Melody Brown Burkins
Director, Institute of Arctic Studies
Sr Assoc Director, John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding
UArctic Chair in Science Diplomacy and Inclusion
Governing Board Member & Fellow, International Science Council (ISC)
Melody Brown Burkins, PhD, is the Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies, Senior Associate Director in the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, and Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth. In January 2022, she was also named the UArctic Chair in Science Diplomacy and Inclusion. With over 30 years of experience as a polar scientist working in academia and governance, she is an advocate for policy-engaged scholarship, experiential education, and the support of science policy and diplomacy initiatives advancing sustainability, inclusion, and gender equality in the Arctic and around the world.
The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding
- Ph.D. Dartmouth
- M.S. Dartmouth
- B.S. Yale
Hanson, A. and Burkins, M.B. (2020): Melting and Mining in Greenland: Understanding Arctic Climate Change Through Dialogue with Locals | Georgetown Journal of International Affairs
Edwardson, A., Wenzel, M., Allen, S., Fitzpatrick, S., and Burkins, M.B. (2020) Understanding Climate Change Through Storytelling, Culture, and Art | UArctic Shared Voices Magazine
Lambert, K., Garlick, S., Burkins, M.B., Weiss, M., Besley, J., and Cloyd, E. (2019) The Future of Boundary Spanning for Science & Society | AAAS Center for Public Engagement in Science & Technology Blog
Selected Works & Activities
Editorial Oversight Committee, ISC-Nature Working Scientist Podcasts on Diversity in Science
Invited Participant and Moderator, Circling the Arctic: Security and the Rule of Law in a Changing North, Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law & Annenberg Public Policy Center, 2020
Founding Member, UArctic Gender in the Arctic Knowledge Production Thematic Network, 2020
Advisory Board, Global Assessment Report (GAR), United Nations' Office of Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), 2020
Governing Board Member, International Science Council (ISC), 2018-present
Chair, U.S. National Academies' Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO), 2019-present
Past Chair, U.S. National Committee for Geological Sciences (USNC-GS)
Invited Participant and SPIDER Advisory Board Member, Global Meeting of the Foreign Ministries Science & Technology Advice Network (FMSTAN) and Science Policy in Diplomacy and External Relations (SPIDER) Network, Vienna, Austria, November 25-26, 2019.
Invited Participant & Speaker: 2019 STRINGS Workshop: Steering Research and Innovation for Global Goals, University of Sussex; London, November 2019
Invited Speaker for Women's Equality Day, U.S. Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (US-CRREL), August 30, 2019.
Invited Speaker, "Inclusive Science Diplomacy," American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center for Science and Diplomacy and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) "Train the Trainers" Science Diplomacy and Leadership Workshop, Trieste, Italy, August 27-29, 2019.
Invited Participant, "Sustainability Science 2.0" Workshop of the US Global Hub for Future Earth and Science and Technology for Sustainability Program of the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics, George Mason University, Arlington, VA, June 21, 2019.
Invited Panelist & SPIDER Advisory Board Member, "STI Diplomacy for the Sustainable Development Goals," International Forum for Science and Technology Diplomacy (IFSTD), Muscat, Oman, February 9-13, 2019
UArctic Observer to the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) and Senior Arctic Officials (SAO) Meetings, Rovaniemi, Finland, 29 October–2 November 2018
Lead Organizer & Host, "Science and Diplomacy in the Arctic" Leadership Conference and Model Arctic Council Simulation, John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA, June 26-30, 2017
Interview: "Geology & Diplomacy," The Foreign Policy Project Podcast, January 12, 2017