photo by Carin Ashjian, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Lee W. Cooper
M.S., Botany, 1980
B.A., Biology, 1978
Chief Scientist and Co-Chief Scientist, eleven research cruises of the USCGC Healy, 2002-2013; four research cruises of the USCGC Polar Star and Polar Sea; multi-team shipboard experience aboard RV Alpha Helix (ten cruises), Sir Wilfrid Laurier (ten cruises), N.B. Palmer and Russian vessels Rift, Hydrobiologist and Okean
Facilitated shipboard research immersion experiences for K-12 educators via National Science Foundation funded TEA, TREC, PolarTREC and Project Armada programs.
Member and Chair, Arctic Icebreaker Coordinating Committee, 2008-2014; efforts include promoting better relations between scientists and local Alaskan communities that rely on subsistence harvests (e.g. http://www.icefloe.net/community-primer)
Independent Contractor to the Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole), Pan-Arctic River Transport of Nutrients, Organic Matter, and Suspended Sediments (PARTNERS) project, 2003-2007. Continued analytical efforts supporting succeeding projects through 2013.
Public out-reach concerning arctic research through interviews and interactions with media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, The News-Hour with Jim Lehrer, CBS Radio, CBS Evening News, ABC News, the Nome Nugget, Associated Press, U.S. News and World Report, BBC Radio, Los Angeles Times, The New Scientist, Scholastic Magazine, Discovery Channel, Audubon Magazine, National Public Radio, Alaska Public Radio, as well as local radio stations in Nome, Barrow, and Dutch Harbor/Unalaska
Director, Project Office, Russian-American Arctic Land-Shelf Systems Initiative/Land-shelf Interactions, Arctic System Sciences Program, National Science Foundation, 2002-2006, Member of Steering Committee, 1996-2002.
Member, National Academy Study Committee, Design of an Arctic Observing System, 2004-2005.
Lead editor, Land-Shelf Interactions Science Plan, supported by the National Science Foundation, Arctic System Program, 2000-2003
U.S. Delegate, International Arctic Science Advisory Committee, International Science Initiative in the Russian Arctic, 2001.
Contributor, Office of Technology Assessment report on Arctic Nuclear Contamination, 1995
Consultant for stable isotope mass spectrometry lab, Korea Ocean Research & Development Institute, Ansan, 1991
Manager, (under subcontract to Univ. Tennessee) stable isotope laboratory facilities, Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge Nat'l Lab, 1988-1991
Coordination of docent programs for elementary education, Univ. of Alaska Museum, 1984-1986.