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The Arctic Coast network consists from scientists, researchers, policy and decision makers, and young local and indigenous leaders.

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Aileen Espiritu
Researcher, University of Tromso & Barents Institute, Norway
Dr. Espíritu is a researcher at the Barents Institute at the University of Tromsø, The Arctic University of Norway. She has published on her research on the impact of industrialization on indigenous peoples in Siberia and more generally on Circumpolar Northern communities. Aileen has ongoing research on sustainable development in the Arctic regions, notably its urban areas; region-building in the Arctic and the Barents Region; identity politics in indigenous and non-indigenous Northern communities; the impact of industrialization and post-industrialization on mono-industry towns in the High North; and the politics of community sustainability in Russia in comparative perspective.
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Andrey Krivorotov
Shtokman Development AG, Russia
Dr. Krivorotov holds PhD in Economics and serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors and Head of the Corporate Relations Department at “Shtockman Development AG.” His expertise is in oil and natural gas development in the Arctic.
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Andrey N Petrov
Director, ARCTICenter University of Northern Iowa, USA
Dr. Andrey N. Petrov is Director of the ARCTICenter and Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Northern Iowa. Dr. Petrov is an economic and social geographer who specializes in Arctic economy, regional development and post-Soviet society, with an emphasis on the social geography of indigenous populations of Russia. His current research is focused on regions of the Russian and Canadian North and concerns regional development, spatial organization, and restructuring of peripheral economies. Dr. Petrov leads the Research Coordination Network in Arctic Sustainability (Arctic-FROST). He has published on issues pertaining to socio-economic crisis, development, and demographic dynamics of indigenous and non-Indigenous populations in the North.
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Ann Crawford
Administrative Assistant, ARCTICenter, University of Northern Iowa, USA
Ann is the administrative assistant at the ARCTICenter, University of Northern Iowa, USA. She provides administrative support for Arctic-FROST and Arctic-COAST projects, among others.
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Anthon Shcherbak
Researcher, Karelian Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Anton Shcherbak is a researcher at the Institute of Economics of the Karelian Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is a specialist in renewable energy solutions. He is both a researcher and a patented innovator.
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Beth Kerttula
Currently: Attorney; Previously: Director US National Ocean Council in the Exec. Office of the President; 15 years in the Alaska State Legislature - 7 of those as House Minority Leader; Member of the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission; Assistant Attorney General in Oil, Gas and Mining and Alaska Coastal Zone Management; President Alaska Bar Association
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Biljana Presnall
VP/Creative Director, Jefferson Institute, USA
Biljana Presnall is an online educator, author, instructional designer, future thinker and Vice President at the Jefferson Institute. She and her team of developers and designers apply emerging technologies for use in democratization processes. She has over 15 years of extensive development and management experience across the education, business and technical domains. She led several breakthrough ICT projects, including: Digitization of the Military Archive of Serbia, Advanced Distributed Learning in the MOD of Serbia, and development of the VIDI data visualization Tool Set. She authored many multi-media instructional courses used in academic settings and military training.
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DBHirshberg
University of Alaska Anchorage
Diane Hirshberg is Professor of Education Policy at the Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), and director of the UAA Center for Alaska Education Policy Research. She also serves as Advisor to the UAA Chancellor on Arctic Research and Education. Her research interests include education policy analysis, indigenous education, circumpolar education issues, and school change. Dr. Hirshberg sits on both the International Arctic Social Sciences Association Council and the steering committee for the NSF-Funded Arctic FROST Research Collaboration Network. She also is a member of the “visionary group” for the Advancing Native Dialogues on Racial Equity project with the First Alaskans Institute. She teaches in the UAA Honors College and the College of Education. She has a PhD in Education from UCLA, a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley.
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Donald Forbes
Senior Research Scientist and Adjunct Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada Research Scientist Emeritus, Geological Survey of Canada
Donald Forbes is a Research Scientist Emeritus with the Geological Survey of Canada at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Dalhousie University. Don has been involved for over 40 years in studies of Arctic coasts and related processes, including coastal flooding and erosion hazards and coastal response to climate change, working throughout the Canadian Arctic, as well as in southern Canada, Ireland, and the South Pacific. He was an early proponent and has served as project co-lead over the past 12 years of the ArcticNet Network of Centres of Excellence. Don is an Associate Editor of Sustainability Science and Vice Chair of Future Earth Coasts (formerly LOICZ). He edited the State of the Arctic Coast 2010 report, co-sponsored by IASC, LOICZ, AMAP, and IPA. His recent work has focused on research co-design and knowledge sharing in northern coastal communities, aiming to enhance local knowledge accessibility to support adaptation and sustainability. He is a founding member and co-lead of CACCON, the Circum-Arctic Coastal Communities KnOwledge Network.
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Emily Francis
Graduate Assistant, University of Northern Iowa, USA
Emily Francis is a graduate student at UNI. She specializes in environmental geography and GIS. Her research focuses on wild reindeer/caribou and environmental dynamics in the Arctic, particularly in Taimyr.

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