Curator, Arctic Studies Center

Smithsonian Institute

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IGOR KRUPNIK, Ph.D., is cultural anthropologist and Curator of Arctic and Northern Ethnology collections at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, DC, USA. He has been coordinator of several projects studying the impacts of climate change, preservation of cultural heritage, and ecological knowledge of Arctic indigenous people, including international project “SIKU: Sea Ice Knowledge and Use: Documenting Inuit Knowledge of Sea Ice,” during International Polar Year (IPY) 2007–2008. He served on the Joint Committee for IPY 2007-2008 and was instrumental in bringing socio-cultural and humanities issues, ecological knowledge, and environmental observations of polar indigenous people to the IPY program. For his contribution to IPY 2007–2008 and his role in bridging social, natural, and physical sciences and indigenous knowledge, Dr. Krupnik was awarded the IASC Medal in 2012. He has done extensive fieldwork in Alaska, the Bering Sea region, and along the Russian Arctic coast.  Dr. Krupnik has published and edited several books and collections, including three volumes on indigenous observations of Arctic environmental change, and served as the lead curator for the Smithsonian exhibit “Arctic: A Friend Acting Strangely” (2006).