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Matthew Druckenmiller


Matthew Druckenmiller

National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University
Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) Sea Ice Action Team


Matthew Druckenmiller is a Research Scientist at the University of Colorado Boulder’s National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and Research Faculty with Rutgers University’s Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences. Matthew’s work primarily focuses on understanding and communicating the societal implications of Arctic sea-ice loss.

Currently, he serves as the coordinator of the Sea Ice Action Network within the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) – a collaborative program of Arctic researchers, funding agencies, and stakeholders.

Matthew earned his doctorate in 2011 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he combined geophysical monitoring with local and indigenous knowledge to study how Iñupiat communities use and rely on a changing sea-ice environment for their traditional travel and hunting. During his time as a PACE (Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise) Fellow, he collaborated with Alaska’s North Slope Borough to investigate the impacts of changing Arctic marine habitat on the health and feeding success of bowhead whales.

With long-held interests in science policy, he has served as a Science Policy Fellow at the National Academies’ Polar Research Board (2005), a project manager at the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (2006), a AAAS Science Policy Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development (2013-2015), and currently as the second U.S. delegate to the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC).