Air National Guard. He has served on numerous boards and committees, including Gwich’in Council International, the Alaska Native Health Board, and the Eastern Interior Subsistence Federal Regional Advisory Committee. He served as deputy mayor of Fort Yukon, and is a member of the Alaska Board of Game. Fleener holds a Bachelor of Science degree in natural resource management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and has completed substantial graduate work in resource management at the University of Calgary. Mr. Fleener recently received an MS from the Resources and Environment Program at the University of Calgary.


Karen Frey is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University (Worcester, MA). Karen earned a B.A. (1998) in Geological Sciences from Cornell University, as well as an M.A. (2000) and a Ph.D. (2005) from the Department of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests involve the combined use of field measurements, satellite remote sensing, and GIS to study large-scale linkages between land, atmosphere, ocean, and ice in polar environments. Over the past decade, she has conducted field-based research in West Siberia and East Siberia, as well as in the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas. Her most recent work focuses on impacts of permafrost thaw on river biogeochemistry and impacts of sea ice decline on biological productivity in polar shelf environments.


Cheryl Rosa currently serves as Deputy Director and Anchorage-based Alaska Director of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission. In this position, she assists the seven-member, presidentially appointed Commission in its efforts to strengthen Arctic research and ties to the State of Alaska and international partners. Dr. Rosa received a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University and a Doctorate in Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is a Research Biologist and Wildlife Veterinarian for the North Slope Borough (NSB) Department of Wildlife Management in Barrow, Alaska. Her term appointment to the USARC, from the NSB, is through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act Mobility Program. Dr. Rosa has been active on the North Slope in a wide range of studies, including wildlife health and zoonotic disease, marine mammal stranding response, subsistence food safety, and oil spill/offshore discharge research. Her fieldwork includes marine and terrestrial mammal research in both the United States and Russia. Dr. Rosa has been active on many different local, state, and federal committees. She has served as an advisor to the North Slope Borough Fish and Game Management Committee, the Joint Commissions of the Inuvialuit Game Commission and the North Slope Borough, and the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission. She is also a member of the International Whaling Commission’s Scientific Committee,



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