March 27, 2014
Dr. Henry Huntington joined the Pew Environment Group in 2009 as the Science Director for the Arctic Program and Oceans North Canada. Prior to this, Dr. 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.
Dr. Huntington has worked among and in collaboration with the Yupik, Inupiat, Inuvialuit, Inuit and 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. He has also worked with government agencies such as the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission and Environment Canada. Dr. 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 is the author or co-author of more than three dozen scientific papers and many other publications ranging from the conduct of social science research in indigenous communities to the impacts of climate change on marine mammals.
Dr. Huntington received his Bachelor’s degree in English from Princeton University and his Master’s and doctoral degrees in Polar Studies from the University of Cambridge.