Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

University of Alberta

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David Hik is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta.  His research interests are focused on the ecology of tundra ecosystems in Arctic, alpine and arid environments, and also on the interface between science and policy.  He currently serves as President of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and Vice-Chair of the ‘Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON)’ initiative.  He is a member of several advisory boards, including the Canadian Polar Commission, the Arctic Institute of North America, the Polar Continental Shelf Program, and the NSERC CREATE Program in Arctic Atmosphere Science. Previously, he held the Canada Research Chair in Northern Ecology (2002-2012) and was Executive Director of the Canadian International Polar Year (IPY) Secretariat (2004-2009).  He is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and shared the RCGS Gold Medal in 2010 for contributions to the Canadian IPY program.