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Scott Highleyman

Director, International Arctic
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Scott Highleyman joined Pew in 2009 to direct the International Arctic Program. Highleyman oversees non–U.S. Arctic marine campaigns that promote science and community-based conservation of the Arctic Ocean and the welfare of indigenous residents who rely on this ecosystem.

Highleyman has led conservation initiatives in Alaska and Canada for 25 years. He 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. He also served 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, Highleyman specialized in community-based and cross-border conservation projects, providing advice to the Canadian Boreal Initiative, Ducks Unlimited Canada, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council, The Pew Charitable Trusts and many other organizations.

Highleyman holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Williams College and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School at Madison.

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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.

August 18, 2011

The Arctic: Through Icy Waters

A Financial Times article about the many changes occurring in the Arctic, including enhanced accessibility to the region’s undiscovered oil reserves and exploration of the Arctic Ocean’s marine life, resulting in the need for a multilateral agreement to limit fishing in international waters, an effort in which Pew is engaged. International Arctic Program director Scott Highleyman is quoted.

May 12, 2011

Coastal Nations Urged to Preserve Arctic Waters

An article in The Globe and Mail about fishing in the Arctic Ocean includes a quote from the Pew Environment Group's Scott Highleyman.

August 21, 2010

Inuit Villages Sue to Stop Seismic Tests for Oil, Gas

The Seattle Times reports on efforts by Inuit villages to block efforts to search for oil using seismic testing.

August 12, 2010

Inuit Concerns Stall Seismic Testing

A Nature article on controversial plans to study Earth's crust in eastern Canadian Arctic waters includes a quote from the Pew Environment Group's Scott Highleyman.

February 5, 2010

Pew Environment Report Says Melting Arctic Could Cost $2.4 Trillion by 2050

The Pew Environment Group today released a report that for the first time quantifies the global cost of the Arctic’s declining ability to cool the climate, indicating that the rapid melting of the region could carry a minimum price tag of $2.4 trillion U.S. by 2050.

July 23, 2009

Arctic Shipping: Stormy Seas or Smooth Sailing

An op-ed by Scott Highleyman and Marilyn Heiman of the Pew Environment Group urging tighter shipping regulations to protect human lives and fragile ecosystems in the Arctic.

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Events & Appearances

February 4, 2011

Arctic Policy in a Changing Climate

Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

International Arctic director Scott Highleyman and Oceans North Canada Nunavut director Chris Debicki will be speaking on “Arctic Policy in a Changing Climate” at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy

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