Welcome to Arctic Coast!
The Arctic Coast network consists from scientists, researchers, policy and decision makers, and young local and indigenous leaders.
University of Minnesota Duluth
PhD Student, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Rudy Riedlsperger is a PhD candidate (Geography) at Memorial University in St.John’s Newfoundland supervised by Dr. Trevor Bell and Dr. Arn Keeling. He is interested in research for Arctic sustainability, in particular approaches to resolving current housing crises that affect the health and well-being of individuals and communities in the Canadian North. His Master’s research explored how climatic and socioeconomic changes affect winter travel routes in Inuit communities of Nunatsiavut.
Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut, USA
Dr. Stephenson’s research lies at the intersection of environmental change and human economic and transport systems. His work explores future shipping scenarios for the Arctic in a context of climate change, with focus on the development of extractive resource economies and trade networks.
Student, Russian State Hydrometeorological University, Russia
Svetlana is a graduate student at the State Hydrometeorological University and a member of the Inuit Circumpolar Council-Chukotka. She is interested in Indigenous rights, cultural heritage and protection of Indigenous homelands in Chukotka.
Researcher, Karelian Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Dr. Stepanova is a researcher at the Institute of Economics of the Karelian Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences. She specializes in the studies of regional tourism as a tool of economic development in the North.
Senior Researcher, Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Dr. Tatiana Vlasova is a leading researcher at the Institute of Geography, Russia where she received her PhD in social/economic geography. Her experience in the Arctic is based on her fieldwork and participation in several international multidisciplinary projects such as; Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, Local Health and Environmental Reporting from the Indigenous Peoples of the Russian North (UNEP Grid-Arendal), Arctic Social Indicators, and the Arctic Resilience Report. Her current research interests include socially-oriented observations and assessments of quality of life conditions and human capital development involving traditional and local knowledge. She is the leader of the project team devoted to the construction to the "Integrated Arctic Socailly-Oriented Observation System" (IASOS), a network of observation sites in the Russian North.
Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Trevor Bell is a University Research Professor in Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada. For over three decades he has researched landscape history from a variety of perspectives, including climate change impacts and human-environment interactions. He has played an important role in the ArcticNet NCE, both as project leader and coordinator of the eastern Canadian Arctic integrated regional impact assessment. Trevor recently co-authored the North Coast chapter in the 2016 Government of Canada publication on Canada’s Marine Coasts in a Changing Climate. In 2013, he shared the Arctic Inspiration Prize with the Nunatsiavut Government for their knowledge-to- action program on healthy homes in sustainable subarctic communities. Trevor has led the recent development of the SmartICE initiative, which supports safer travel for sea-ice users and shipping in northern coastal regions. He is a founding member and co-lead of CACCON, the Circum-Arctic Coastal Communities knOwledge Network.
Graduate Student, University of Northern Iowa, USA
Varvara Korkina is a graduate student and research assistant in the ARCTICenter, University of Northern Iowa. Varvara is an indigenous youth and human rights activist with interests in cultural economy, dynamics of indigenous cultures and community well-being. Prior to arriving to UNI, she directed the Center for Indigenous Culture in St. Petersburg, Russia and served as a Special Assistant to the Rector of the State Polar Academy. Varvara received her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the Altai State University and completed graduate work in Public Policy at the State Polar Academy.
Researcher, Moscow State University, Russia
Yulia completed her studies at Petrozavodsk State University as Ecologist and Interpreter in 2006. Currently she is a Research Assistant at Khibiny educational and scientific base of the Faculty of Geography M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University. Her research focuses on social and economic development of single-industry communities of Murmansk region and the environmental challenges they are facing with. In 2007 she has been involved in IPY PPS Arctic project as a member of Benefits Russian Team and served as a coordinator for socially oriented observations on quality of life of people in Murmansk region. Currently she is the member of APECS Executive Committee 2011-2016 (President 2011-2012), IASC Fellow to ISIRA (International Science Initiative in the Russian Arctic) Group and the part of EU 7FP INTERACT Project (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic).