International Polar Year Conference

Mary Engel, U.S.Arctic Program, 206.491.3365
Ruth Teichroeb, International Arctic, 206.453.2374

Oceans North at IPYA group of academics, advocates, scientists, decision makers, indigenous peoples, and industry representatives will attend the International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference in Montreal from April 22 to 27.

Organizers hope the conference will help translate new polar scientific findings into action that will influence global decisions, policies, and outcomes over the coming years. Several representatives from Pew's Arctic team, including staff from Oceans North Canada, will present research, policy analyses, and recommendations.

To join the conversation, follow the #IPY2012 hashtag on Twitter.

Learn more about Pew staff and partners in attendance:

Scott Highleyman
Mon. April 23, 1:30–3:00, RM: 516D, Polar Governance, Policy, and Management, Fisheries Governance in the Central Arctic Ocean in the Face of Unprecedented Access 

Raychelle Daniel
Weds. April 25, 10:00–12:00, RM: 513EF, Politics and Practice in Environmental Management: Lessons and New Challenges, Using All the Information: Implementing Ecosystem-Based Management in the U.S. Arctic

Louie Porta
Weds. April 25, 3:30–5:00, RM: 520D, Natural Resource Exploration, Exploitation and Commercial Activities including Tourism, When is Enough, Enough? Inuit Consultation and Engagement in Arctic Canada

Trevor Taylor
Thurs. April 26, 10:00–12:00,  RM: 511AD, ACTION FORUM - Toward Sustainable Polar Fisheries and Marine Areas, Davis/Baffin Fisheries

Henry Huntington
Thurs. April 26, 10:00–12:00,  RM: 514C, Linking Science and Policy Towards Environmentally Sustainable Development, Working Together: Towards A Vision for the Future of U.S. Arctic Waters


Scott Highleyman, International Arctic director, Pew Environment Group,  has led conservation initiatives in Alaska and Canada for 25 years. In Alaska, Scott was the first executive director of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, working with coastal communities, Alaska Natives and small boat commercial fishermen toward sustainable management of U.S. North Pacific fisheries. His experience also includes working as staff attorney for Trustees for Alaska, executive director of the Alaska Environmental Lobby and Congressional lobbyist for the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. As founder of Wildhavens Consulting, Scott specialized in community-based and cross-border conservation initiatives, providing advice to the Canadian Boreal Initiative, Ducks Unlimited Canada, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council, The Pew Charitable Trusts and many charitable foundations. Scott holds a B.A. from Williams College and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School at Madison. He lives in Bellingham, Washington.


Raychelle Daniel 

Raychelle Daniel, Senior Associate, Pew Environment Group U.S. Arctic Program, has more than 12 years of experience as a marine ecologist.  She grew up in the village of Tuntutuliak, near the mouth of the Kuskokwim River and Bering Sea, where subsistence was a way of life.  This influenced her academic interest in studying marine mammals.  She has worked on marine mammal research projects from the Beaufort Sea to Dixon Entrance in the Gulf of Alaska.  She also has done research on tropical ecosystems in the Pacific.  Prior to joining Pew, she was a conservation scientist with the advocacy group Ocean Conservancy.  She obtained a bachelor's of science degree at the University of Alaska in Juneau and a master's degree in science at the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre. 

Louie Porta 

Louie Porta, Science and Policy Analyst,  Oceans North Canada, holds a master's degree in resource and environmental management from Dalhousie University. Through his experience working as a fisheries biologist for the Fisheries Joint Management Committee, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Mi'kmaq Confederation for Prince Edward Island, he developed an expertise in community-based fisheries, marine mammal, and ecosystem monitoring and management. He led the Western Arctic Beluga Monitoring Program from 2008 -2010, helped develop and implement a marine mammal observer program for the Western Arctic, and contributed to the creation of the Tarium Niryutait Marine Protected Area.

Trevor Taylor 

Trevor Taylor, Policy Director, Oceans North Canada, was a cabinet minister in the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly from 2000 until late 2009 when he joined Oceans North Canada. When he left politics, Trevor was Minister of Transportation but also served as Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs, Innovation, Trade and Rural Development and the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation. Raised in Gunners Cove, Newfoundland, Trevor has been a northern cod and shrimp fisherman, skipper and board member of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers' Union, the Fisheries Resource Conservation Council and the Centre for Fisheries Innovation. He is based in Ottawa where he coordinates policy and leads the Baffin Bay fisheries ecosystem management campaign.


Henry Huntington 

Henry Huntington, Ph.D., Arctic Science Director, Pew Environment Group, is an Arctic scientist specializing in human-environment interactions including research on traditional knowledge. He is the author or co-author of more than three dozen scientific papers and numerous publications, ranging from the conduct of social science research in indigenous communities to the impacts of climate change on marine mammals. He has worked among and in collaboration with the Yupik, Inupiat, Inuvialuit and Inuit, as well as other Arctic indigenous peoples. His research has involved many Arctic indigenous organizations and international institutions including the Arctic Council, Inuit Circumpolar Council, Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission, the North Slope Borough and the Hamlet of Clyde River, as well as government agencies such as the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission and Environment Canada.