Our Team

Peter Pulsifer

Principal investigator

Peter Pulsifer is a research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and principal investigator (PI) for ELOKA. Pulsifer specializes in data management and sharing protocols; understanding terminology related to traditional and community-based knowledge; and the development of web-based mapping and visualization applications.

Noor Johnson

Co-PI, Research scientist

Noor Johnson is a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on environmental knowledge production and governance in the Arctic. She holds a research scientist appointment at NSIDC at the University of Colorado Boulder. At ELOKA, Johnson’s work focuses on data infrastructures and networks for community-based observing and monitoring. From 2015 to 2016, she was an inaugural Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar working on offshore and renewable energy.

Matthew Druckenmiller

Research scientist

Matthew Druckenmiller is a research scientist at NSIDC focusing on the implications of Arctic sea ice and environmental change on Alaskan coastal communities and marine mammals. His areas of interest include coastal sea ice dynamics, collaborating with Indigenous experts, and informing coastal environmental observing strategies.

Betsy Sheffield

Project manager, product owner

Betsy Sheffield has worked in various capacities with the ELOKA project since its beginnings in 2007, first as a user services representative and most recently as project manager and product lead. With a background in environmental studies and an interest in health and food security, Sheffield brings passion for people and problem solving to her role.

Hannah Wilcox

Software developer

Hannah Wilcox is a software developer at NSIDC who has contributed to the ELOKA project since 2015. Wilcox maintains our software products and virtual machines, and has further developed some of our key community data applications. Her contributions include development for SIZONet, Clyde River Weather, the Nunaliit atlases, and various other ELOKA products.

Brendan Billingsley

Software engineer

Brendan Billingsley is a software engineer and architect who contributes to all aspects of software development for the ELOKA project with a specific emphasis on Nunaliit atlases. He is particularly interested in using his software development skills on projects that help people and the planet. Brendan has extensive experience as a full stack developer on web application projects.

Chris McNeave

Data coordinator

Chris McNeave's interests and background are in physical and human geography. McNeave has been an ELOKA team member since 2007. He works closely with Arctic scientists and community members from various Arctic regions on a range of community and data projects, with a focus on supporting community data within our suite of online atlases.

Agnieszka Gautier

Science writer

Agnieszka Gautier is a science writer and multimedia specialist at NSIDC. She joined the ELOKA team in 2012 to assist with content management of its website, create visual graphics and materials, and develop news and stories about ELOKA and its community engagements. With a background in literary non-fiction writing, photography, and film, Gautier is interested in using multiple forms of storytelling to shed light on different perspectives and experiences.

Julia Collins

Software developer

Julia Collins was ELOKA's primary software developer and helped define the suite of weather and observation applications at the core of ELOKA's products. She continues to support ELOKA by consulting on software architecture and interoperability.

Shari Fox

Founder, Co-PI, Research scientist

Shari Fox is a research scientist at NSIDC, an ELOKA co-founder, and its co-PI. In her work she specializes in leading collaborative, community-based projects in the Arctic that bring together Inuit Elders, hunters, researchers, youth, and visiting scientists.

Colleen Strawhacker

Research Scientist

Colleen Strawhacker is a research scientist at NSIDC and joined the ELOKA team in 2013. She is trained as an anthropological archaeologist, and her research interests focus on climate-driven challenges to food security in the prehispanic US Southwest and Arctic with particular interest in information and data sovereignty issues for Indigenous communities. She has partnered closely with Indigenous communities in her research. As of June 2018, Colleen is on detail to the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a program director for Arctic System Sciences.