In 1999, Dave Golibersuch was one of eleven adventurers who reenacted polar explorers Robert Peary and Matthew Henson’s 1906 “final dash” to the Pole. For twelve days, 250 miles were traversed over the frozen ocean by ski and dogsled. This talk will recount this life altering journey during which physical, mental and emotional challenges were confronted. Then we will take a look at what has happened to the Arctic Ocean in the twenty years since then. We’ll ponder possible futures for the Arctic at large involving commercial, shipping, and military activities. And finally, the question “Who owns the Arctic?” will be addressed.
David Golibersuch was born in snowy Buffalo. As a child he hated winter and dreamed of a California future. He never made it, instead spending most of his life in the northeast where he learned to love winter so much that he takes vacations in the high Arctic. Trained as a physicist at RPI and University of Pennsylvania, and Imperial College London, he spent his entire working career at GE’s Global Research and Development Center. There he held a variety of technical and managerial positions. His research interests included low temperature physics, biophysics, energy sciences, artificial intelligence, and decision theory. Dave makes his life worthwhile by spending time with family, friends, and nature and playing piano and pickleball. He is a lifelong fan of the outdoors and has trekked, paddled, and camped in the high Arctic, Asian Russia, Europe, Canada, and the USA; he especially enjoyed time with indigenous people. He currently lives in Manchester.