Fulbright in the Arctic – Meet the Scientists Invitation to engage with Fulbright Arctic Research Scientists and provide input into their work

Organized by: Fulbright Commission Iceland in cooperation with the US State Department‘s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the National Science Foundation. 5. September 2017

Fulbright scholars and fellows, who are commencing Arctic research projects in Iceland, will provide a brief overview of their projects, before the meeting breaks up into roundtables to discuss each project.

Saturday, October 14, 16:00 - 17:30
Location: Háaloft, Eighth Level

The panelist will give some additional information at the start of the group work and then invite comments, questions and advice from the participants. This will give the researchers an opportunity to discuss their project with interested members of the public and give conference participants an opportunity to engage with the scientists and bring up issues, concerns, questions and comments in the early stages of the research project, including insights from other Arctic countries, different disciplines and approaches. The session will help the scientists to achieve a broader perspective on their research, make useful contacts and gain new insights. Each group will briefly report back on their discussions. Finally, participants will be given information on future Fulbright Arctic opportunities.

Roundtable Discussions

  • Bradley Barr, University of New Hampshire, Affiliate Professor, Fulbright-NSF Arctic Research Scholar at the Stefánsson Arctic Institute: Preserving Whaling Heritage in Iceland
  • John Bodinger, Chair, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Susquehanna University, Fulbright-NSF Arctic research scholar at the University of Iceland: Museums and Sovereignties: Displaying "the National" as Public Identity Narrative
  • Jay Nelson, Professor of Biological Sciences, Towson University, Fulbright-NSF Arctic research scholar at Hólar University College: How Will Arctic Fish Deal with Future Climatic Alterations of Temperature and Flow?
  • Charles Norchi, Professor of Law, Chair of Graduate Law Programs at the University of Maine, Fulbright-Ministry for Foreign Affairs Arctic Scholar at the Universities of Iceland and Akureyri: The Constitutive Process of the Arctic - How Law is Made and Applied
  • Virginia Vitzthum, Professor of Anthropology, Indiana University, Fulbright-NSF Arctic Research Scholar at the University of Iceland: Effects of Seasonal Variation in Photoperiod on the Behaviours and Physiology of Icelandic Women
  • Christina Anaya, PhD student in biology at Oklahoma State University, Fulbright-NSF Arctic Research Fellow, Hólar University College: Freshwater and Marine Snails as Parasite Biodiversity Indicators in Iceland
  • David Prieto, independent research, Columbia University, Fulbright-NSF Arctic Research fellow at the Stefánsson Arctic Institute: Investigating the Benefits of a Marine Protected Area Over the Central Arctic Ocean

Additional Speakers:

  • Mike Sfraga, Co-Lead Scholar, Fulbright Arctic Initiative, Belinda Theriault, Executive Director, Fulbright Commission Iceland
  • Michael Hawes, Chief Executive Officer, Fulbright Canada: An Overview of Fulbright Opportunities in the Arctic.


Belinda Theriault, Executive Director, Fulbright Commission Iceland