COPPER RIVER BASIN SYMPOSIUM: TRADITION, SCIENCE, AND STEWARDSHIP
February 18 – 20, 2020 at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve Visitor Center and Theater, Copper Center, AK
Terry Chapin: University of Alaska Fairbanks
University of Alaska Fairbanks professor emeritus F. Stuart (Terry) Chapin, III is an ecosystem ecologist whose research explores ways that society can proactively shape changes toward a more sustainable future through actions that enhance ecosystem resilience and human well-being in the face of rapid climatic and social changes. His work emphasizes the impacts of climate change and wildfire on Alaskan ecology, subsistence resources, and rural communities, as a basis for developing climate-change adaptation plans. In 2019, he was a recipient of the Volvo Environment Prize, which annually recognizes one person worldwide for outstanding scientific discoveries in the areas of environmental science and sustainable development.
Kathryn Martin: Ahtna, Incorporated
Kathryn Martin serves as Senior Vice President of Ahtna, Incorporated. An Ahtna shareholder and Mentasta Tribal Member, Kathryn is a member of the ‘Ałts’e’tnaey (One Way People) clan and the mother of six children.
Kathryn began working for Ahtna in 2005 as Vice President of Land and Resources. She became Senior Vice President in 2013 and has previously served on Ahtna’s Board of Directors. Kathryn previously held the role of Tribal Administrator for the Mentasta Traditional Council.
Kathryn has an Associate of Arts degree in Tribal Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Rural Development from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
With a demonstrated commitment to culture and tradition, Kathryn was named the Copper River Native Association Board Member of the Year in 1994. Additional accolades include the Alaska Legislator Award in 2004 as well as recognition in 2009 from the Bureau of Land Management for efforts in addressing complicated land management issues within the Ahtna Region. In 2010-2011, she received acknowledgment from the University of Alaska Fairbanks for outstanding scholastic achievement.