What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic

The Team

Arctic Basecamp is made up of a small team of part time and pro bono scientists, data experts and communications staff. If you would like to contact a member of the team please email info@arcticbasecamp.org

Executive Team

Professor Gail Whiteman

Executive Director, Arctic Basecamp
Professor of Sustainability, University of Exeter Business School

Professor Gail Whiteman is the founder of Arctic Basecamp and Professor of Sustainability at the University of Exeter’s Business School (UK).

She is an expert on global risk arising from the systemic changes occurring in the natural environment.  She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Frontier Risk and was a scientific keynote speaker at WEF’s 2020 session at Davos “What’s at Stake: The Arctic” alongside panelists including Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Former US Vice President, Al Gore.  Since 2012, she is the Professor-in-Residence at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and is actively involved in building science-based targets collective business action, including those for a future low-carbon economy.  Her research utilises organisation theory on information flows to analyse how a range of actors (companies, civil society, and local communities) make sense of ecological risk, and how these actors transform and build resilience across scales given environmental pressures and social inequities.  She has over 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers, including in prestigious journals Nature, Nature Communication, and the Academy of Management Journal. Her PhD is from Queen’s University and her field work was conducted in the subarctic region of Canada.  She is regularly interviewed by the press. You can follow her @GenerationCO2

Lovro Valcic

Dr Lovro Valcic

Director of Operations, Arctic Basecamp Founder and CEO, Brincin Ltd.

Dr. Lovro Valcic is the founder and CEO of Bruncin Ltd, an agile and dynamic company with an outstanding team of R&D experts, working closely with scientists to develop custom solutions, systems, and sensors to facilitate fieldwork and research in the Polar regions.

Bruncin Ltd participates as a partner in various EU and USA funded research projects and field campaigns, providing a wide variety of solutions and support in hardware, communications and software.

Science Team

Professor Julienne Stroeve

Professor Julienne Stroeve

UCL Earth Sciences

Professor Stroeve is Professor of Polar Observation & Modelling at UCL, with wide-ranging research interests in the Arctic, including atmosphere-sea ice interactions, synoptic climatology, sea ice predictability, climate change and impacts on native communities.

Dr. Jennifer Francis

Dr. Jennifer Francis

Woodwell Climate Research Center

Dr. Jennifer Francis is Acting Deputy Director at Woodwell Climate Research Center. She has studied the Arctic climate system and how rapid Arctic change is affecting areas beyond the Arctic, particularly extreme weather in the northern hemisphere. She is regularly interviewed for radio and TV news programs, and is often quoted in major media outlets.

Professor Alun Hubbard

Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway

Alun is a glaciologist/climate scientist who’s passionate about icy environments. Over 30 years, he’s worked across the planet – Antarctica to Greenland, often off his sailboat – to understand how the cryosphere is melting, flowing and shrinking faster, thereby raising global sea levels. He has also popularised science in BBC’s “Frozen Planet“, Netflix’s “Our Planet“, “Chasing Ice” and other gong-winning documentaries on TV, internet and radio.  

Professor Jason Box

Geologic Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)

Jason Box is a professor in Glaciology and Climate at the Geologic Survey of Denmark and Greenland. Since 1994, he has made 30 expeditions to Greenland to install and maintain measurement networks on Greenland ice. News-maker highlights include an appearance in Leonardo DiCaprio’s film “Before the flood” in 2016.

Dr. Jennifer Watts

Woodwell Climate Research Center

Dr Jennifer Watts is an Assistant Scientist at Woodwell Climate Research Center.

Her experience is in using satellite remote sensing to inform climate and land use impacts on terrestrial vegetation, carbon cycling, and hydrology. She is especially interested in global wetlands and high latitude ecosystems.

Dr. Jennifer Lukovich

Centre for Earth Observation Science

esearch interests and experience include sea ice and atmospheric dynamics, in addition to science-policy interactions, in the context of climate change in the Arctic.
Dr. Dmitry Yumashev

Dr. Dmitry Yumashev

Small World Consulting

Dr. Dmitry Yumashev has worked on a range of projects with partners from academia, the private sector and UK Government. His contributions include scenario and uncertainty analysis of Arctic climate feedbacks and of soil carbon sequestration potential in the UK, as well as estimates of UK’s electronic waste flows to aid recycling policies and campaigns.

Science Associates

Professor David Hik

Chief Scientist and Executive Director - Programs, Polar Knowledge Canada

For the past 37 years, David’s research interests have focused on the ecology and ecosystem dynamics of Arctic, mountain and arid environments; impacts of climate variability and change on biodiversity and Earth system processes; determinants of social-ecological resilience; and the interface between science and policy.  He is currently conducting research in northern Canada and Iceland.

Dr. Susan Natali

Woodwell Climate Research Center

Dr Susan Natali is an Arctic ecologist whose focus on permafrost thaw is motivated by an acute awareness of the risks it poses. She leads Woodwell Climate’s Arctic Program, which investigates the drivers and consequences of rapid Arctic change. Her research examines the effects of permafrost thaw and fire on the storage or release of carbon, and thus, on global climate. 

