BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jen­nifer L. Burn­ham, Ph.D.

Jen­nifer is an Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Geog­ra­phy at Augus­tana Col­lege in Rock Island, Illi­nois.  She received her M.S. in geog­ra­phy from the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois, Champaign-Urbana, and her Ph.D. in earth and space sci­ences from the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton, Seat­tle.  Her dis­ser­ta­tion research focused on the spa­tial dis­tri­b­u­tion of organic car­bon stored in the soils of north­west Green­land.  This research has impor­tant impli­ca­tions for the study of car­bon cycling in the Arc­tic and the role that the release of pre­vi­ously frozen car­bon may have on global cli­mate change. Jen­nifer con­tin­ues to work in the Arc­tic and cur­rently focuses her research on the High Arc­tic Insti­tute methyl mer­cury and sta­ble iso­tope projects.  In alter­nat­ing years she brings under­grad­u­ate stu­dents to north­west Green­land to par­tic­i­pate in research projects.

 

Jack V. Cafferty

Jack was born and raised in Idaho, where he has spent a great deal of time enjoy­ing the out­doors since his early child­hood.  Upon receiv­ing a Bachelor’s degree in Biol­ogy from the Col­lege of Idaho in 1997, he made his first trip to Green­land Work­ing as a field assis­tant.  In early 2001, Jack began work­ing for The Pere­grine Fund on fundrais­ing, pub­lic rela­tions, and pub­li­ca­tions.  In late 2003, Jack took over the direc­tion of the envi­ron­men­tal edu­ca­tion pro­gram and the Velma Mor­ri­son Inter­pre­tive Cen­ter at the The Pere­grine Fund’s World Cen­ter for Birds of Prey and over­saw its con­tin­ued growth an expan­sion until sum­mer 2012.  Begin­ning in July 2012 Jack returned to his Alma mater (The Col­lege of Idaho) as the Direc­tor of Devel­op­ment and looks for­ward to help­ing the small lib­eral arts col­lege con­tinue to grow and expand.  Jack and his wife Ash­ley and son Jasper reside in Boise, Idaho, and enjoy spend­ing time in the out­doors.  Since that first trip to Green­land, he has returned many times to assist with field work and is a strong advo­cate for the High Arc­tic Institute’s con­tin­ued research in the Arc­tic.  It seems he can just never get enough of that cold arc­tic wind and the slip­ping and slid­ing on the talus slopes!

 

Jeff A. John­son, Ph.D.

Jeff is an Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Bio­log­i­cal Sci­ences and the Insti­tute of Applied Sci­ences at Uni­ver­sity of North Texas.  Prior to Uni­ver­sity of North Texas, he was an Assis­tant Research Sci­en­tist for five years with the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan Museum of Zoology-Bird Divi­sion and the Depart­ment of Ecol­ogy and Evo­lu­tion­ary Biol­ogy. While at Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan, he worked directly with mul­ti­ple researchers from The Pere­grine Fund to help incor­po­rate pop­u­la­tion genetic and phy­lo­ge­netic research into their active con­ser­va­tion pro­gram.  Jeff’s post­grad­u­ate edu­ca­tion focused on evo­lu­tion­ary and con­ser­va­tion biol­ogy research.  Jeff received his M.S. from the Zool­ogy Depart­ment at North Car­olina State Uni­ver­sity where he was inter­ested in ani­mal behavior-based ques­tions address­ing sex­ual selec­tion and other fac­tors con­tribut­ing to species diver­gence.  For his Ph.D. at Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin, Jeff was inter­ested in iden­ti­fy­ing fac­tors lead­ing to avian species extinc­tion.  This work pri­mar­ily addressed habi­tat frag­men­ta­tion and life his­tory con­straints in main­tain­ing viable pop­u­la­tions of prairie-grouse, and his stud­ies have been instru­men­tal in chang­ing prairie-grouse man­age­ment prac­tices by advo­cat­ing con­nec­tiv­ity among sub-populations to help main­tain dis­per­sal pat­terns and healthy pop­u­la­tions.  Since his dis­ser­ta­tion work, Jeff has con­tin­ued his research focus on con­ser­va­tion of nat­ural pop­u­la­tions dis­trib­uted through­out the world, includ­ing the Arc­tic and Antarc­tic, where he has a fas­ci­na­tion with the harsh envi­ron­ment and their unique and highly adapted inhabitants.

 

Calen Offield

Calen was born in Long Beach, Cal­i­for­nia and raised on Santa Catalina Island for the first eight years of his life before mov­ing to Laguna Beach.  At a young age, he was intro­duced to the impor­tance of con­ser­va­tion through his involve­ment with the Catalina Island Con­ser­vancy and expe­ri­ences with the Bill­fish Foun­da­tion.  Calen stud­ied a year of wildlife biol­ogy at Col­orado State Uni­ver­sity, before trans­fer­ring to Brooks Insti­tute of Pho­tog­ra­phy, where he grad­u­ated with a degree in Pho­tog­ra­phy.  He cur­rently works as a doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­pher, trav­el­ing the world for var­i­ous assign­ments.  Calen first trav­eled to Green­land in 2002 with The Pere­grine Fund, and his love of Green­land has con­tin­ued to grow as he works each year with the High Arc­tic Insti­tute on their ongo­ing research projects.