Fostering understanding, awareness, and appreciation of the Polar Regions through outreach, education, and research. Penn State University.


The Polar Center fosters creative, ground-breaking collaboration by catalyzing exchange among members with a unique breadth of expertise at Penn State, representing the life, physical, and social sciences. The Center provides a platform for powerfully forward-thinking scientific exchange with other national and international institutions through workshops and conferences focusing on polar science, and with the local community through public events and lectures ultimately communicating the rare beauty and scientific and cultural value of these regions.

Eric Post, Ph.D.

Director of the Polar Center
Professor of Biology
Department of Biology, University Park

Michael J Sheriff

Polar Center Co-Director
Assistant Professor of Mammalogy and Ecology, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

Pernille Sporon Bøving, Cand. Scient.

Director for Programing and Engagement, The Polar Center

Robert Crane

Director AESEDA, Professor, Department of Geography

Hester Blum, Ph.D. on sabbatical through 2014 school calendar

Polar Center Co-Director
Associate Professor Of English

Andrew Carleton, Ph.D.

Professor of Geography Department of Geography, University Park