The Sea Ice Action Network is led by the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) Sea Ice Action Team, which includes:

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Jennifer Francis (Sea Ice Action Team Co-lead) earned a B.S. in Meteorology from San Jose State University in 1988 and a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington in 1994. As a professor at Rutgers University since 1994, she has taught courses in satellite remote sensing and climate-change issues, and also co-founded and co-directed the Rutgers Climate and Environmental Change Initiative. Presently, she is a Research Professor in the Rutgers Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, and she studies Arctic climate change and Arctic-global climate linkages. She and her husband circumnavigated the world in a sailboat from 1980-1985, including Cape Horn and the Arctic, during which her interest in weather and the Arctic began. (Email:

Expertise: Atmospheric sciences, Climate change, Weather, Climate/weather linkages, Arctic climate system, Satellite remote sensing, Clouds, Radiative transfer, Sea ice, Snow, Arctic/global linkages, Sailing


Henry P. Huntington (Sea Ice Action Team Co-lead) studies human-environment interactions in the Arctic, including subsistence hunting, traditional knowledge, Iñupiat Eskimo and Inuit knowledge and use of sea ice, and the impacts of climate change on Arctic communities and Arctic marine mammals. He has been involved in several international research programs and has served on studies by the National Academy of Sciences, the Council of Canadian Academies, and the National Petroleum Council. Huntington has made long trips in the Arctic by dog team, open boat, and snowmobile, and lives in Eagle River, Alaska. (Email:

Expertise: Arctic coastal communities, Arctic navigation, Industrialization, Environmental Stewardship, International relations


Matthew Druckenmiller (Sea Ice Action Team Engagement and Communications Lead) earned his PhD from the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he combined geophysical monitoring with local knowledge to study how Iñupiat communities use and rely on a changing sea-ice environment. Previously, Matthew was a PACE (Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise) Fellow at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) where he collaborated with Alaska’s North Slope Borough to investigate the impacts of Arctic sea ice loss on bowhead whales. With long-held interests in science policy, he has served as a Science Policy Fellow at the National Academies’ Polar Research Board and a AAAS Science Policy Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development. (Email:

Expertise: Coastal sea ice dynamics, Arctic coastal communities, Science policy