but with a preference for montane regions of South America and Africa, and the habitat mosaics on the transition between montane cloud forests and the barren alpine (or “Arctic”) habitats. The current research, within the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, aims to understand the causes of global variation in biodiversity, with a strong focus on the phylogeny of birds and the role of evolution and Earth history in generating large-scale patterns of species diversity.


Finnur FriðrikssonFinnur Friðriksson

Professor Finnur Friðriksson is an associate professor of Icelandic at the University of Akureyri, Iceland. He is a trained sociolinguist who obtained his PhD from the Department of Linguistics at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2008. His main research interests are language variation and change, attitudes to language, the relationship between nationalism and language, language planning and policy and language education. He has been involved in projects on linguistic variation in both Icelandic and Scandinavian contexts as well as on the language ecology of multilingual children in Finland, Iceland and Sweden. Currently he co-leads a project on the teaching and usage of Icelandic in the Icelandic school system.


Barbara GanterBarbara Ganter

Dr. Barbara Ganter was born in Bonn, Germany, in 1965. She got hooked on the Arctic as a teenager during a hiking trip in Swedish Lapland, and got interested in birds during her training as a biologist at the University of Bonn. She did research on wintering Arctic-breeding geese on the German Wadden Sea coast before moving to Canada to do graduate work on population ecology of breeding snow geese on Hudson Bay. As a snow goose researcher, she was lucky to participate in two expeditions to Wrangel Island, Russia, in the 1990s. After returning to Europe she worked in projects on other Arctic goose species, based in The Netherlands and Denmark, and did field work in Greenland. She now works as a freelance ornithologist in northern Germany and, together with her husband, runs a small long-term shorebird research project on Norway’s Barents Sea coast.


Tony GastonTony Gaston

Professor Anthony J. Gaston has been a Research Scientist with Environment Canada since 1979. His studies of Arctic marine birds have been an important source of evidence for climate change impacts on Arctic marine ecosystems, while his work on the impact of introduced mammals on marine and terrestrial birds in Haida Gwaii, British Columbia has alerted Canadians to the biodiversity losses created by such introductions. In addition to his work with Environment Canada he has acted as an advisor to Wildlife Institute of India on High Altitude Wildlife Monitoring and was instrumental in the creation of the Great Himalayan National Park. He is the author of four full-length books: two species monographs (Thick-billed Murre, 1981; Ancient Murrelet, 1992), an account of the Alcidae in the series Bird Families of the World (1998), and a general text on seabirds (Seabirds – a natural history, 2004). Tony is Research Director of the Laskeek Bay Conservation Society, an environmental organization specializing in citizen science, an Adjunct Professor with University of Ottawa, Editor-in-Chief of Marine Ornithology, a journal of marine birds, and an Associate Editor with Canadian Field-Naturalist. He has supervised a number of graduate students, some of whom now work with him at Environment Canada.


Lynn J. GillespieLynn J. Gillespie

Dr. Lynn J. Gillespie is a Research Scientist at the Canadian Museum of Nature and Adjunct Professor in Biology at the University of Ottawa, Canada. She received a BSc from Carleton University, Ottawa, a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, with her dissertation on the systematics and phylogeny of a genus in the plant family Euphorbiaceae, and learned molecular techniques during postdoctoral studies at the Smithsonian Institution. Joining the Museum in 1994, she shifted her focus from the tropics to the Arctic, focusing on the Arctic flora and grass systematics. Since then she has made 10 research expeditions to the Canadian Arctic, and has also carried out fieldwork in Madagascar, Southeast Asia and Australia. Research projects include using molecular techniques to resolve the taxonomy and relationships of difficult Arctic species complexes, DNA-barcoding the Canadian Arctic flora and producing a worldwide phylogeny of Poa (meadow grasses) and relatives. She currently co-leads the Arctic Flora of Canada and Alaska project. She is a lead editor for the Flora of North America project, a member of the CAFF Flora group, and has served on the Committee for the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. She enjoys supervising undergraduate and graduate students, and has participated on three Students on Ice expeditions to the Canadian Arctic, an organization dedicated to educating and inspiring students.


Lenore GrenobleLenore Grenoble

Professor Lenore Grenoble is the Carl Darling Buck Professor of Linguistics and Slavic Linguistics at the University of Chicago and is a research associate at the Institute of Arctic Studies at Dartmouth College. She is a specialist in contact linguistics, language endangerment and shift, and language revitalization. Since the mid-1990s she has been engaged in the study of Evenki, a Siberian Tungusic language, with research focusing on the structure of Evenki and the impact of contact with Russian. Grenoble also studies Kalaallisut (W Greenlandic). In close collaboration with the Greenland Language Secretariat, she is involved in the creation of a bilingual English-Kalaallisut dictionary and a multi-media gazetteer, as well as the documentation of Greenlandic knowledge of plant use and ethnobotany. In addition, Grenoble serves as the Project Coordinator for the Arctic Indigenous Language Vitality Initiative, an initiative driven by the Permanent Participants of the Arctic Council and overseen by ICC Canada.


