Geography 2050

Dr. Lawson Brigham

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Dr. Lawson W. Brigham is a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC and a researcher at the International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Current member of the National Academies Polar Research Board and member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Career U.S. Coast Guard officer commanding four ships including the icebreaker Polar Sea on Arctic & Antarctic expeditions. Served as a Marine Policy Fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; on the faculty of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Naval Postgraduate School, and UAF (Distinguished Professor of Geography & Arctic Policy); Alaska Director of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission; and, Chair of the Arctic Council's Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment. Cambridge University (PhD). Research on the Russian maritime Arctic, environmental change, polar marine transportation, Arctic security, and polar geopolitics. 2008 signer of the AGS Fliers' and Explorers' Globe as captain during Polar Sea's 1994 voyages ~ the first ship to reach the extreme ends of the global ocean. Elected to the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research (2013) and awarded the American Polar Society's Polar Medal (2015). A central peak in Victoria Land, Antarctica was named Mount Brigham in January 2008 by the Board of Geographic Names.