Henry Huntington is a senior officer and science director for Pew’s Arctic Ocean projects, which promote science- and community-based conservation of Arctic waters in the United States, Canada, and Greenland, and among all countries that border the Arctic. Huntington oversees the projects’ efforts to advocate for scientifically sound policies that are consistent with subsistence cultures and sustainable development.
Before joining Pew in 2009, Huntington was an independent researcher, reviewing the regulation of subsistence hunting in northern Alaska, documenting traditional knowledge of beluga and bowhead whales, studying Iñupiat Eskimo and Inuit understanding and use of sea ice, and assessing the impacts of climate change on Arctic communities and marine mammals. Huntington has also worked on a number of international research programs, including the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, and the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment. He is the author of two books and dozens of scientific articles for journals such as Nature, Polar Research, Marine Policy, and Ecological Applications. In 2013, Huntington was selected as co-chair of a National Academy of Sciences committee on emerging research questions in the Arctic. The committee’s report provides guidance for study over the next 10 to 20 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Princeton University and master’s and doctoral degrees in polar studies from the University of Cambridge.
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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
When I think of Smith Bay, seashells and guillemots come to mind: seashells, because I once found a remarkable collection of beautiful shells on the shore there. And guillemots, because of the work of scientist George Divoky to understand the habits of these seabirds and what they tell us about the waters where they feed and the Arctic marine ecosystem of which they are such a visible part. Read More