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Apr 28, 2021

Dr Roberto Delgado has a doctorate in Biological Anthropology from Duke University, where he did research on the social behavior and calls of male orangutans. So how did he end up becoming the Program Director for the Arctic Observing Network (AON) in the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs – as far removed from the jungle of Borneo as one could imagine? Roberto tells about the journey his career took from great apes to AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, to the National Institutes of Health - where he focused on resilience and well-being among Arctic, American Indian and Alaska Native communities.  Finally, his career took him to National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs where in addition to the AON program he co-leads the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee's (IARPC) Environmental Intelligence Collaboration Team and is helping to manage NSF's “Navigating the New Arctic” Big Idea. In this episode Dr Delgado tells us about his journey from PhD student to AAAS STP fellow, to working in the Federal Government on pressing Arctic issues. 

 

 

Participants :

 

Roberto Delgado, Ph.D., Anthropologist

2013-15 Executive Branch Fellow at the US National Science Foundation

 

Host:

 

Chris Parsons, Ph.D., Ocean conservation science
2020-2021 Executive Branch Fellow at the US National Science Foundation
Twitter: @ecmparsons

 

Editor:

 

Editor: Ashley Scarlett, Ph.D., Marine biologist and science communication specialist
Twitter: @DrScarlettSmash

 

Producer/Executive Producer:

 

Chris Parsons, Ph.D., Ocean conservation science
2020-2021 Executive Branch Fellow at the US National Science Foundation
Twitter: @ecmparsons

 

Image credit: Kate Ruck

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