Eleanor Huffines is a senior officer with Pew’s Arctic Ocean-U.S. project, which works to promote science- and community-based conservation of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas. Huffines collaborates with communities, scientists, and government personnel to influence policy affecting the environment, subsistence cultures, and sustainable development.
Huffines has spent more than 20 years living and working in Alaska. Before joining Pew, she served as regional director for the Wilderness Society and conservation director for the National Outdoor Leadership School. She also spent 10 years as a guide with the school, leading people from around the world on paddling, hiking, and climbing expeditions throughout Alaska and the Arctic. Huffines has served on the Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Council, Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, and Trustees for Alaska Public Interest Law Firm board of directors, among other bodies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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This week’s gathering of science ministers from around the world for the White House Arctic Science Ministerial is drawing well-deserved attention to the need for reliable, actionable information about the Arctic region. Read More
On Aug. 15, I moderated a Pew webinar with Roger Rufe, former vice admiral of the U.S. Coast Guard, and Austin Ahmasuk, an advocate with Kawerak Inc., a tribal nonprofit based in Nome, Alaska, that advocates for Alaska Native communities, to discuss the cultural, ecological, and economic stakes of increased vessel traffic in this sensitive Arctic region. Read More
In June 2015, Pew, along with Audubon Alaska, Friends of the Earth, Oceana, the Ocean Conservancy, Pacific Environment, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and WWF, submitted recommendations on a Port Access Route Study (PARS) for the northern Bering Sea and the Bering Strait that is being conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard. Read More