Barrow Arctic Science Consortium

While in Barrow, we had the incredible opportunity to meet with scientists conducting research at the Barrow Arctic Science Consortium, a non-profit organization collectively run by the North Slope Borough (the regional government of Alaska’s North Slope), the Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation (a corporation owned by the native people of Barrow) and Ilisagvik College (Barrow’s post-secondary educational institution). BASC executive director Glenn Sheehan introduced us to several scientists focused on arctic bird studies, and we met several others in the BASC dormitory, where we stayed. The impact BASC has made in Barrow is notable: In 2007, for example, the Alaska state legislature proclaimed Barrow “Alaska’s Arctic Science City” because it is home to the BASC facility.

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