Eric HobergEric Hoberg

Dr. Eric P. Hoberg is Chief Curator and Zoologist at the US National Parasite Collection, among the largest archives of specimens and information documenting global parasite biodiversity. A native Californian, born in San Francisco in 1953, his early years were spent wandering the foothills of the Coast Ranges and Sierra Nevada. Arriving in Alaska in 1971, he studied biology, ornithology and parasitology at UA-Fairbanks, while discovering a passion for the North. Evolution of complex parasite faunas among seabirds became the focus for an MSc (Univ. Saskatchewan 1979), and PhD (Univ. Washington-1984). Career paths have taken him from Oregon State University (1984-1989), to the University of Prince Edward Island (1989-1990) and his current position with the USDA. A field biologist and biogeographer, he has traversed regions of Alaska, Canada, Siberia and Antarctica. Since 1999 he has been a principal of the Beringian Coevolution Project, an interdisciplinary exploration of historical processes, biodiversity and structure of host-parasite systems among northern mammals. He has authored or coauthored about 250 publications where parasites serve as a portal to historical/ecological insights about the biosphere, emphasizing the role of episodic events, climate, environmental perturbation and patterns of geographic colonization as determinants of diversity and emergent diseases in evolutionary and ecological time.


Ian HodkinsonIan HodkinsonProfessor Ian D. Hodkinson made his doctoral work (1968-71) on the population dynamics and energetics of jumping plant lice followed by a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Environmental Sciences Centre, University of Calgary, Canada. Back in the UK he took up a lectureship in Animal Ecology at Liverpool John Moores University in 1974 where he worked until retirement. Between 1976 and 1978 he was involved in the Research on Arctic Tundra Ecosystems project at Meade River, Alaska. Since then, he has worked extensively on invertebrate ecology in several Arctic and Alpine areas including Greenland, Svalbard and the Hardangervidda plateau of mainland Norway, as well as conducting studies on Tropical Rain Forest insects in Sulawesi and Central America. He has awarded his DSc from Newcastle University for his work on the taxonomy and ecology of insects in 1990. Since then, he was Principal Investigator on several large research grants examining the potential effects of climate change on Arctic and Alpine invertebrates with fieldwork on Svalbard, where he also taught for several years as a visiting lecturer on the Arctic Biology course at UNIS. Ian Hodkinson has published around 200 papers and books on invertebrate taxonomy and ecology, ranging from specialist monographs to a more general book entitled Insect Herbivory.


Henry HuntingtonHenry HuntingtonDr. Henry P. Huntington was born in New York City in 1964. He worked in the Antarctic as a janitor before university, and then turned northwards, beginning his Arctic career by counting bowhead whales in Barrow, Alaska. His graduate work examined the management of subsistence hunting in Alaska. After completing his doctoral degree, he returned to Barrow, where he worked in a number of positions, and also met his wife Kathy. In 1994, he moved to Anchorage to work for the Inuit Circumpolar Council, which was his introduction to international Arctic work and the Arctic Council. In 1997, he started his own one-man business, specializing in Arctic research. He has conducted many research projects around the Arctic, and has written chapters (or more) of several major Arctic Council assessments, including the first AMAP Assessment, Arctic Flora and Fauna, the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, the Arctic Oil and Gas Assessment and the Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment. In 2009, he became the Arctic science director for the Pew Environment Group. He has enjoyed several long trips by small boat, dog team and snowmachine in the Arctic. He and Kathy have two sons, and live in Eagle River, a suburb of Anchorage.


Rolf ImsRolf ImsProfessor Rolf A. Ims is based at the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, University of Tromsø, and is the leader of the Terrestrial Flagship Program of the High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment (the ‘FramCentre’). He received his PhD from the University of Oslo in 1989 and was a professor of landscape ecology there for 10 years before he moved permanently to Tromsø, northern Norway in 2001. Currently, his research focusses on climate change impacts on Arctic terrestrial ecosystems. He has been responsible for research projects at a range of localities in Arctic Norway and Russia. Examples of results from his more than 200 scientific publications are demonstrations of ecosystem state shift resulting from expanding insect pest outbreaks in the transition zone between Arctic tundra and the boreal forest, collapsed population dynamics of key-stone herbivores with cascading impacts on Arctic food webs and adaptive management of endemic Arctic biodiversity under climate warming. Ims was a coauthor of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA), and he chairs the recently launched Climate-ecological Observatory for Arctic Tundra (COAT). COAT is a fully ecosystem-based, adaptive monitoring system that presently includes sites in high Arctic Svalbard and low Arctic Varanger Peninsula in Norway.


Alf B. JosefsonAlf B. JosefsonDr. Alf B. Josefson was born in 1947 in northern Sweden, c. 300 km south of the Arctic Circle. He took his doctor degree in Zoology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden in 1985. After a 17 year period affiliated as scientist to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency conducting the marine benthic fauna monitoring program on the Swedish west coast, he moved to Denmark in 1989, where he now holds a position as Senior Scientist at the Aarhus University. His field is benthic ecology with focus on invertebrates in marine and estuarine sediments, which has involved the role of benthos in biogeochemical cycling and benthos biodiversity with focus on macroecology. He has field work experience from the Baltic Sea, North Sea, Northern Atlantic and the Arctic. He has, as author and co-author, numerous publications of which more than 50 peer reviewed papers (of these 42 are cited c. 1,400 times with H-index = 23, in Web of Science as of Feb. 2013). He uses a significant part of his time for reviewing, with reviews for more than 30 scientific journals and scientific boards in Europe and the US (including Subject editor of Marine Biology Research).


