Arctic Science Advisor and Program Officer for Arctic and Global Prediction, Office of Naval Research

U.S. Navy

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Since 2006, I’ve been on leave from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), where I’m a Research Professor of Geophysics at the Geophysical Institute. I’m currently a Program Officer and Arctic Science Advisor at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) under the auspices of the Inter-governmental Personnel Act (IPA). Prior to joining ONR in January 2011, I spent four IPA years at the National Science Foundation as Program Director for the Arctic Observing Network (AON) in the Division of Arctic Sciences. I went to UAF in 1985 after completing doctoral studies at the University of Calgary, Canada, which involved fieldwork investigating the origins of the ice shelves of northernmost Ellesmere Island in the high Canadian Arctic. Since then, my research into the geophysics of floating ice (ice shelves, icebergs [ice islands], sea ice, lake ice, and their snow cover) has taken me to the Arctic Ocean, Antarctica and many places in Alaska. There my work focused on lake ice research and experiential learning for K-12 teachers and students, who were my partners in science, making observations of snow depth, density and temperature, and ice thickness, to determine conductive heat flow through the ice and snow. I’m an active member of the Inter-agency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) staff, coordinator of the IARPC 5-year Research Plan sea ice implementation team, and US representative on the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) Board. And, in my spare time, I lead the editorial team of the online Arctic Report Card, and the Arctic chapter in the State of the Climate Report published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.