University of Washington

Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies

The Canada Fulbright Visiting Chair in Arctic Studies brings scholars, scientists, practitioners and leaders involved in Arctic affairs to the University of Washington to build new synergies with Canadian colleagues and reinforce relations. The Canada Fulbright Visiting Chair in Arctic Studies is supported by the UW Office of Global Affairs, the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Social Sciences Division, College of Arts and Sciences, College of the Environment, and the Foundation for Educational Exchange Between Canada and the United States of America, Ottawa. The Canadian Studies Center, in the Jackson School, serves as the hosting unit for the Canada Fulbright Chair.

2014-15 Canada Fulbright Visiting Chair in Arctic Studies

Joel P. Heath, Executive Director, The Arctic Eider Society
UW Residency: October 6-November 27th & Spring Quarter 2015
Arctic Eider Society:
People of a Feather:
Office: Smith 204B
Office Phone:
Cell: 604-813-5635

Bio: Served as project leader for Canada’s largest International Polar Year Training, Education and Outreach project establishing long term community-driven research programs in Hudson Bay. He is Director/Producer of the award winning feature film People of a Feather. Heath has a Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University in Biological Sciences and broad interdisciplinary experience.

Research Project: Addressing cumulative impacts of environmental change and development projects on sea ice ecosystems through community-driven research with Inuit and Cree, and by developing capacity for environmental stewardship in Hudson Bay.

Description: This program combines Inuit and scientific knowledge to address cumulative impacts of environmental change and hydroelectric developments on sea ice ecosystems in Hudson Bay. Community driven research programs provide capacity to assess hydrological changes affecting sea ice habitats, oceanography and wildlife, with a focus on increasing entrapments and mortality of marine birds and mammals. This project will consider how increasing hydroelectric exports from eastern Canada to the U.S. provides new challenges as well as opportunities to address water management issues through policies which more closely match distribution with the natural timing of the hydrological cycle, mitigating impacts on sea ice and Inuit. A major emphasis will also be placed on establishing inter-jurisdictional stewardship for Hudson Bay by establishing a consortium of academics, government, communities and industry to assess cumulative impacts and address environmental justice issues in Hudson Bay.

Arctic & International Relations
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