Susan KutzSusan Kutz

Dr. Susan J. Kutz fell in love with the North after spending a summer in the Yukon at ‘squirrel camp’, Arctic Institute of North America, Kluane Research Station in 1988. She has traveled and worked in the Arctic every year since. Susan completed her degree in veterinary medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in 1992 and then entered small animal veterinary practice based in Yellowknife and providing services to outlying communities in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Pursuing her interests in wildlife health, she did a PhD investigating the impacts of climate change on lungworms in muskoxen and carried on to do a Postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, contributing to the Beringian Coevolution Project field activities in the Russian Far East and Alaska. In 2005, she joined the Department Ecosystem and Public Health at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary as a founding member for this new veterinary school. She is also the Director of the Alberta Node of the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre. Her research interests lie in understanding the impacts of climate and other landscape change on parasitic diseases in Arctic wildlife. To do this she works closely with northerners exchanging information on wildlife health, engaging youth and developing tools and capacity for wildlife health monitoring.


Sergius KuzminSergius Kuzmin

Dr. Sergius L. Kuzmin was born in 1959 and educated from Moscow State Pedagogical Institute (1982). He earned his PhD at the USSR Academy of Sciences in 1987 and has been Senior Scientist at the Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences since 1993. He is member of the IUCN/ Species Survival Commission member, chairman of the IUCN/ SSC/Amphibian Specialist Group/Regional Group for the Commonwealth of Independent States and Mongolia, and editor of Advances in Amphibian Biology in the former Soviet Union. His research interests are amphibian ecology, systematics, distribution and conservation (population number and dynamics), habitat preferences, life history regulation, development, feeding, competition, reproduction, assemblage structure and dynamics, anthropogenic influences and protection – mainly on the territory of the former Soviet Union and Mongolia, including Arctic regions. But he also has an interest in the history of Mongolia and Tibet. Sergius Kuzmin worked in more than 25 expeditions in different areas of the former USSR, Mongolia, India etc. He is author and co-author of more than 200 publications on amphibians and reptiles, including 15 monographs.


Kristin LaidreKristin LaidreDr. Kristin L. Laidre is a marine mammal ecologist at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA working at the Polar Science Center/APL and the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. She is partially supported by the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources in Nuuk, Greenland. She received her PhD in 2003 from the University of Washington and worked as NSF-funded post-doctoral fellow at the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources between 2004 and 2006. Kristin’s research is field-based and focused on studying the behavior, ecology, and population dynamics of Arctic marine mammals. She is a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Cetacean Specialist Group and the IUCN Species Survival Commission Polar Bear Specialist Group, and has worked on the North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission Beluga and Narwhal scientific working group and the International Whaling Commission. She has participated in over 30 field expeditions in Greenland and authored or co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed articles and two books on high-latitude marine mammals..


Denny LassuyDenny LassuyDr. Dennis R. Lassuy wandered across much of the Pacific Rim before settling into Arctic issues as the Deputy Director of the North Slope Science Initiative. Denny studied intertidal and desert ecology along the shores of the Sea of Cortez, coral reef fish behavior in Micronesia, marine algae in Japan and the ecology freshwater herbivores in the Pacific Northwest. He completed his PhD in Fisheries Science at Oregon State University, and then went to work as an endangered species biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). It did not take him long to realize that most endangered fish cases could not be resolved without dealing with the damages done and continuing threats posed by invasive species. That launched him into a decades long affiliation with invasive species issues, mixed in with a number of other interesting posts like research coordinator, science editor and even as the USFWS liaison to the U.S. Congress. After spending the past 10 years as the Invasive Species Program Manager for the USFWS Alaska Region, Denny took a fateful temporary assignment as the Acting Deputy Director of North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI). He so enjoyed his interactions with the whaling culture of Barrow (Alaska) that he joined the NSSI on a permanent basis in April of 2012 and plans a long and happy stint working on Arctic science coordination.


Patrick LewisPatrick LewisDr. Patrick N. Lewis grew up in the outback of Australia and from an early age was fascinated by nature and wild places. He completed his PhD at the University of Tasmania examining pathways and management options for marine invasive species in the sub-Antarctic islands and Antarctica. Patrick has worked throughout Australia as a consultant engaged in various marine ecology projects specializing in marine invasive species issues. As the Assistant Manager for the Invasive Marine Species Programme of the Australian Government he was responsible for coordinating national response and monitoring programs. Patrick has spent eight seasons working in the Antarctic conducting marine and terrestrial science and sharing his passion for the icy continent as a guide with Antarctic tourism operations. He recently shifted attention to the Arctic when he accepted a position with the WWF Arctic Program where he was responsible for mitigating threats posed by developing fisheries, shipping and oil and gas industries in the vulnerable polar environment. Patrick is currently engaged in an independent project examining marine biodiversity and conservation during a two year pole-to-pole sailing expedition. He has spent the past six months on a 35 foot yacht sailing around Svalbard and Greenland.


