IARPC Secretariat

Martin Jeffries

Executive Director


Martin is on detail/secondment at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Energy and Environment Division as Assistant Director for Polar Sciences and Executive Director of IARPC. He was a member of the team that organized the first ever Arctic Science Ministerial, which was held on the White House campus on 28 September 2016, and was deeply involved in the preparation of the second IARPC 5-year research plan: Arctic Research Plan 2017-2021. His home agency is the Office of Naval Research, where he is an Arctic Science Advisor and Program Officer for Arctic and Global Prediction. Martin also contributed to the preparation of Arctic Research Plan 2013-2017 (the first IARPC 5-year research plan) and the National Ocean Policy (Arctic components). He has been an active member of the IARPC staff and co-led the IARPC Sea Ice Collaboration Team until January 2017. From 2011 to 2016 he was the Principal Editor of (1) the "Arctic Report Card", published annually online, and (2) the Arctic chapter in the State of the Climate Report, published annually in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

Sara Bowden

Executive Secretary


In 2011, Sara joined the IARPC secretariat and contributed to the drafting of the first 5-year research plan. She has worked with the IARPC Executive Director, Staff Group and Principals to put in place the implementation and collaboration team structure and assisted with the development of the IARPC Collaborations website for sharing and communicating U.S. Arctic research undertakings. She began her career as a Presidential Management Intern in the Department of Commerce and from there held positions in the International Trade Administration and the Office of the United States Trade Representative. She served for five years in as a senior policy analyst for international affairs in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy before beginning her science management and administration career in the Arctic. She has served as the Executive Secretary for the Arctic Ocean Sciences Board (AOSB) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC).

Jessica Rohde
Web Manager / Communications Officer

Jessica joined the IARPC secretariat in 2014 to manage the newly launched website, IARPC Collaborations. As the Web Manager and Communications Officer, she performs many functions for IARPC, including managing the IARPC Collaborations website and its community of over 1200 users, outreach materials and campaigns,  and the IARPC Public Webinar Series.  In addition to her research background is in fisheries science and science communication, she has developed websites for science based organizations since 2008.

Meredith LaValley

Project Analyst


Meredith recently completed her Master's in Environmental Policy at Bard College, where she focuses much of her independent studies on Arctic issues, and her thesis focused on understanding knowledge exchange within IARPC Collaboration teams. She recently relocated to Anchorage, Alaska, where she will work closely with the Alaska-based IARPC Collaborations community.

Emily Osborne

Project Analyst


Emily joined IARPC and NOAA's Arctic Research Program this year as a Knauss Sea Grant Fellow. She will be working to coordinate the Environmental Intelligence Collaboration Team and the Arctic Observing Systems, Modeling and Arctic Data Sub-teams. She recently relocated to Washington, DC after completed her PhD at the University of South Carolina where she studied paleoceanography and ocean acidification along the West Coast of the US. She is continuing to study ocean acidification, now in the Arctic, and the potential for high latitude paleoceanographic reconstructions of seawater pH. 

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