Three divisions fulfill the AAAS mission within their respective territories.

To participate in division activities, members may contact the appropriate division’s executive officer.

Arctic | Caribbean | Pacific

Arctic Division

  • President: Brian Himelbloom, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kodiak, AK
  • President-Elect: Gary Kofinas, School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK
  • Past-President: Sven Ebbesson, Norton Sound Health Corporation, Nome, AK
  • Executive Secretary: Lawrence K. Duffy, College of Natural Science and Mathematics, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6160 (907-474-7525; lkduffy@alaska.edu)
  • Territory: The Arctic Division of AAAS is open and accessible to all scientific scholars who are working on Arctic, Alaskan, Canadian, northern or Antarctic issues, and seeks to help them communicate their interests and discoveries to others.
  • Founded: 1951, formerly known as the Alaska Division.
  • Elections: A president and executive committee of representatives are elected by mail ballot each year.
  • Primary Activities: An annual science conference usually takes place in September and co-sponsorship of other Arctic and circumpolar meetings.
  • Issues: Climate, environmental change, natural resources, Arctic Health, Arctic Policy and northern people and cultures were among recent conference topics. The Arctic Division promotes science activities and communication among researchers, graduate students, wildlife managers, business leaders, rural residents, Alaska Natives, high school teachers, students, and others.
  • Contact: Lawrence K. Duffy (see above).
  • Web site: arctic.aaas.org

Caribbean Division

  • President: Carlos A. Torres-Ramos, Department of Physiology and Biochemistry, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus; carlos.torres27@upr.edu
  • Past-President: Abel Baerga-Ortiz, Department of Biochemistry, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus; abel.baerga@upr.edu
  • Territory: This division includes more than 500 members throughout Puerto Rico, Central America, islands of the Caribbean Basin, Venezuela, and southern Mexico.
  • Founded: 1985.
  • Elections: New officers are elected every two years.
  • Primary Activities: Each year, the division convenes an annual meeting, usually in Puerto Rico.
  • Issues: Water, island ecology, new energy sources, neuroscience and AIDS have been addressed at recent events. The division also works with the Puerto Rico Science Teachers Association.
  • Contact: carlos.torres27@upr.edu (see above).
  • Web site: aaascaribbeandivision.wordpress.com
  • Annual Meeting: Annual Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Caribbean Division, AAAS
    Time and date to be determined

Pacific Division

  • President: Frank Jacobitz, Department of Engineering; University of San Diego; 5998 Alcalá Park; San Diego, CA 92110; jacobitz@SanDiego.edu
  • President-Elect: Matthew J. James, Department of Geology; Sonoma State University; 1801 East Cotati Avenue; Rohnert Park, CA 94928; 707-664-2301; james@sonoma.edu
  • Past-President: Richard A. Cardullo, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences; University of California; 3320 Spieth Hall, Riverside, CA 92521 ; 951-827-6457; richard.cardullo@ucr.edu
  • Executive Director: Roger G. Christianson, Department of Biology, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR 97520; 541-552-6747; FAX: 541-552-8457; rchristi@sou.edu
  • Territory: Serving over 30,000 members in California, Hawaii, Idaho, western Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, and all other countries bordering or lying within the Pacific Basin, with the exception of mainland Mexico south to Panama.
  • Founded: 1912.
  • Primary Activities: An annual meeting occurs in June. Awards for excellence, presented at the meeting, recognize outstanding student research contributions.
  • Contact: Roger Christianson (see above).
  • Web site: associations.sou.edu/aaaspd
  • Annual Meeting: The 97th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Division, AAAS
    14 -17 June 2016 • University of San Diego, San Diego, California