Connie LovejoyConnie LovejoyConnie Lovejoy originally from the eastern side of Washington State (USA), did her BS in Botany at University of California, Davis. As an undergraduate she identified phytoplankton from Lake Tahoe, and was a lead in a student originated study of Mono Lake. She later lived in New Zealand and participated in two expeditions studying lakes in the Antarctic Dry Valleys. She also spent a year on the altiplano of Peru working on Lake Titicaca. Following her move to Québec City, Canada, she changed her preferred environment from lakes to oceans. She completed a PhD in 2002 at Laval University, her dissertation focused on microbial food web interactions and taxonomy of protists in the North Water Polynya, Northern Baffin Bay. Following a post-doctoral fellowship in Barcelona, Spain, where she learned techniques in molecular biology, she was engaged as a professor at Laval University in 2004. Since then her work has been mostly in the Canadian Arctic, with projects both in marine and freshwater ecosystems. She has authored or co-authored over 80 publications and enjoys supervising graduate students and turning post-doctoral fellows into colleagues. Her current interests include microbial biogeography and dispersion, biological connections within the cryosphere, and the use of genomics and metatranscriptomics asindicators of the state of an environment.


Hans MeltofteHans MeltofteDr. Hans Meltofte was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1946. Since childhood, nature, birds, people and travelling were his main interests. Originally trained as a radio technician and meteorological assistant, he worked at weather stations in NE Greenland for several years. This was followed by more than 35 expeditions and travels to the Arctic and five travels to the Antarctic. Since 1973, he has worked as a freelance ornithologist. He has volunteered at a number of NGOs including positions as board member of the Danish Ornithological Society and Wetlands International and earned a DSc degree from the University of Copenhagen in 1994 on a thesis analyzing Western Palearctic/African shorebird migration strategies. He was a driving force behind the establishment of the Zackenberg Research Station in NE Greenland in 1995, where he worked for 11 seasons, initially as station manager, and during the entire period as head of the biological monitoring program. Currently, he is Senior Scientist at the Department of Bioscience at Aarhus University, Denmark, primarily engaged with research in Arctic ecology and waterbird biology. He has authored or co-authored about 600 scientific and popular articles/reports and produced 14 books. Privately and professionally, he has visited more than 100 states on all continents.


Christine Michel grew up in Quebec City, Canada, and obtained a PhD in Marine Biology at Laval University in 1995. She pursued a post-doctorate at the National Institute of Polar Research in Tokyo, with a fellowship from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science. Christine joined the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada in 1999, where she holds a position as research scientist. Her research investigates processes that influence primary production and energy transfers in Arctic marine ecosystems. Over the past 25 years, Christine has been involved in several national and international multidisciplinary Arctic research programs and networks, working in various Arctic regions such as the Beaufort Sea, the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Baffin Bay and Hudson Bay. She published more than 60 primary papers, and her research was presented at more than 100 national and international conference in the past five years only. In addition to the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment, Christine also co-led the sea ice biology section in the recent Arctic Council Assessment Snow, Water, Ice, Permafrost in the Arctic (SWIPA). She currently leads a multidisciplinary program exploring mesoscale forcings on sea ice biogeochemistry in the Canadian high Arctic. A focal point of Christine’s current research is to address impacts of climate-related change on sea ice-associated production and impacts to Arctic food webs.



Vadim MokievskyVadim Mokievsky

Dr. Vadim Mokievsky is head of Laboratory of Coastal Benthos Ecology in P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. His main scientific interests are community ecology with special references to meiobenthos (microscopic metazoan associations). He is an expert in taxonomy of marine nematodes and tardigrades and has participated in a number of expeditions in the marine Arctic from the coastal zone to the deep waters. His primary research area is the White Sea, where the White Sea Biological Station of Moscow State University is situated. Apart from the White Sea, Dr. Mokievsky participated in a number of expeditions to the Barents and Kara Seas, where research was focused on the Svalbard archipelago, Novaya Zemlya, Kola Peninsula, eastern Barents and western Kara sea shores and islands. Since 2011, Vadim Mokievsky is a member of CAFF Marine Steering Group.


Tero MustonenTero MustonenDr. Tero Mustonen, a passionate defender of traditional worldview and cosmology of his people, is a Finn and the head of village of Selkie in North Karelia, Finland. He is the traditional knowledge coordinator for Eurasia for the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment. Professionally, he works for the award-winning Snowchange Cooperative, which is a non-profit organization based in Finland with members across the Arctic, including the communities of Eastern Sámi, Chukchi, Yukaghir, Sakha, Evenk, Even, Inuit, Inuvialuit, Gwitchin and many more. Mustonen is well-known scholar of the Arctic biodiversity, climate change and indigenous issues, having published over a dozen publications on the topics, including the ground-breaking Eastern Sámi Atlas and Snowscapes, Dreamscapes. He lives in the middle of the last old-growth forest in Selkie with his wife, Kaisu, two goats and 10 chickens without running water. He is a winter seiner. Mustonen has won several human rights and environmental awards for the work with Snowchange and indigenous peoples of the Arctic. He is also an adopted full status member of the Kwakwakwala First Nation based in British Columbia, Canada.


