The Institute of Arctic Studies
Director: Ross A. Virginia
Associate Director: Matthew Ayres
Program Manager: Lee McDavid
Science Outreach Coordinator: Lauren Culler
A unit of the Dickey Center, the Institute of Arctic Studies was founded in 1989 in recognition of Dartmouth’s distinguished history in Arctic and northern studies. Our aim is to facilitate faculty and student research, teaching, and an understanding of issues facing high latitude regions. We connect Dartmouth faculty from the College and the Professional schools with colleagues at the U.S. Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab (CRREL, Hanover, NH) to develop programs that promote scholarship and engage students in the cultural, political and scientific issues of the circumpolar North and Antarctica. The Institute’s programmatic vision includes Canada, Greenland, the Nordic countries, Russia, and the polar region of the south, Antarctica. As Dartmouth’s representative at the University of the Arctic, the Institute provides access to polar studies around the world, and has partnered with the University of the Arctic to create the Institute for Arctic Policy, a forum for connecting scientists, policymakers and indigenous leaders on issues of climate, health, security, and development. The Institute provides research and fellowship support to students interested in polar issues and guidance in selecting a course of study. Its Stefansson Research Fellowship honors Dartmouth’s distinguished Arctic explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson by supporting student research in the polar regions. The Institute also sponsors seminars, conferences, and workshops to highlight the importance of the Arctic region in world affairs and the global ecosystem, and it supports two students organizations, the Dartmouth Council on Climate Change (DC3) and the Science, Technology, and Engineering Policy Society (STEPS). A critical initiative of the Institute is graduate programming in Polar Environmental Change and international science education and outreach through the National Science Foundation’s Joint Science Education Project in Greenland and the Joint Antarctic School Expedition. The Institute also provides leadership for the U.S. State Department’s Fulbright Arctic Initiative, a network of scholars, professionals and applied researchers from Arctic Council member countries.