Scientists & Educators

Humans are inherently visual beings, and the power of the Arctic Arts visual mission could not come at a more critical time, because as scientists we desperately need new tools to convey the absolute urgency of the climate crisis to the world it threatens.  The stunning visual imagery of Arctic Arts, coupled with succinct, fact-based science and education make for a powerful channel that appeals to the soul. It inspires us to re-think how we live, work, eat, move, and use energy so that we might take better care of the fragile blue planet on which we are so fortunate to flourish.  Seeing is understanding. - Bruce H. Vaughn

Merritt Turetsky

Director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research- University of Colorado With more than 20 years of experience working in boreal and arctic ecosystems, Merritt's work contributes to theoretical predictions of ecosystem structure and function, but it also applies to regulation of carbon in a global change world.

Bruce Vaughn

Bruce is a Research Associate, Fellow at University of Colorado, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. He manages the INSTAAR Stable Isotope lab and uses stable isotopes to study biogeochemical processes that control environmental change on human timescales. Jim White and Bruce Vaughn began the Stable Isotope Lab at INSTAAR in 1989

Vladimir Romanovsky

Dr. Vladimir Romanovsky is a Professor in Geophysics at the Geophysical Institute and the Department of Geosciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks. He also heads the Geophysical Institute Permafrost Laboratory

Shelly Sommer

Shelly is a communications specialist with Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is an advisor to the Arctic Arts Project.

Astrid Elisabeth Ogilvie

Astrid is a Fellow of INSTAAR, University of Colorado and Senior Scientist, Stefansson Arctic Institute, Iceland. Astrid studies the human ecology of Arctic and Subarctic regions; the environmental, social, and human history of countries bordering the North Atlantic; studies of sustainability and adaptability in Iceland, Greenland, Norway and Canada.

Jason Box

Jason Box is a professor in Glaciology and Climate at the Geologic Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS). He is a contributing author to most recent three Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) working group 1 assessment reports and a lead author on Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP) and US National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climate reporting.

William Moomaw

William Moomaw is Emeritus Professor of international environmental policy and founding director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at The Fletcher School. He currently serves as co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts, which he co-founded. He began working on climate change in 1988 and has been a lead author of five Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Reports.

Jim White

Jim White is the Dean of Arts and Sciences and past Director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at The University of Colorado and is also Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies Program. He is the founding Director of Environmental Studies Department at CU.

Susan Masino

Dr. Masino is the Vernon D. Roosa Professor of Applied Science at Trinity College and a joint appointment in Neuroscience and Psychology. Her research focuses on promoting and restoring brain health. In addition to her laboratory research Dr. Masino is interested in how public policies can improve brain health - with a special focus on New England’s amazing forests - and she is involved in local educational and environmental issues. During 2018-2019 she was a Charles Bullard Fellow in Forest Research at Harvard, and published a paper on the benefits of proforestation for climate change mitigation, biodiversity, and public health.  

David Bahr

David is a glaciologist who developed the technique widely used to calculate sea level rise from melting glaciers. A contributing author to the 2013 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, he is an affiliate at the University of Colorado Institute of Arctic and Alpine He was the 2013 Artist in Residence at Glacier Bay National Park.