Andrey N. Petrov

 Andrey N. Petrov (PhD, Toronto; PhD, Herzen) is Associate Professor of Geography, ARCTICenter Director and Academic Director of GeoTREE Center at the University of Northern Iowa. Dr. Petrov is an economic and social geographer who specializes in Arctic economy, regional development and post-Soviet society, with an emphasis on the social geography of indigenous populations of Russia. His current research is focused on regions of the Russian and Canadian North and concerns regional development, spatial organization, and restructuring of peripheral economies. Dr. Petrov leads the Research Coordination Networks in Arctic Sustainability (Arctic-FROST) and Arctic Coastal Resilience (Arctic-COAST). He has published on issues pertaining to socio-economic crisis, development, and demographic dynamics of indigenous and non-Indigenous populations in the North.



Faculty Fellows and Visiting Scholars

Professor of Economics Lee Huskey in his office at the University of Alaska Anchorage Friday, April 5, 2013. (Erin Hooley/University of Alaska Anchorage Office of Advancement)

Lee Huskey (PhD, Washington University in St. Louis) is ARCTICenter Visiting Scholar in Geography and Arctic Studies. Dr. Huskey is the leading resource economist in the Arctic and Professor Emeritus at the University of Alaska Anchorage. 


Jessica Graybill (PhD, University of Washington) specializes in urban ecology, political ecology, geographies of consumption in the former Soviet Union and Russian Arctic. She is Associate Professor at Colgate University.


Bingqing Liang (PhD, Indiana State University)  specializes in remote sensing and geospatial technology. Dr. Liang studies application of hyper- and multispectral imagery in polar regions.

Anna V. Pestereva

Anna V. Pestereva (ABD, St. Petersburg State University; MA, University of Northern Iowa) – Anna works on spatial modeling of climate change and wild reindeer migration in northern Russia.


Alexander Zolotarev (ABD, Moscow State University) is ARCTICenter Visiting Scholar in Arctic Science Communication. Zolotarev is the head of Press Office at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology and adjunct Assistant Professor of multimedia journalism at Moscow State University in Russia.

Marya Rozanova

Marya Rozanova (PhD, St. Petersburg State University) is ARCTICenter Visiting Scholar in Arctic Social Sciences. Dr. Rozanova is an expert in the fields of migration policy and migrant integration, and in the Russian policy and the Arctic region. She holds the rank of Professor at the Russian State Hydrometeorological University in St. Petersburg, Russia. 

Natalia Loukacheva

Natalia Loukacheva (PhD, SJD, University of Toronto) is ARCTICenter Visiting Scholar in Arctic Law. Dr. Loukacheva specializes in international and comparative constitutional law, with a research interest in the Arctic. She currently serves as Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Governance and Law and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern British Columbia.


Student Researchers

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Grant Burke (BA, Loras College)



Narmina Iusubova (BS, St. Petersburg State University, Russia) – specializes in GIS. Her research focuses on geovisualization techniques and renewable energy in the Arctic.


Varvara Korkina (BA, Altai State University, Russia) – specializes in Indigenous rights, governance, cultural economy and community well-being. Her research also involves Arctic youth.

Atiqur Rahman (BS, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh) – specializes in GIS and remote sensing of Arctic tundra landscapes.

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Salma Zbeed (BA, University of Jordan, Jordan) – specializes in spatial analysis and economic geography of northern knowledge industries, innovation and patent production.


Administrative Staff


Ann P Crawford (BA, University of Iowa & BA, University of Northern Iowa) – ARCTICenter administrative assistant. Ann leads Center’s operations and coordinates administrative processing for RCN Arctic-FROST and Arctic-COAST.

Research Affiliates and Alumni

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Philip A. Cavin (MA, University of Northern Iowa) – works on issues of economic development, human well-being and socio-economic impact assessment in remote and rural areas. Phil is a product analyst at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago.

Jonathon J. Launspach

Jonathon J. Launspach (MA, University of Northern Iowa) – specializes in GIS analysis, remote sensing and fire-induced ecosystem change. Jon is a GIS Specialist based at the EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division.


Matthew Cooney

Matthew Cooney (MA, University of Northern Iowa) – specializes in environmental analysis and GIS. Matt studies climate change and spatial dynamics of migratory caribou and wild reindeer in the Arctic. Matt is the GIS Director at the Colorado College.

Ekaterina Korzh

Ekaterina Korzh (MA, University of Northern Iowa) – specializes in human geography and GIS. Her research focuses on economic development strategies and population change in marginal communities. Ekaterina is a graduate student at the University of Iowa.

Andrey Kushkin

Andrei Kushkin (MA, University of Northern Iowa) Andrei’s research concentration is GIS, cartography, computational geography and low altitude remote sensing.

Arif Masrur (MA, UNI;  BS, University of Dhaka) – specializes in environmental geography and GIS. His research focuses on wildfire activity and climate change in the Arctic. Arif is a PhD student at Penn State University.


Emily Francis (MA, UNI; BS, Keene State College) – specializes in environmental geography and GIS. Her research focuses on wild reindeer/caribou and environmental dynamics in the Arctic. Emily is a Fellow at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife.


Daniel Murphy (BS, University of Northern Iowa) – specializes in GIS and remote sensing, but also studies impacts of extractive industries on rural communities in the United States (particularly North Dakota) and Siberia.

Leonid A. Kolpashchikov (Dr. Sci.) – Head of Research, The Joint Directorate of Taimyr Nature Preserves. Dr. Kolpashchikov is the world’s leading specialist in biology and biogeography of Arctic large mammals.