Arctic Research Opportunities (Arctic DDRIG)
Renée Crain is a former White House Policy Advisor and a program manager at the National Science Foundation for the Arctic Research Support and Logistics (RSL) Program. Renee was detailed to the Office of Science and Technology Policy in 2016 to organize the first-ever Arctic Science Ministerial and a Pre-Ministerial Briefing with Arctic Indigenous Peoples. At NSF, Renee leads a program that supports approximately 150 field projects and more than 10,000 person days in the Arctic each year for basic scientific research in remote field camps, at field stations, and on research icebreakers. Renees portfolio includes policy-making, health and safety, environmental compliance, risk management, coordination with Arctic communities, remote communication, autonomous instrumentation, and other services that enable arctic research. Renee works with organizations like the Arctic Executive Steering Committee, the Arctic Waterways Safety Committee, and the White House Council on Native American Affairs to improve consultation and collaboration with Arctic communities. Renee is chair of the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) Arctic Research Support and Logistics Working Group facilitating coordination and information sharing across U.S. agencies and is the U.S. representative to the Forum of Arctic Research Operators (FARO) coordinating efforts across 19 nations working in the Arctic. Prior to joining NSF in 2002, Renee lived in Fairbanks, Alaska where she studied physiological and behavioral adaptations in Arctic birds and worked at a non-profit supporting arctic research. Renee holds an M.S. in Biology from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and a B.A. in Biology from New College, the Honors College of Florida.