Polar Bears International

Vicki Sahanatien

Vicki Sahanatien

Dr. Vicki Sahanatien has lived and worked in the Arctic since the mid-1990s when she moved to Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada to be the Chief Park Warden for Ivvavik National Park. Since that time she worked on environmental and wildlife research from the Alaska border to Baffin Island and north to Ellesmere Island, primarily in national parks. Her most recent research effort was completing her Ph.D. (University of Alberta) on the Polar Bears of Foxe Basin, Nunavut, Canada, where she studied polar bear sea ice habitat, space use, and movements using GPS satellite collars and satellite imagery of sea ice. As part of her doctoral research she also interviewed Inuit elders and hunters about polar bear behavior, distribution, and habitat use. Vicki is based in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. She loves the Arctic wilderness and particularly enjoys the seven-month ski season on Baffin Island where she lives.