David PayerDavid PayerDr. David Payer  was born in Massachusetts, USA in 1959. He inherited his mother’s love for nature and his father’s love for adventure. David earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell University in 1986, worked in private veterinary practice, then travelled to Alaska to study damages to wildlife from the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Dedicating himself to wildlife conservation, he earned M.S. (Oregon State University, 1992) and Ph.D. (University of Maine, 1999) degrees in wildlife ecology. His doctoral research focused on effects of forestry practices on the American marten. David has published numerous scientific and popular articles related to the ecology of desert ungulates, forest carnivores and Arctic birds. Since 2001 he has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as the Supervisory Ecologist at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which comprises 7.8 million ha in north-eastern Alaska. He is currently investigating factors causing declines of Arctic-breeding shorebirds, and effects of climate change on Arctic wildlife and habitats.


Michel PoulinMichel PoulinProfessor Michel Poulin  obtained a PhD in marine biology from Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada in 1982. His thesis dealt with the taxonomy and ecology of sea-ice microalgae communities in southeastern Hudson Bay. His main research interests focus on the taxonomy, systematics and biodiversity of brackish and marine microalgae from mid- and high latitudes. He joined the Canadian Museum of Nature in 1984 as the Curator of the National Algal Collection, became Chief of the Botany Division in 1989 and Director of the Research Division in 1990 before returning to active science in 1996. He conducted field work in the St. Lawrence Estuary, across the Canadian high Arctic and in East Antarctica. He led a multidisciplinary research project on the impacts of natural and human-induced disturbances on the biodiversity of the Rideau River in eastern Ontario, Canada. He participated in three Canadian-led international research programs on climate change affecting the Arctic as an expert on marine phytoplankton and sea-ice algae. He is also a Canadian representative in the Marine Expert Monitoring Group of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program under CAFF. He is an Adjunct Professor at Université Laval and at Université du Québec à Rimouski. He published three books and more than 50 primary papers in the last 15 years. He is presently Editor-in-Chief of Diatom Research and Associate Editor of Botanica Marina.


Don ReidDon ReidDr. Donald Reid  is an Associate Conservation Zoologist with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Canada, based in Whitehorse, Yukon. His interest in the natural world was nurtured by frequent childhood adventures in the wilds of Kenya and central Canada, leading to academic studies in animal ecology. His first experiences of the Arctic came as a technician on Canadian Wildlife Service colonial seabird studies. The allure of research in a setting where ecological interactions are so open to observation later drew him back to the Arctic for a doctoral degree studying lemming population dynamics with Dr. Charles Krebs, and subsequently to collaboration on International Polar Year food web studies on the tundra of northern Yukon. The Arctic is one theme in a career spent working for government, the private sector, and non-government organizations. His research and applied conservation work have also taken him to the eastern Himalaya of China, and the boreal and montane environments of western Canada. Working for WCS in the taiga and tundra regions of northwest Canada, he currently leads projects aimed at increasing the scope of protected areas, developing scientifically-derived land and marine management regulations, and understanding the likely effects of climate change on key species.


Jim ReistJim ReistProfessor James D. Reist  has researched northern and Arctic fishes since 1975 (MSc, 1978, University of Alberta; evolutionary ecology of sticklebacks; PhD, 1983, University of Toronto; systematics of esocoid fishes; Visiting Fellowship in Government of Canada Laboratories 1983-1985, Freshwater Institute, Winnipeg; stock structure of whitefishes). He has been employed as a research scientist by Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Winnipeg, Canada for the past 28 years. His scientific output includes author and co-authorship on about 180 formal publications, many of which were produced by graduate students supervised through adjunct professorships at nine Canadian universities. Past contributions have included Arctic Council (e.g. Arctic Climate Impact Assessment; Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic), national (Climate Change) and international (International Panel on Climate Change fourth report) assessments, and as lead investigator for an International Polar Year project on Char Diversity and Climate Change. Presently he leads the following projects in the Canadian Arctic: Beaufort Sea Offshore Marine Fishes Survey, Climate Change Effects on Freshwater and Anadromous Fishes, and Conservation Status Assessments of Arctic Fishes. Over-arching themes of his research have been the origin and maintenance of diversity in northern fishes, consequences of anthropogenic stressors on that diversity, and conservation and sustainability of fishes. Other than fishes, his interests include nature photography and sampling old world single-malt whiskeys and Guinness Stout.


