Arctic - U.S.


Meet the Team

Eleanor Huffines

Senior officer

Eleanor Huffines is a senior officer for Pew’s U.S. Arctic project, which promotes science- and community-based conservation of U.S. Arctic waters, including the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas.

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Henry Huntington, Ph.D.

Science director

Henry Huntington 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 other publications, ranging from the conduct of social science research in indigenous communities to the impacts of climate change on marine mammals. Huntington 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.

Raychelle Daniel

Senior associate

Raychelle Daniel is a senior associate with Pew’s U.S. Arctic project and works to ensure that science, indigenous knowledge, and the concerns of indigenous communities are included in policymaking. A native of Tuntutuliak, Alaska, her natural resource management experience includes ecological monitoring, marine ecology, and conservation science. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in zoology from the University of British Columbia’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries.

Ellie Humphries

Senior associate

Ellie Humphries is a senior associate with Pew’s U.S. Arctic project and coordinates efforts to balance development with conservation of important marine areas and resources in the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea. With more than 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Humphries’ work has focused on natural resource management strategy and advocacy, community outreach and capacity building, science education, and communications. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biological anthropology from Harvard University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.

Melissa Parks

Senior associate

Melissa Parks is a senior associate with Pew’s U.S. Arctic project advancing responsible policies to protect sensitive marine areas from the impacts of increasing industrial activities, with a particular focus on oil spill prevention and response. She has more than a decade of experience at nonprofits and in advocacy. Parks holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in international environmental policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

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Barbara Semedo

Manager, Communications