Kurt K. Burn­ham, D.Phil., Pres­i­dent and CEO

Kurt was born in Col­orado and moved to Idaho at the age of nine.  Kurt grew up in the out­doors and trav­eled exten­sively around the world, vis­it­ing var­i­ous con­ser­va­tion and research projects through­out the third world with his father (for­mer pres­i­dent of The Pere­grine Fund, Dr. William Burn­ham).  Kurt first vis­ited Green­land in 1991 and received his Bachelor’s degree in Biol­ogy from Albertson’s Col­lege of Idaho in 1997.  Upon grad­u­at­ing Kurt began work­ing for The Pere­grine Fund man­ag­ing their Green­land Project, and in 2003 was appointed as their Arc­tic Projects Direc­tor.  In the fall of 2006 Kurt cre­ated the High Arc­tic Insti­tute and in the spring of 2008 received his D.Phil. from the Uni­ver­sity of Oxford, with his research focus­ing on Pere­grine and Gyr­fal­con pop­u­la­tions in Green­land.  Kurt has con­ducted field research in Green­land every sum­mer since 1991, spend­ing nearly three com­bined years of his life in Greenland.

Bridger W. Konkel, Logis­tics Field Man­ager (seasonal)

Bridger was born and raised in Wyoming where a rural upbring­ing instilled in him a deep con­nec­tion with the wilder­ness.  It was at his parent’s home at the foot of the Bighorn Moun­tains where he cul­ti­vated a var­ied set of out­door pur­suits.  Land­scape paint­ing soon came to the fore­front of those activ­i­ties, and fol­low­ing high school Bridger attended the Uni­ver­sity of Wyoming and then Lyme Acad­emy of Fine Arts to study tra­di­tional art tech­niques.  Bridger first trav­eled to Green­land with The Pere­grine Fund in 2006, and since then has returned each year with the High Arc­tic Institute.