Eleanor Bors, a postdoctoral scholar at OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute, is one of 16 scholars chosen for the State Department’s Fulbright Arctic Initiative.

The initiative is an 18-month, collaborative, multidisciplinary program focused on Arctic nations’ shared interest in building resilient communities and sustainable economies.

Researchers will explore topics such as renewable energy, fisheries management, health and wellness, and telecommunications infrastructure.

Sponsored by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the initiative supports interdisciplinary research for scholars from Arctic Council member countries.

The Arctic Council is an intergovernmental forum that includes Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States.

Bors’ research emphasizes the use of genetics to better understand population dynamics and evolution. Her Fulbright Arctic Initiative project will explore the biological and policy implications of shifting distributions of Arctic fish stocks.

At the Marine Mammal Institute, she is developing molecular biology methods to age Cook Inlet beluga whales.