Melody Brown Burkins

Academic Appointments
  • Associate Director, John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Environmental Studies

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Melody Brown Burkins, Ph.D. (Guarini '95 '98) is the Associate Director for Programs and Research in the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, provides leadership in the Institute of Arctic Studies, and is an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth. With over 30 years of experience as a polar scientist working in both academe and government, she is an advocate for policy-engaged scholarship across disciplines, experiential education, and the support of global science and diplomacy initiatives advancing sustainability, inclusion, and gender equality in the Arctic and around the world. 

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Contact

603-646-2053
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Education

  • Ph.D. Dartmouth
  • M.S. Dartmouth
  • B.S. Yale

Selected Works & Activities

Editorial Oversight Committee, ISC-Nature Working Scientist Podcasts on Diversity in Science

Member, UNESCO Global Independent Expert Group on Universities and the 2030 Agenda (EGU2030)

Invited Participant and Moderator, Circling the Arctic: Security and the Rule of Law in a Changing NorthCenter for Ethics and the Rule of Law & Annenberg Public Policy Center, 2020

Founding Member, UArctic Gender in the Arctic Knowledge Production Thematic Network, 2020

Advisory Board, Global Assessment Report (GAR), United Nations' Office of Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), 2020

Governing Board Member, International Science Council (ISC), 2018-present

Chair, U.S. National Academies’ Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO), 2019-present

Past Chair, U.S. National Committee for Geological Sciences (USNC-GS)

Invited Participant and SPIDER Advisory Board Member, Global Meeting of the Foreign Ministries Science & Technology Advice Network (FMSTAN) and Science Policy in Diplomacy and External Relations (SPIDER) Network, Vienna, Austria, November 25-26, 2019.

Invited Participant & Speaker: 2019 STRINGS Workshop: Steering Research and Innovation for Global Goals, University of Sussex; London, November 2019

Invited Speaker for Women’s Equality Day, U.S. Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (US-CRREL), August 30, 2019.

Invited Speaker, “Inclusive Science Diplomacy,” American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center for Science and Diplomacy and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) “Train the Trainers” Science Diplomacy and Leadership Workshop, Trieste, Italy, August 27-29, 2019.

Invited Participant, “Sustainability Science 2.0” Workshop of the US Global Hub for Future Earth and Science and Technology for Sustainability Program of the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics, George Mason University, Arlington, VA, June 21, 2019.

Invited Panelist & SPIDER Advisory Board Member, "STI Diplomacy for the Sustainable Development Goals," International Forum for Science and Technology Diplomacy (IFSTD), Muscat, Oman, February 9-13, 2019

UArctic Observer to the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) and Senior Arctic Officials (SAO) Meetings, Rovaniemi, Finland, 29 October–2 November 2018

Lead Organizer & Host, "Science and Diplomacy in the Arctic" Leadership Conference and Model Arctic Council Simulation, John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA, June 26-30, 2017

Vice Lead, UArctic Model Arctic Council Thematic Network (2017-present); Member, UArctic Science Diplomacy Thematic Network (2018-present)

Interview: "Geology & Diplomacy," The Foreign Policy Project Podcast, January 12, 2017

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Global Engagement to Advance Inclusion, Equity, and Sustainability