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Harriman Expedition Retraced:
2001 Participants


More than a century separates the original Harriman Expedition with the retracing in the summer of 2001. What connects the two endeavors is the interdisciplinary nature of the scientific team on board. Scientists from several disciplines, along with writers and artists from different backgrounds will travel together on this journey. While Edward H. Harriman is considered an irreplaceable American original, there are the participants listed below many whose work mirrors the efforts of the original expedition participants.

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Tom Litwin, Harriman Retraced Expedition Director is also director of the Clark Science Center at Smith College. He is an avian ecologist who studies the relationship of bird populations to ecosystem health. He served as the founding director of Smith's Environmental Science and Policy Program.

The Expedition Team

Elaine Abraham, Tlingit elder and Secretary of the Board of Commissioner's of the Alaska Native Science Commission, has developed Tlingit and Haida language programs for teachers in Alaska. She lives in her hometown of Yakutat.

Paul Alaback teaches forestry at the University of Montana, and carries out research on forests and grasslands in field sites from Alaska to Argentina. While in the U.S. Forest Service he conducted research in involving Alaskan old growth forests.

Vera Alexander is Professor of Marine Science and Dean, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. Her research has focused on the Bering Sea and is a member of the U.S Marine Mammal Commission.

Brad Barr is a marine biologist and Senior Policy Analyst in the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Sanctuary Program. Brad's work focuses on the role of marine sanctuaries in sustaining ocean ecosystems and fisheries.

Lawrence Charters, historian and computer guru, works at the National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He will provide technical expertise during the first leg of the expedition.

William Cronon is the Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he teaches history, geography and environmental studies. He has studied extensively the relationship between human activity and the landscape.

Kristine Crossen is Professor of Geology and chair of the Geology Department at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Her recent research involves a comparison of fifteen terrestrial and tidewater glaciers during the past 200 years.

Aron Crowell is an anthropologist with the Arctic Studies Center, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. He is based in Anchorage, Alaska, and focusing his work on prehistoric cultures of Southern Alaska and the Russian-American Period.

Kathryn Frost is a marine mammal researcher with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Alaska. She is also a championship dog sled racer.

Alison Hammer is the Harriman Expedition Retraced Web site master and will provide technical support during the second leg of the expedition. She is a physical scientist with National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Kim Heacox, photographer for the Harriman Expedition Retraced, is an environmental writer, wilderness photographer, and conservationist based in Gustavus, Alaska.

David Koester, anthropologist, teaches at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. He has carried out extensive fieldwork in remote areas on the Russian Kamchatka peninsula, focusing on the connections between history and culture.

Vivian Mendenhall, Marine Ornithologist, has studied shorebirds and sea ducks in Maryland, Australia and Alaska. She has conducted field research throughout the North Pacific, and the Bering and Chukchi Seas, as well as in the Sea of Okhotsk, Russia.

Richard Nelson is a writer, cultural anthropologist, and conservationist who has lived in Southeast Alaska for twenty-five years.

Sheila Nickerson is a writer and former Poet Laureate of the State of Alaska. Many of her works use wilderness and wildlife imagery as themes.

Brenda Norcross, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, specializes in fisheries oceanography and ecology, and the early life history of marine fish.

Robert Peck is a writer and naturalist, and a Fellow at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. He has served as the official chronicler of numerous expeditions around the world.

David Policansky is associate director of the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology and director of the program on applied ecology and natural resource management at the National Research Council. He was the Council's Study Director for their in-depth evaluation of the Bering Sea ecosystem.

Patricia Savage is a Raleigh, North Carolina-based artist who has specialized in nature and animal watercolor work for many years. She is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.

Kay Sloan is a cultural historian, novelist and poet who teaches creative writing at Miami University in Ohio. Significantly, she is co-author of Looking Far North, a history of the 1899 expedition.

Pam Wight is an internationally recognized specialist in ecotourism, community development and environmental planning. Projects have taken her to China, Italy, Caribbean, and Alaska.

Kesler Woodward is an artist, curator and Professor of Art at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. His work has focused on the art of Alaska and the circumpolar North.

Rosita Worl is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alaska Southeast and interim executive director of the Sealaska Heritage Foundation in Juneau. She also serves as Tribal Anthropologist for the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indians of Alaska.

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