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Kit Kovacs

Kit Kovacs is the Biodiversity Research Leader for the Norwegian Polar Institute and an Adjunct Professor in the Biology Department at the University Studies on Svalbard.
Kit Kovacs

Kit Kovacs

Her research section at NPI studies a wide array of biological issues related to vertebrate animals in Polar ecosystems.  Kit's own research over the last 30+ years has been focused on marine mammals (and a handful of other species) living at high latitudes, concentrating especially on ice-associated seals and whales.  She has worked with a wide variety of NGO's throughout her career, and is currently serving her second term as the Chair of the IUCN's Pinniped Specialist Group.  Climate change is a serious treat to ice-dependent marine animals, and has been a primary research focus for Kit and her colleagues over the last decade.  Kit's primary drive is conservation biology, which she achieves in practice via environmental education and awareness as well as attempting to ensure good management practice based on sound scientific knowledge. Kit has been the President of the Society for Marine Mammalogy and now plays an advisory role as Past President for Life. She is the author of over 200 primary scientific publications and 10 books that cover an educational age range from preschool to graduate school.