Covid & Polar Bear Research (George Durner)

Video Shot in: 2022

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. George Durner and his team were able to continue their polar bear research with determination and adaptability. While most team members worked from their homes, the research progressed seamlessly through the use of modern technology, allowing remote discussions and data analysis. The pandemic did impact some aspects of fieldwork, particularly in the interactions with native cultures, but the team took necessary precautions to ensure everyone’s safety. In 2020, they had to cut short their field season, but subsequent years saw successful research operations in Utqiaġvik and Prudhoe Bay, demonstrating their dedication to understanding polar bears’ responses to a changing Arctic environment.