David TesslerDavid TesslerDavid F. Tessler  is the Regional Wildlife Biologist for the Wildlife Diversity Program at Alaska Department of Fish and Game. David was born in Colorado in 1967 where his passions for nature and conservation were nurtured, and he has spent his life since in the mountains and the high latitudes. He earned his B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University in 1989. His early professional career as a biologist was spent in the mountains of Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico, where he also worked as a mountaineering and wilderness guide and instructor. David moved to Alaska in 1994 and earned his M.S. in Ecology in 1999 from the University of Alaska Anchorage studying the responses of Arctic and alpine plant communities to a changing climate. David has a broad and varied background in conservation biology and ecological research, most of it focused on rare and threatened species, or species of special conservation concern. His research experience spans a broad swath of taxa and topics, including the movements, behavior and ecology of the Pacific walrus in Alaska and the Russian Far East, the ecology of high latitude shorebirds, seabirds, and passerines, anadromous salmonids, alpine bird assemblages, ungulates, bats and – of course – amphibians.


Fred WronaFred WronaDr. Fred Wrona was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1954 and received his training in environmental sciences and aquatic ecology at the University of Calgary, obtaining his PhD in 1982. He was on faculty at the University of Calgary until 1991, when he subsequently joined Environment Canada. While with Environment Canada, he has held several senior science management positions, and is now the Senior Strategic Science Advisor for the Water Sciences and Technology Directorate focusing on Northern/Arctic water science issues. He is also a Professor in the Water and Climate Impacts Research Centre (W-CIRC) at the University of Victoria. Dr. Wrona has more than 25 years of experience dealing with the ecology, hydrology and water quality of cold regions/Arctic freshwater systems. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed scientific articles, reports and proceedings in these areas and has been the recipient of numerous national and international distinctions and awards. He is currently the Canadian Head Delegate for the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) of the Arctic Council and the UNESCO-International Hydrological Program. His multidisciplinary research program focuses on assessing the current and projected impacts of climate variability and change on the geochemistry and ecological structure and function of freshwater systems in the western Canadian Arctic.


