Richard K. "Savik" Glenn

Arctic Slope Regional Corporation’s Executive Vice President of Lands and Natural Resources.

RICHARD K. “Savik” GLENN is Arctic Slope Regional Corporation’s Executive Vice President of Lands and Natural Resources. Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (“ASRC”) is the Alaska Native-owned regional corporation representing more than eight thousand Inupiat Eskimos of Alaska’s North Slope. The shareholders of ASRC own surface and subsurface title to nearly five million acres of Alaskan North Slope lands with oil, gas, coal and mineral resources. Richard is a member of ASRC’s Board of Directors. From 1995 to 2001, Richard headed Alaska’s North Slope Borough Department of Energy Management, where he supervised the energy programs for all of the North Slope Borough villages.

Richard received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from San Jose State University in 1985 and a Master of Science degree in Geology from the University of Alaska (UAF) in 1991. Richard has special expertise in resource development in an Arctic setting, and is well-versed in on and offshore Arctic geologic processes. He is a certified professional geologist in the state of Alaska, and holds positions on many boards and commissions, most of them dedicated to education and scientific research. In addition to other postings, he has twice been appointed by the President to the United States Arctic Research Commission, is the Board President of the Barrow Arctic Science Consortium, and has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Ilisagvik College.

Richard also serves as co-captain of the Savik Ahmaogak subsistence whaling crew. He is a member of the Suurimmaaniichuat Eskimo dance group and a budding rock-and-roll keyboardist.

Interviews

2009

Richard K. “Savik” Glenn is the founding president of the Barrow Arctic Science Consortium (also known simply as BASC) and a board member of the organization. He is also the Executive Vice President of Lands Natural Resources at the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation. Richard’s strong connection to the Arctic stems from his family history and personal experiences. He is deeply passionate about bridging the gap between traditional knowledge and Western science, recognizing the value of how science/community collaboration can lead to a wealth of insights. Richard’s dedication to connecting his community with visiting researchers and his commitment to preserving and integrating traditional knowledge make him a valuable advocate for the Arctic and its people.

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Richard Glenn, a renowned expert in Arctic science and traditional knowledge, shares his deep understanding of the Arctic environment. Through his experiences studying sea ice and its physical properties, he draws fascinating parallels between frozen ocean layers and cooling lava. Richard emphasizes the importance of being physically present in the Arctic, as it offers a unique opportunity to witness and comprehend the intricacies of nature firsthand. He values the concept of “ground truthing,” where direct observation and experience complement remote sensing technologies. Richard highlights the continuous learning process within traditional knowledge, where individuals pass down wisdom to younger generations, fostering a sense of self-improvement and growth. As a co-captain in his family’s whaling crew, he embraces the responsibility of passing on knowledge and experiences to ensure the preservation of cultural traditions. Richard recounts a perilous incident on shifting ice that taught him the importance of respecting nature’s power and relying on traditional knowledge to make informed decisions.

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