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 leads 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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Many have predicted that the loss of summer sea ice in the Arctic will soon trigger a dramatic increase in commercial ship traffic through Canada’s Northwest Passage. This rests on the assumption that summer sea ice has been the main obstacle to expanded use of this Arctic Ocean shortcut from Asia to Europe, and to easier and more profitable access to Arctic minerals. Read More
In late summer 2010, thousands of walruses came ashore, or hauled out, within earshot of the Iñupiat Eskimo community of Point Lay on the northwest coast of Alaska. Small numbers of these marine mammals were known to haul out from time to time in this region, and a massive herd had first done so a few years earlier. But this was the first time the animals had chosen a spot close to human... Read More