VP Research UArctic, Professor
University of Oulu and University of the Arctic
Arja Rautio, MD, Ph.D., VP Research University of the Arctic, Professor in Arctic
Research, Thule Institute and Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Finland.
Her research interests are on population studies, Indigenous health and wellbeing, research ethics, and One health and climate change.
The on-going projects are EU-funded:
- (H2020-BG-2016-2017) Permafrost thaw and the changing Arctic coast, science for socio-economic adaptation, Nunataryak,
- (H2020-FP-2014-2020, Nro 825762) Metabolic effects of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: novel testing METhods and adverse outcome pathways, EDCMET
- (ENI-2017-387477) Development of think tank functions of the Northern Dimension Institute, and Arctic Council project on One Health.
Dr Rautio is working as a national key expert in the Human Health groups of the Arctic Monitoring Assessment Programme (AMAP) and the Arctic Council's Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG). She has been a member of the Social and Human Sciences Working Group of the International Arctic Science Committee. At the moment she is a board member of International Union of Circumpolar Health and Chair of Nordic Society for Circumpolar Health.
Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
Dr. Emily Jenkins, Ph.D., DVM, BSc Hon., is Professor, Department of Veterinary Microbiology,
Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon,
Canada, and previously served as the Wildlife Disease Specialist for the Government
of Canada. She teaches in parasitology, public health, One Health, and emergency management.
Her research takes a One Health approach to diseases that transmit among animals and people via food, water, vectors, and the environment in the North.
Locally, she serves as chair of the Wildlife Health Research Fund and University Northern Studies Committee. More broadly, she is Canadian representative to the Terrestrial Working Group of the International Arctic Science Committee, a member of the Alaska CDC and Native Tribal Health Consortium One Health working group, and the Climate Change and Infectious Disease working group, International Circumpolar Surveillance of Emerging Infectious Disease, Arctic Council.
She also serves as Associate Editor of the International Journal for Parasitology – Parasites and Wildlife and on the Editorial Advisory Board of Food and Waterborne Parasitology.
International Arctic Research Center
Dr. John Walsh is the Chief Scientist of the International Arctic Research Center
and President’s Professor of Global Change at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
He is also the Co-Director of the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy.
His research has addressed arctic climate and weather variability, both as observed
historically and predicted for the future.
Walsh was a lead author for the 2014 U.S. National Climate Assessment and for the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Prior to moving to Alaska in 2003, he spent 30 years on the faculty of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois.
He has co-authored a textbook, Severe and Hazardous Weather.
Indigenous Knowledge/Science Advisor
Inuit Circumpolar Council
Carolina Behe is the Indigenous Knowledge/Science advisor for the Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska. As part of the Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska team, she is fortunate to work within a diverse range of topics inclusive of food security, biodiversity to management and policy. Within the past couple of years, Carolina has been part of a team with focus on Inuit food sovereignty. Internationally, Carolina acts as the Inuit Circumpolar Council Head of Delegation on the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna working group board and brings forward ICC’s positions within the Convention on Biological Diversity. Much of ICC’s work within these international foras are focused on ensuring an Inuit perspective and interest are at the table. Additionally, a high amount of focus is placed on the involvement of Indigenous Knowledge and promoting the use of a co-production of knowledge approach to bring together Indigenous Knowledge and science. Carolina's work allows for her to work within two knowledge systems, Indigenous Knowledge and science. Indigenous Knowledge takes a holistic view and sees how many pieces fit together. Working with this understanding and way of knowing, combined with science, will aid in make adaptive ecosystem based decisions.
Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Dept. of Ecosystem and Public Health
Dr. Susan Kutz is a Professor in the Department of Ecosystem and Public Health at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, a Canada Research Chair in Arctic One Health, and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Since her first foray into the Arctic in 1988, she has worked there continuously, addressing issues at the animal-environment-human interface. In partnership with local communities, she has developed community-based wildlife health surveillance programs with the goal of early detection of change in wildlife populations, protection of public health, and facilitating the incorporation of local and traditional knowledge into wildlife co-management. Her research brings local, traditional and scientific knowledge together to understand the impacts of a warming Arctic on the health of muskoxen and caribou and the consequent effects on food security in the Arctic. She is recognized around the Circum-Arctic for her wildlife health expertise and recently co-edited the first edition of the book Reindeer and Caribou Health and Disease. She also pioneered the Northern Community Health veterinary program in the Sahtu Settlement area, NWT, where she and her team have delivered annual veterinary services to five Dene communities for 14 consecutive years, while at the same time providing young veterinarians with unique cross-cultural experiential learning opportunities.