Johan Rockström

Professor Johan Rockström

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Johan Rockström is Director of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He is an internationally recognised scientist for his work on global sustainability issues. He helped lead the internationally renowned team of scientists that presented the planetary boundaries frameworkas fundamental in maintaining a “safe operating space for humanity.”

Professor Eddy Carmack

Dr. Eddy Carmack

Institute of Ocean Sciences

Dr. Eddy Carmack, O.C. is an Emeritus Senior Scientist,  Fisheries and Oceans Canada. He has conducted pioneering science around icebreakers and led on international oceanographic work.

Dr. Mark Parrington

Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service CAMS

Dr. Mark Parrington is a senior scientist in the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) Development Section at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). He specialises in the application of Earth observation data, in situ measurements with numerical modelling to monitor global atmospheric composition and air quality. In recent years he has closely been monitoring, and working on science communication for, wildfires in the Arctic region and the impacts of smoke and other atmospheric pollution on the Arctic atmosphere.

Dr. Jan-Gunnar Winther

Dr. Jan-Gunnar Winther

Centre for the Ocean and the Arctic, Norwegian Polar Institute

Dr. Jan-Gunnar Winther, is Director of the Centre for the Ocean and the Arctic, Nofima, and Specialist Director, Norwegian Polar Institute. He is an experienced polar researcher and expedition leader, and serves on a large number of national and international committees.

Professor Bruce Forbes

Professor Bruce Forbes

University of Lapland

Professor Bruce Forbes is based at the Arctic Centre | Arktinen keskus, University of Lapland, and has conducted fieldwork in the Arctic for 33 years. His research is interdisciplinary and his participatory approach aims for co-production of knowledge with regional stakeholders.

Professor Craig Lee

Professor Craig Lee

University of Washington

Professor Craig Lee is a physical oceanographer at University of Washington. He specialises in observations for ocean research. Part of this work involves identifying advances that could be achieved through novel measurements and developing instruments to meet these needs.

Professor Konrad Steffen

Professor Konrad Steffen - In Memoriam

Swiss Federal Institute

Professor Konrad Steffen was Director of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research. He researched processes related to climate, cryospheric interaction, and sea level rise in Polar Regions based on in-situ and satellite observations. Konrad passed away in August 2020 whilst conducting fieldwork in Greenland. We will be forever grateful for his passion and research. 

Arctic Risk Platform Support

Moon Rabbit

Front end UI and UX (user interface/experience)

Moon Rabbit are a group of proudly misfit individuals who have found a home where they can be themselves.

Moon Rabbit is an independent agency created by a rare breed of people who aren’t satisfied with being conventional. Who know that creative license is worthless without true freedom of expression. Who are proudly misfit and consider the title a badge of honour.

Because if there’s something the world could use more of, it is genuine individuals who instinctively thrive to be authentic and inventive.

Arctic Portal Team

Back end UI (user interface)

The Arctic Portal team, Halldor, Fanney, Anseok, Aevar, Magnus and Mateusz, represent ArcData – Arcticportal.org based in Akureyri in northern Iceland. The team consists of experts in IT development, data management and visualization, communication and outreach,  operate www.arcticportal.org – the Arctic Gateway, and support numerous websites and portals of Arctic and Global importance.

The AP team are specialists in Arctic and Northern issues and have for decades  actively contributed to and  facilitated increased understanding and knowledge exchange among Arctic and Global stakeholders for the benefit of the environment and the people.   

Research Fellows

Maja Vahlberg

Climate Vulnerability Research Fellow

Godsway Kadey

Climate Vulnerability Research Fellow

Communications & Coordination Team

Kirby Gimson

Senior Project Manager

Helen Clay

Communciations Manager

Laura Secorun

Digital Strategy Manager

Arundeep Singh

Project Coordinator

Melina Turčinov

Project Manager

Zoe Oggel

Youth Co-ordinator

Executive Volunteers

Gwen Yu

Executive Volunteer

Gwen is a leader in sustainable finance. Until recently she was Head of Sustainable Business Strategy and Innovation at BNP Paribas where she set the bank’s global sustainable finance strategy, oversaw R&D projects in sustainable finance including the creation of a natural capital & local development impact fund, and built programmes to upskill all 200,000 BNP Paribas employees on sustainability. She represented BNP Paribas as a member of the European Commission’s Platform on Sustainable Finance on the data and usability subgroup and served as an alternate in the informal workgroup that helped set up the Taskforce on Nature Related Financial Disclosures (TNFD).

Hilary Struthers

Executive Volunteer

Simon Van Wyk

Executive Volunteer

Simon van Wyk is a Partner at ERM based in the Capital Projects team in Cape Town. He is a Certified Risk Management Professional (CRMP) and Professional Natural Scientist (Pr.Sci.Nat.) and an active member of the National Risk Intelligence Committee. He has a Master’s degree (Cum Laude) in environmental management with over 20 years of inter-continental expertise on capital project and infrastructure advisory spanning Africa, Middle-East, Far East and Australasia.

Key areas of expertise include mega projects and advanced project risk analytics across mining and resources, energy, oil and gas, buildings infrastructure, transport and defence sectors.