It is our vision that POLARIS serves as a platform and catalyst for helping Arctic Indigenous populations adapt and become resilient to environmental changes.

We are a group of researchers, students, educators, community members, and policy makers coming from different background and places but working together toward building a resilient and equitable Arctic.

Transdisciplinary Team of Researchers, Students, Educators, Community Members, and Policy Makers

Our interdisciplinary researchers are experts in the fields of anthropology, demography, economics, ecology, education, geography, plant science, policy, sociology, and women’s studies from Pennsylvania State University, Michigan Technological University, University of Alaska Anchorage, and University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Photo Credit:

Guangqing Chi

Community Focused Collaboration

We take a deeply transdisciplinary approach to create significant impacts through the integration of research, education, outreach, community engagement, and international collaboration activities. We work collaboratively with locally hired researchers, educators, and other community members, who are our intellectual partners, during each stage of our project to co-produce and disseminate the knowledge to be gained from this project.