Affiliations & Partnerships

BSSN is implemented by the Aleut International Association and the RAM Group of the University of Alaska Anchorage.

In 2005, Victoria Gofman-Wallingford, BSSN Principal Investigator, teamed with the following  in developing a successful funding proposal to the National Science Foundation:

The Aleut International Association (AIA) is an Alaska Native not-for-profit corporation, 501(c)(3), registered in the State of Alaska, United States of America, in 1998 and located in Anchorage, AK.

AIA was formed by the Aleutian/Pribilof Islands Association, U. S., one of the thirteen regional not-for-profit Alaska Native corporations created as a result of Alaska Native Settlement Claims Act in 1971, and the Association of the Indigenous Peoples of the North of the Aleut District of the Kamchatka Region of the Russian Federation (AIPNADKR).

The organization was formed to address environmental and cultural concerns of the extended Aleut family whose wellbeing has been connected to the rich resources of the Bering Sea for millennia. Russian and American Aleuts are separated by distances, borders and the International Date Line but united by the great Bering Sea and the North Pacific. Today, not only does the Aleut community share the resources of the region but the environmental problems as well. The need to understand global processes, such as transboundary contaminants transport, the impacts of climate change, and the effects of commercial fisheries on the ecosystem of the Bering Sea to name a few, was an impetus in joining in the work of international fora where AIA is actively pursuing collaboration with governments, scientists, and other organizations in developing programs and policies that could improve the well being of the Aleut people and their  environment.

The RAM Group is a highly interdisciplinary and multi-cultural effort at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The RAM Group’s goals are:

  • Collaboration, Innovation and Inspiration
  • Transdisciplinary Methodogical Advancement
  • Relevance to the Arctic Advancement of Complex Systems and Adaptive Management
  • Theories Maximization of Research Efficiency Between Disciplines
  • Opportunties for Students and Faculty Collaboration with National and International Teams Products which can be applied by communities, managers, policy-makers and scientists in diverse contexts.

The Alaska Native Science Commission (ANSC) was established in 1994 to bring together research and science in partnership with the Native community.  It serves as a clearing house for proposed research, an information base for ongoing and past research and an archive for significant research involving the Native community.  ANSC provides information, referral and networking services for researchers seeking active partners in the Native community and communities seeking research partners.