I am an Inuit conservation biologist from Alaska specializing in the conservation of lands, waters, and species across Arctic Indigenous homelands. My roots are partially in the coastal tundra of Utqiaġvik where I first found my passion for wildlife.
I hold a Bachelors in Conservation Biology, an M.S. in Wildlife Science, an M.P.A. in Environmental Policy, and am currently finishing my Ph.D. focusing on “Indigenous Contributions to Arctic Biodiversity Conservation.” My role in research is to challenge the colonial legacy of conservation and instead promote partnerships with Indigenous methodologies, knowledge, and governance to develop culturally-relevant and evidence-based conservation efforts in the Arctic. I primarily conduct conservation assessments from a circumpolar perspective.
I am a former Research Assistant at the Barrow Arctic Science Consortium in Utqiaġvik, Alaska, a former Fulbright-NSF Arctic Research Fellow at the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council in Akureyri, Iceland, a current ASF Conservation Research Fellow at the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources in Nuuk, Greenland, a current contract researcher for the Inuit Circumpolar Council, the lead scientist on the Arctic Wetlands and Indigenous Peoples Study (AWIPS), and a guest editor of the T-MOSAiC special issue in Arctic Science. I live year-round in remote parts of the Arctic and am at home anyplace cold and quiet. I can’t imagine leaving the north.
If you’d like to learn more or reach out, please visit my personal website or contact me via email.
Buschman, V. 2019. Arctic Wetlands and Indigenous Peoples Study (AWIPS) an assessment of Indigenous engagement in wetland protected areas. Technical Report. Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, Akureyri, Iceland. (https://www.caff.is/assessment-series/all-assessment-documents/518-arctic-wetlands-and-indigenous-peoples-study)