Pew’s U.S. Arctic project seeks to protect environmentally sensitive areas of America’s Arctic waters—including the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort seas—from harm caused by industrial fishing, offshore oil and gas development, and ship traffic and to promote science-based policies to guide environmentally responsible development of industrial activities in the U.S. Arctic Ocean. Pew supports indigenous fishing and hunting rights.

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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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.