Contact Information

PolarTREC is administered by the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) which is based in Fairbanks, Alaska.


For general PolarTREC inquiries please email info [at] or call ARCUS at 1-907-474-1600.

Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS)
3535 College Road, Suite 101
Fairbanks, AK 99709-3710
Phone: 907-474-1600
Fax: 907-474-1604

PolarTREC Staff

Janet WarburtonJanet Warburton Janet Warburton, PolarTREC Principal Investigator | warburton [at]
Janet Warburton joined ARCUS in October 2000. Her primary focus as Project Manager is education related projects and she is the Principal Investigator of PolarTREC. Her primary focus as Project Manager is developing and implementing education related projects that help ARCUS meet its mission. For over a decade, she has administered ARCUS' signature education program, PolarTREC - Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating. She is also currently working The Arctic in the Classroom, a program that focuses on citizen science projects in the Arctic. She is currently ARCUS' representative for University of the Arctic.

Judy FahnestockJudy Fahnestock Judy Fahnestock, PolarTREC Project Assistant |judy [at]
Judy joined ARCUS in 2008 as a Project Assistant. She worked for seven years on various ARCUS programs and events. In 2016, she started working for the PolarTREC program. She holds a M.Sc. in entomology from the University of Maryland, and natural resource degrees from the University of Massachusetts and Paul Smith's College.

Ronnie OwensRonnie Owens Ronnie Owens, Web Developer | ronnie [at]
Ronnie joined the ARCUS team in July of 2004 as a web developer. His interests in the field of computing are manifold. Though he does spend an inordinate amount of time in front of a glowing screen, there are other areas that pique his interest. Of note are a recent stint test driving prototype vehicles for Volkswaggen/Audi, as well as learning the fine art of the pastry chef from an experienced master. Ronnie goes on record as saying that, while indeed exciting, his past vocations pale in comparison to the thrill and satisfaction of learning fantastic new computer skills with which to tackle the challenges presented here at ARCUS.

Zeb PollyZeb Polly Zeb Polly, Systems Administrator | zeb [at]
Zeb joined ARCUS in October of 2000 as the systems administrator. Zeb has lived in the Fairbanks area his whole life and has been working with computers since he was 5 years old. He used to co-host a Goldie Award Winning television program called the "Matinee With Matt & Zeb", but these days he entertains himself with curing various computer ailments and expanding ARCUS' technological capability. When not working, he spends his time playing on computers and attempting to make abstract electronic music. When he grows up he would like to be a robot or possibly a cyborg, but since he already does a great imitation, we suspect he has already grown up.