Dr Paul Berkman
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Paul Arthur Berkman, PhD
Head, Arctic Ocean Geopolitics Programme at the Scott Polar Research Institute and Research Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California Santa Barbara
Oceanographer working on interdisciplinary connections between science, policy and information technology with regard to cooperative international governance of the Arctic Ocean, Antarctica and international spaces more generally.
Paul Berkman is an interdisciplinary scientist with formal training in oceanography and ecology.
focuses on science-policy interactions in international governance, particularly with regard to the cooperative management of transboundary resources and international spaces that exist beyond national jurisdictions.
principal activities currently involve the: (1) "North Pole as a pole of peace" with the High Seas in the central Arctic Ocean as an undisputed international space; (2) conceptual development and practical implementation of environmental security in the Arctic Ocean; and (3) science-policy lessons from the first fifty years of the Antarctic Treaty System.
has wintered, scuba-dived under the sea-ice and lead government-sponsored research expeditions to Antarctica.
is the author of Science into Policy: Global Lessons from Antarctica (Academic Press, 2002).
Paul has a master's degree and doctorate in biological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow.
also has received the Antarctic Service Medal from the United States Congress
as well as a NASA
Faculty Fellowships at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology; Byrd Fellowship at the Byrd Polar Research Center
, Ohio State University; Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship at the National Institute of Polar Research
in Japan; and Erskine Fellowship in the Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury
in New Zealand.
Paul came to the University of Cambridge in 2007-08 initially as a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar to plan the Antarctic Treaty Summit: Science-Policy Interaction in International Governance that will be convened at the Smithsonian Institution in 2009 on the 50th anniversary of the signature-day for the Antarctic Treaty in the city where it was adopted "in the interest of all mankind."