Contributing authors

  • Olga M. Afonina, Komarov Botanical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  • Tycho Anker-Nilssen, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Norway
  • Inger Greve Alsos,  Tromsø University Museum, Norway
  • Per-Arne  Amundsen,  
  • Ander, Angerbjörn, Department of Zoology, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Robyn Angliss, National Marine Mammal Laboratory, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, USA
  • Olga Anisimova
  • Tom Arnbom, WWF, Sweden
  • Mora Aronsson, ArtDatabanken, Species Information Centre, Sweden
  • Anatoly Babenko, Institute of Ecology & Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  • Valerie Behan-Pelletier, Canadian National Collection of Insects & Arachnids, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada
  • Melanie Bergmann, Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar-und Meeresforschung, Germany
  • U.S. Bhatt, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA 
  • Peter Blancher, Environment Canada, Canada
  • Martin Blicher, Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Greenland
  • Bodil Bluhm, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA
  • David Boertmann,  Department of Bioscience, University of Århus, Denmark
  • Stefanie Ickert-Bond,  UA Museum of the North Herbarium, Fairbanks, USA 
  • Erik W. Born, Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Greenland
  • Peter Boveng, National Marine Mammal Laboratory, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, USA
  • Geoffrey Boxshall, Department of Zoology, The Natural History Museum, UK
  • Kari Anne Bråthen, Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, University of Tromsø, Norway
  • A. Breen,  
  • Christian Brochmann, Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Fenja Brodo, Canadian Museum of Nature, Canada
  • Randy J.  Brown, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, USA
  • Vladimir A.  Brykov ,  A.V. Zhirmunsky Institute of Marine Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences 
  • Jens  Böcher,  Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Patricia A.  Chambers, Environment Canada 
  • Tom  Christensen,  Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Guttorm Christensen, FRAM – High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment,  Norway
  • Kirsten Christoffersen, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark 
  • Dean Cluff, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Government of Northwest Territories, Canada
  • Sabine Cochrane, Fram Centre for Climate and Environment, Norway
  • Brian Collins, Environment Canada, Canada
  • Pete Cott, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canada 
  • Stephen J. Coulson, Department of Arctic Biology, The University Centre in Svalbard, Norway
  • Penelope Crane, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, USA 
  • Cathy L. Cripps, Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology Department, Montana State University, USA
  • Joseph M. Culp, Environment Canada, Canada 
  • Finn Danielsen, Nordic Agency for Development and Ecology, Denmark
  • J. Brian Dempson, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canada 
  • Nina Denisenko, Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Science, Russia
  • Peter D. di Cenzo,
  • Margaret Docker, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba, Canada 
  • Klára Dózsa-Farkas, Department of Systematic Zoology and Ecology, Etvs Lorand University, Hungary
  • Karen Dunmall, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba, Canada 
  • Mary E. Edwards, Department of Geography and Environment, University of Southampton, UK
  • Scott Elias, Geography Department, University of London, UK
  • A. Elvebakk,  
  • Martin Enghoff, Nordic Agency for Development and Ecology, Denmark
  • H.E. Epstein, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, USA
  • Eugénie Euskirchen, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA
  • Guðríður Gyða Eyjólfsdóttir,  Icelandic Institute of Natural History, Iceland
  • Vadim B.  Fedorov, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA, and Institute of Plant and Animal Ecology, Ural Division of Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  • Terry Fenge, Arctic Athabaskan Council, Canada
  • Steven H.  Ferguson, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canada
  • Anders  Finstad, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Norway 
  • Arne  Fjellberg, Tjome, Norway
  • Romolo Fochetti, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Viterbo, Italy
  • Robert Foottit, Canadian National Collection of Insects & Arachnids, Agriculture and Agri-Food, Canada
  • Bruce Forbes, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Finland
  • Mads Forchhammer,  
  • Violet Ford,  
  • Laura Forsström,  
  • Eva Fuglei, Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway
  • Kirill Galaktionov, White Sea Biological Station, St Petersburg State University, Russia
  • Vincent F. Gallucci, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, USA 
  • Arnþór Garðasson, University of Iceland, Iceland 
  • Joel Garlich-Miller, US Fish and Wildlife Service, USA
  • Gilles Gauthier, Département de Biologie, Université Laval, Canada
  • Maria V. Gavrilo, Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, Russia
  • Scott Gilbert, School of Science, Yukon College, Canada
  • Grant Gilchrist, Environment Canada, Canada
  • Robert E. Gill, US Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, USA
  • Francisco J. L. Gordillo,  
  • W.A. Gould,  
  • Rolf Gradinger,  
  • Gro Gulden, Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Anne Gunn, Circumpolar Arctic Rangifer Monitoring and Assessment Network, Canada
  • Johan  Hammar,  
  • Les N.  Harris,  Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canada 
  • Christiane  Hasemann,  Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar-und Meeresforschung, Germany
  • Voitto  Haukisalmi,  Finnish Museum of Natural History, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Risto K.  Heikkinen,  
  • Jani  Heino,  Finnish Environment Institute, Finland 
  • Heikki  Henttonen,  Finnish Forest Research Institute, Finland
  • Dag Hessen, Department of Biology, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Anders Hobaek, Norwegian Institute for Water Research, Norway
  • Alf Håkon Hoel, Institute of Marine Research, Norway
  • Russ Hopcroft 
  • Brian Huntley,School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, University of Durham, UK
  • David Irons, US Fish and Wildlife Service, USA
  • E.  Ivanov, Institute of Applied Ecology of the North, Academy of Sciences of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia  
  • Nina Jensen,
  • G. Jia
  • Lis Lindal Jørgensen, Institute of Marine Research, Norway
  • Thomas Jung
  • Kimmo K. Kahilainen
  • Oleg V. Karamushko, Murmansk Marine Biological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  • O. Khitun,  
  • Marina Kholodova, A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology & Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  • Alexander Kirillov, Institute of Applied Ecology of the North, Academy of Sciences of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia  
  • Michael Klages, Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar-und Meeresforschung, Germany
  • Konstantin Klokov, St. Petersburg State University, Russia 
  • Nadya A. Konstantinova, Kola Science Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  • Seppo Koponen, Zoological Museum, University of Turku, Finland
  • Kit M. Kovacs, Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway
  • Hörður Kristinsson, Icelandic Institute of Natural History, Iceland
  • Alexandr Kucheryavvy, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia 
  • Tiina Kurvits, UNEP GRID-Arendal, Canada
  • Sauli  Laaksonen, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • T. Lantz,  
  • Elena G. Lappo, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  • Nicolas Lecomte, Department of Environment, Government of Nunavut, Canada 
  • Hannu  Lehtonen, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Jennifer Lento, Environment Canada, Canada
