Meet Dr. John Craighead (Craig) George, whale scientist

Video Shot in: 2002

Dr. John C. “Craig” George, a senior wildlife biologist in the Department of Wildlife Management for the North Slope Borough, shares his experience and involvement in Arctic research, particularly focused on bowhead whales. He describes his initial work at an animal research facility, his fascination with the Arctic ice, and his transition to studying bowhead whales. Dr. George highlights the significance of the native community’s knowledge and Iñupiaq collaboration in understanding the bowhead whale population. Through acoustic research and refining census techniques, scientists have discovered that a larger number of whales migrated under the sea ice than previously thought. The research findings confirmed the native hunters’ observations, leading to a better understanding of bowhead whale populations and their recovery.