The WWF Arctic Programme

Rod Downie

Chief Advisor, Polar Regions, WWF-UK


Rod has been working in the polar regions for two decades, initially at the British Antarctic Survey and for the last 6 years with WWF.

He has most recently returned from his 15th field season in Antarctica, where he has spent a total of 2 ½ years living and working on the ice. He has also worked in the Canadian, Russian and Norwegian Arctic.

The Arctic may seem to be remote and intangible, but in fact Scotland is the Arctic’s closest neighbour. It’s in our back yard and what happens there affects us all. Alongside the amazing and uniquely adapted arctic wildlife, there are 4 million people that live there, so its important that Arctic development is sustainable.