Prof. Paul Arthur Berkman

Past Global Perspectives Guest Speaker

Prof. Berkman is an Oceanographer, Explorer & Polar Specialist working on interdisciplinary connections between polar science, policy and information technology with regard to cooperative international governance of the Arctic Ocean, Antarctica and international spaces.

He is former Head of the Arctic Ocean Geopolitics Program at the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge and Research Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California Santa Barbara. In 2009, he chaired the Antarctic Treaty Summit in Washington, DC on the 50th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty.  In 2010, he convened the first NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Arctic Security to involve Russian co-directorship, stimulating subsequent dialogues with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and other institutions.  He serves as an expert consultant to the European Space Agency, a lead author for the second Arctic Human Development Report endorsed by the Arctic Council and as a principal investigator on the Arctic Climate Change, Economy and Society (ACCESS) project funded by the European Commission from 2011-15.

Among his books are:  Science Diplomacy: Antarctica, Science and the Governance of International Spaces (2011); Environmental Security in the Arctic Ocean: Promoting Cooperation and Preventing Conflict (2010); Science into Policy: Global Lessons from Antarctica (2002).  

Prof. Berkman has received the: Antarctic Service Medal from the United States Congress; NASA Faculty Fellowship at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology; Byrd Fellowship at Ohio State University; Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship at the National Institute of Polar Research in Japan; Erskine Fellowship in the Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury in New Zealand; and Fulbright Distinguished Scholarship at the University of Cambridge, U.K.  Paul has a master’s degree and doctorate in biological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow.  In 2011, he was elected to the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research.

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