Carolina Behe is the indigenous knowledge/science advisor for the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Alaska. Her work within the council is diverse and ranges from topics within food security and climatic variability to management and policy. Internationally, Behe acts as the ICC head of delegation on the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna working group under the Arctic Council. Much of ICC’s work within this body is focused on ensuring that Inuit perspectives and interests are at the table. Additionally, the ICC promotes the co-production of knowledge that utilizes both indigenous knowledge and science in the work conducted within the Arctic Council.
Behe’s work allows her to operate within those two knowledge systems. Indigenous knowledge takes a holistic view and sees how many pieces fit together. Working with this understanding and way of knowing, combined with science, will aid in making adaptive ecosystem-based decisions in the face of climate change.