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Henry Huntington

Senior Officer, International Arctic
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Henry Huntington joined Pew in 2009 as the science director for the Arctic Program.

Before this, Huntington worked as a consultant in environmental research and policy, reviewing the regulation of subsistence hunting in northern Alaska, documenting traditional ecological knowledge of beluga and bowhead whales, studying Inupiat Eskimo and Inuit knowledge and use of sea ice, and assessing the impacts of climate change on Arctic communities and marine mammals. Huntington has also worked as a researcher and writer on a number of international research programs, among them the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, the Program for the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, and the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment. He has written two books and numerous articles, and has been published in journals such as Polar Research, Marine Policy and Ecological Applications.

Huntington 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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April 23, 2012

Leaders Urged to Impose Moratorium on Industrial Fishing in the Arctic

Henry Huntington, the Pew Environment Group’s Arctic science director, and Trevor Taylor, policy director for Oceans North Canada, discuss the need for Arctic leaders to develop an international fisheries agreement in the Central Arctic Ocean.

April 23, 2012

More than 2,000 Scientists Worldwide Urge Protection of Central Arctic Ocean Fisheries

In an open letter released by the Pew Environment Group, more than 2,000 scientists from 67 countries urged Arctic leaders to develop an international fisheries accord that would protect the unregulated waters of the Central Arctic Ocean.

January 4, 2012

Northern Exposure (Winter 2012 Trust Magazine Article)

As melting ice opens up the once-impenetrable Arctic, Pew wants science to guide the size of man’s expanding footprint in the remote region.

September 26, 2011

Closing U.S. Arctic Ocean Science Gaps

The Pew Environment Group and Ocean Conservancy released a white paper today recommending concrete steps the Obama administration should take to address science gaps and inform conservation and development decisions in America’s Arctic Ocean.

September 21, 2009

Decision Due Soon on Arctic Ocean Oil Drilling

A Los Angeles Times article on efforts by scientists and the public to halt oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean. The piece quotes Henry Huntington of the Pew Environment Group's Arctic program.

September 18, 2009

Scientific Understanding Must Precede Oil and Gas Development in the U.S. Arctic Ocean

America's Arctic has long been a place of myth and dream, where the Inupiat Eskimos have thrived, explorers endured and artists found inspiration. While competing visions of the Arctic have clashed in the past, we are now on a collision course between industrial development and the unspoiled environment that has supported Alaska Natives’ traditional culture.

September 17, 2009

Scientists Urge Halt to Offshore Oil and Gas in the U.S. Arctic

More than 400 scientists from the U.S. and 20 other countries have signed a strongly worded letter urging the Obama administration to defer offshore oil and gas development in the U.S. Arctic Ocean until research can adequately assess potential risks to fragile marine ecosystems.

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