Moving to the Arctic & the Bowhead Whale Census (Geoff Carroll)

Video Shot in: 2009

Wildlife biologist Geoff Carroll talks about his journey to the Arctic, driven by his lifelong fascination with Northern and Arctic environments. Originally from Wyoming, he made his way to Alaska in his early 20s and enrolled at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, to study wildlife, which included studying bowhead whales. Initially hired to collect samples from harvested whales, Geoff recognized the need for a more accurate population estimate and convinced his colleagues to start a bowhead whale census. With limited experience living and working on the ice, he collaborated with Iñupiaq whaling crews, assisting them with whaling even as they helped him count whales for science. Eventually, funding became available, and a dedicated census crew was formed to conduct a 24-hour watch and count bowhead whales every spring.