© iStock Women of the Arctic Council: Interview with Cathy Coon, at the intersection of marine science and policy making 9 March 2021Arctic PeoplesOceanCanadaConservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna In honor of International Women’s Day on 8 March, we spoke with some of the women who work with the Arctic Council to learn more about them, what it means to be a woman in their field and their advice for young women Cathy Coon works as a branch chief for the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and is co-lead of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna’s (CAFF) Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program. We spoke with Cathy about her background in marine science and fisheries management, the importance of collaboration between science and policy making, opportunities and challenges for women science, the value of mentorship and more. Tell us about yourself and how you are involved with the Arctic Council I work for the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). I serve as a branch chief for an environmental sciences section where we develop and fund work across the marine, coastal and human environments in the U.S. Arctic. I have a background in marine sciences with a bachelor’s in biology and a master’s in fisheries science. I initially became familiar with the Arctic Council with work efforts in 2014 with the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group (PAME), primarily with their Ecosystem Approach to Management and Marine Protected Areas Expert Groups. I’ve learned a lot from our Arctic Council expert at BOEM, Dennis Thurston, who was involved as the Arctic Council was created. As of 2019, I began working more with the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna Working Group (CAFF), and for the last year or so have been the co-lead of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program.