The WWF Arctic Programme

Elisabeth Kruger

Senior Program Officer, Arctic Wildlife


Elisabeth works at the forefront of Arctic conservation, connecting the dots between maintaining healthy marine ecosystems in the Arctic, addressing the impacts of climate change, and the supporting the vision of coastal communities throughout the region. Her advocacy for science-based conservation that supports Alaska Native subsistence values gives her the unique opportunity to collaborate with scientists, innovators, federal and international policy makers and remote Alaskan communities.

Prior to joining WWF, Elisabeth travelled to Russia as a Fulbright scholar, landing in Irkutsk, where she spent the next four years immersed in the culture, ecology, and natural beauty of the Siberian wilderness. Still enamored with life at the edge of civilization, Elisabeth then moved from Siberia to Alaska and began her work with WWF.

Elisabeth strives to increase knowledge and understanding of wildlife populations in Alaska and around the Arctic, provide tools for continuing coexistence of wildlife in the Arctic and the people who depend on wildlife resources, and enable sustainable populations of wildlife to thrive as the Arctic changes. Whether it's working with remote Arctic villages to establish wildlife safety programs, drafting federal conservation strategy as a member of the Polar Bear Recovery Team, or teaming up with innovation and design experts from Silicon Valley to revolutionize satellite telemetry, Elisabeth brings her passion for wildlife conservation to her job every day.

Elisabeth also enjoys photography, so you’re more likely to see her behind the lens than in front of it!

With WWF, I get to work for a conservation organization that shares my passion: supporting healthy, intact wilderness and the people who live within - and depend on wildlife resources from - these thriving ecosystems.