Polar Bears International

October 10, 2020

11:45 am PDT

Polar Bears International (PBI) works to conserve polar bears and their sea ice habitats throughout the Arctic. As the largest bear on the planet, polar bears require a large range and food supply to survive, yet climate change is causing their sea ice to disappear at an alarming rate. The loss of this vital habitat and hunting ground is pushing this remarkable species toward extinction. PBI’s small group of conservationists and volunteers is dedicated to securing a future for these Arctic giants through scientific research and advocacy. They collaborate with biologists and technology experts to study polar bear population, distribution, body condition, and potential human conflict, all while instilling hope that it’s not too late to save this great bear.


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Geoff York

Senior Director of Conservation

Geoff York is the Senior Director of Conservation at Polar Bears International (PBI). He has nearly 30 years of Arctic field experience, including 20 years focused solely on polar bear conservation and research. Prior to joining PBI, Geoff was the Arctic Species and Polar Bear Lead for WWF’s Global Arctic Program. He also worked as a biologist and program manager for the U.S. Geological Survey's Polar Bear Project, the leading polar bear research team in America. Following 16 seasons of capture-based work in the Southern Beaufort and Chukchi Seas off Alaska, Geoff has dedicated his career to the conservation of polar bears and their Arctic home.