Karla Dutton

Karla Dutton

Alaska Program Director
Karla directs the work of Defenders’ Alaska field program team. The Alaska office is focusing increasingly on initiatives on climate change and the related habitat impacts on polar bears.

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Polar Bears © Norbert Rosing/ National Geographic Stock

Heading North »

In this remote Alaska town, polar bears are frequent visitors. We’re working with the local community to learn more about these animals, and to find new ways of keeping people and polar bears safe.

Polar Bears © Norbert Rosing/ National Geographic Stock

Being Proactive for Polar Bears »

Polar bears are big – so how would trained responders go about getting them clean and healthy if an oil spill were to happen in the Arctic? We’re working with a local zoo to create tools to do just that.

Arctic sea ice, © Dr. Pablo Clemente-Colon

Pteropods to Polar Bears »

The building blocks of the food web in Alaska and the Arctic are feeling the effects of climate change. Though these animals are miniscule, we can’t afford to lose them – hundreds of species rely on them in one way or another.