Dr. Maribeth Murray

Dr. Maribeth Murray received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from McMaster University, a MA in archaeology from Memorial University and a BA from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is currently the Executive Director of the Arctic Institute of North America and Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Calgary. The Arctic Institute houses one of the largest Arctic library collections in North America. Prior to her appointment at UCalgary she was on the Faculty in Northern Studies and the International Arctic Research Centre at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is also the Director of the International Study of Arctic Change (ISAC), a pan-Arctic environmental research program supporting efforts to design and implement an Pan-Arctic Observing System of Systems.

Dr. Murray’s research is highly inter-disciplinary and focused on Arctic climate change, human and marine system interactions, and the research community’s response to rapid Arctic change. In recent years she has developed an interest in the creation of interoperable cyberinfrastructure to meet Arctic science and Inuit needs, and has published on such topics as stakeholder responses to Arctic change, the bioaccumulation of Hg in Arctic marine food webs and links to climate change and sea level rise, governance for adaptation to a changing Arctic, and arctic marine mammal biogeography, conservation and management. She is currently the Principle Investigator (PI) on the SSHRC funded Northern Seas Arctic Environmental and Climate History project, a PI on the US National Science Foundation funded Polar Voices initiative which is part of a larger Polar Climate Change Education project, and a Co-PI on the Genome Canada funded GENICE Microbial Genomics for Oil Spill Preparedness in Canada’s Arctic Marine Environment project.