Geoff Carroll Reflects on a Wildlife Biologist's life in the Arctic

Video Shot in: 2022

Revisiting Geoff Carroll, now-retired wildlife biologist from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Arctic Stories’ Pete Lourie listens to Geoff’s memories of studying land mammals in northern Alaska for over 30 years. Geoff says he had the privilege of overseeing a vast territory, monitoring and researching various species including muskoxen, caribou, moose, wolves, and bears–an extremely rewarding job. He also highlights the educational aspect of his work, involving high school classes in tracking caribou across the North Slope. After retiring in 2016, Geoff has downsized his dog team and now enjoys smaller trips around town, observing the changing environmental conditions in the region, particularly the declining ice stability and the impact on traditional whaling practices. Despite the challenges, Geoff remains fascinated by the resilience of wildlife in adapting to their changing environment and the ongoing efforts to preserve their populations.