  • Lance Lesack,
  • Maria Leung, Wild Tracks Ecological Consulting 
  • Nette Levermann, Ministry of Fisheries, Hunting and Agriculture, Government of Greenland, Greenland
  • Andrew Liston, Senckenberg Deutsches Entomologisches Institut, Germany
  • Dennis Litovka, Chukotka Branch, Tikhookeanskiy Nauchno-Issledovatelskiy Ribokhozyaystvenniy Centre, Russia
  • Lloyd F. Lowry, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska, USA.
  • Miska Luoto 
  • Arve Lynghammar, Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, University of Tromsø, Norway 
  • Peter Løvstrøm, Ministry of Fisheries, Hunting and Agriculture, Government of Greenland, Greenland
  • Kristinn P. Magnusson, University of Akureyri and Icelandic Institute of Natural History, Iceland
  • Arseny  Makarikov, Institute of Systematics and Ecology of Animals, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  • Olga Makarova, Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russia
  • Mark Mallory, Environment Canada, Canada
  • David J  Marcogliese, Watershed Hydrology and Ecology Research Division, Environment Canada, Canada
  • Philip  Marsh,  
  • Yuri M  Marusik,  Institute for Biological Problems of the North, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  • N.  Matveyeva,  
  • Philip  McLoughlin,  Department of Biology, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Catherine W. Mecklenburg,  Department of Ichthyology, California Academy of Sciences and Point Stephens Research, USA 
  • Irina E. Menyushina,Wrangel Island State Nature Reserve, Russia
  • Flemming Merkel, Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Greenland/Denmark
  • Verner Michelsen, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Denmark 
  • Kauri Mikkola, Finnish Museum of Natural History, University of Helsinki, Finland Adrian Pont, Reading, UK
  • Sue  Moore,  National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, USA
  • Paul A.  Moquin  
  • Guy Morrison, Environment Canada, Canada
  • N.  Moskalenko
  • C.A. Munger
  • Kaisu  Mustonen, Snowchange Cooperative, Finland
  • Tero Mustonen, Snowchange Cooperative, Finland
  • Peter D.R. Møller,  
  • Linh  Nguyen,  Environment and Natural Resources Technology, Aurora College, Canada
  • Torkel G. Nielsen  
  • Andrea  Niemi
  • Alla G. Oleinik, A.V. Zhirmunsky Institute of Marine Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Nikita Ovsyanikov, Wrangel Island State Nature Reserve, Russia
  • Elizabeth Peacock, US Geological Survey, USA
  • Aevar Petersen, Icelandic Institute of Natural History, Iceland
  • Kim Poole, Aurora Wildlife Research, Canada
  • Eric Post, Department of Biology, Penn State University, USA
  • Michael Power, Department of Biology, University of Waterloo, Canada 
  • Terry D. Prowse  
  • Lori Quakenbush,  Alaska Department of Fish and Game, USA
  • Mila Rautio  
  • M.K. Raynolds,Institue of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA
  • Anais Renaud, Department of Entomology, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Yuri S. Reshetnikov, A.N. Severstov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  • V.I. Romanov, Department of Ichthyology and Hydrobiology, Tomsk State University, Russia 
  • Leopoldo M. Rueda, Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit, Smithsonian Institution, USA
  • Don Russell, Circumpolar Arctic Rangifer Monitoring and Assessment Network, Canada
  • Larysa Samchyshyna, Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Ukraine
  • Odd-Terje Sandlund, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Norway 
  • Jade  Savage, Bishop's University, Canada
  • Chantelle D. Sawatzky,  Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canada 
  • Ingo Schewe, Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar-und Meeresforschung, Germany
  • Martin Schiøtz, Ministry of Domestic Affairs, Nature and Environment, Government of Greenland, Greenland
  • Niels M. Schmidt, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Frank Sejersen  Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Mikael Sejr, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Boris Sheftel, A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  • Michael Simpkins, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, USA
  • Humphrey P. Sitters, Ebford, UK
  • Benoit Sittler, Institut für Landespflege, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
  • Hein Rune Skjoldal,  
  • Brian Slough, Canada
  • Willem De Smet, Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Andrew Smith, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, USA
  • Paul Smith, Environment Canada, Canada
  • Humphrey Smith, School of Science and the Environment, Coventry University, UK
  • John Snyder, Strategic Studies Inc., USA
  • Thomas Soltwedel, Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar-und Meeresforschung, Germany
  • Martin Sommerkorn, WWF Global Arctic Programme, Norway
  • Audun Stien,Norwegian Institute of Nature Research, Norway
  • Bernard Stonehouse, Scott Polar Research Institute, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Hallvard Strøm, Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway
  • Olga I. Sumina, Department of Geobotany and Plant Ecology, St. Petersburg State University, Russia
  • Martin Svenning, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) and University of Tromsø
  • Michael Svoboda, Environment Canada, Canada
  • Heidi K. Swanson, Department of Biology, University of Waterloo, Canada 
  • Johan Hammar, Sweden, Institute of Freshwater Research, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
  • Evgeny E. Syroechkovskiy, Russian Ministry of Natural Resources, Russia
  • S. S  Talbot,  
  • Sandra L. Talbot,  US Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, USA
  • K.D.  Tape,  
  • Eric B. Taylor, Biodiversity Research Centre and Beaty Biodiversity Museum, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Megan Thompson,  
  • Heikki  Toivonen,  
  • Pavel S. Tomkovich  Zoological Museum of Moscow State University, Russia
  • Elmer Topp-Jørgensen,  Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Sarah F. Trainor, International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA
  • C. Tweedie,  
  • Fernando Ugarte, Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Greenland
  • Risto Väinölä, Finnish Museum of Natural History, University of Helsinki, Finland 
  • Rene van der Wal, Aberdeen Centre for Environmental Sustainability, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • Henry Väre, Finnish Museum of Natural History University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Vladimir Vasiliev, Northern Forum 
  • Gaute Velle, Bergen Museum & Department of Biology, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Finn Viehberg, Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, University of Cologne, Germany
  • Veli  Vikberg, Turenki, Finland
  • Raimo Virkkala
  • Dag Vongraven, Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway
  • Skip Walker,Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA
  • M.D. Walker,  
  • Diana H.  Wall, School of Biology and School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University, USA
  • P.J. Webber,  
  • Jan Marcin Weslawski, Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
  • Kristine Bakke Westergaard, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Norway
  • Sebastian Wetterich, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Department of Periglacial Research, Germany
  • Lawrence J. Wieder, Department of Zoology and Biology Station, University of Oklahoma, USA
  • Øystein Wiig,  Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Maria Wlodarska-Kowalczuk, Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
  • Phil Wookey, Biological and Environmental Sciences, School of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling, UK
  • Geoff York, WWF Global Arctic Programme, Canada
  • Qing Yu, The Canadian National Collection of Nematodes, Canada
  • Sergey Zavalko,  
  • Mikhail Zhurbenko, Komarov Botanical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  • Alexey G. Zinovjev, Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia

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