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Originally from southern California and having earned a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Susan Georgette felt a pull toward wild places and came to Alaska in the late 1970s during the time the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) was being proposed. She worked for the Subsistence Division of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game where she did important work to record traditional ecological knowledge, shape regulations suited to local practices, and document subsistence economies through harvest surveys in various parts of Alaska. By the mid-1980s, she settled in Kotzebue, Alaska and continued to work for the Subsistence Division. She later went to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Selawik National Wildlife Refuge, whose headquarters are in Kotzebue. She enjoys the interface between intact ecosystems, cultures with longstanding connections to land and resources, and personal relationships that her conservation work has allowed her to experience. She has collaborated closely with the Native community, organized local science-culture camps, and is the author of numerous subsistence studies and cultural documentation reports. She has been the Refuge Manager at Selawik National Wildlife Refuge since 2015, and continues to enjoy living in and exploring northwestern Alaska.