Published: May 15, 2020

Dr. Brian Buma photoBrian Buma is a member of the steering committee for the new NSF sponsored Trans-Arctic networking program.  Arctic port cities are witnessing increased maritime traffic; rural villages are facing displacement; and species are shifting their ranges north. These new mobilities present both challenges and opportunities for the North, but a lack of integration across research communities has hampered the advancement of our shared knowledge. 

The new Research Coordination Network will change that.

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to Georgetown University, in partnership with the University of Alaska Anchorage and the Arctic Institute, to establish a Research Coordination Network on Arctic Migrations. Dr. Brian Buma, of the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Colorado Denver, is serving as a steering committee member.

Mission: Migration in Harmony, An Interdisciplinary Network on Littoral Species, Settlements, and Cultures on the Move (MiH-RCN) is a major international initiative working to synthesize current research and build collaborative project teams to support a resilient, just, and sustainable Arctic in motion. Together, we strive to nurture a sense of community within the network by providing education, training, and exchange opportunities for all members, from high school students to senior scholars.