Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


APECS Webinars

Working with Northern Communities
Gary Kofinas
University of Alaska Fairbanks

In this seminar Dr. Kofinas addresses considerations when working within Northern communities—such as going through the proper channels to obtain permission to work in the communities, identifying and coordinating with local interests, ways to ensure involvement of the local community in the research, how to reciprocate knowledge back to the community, and how to ensure personal safety for researchers working in remote communities.

Recorded on 23 November 2010

This video is part of an online lecture series coordinated by APECS, US NSF ARCSS Thermokarst Project, and the University of Canterbury to help early career polar researchers navigate their careers. For more information on the full series, visit

Gary Kofinas, Associate Professor of Resource Policy and Management at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, with a joint appointment in the School of Natural Resources & Agricultural Science and the Institute of Arctic Biology. Gary’s research has focused on community resilience and sustainability, addressing questions of adaptive co-management of wildlife, community-based ecological monitoring, and participatory modeling and scenario analysis in planning. He has served as Coordinator and Director/PI of University of Alaska-Fairbank’s Resilience and Adaptation Program (an NSF IGERT), which offers PhD- and masters-level education and training in sustainability science. He is co-editor of Principles of Ecosystem Services: Resilience-Based Resource Management (Springer-Verlag Press 2009). Gary received his PhD from the University of British Columbia in Interdisciplinary Studies/Resource Management Science.

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