Kaare Erickson

Kaare Ray Sikuaq Erickson is the Outreach and Engagement Manager for UIC Science/Battelle ARO (Arctic Research Operations) in Utqiaġvik, Alaska. Kaare was raised along the Bering Sea coast in Savoonga, St. Michaels, and Unalakleet. Kaare’s parents and community taught him to provide for his community through subsistence and leadership. His upbringing taught him to be aware of problems facing Arctic communities and to find creative, realistic, and effective ways to alleviate or solve these issues. Kaare spent over a decade immersed in Arctic anthropological projects (cultural, historical, and archaeological) working for the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, the Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation, the National Park Service, the Smithsonian Institution Arctic Studies Center, UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research and other entities. Kaare’s unique upbringing, his expertise in cross-cultural communication, and his deep knowledge of Arctic history allows him to fulfill his role as liaison to both Arctic communities and Arctic research entities.