Project Leadership 

Dr Phil Loring - PI


 Dr. Loring is an assistant professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan. He is a human ecologist with training in anthropology and sociology, ecology, and information technology. He currently works with students on a number of projects relating to community food production, food security, and water security.  
Twitter: @conservechange
Dr. Loring's Website

Alysa Loring, MA,. MEd - SFN Project Manager

Alysa is an anthropologist with interests in education, Indigenous Studies, and climate change. She holds Master's degrees in both anthropology and education, both from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and is certified to teach secondary English, French, and Social Studies. She has taught at both the middle and high school levels in California, Alaska, and Thailand, and has also consulted on multiple education research and cross-cultural curriculum development projects. Her primary research interests are in cross-cultural education, multiple ways of knowing and learning, and environmental science outreach and communication. Her expertise is in the design, development, and implementation of culturally-relevant, place-based science curriculum.

Project Co-Investigators                           

Dr. Shari Gearheard

Dr Gearheard is based in Clyde River, Nunavut, Canada. Her specialties include Arctic environment and change; Inuit knowledge; sea ice; knowledge co-production; environmental geography

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Dr. Craig Gerlach

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Dr. Gerlach researches the geography and nutritional ecology of food systems, with interests in small-scale agriculture, reconciliation ecology, and ethnoarchaeology. He has experience with environmental impact assessment, cultural resource management, oil and gas development, and oil spill litigation.


Dr. Lawrence Hamilton

Dr Hamilton is a professor of sociology and senior fellow at the Carsey Institute of the University of New Hampshire. His studies focus on the Arctic and human-environment interactions, applying methods for the integration of social and natural science research.


Dr. Henry Huntington

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Dr Huntington has worked as a consultant in environmental research and policy, reviewing the regulation of subsistence hunting in northern Alaska, documenting traditional ecological knowledge of beluga and bowhead whales, studying Inupiat Eskimo and Inuit knowledge and use of sea ice, and assessing the impacts of climate change on Arctic communities and marine mammals. Huntington has also worked as a researcher and writer on a number of international research programs.

Dr. Andrew Mahoney


Dr. Mahoney is a research assistant professor of geophysics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has been studying sea ice in the both hemispheres for over 14 years. He has participated and in and led extensive field campaigns in the Arctic and Antarctic including leadership of a 9-month, over-winter field campaign in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, as well as operational research in support of an over-ice fuel delivery to Nome, Alaska. In particular, Dr. Mahoney has extensive experience studying sea ice in coastal waters where he has used research tools ranging from satellites and aircraft to ice augers and dogsleds.

Dr. Bill Schnabel


Dr. Schnabel is the Director, Water & Environmental Research Center and Research Associate Professor at University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks, AK. He manages staff, facilities, and equipment for an interdisciplinary academic research center. Facilitates collaborative research projects within and outside of the WERC, and performs outreach activities on behalf of the WERC. Collaborates with academic units on campus to attract and retain promising students. Oversees WERC budgets, and manages WERC long-term planning. Conducts interdisciplinary research on cold region surface/subsurface water quality, contaminant fate and transport, water resources and waste management.

Dr. John Walsh

Dr. John Walsh is a President s Professor of Global Climate Change at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF). He is also the Director of the NOAA/UAF Cooperative Institute for Alaska Research and of the Center for Global Change. His primary research interests are: Arctic climate change over the decade-to-century timescale; predictability of climate change in high latitudes, sea ice variations; and extreme weather events in the context of climate change. He was the lead author for the cryosphere chapter of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (2005) and a lead author for the Polar Regions chapter of the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report (2007). He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Climate.


Sam Norlin, MS 

Sam is a consultant to SFN and previously was project manager. Sam has developed science curricula that blends indigenous ways of knowing with Western science, managed outreach projects and conducted professional development for K-12 educators at the University of Alaska’s K-12 Outreach Office. Sam earned his Masters of Science from Arizona State University in 2006 studying desert stream biogeochemistry. He then conducted ecosystem research and taught biology at community colleges in Arizona and Georgia before moving to Alaska in 2009 where he earned his secondary teaching license.

Sarah Betcher, MA - SFN Filmmaker

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Sarah received her MA from the Center of Cross-Cultural Studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks where she focused on Alaska Native cultures, ethnographic film and ethnoecology. Her debut film, Tradition in Tune, takes viewers into the cultural world of the Athabascan fiddling tradition. She has collaborated on films with the Smithsonian Institution’s Arctic Studies Center, the UA Museum of the North, and the UAF Center for Cross-Cultural Studies.  

Sarah's website


Harry Penn (PhD, CEE) 

Henry (Harry) Penn is a Civil Engineer and Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has a master’s in Civil Engineering from Loughborough University in England. His research is centered broadly around water infrastructure and water security, with a focus on the role of human capital and responding to change—both climatological and sociocultural. Beyond his research he’s a founding member of the Eastern Alaskan Range Avalanche Centre, whose mission is to provide avalanche awareness education, training and weather observations to improve safety and increase understanding for recreational user groups. 


Yasmeen Hossain

Yasmeen is a PhD student in the Resilience and Adaptation Program (RAP) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Her interdisciplinary research explores the viability of highly energy efficient homes in Alaska. Her analysis includes the environmental life-cycle of the building materials, a cost-benefit analysis and the social/cultural implications of building highly energy efficient homes.  Yasmeen has a professional and academic background in environmental economics, renewable energy, sustainable disaster recovery and permaculture design. 


Rebecca Rolph


Becca is a PhD student and received her MSc in Integrated Climate System Sciences from Klimacampus at the University of Hamburg, Germany.  Her MSc thesis was supervised by Dr. Dirk Notz of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, where she used climate modelling to investigate biogeophysical feedbacks of phytoplankton in a changing Arctic.  She has worked in Svalbard, Norway on atmospheric boundary layer meteorology, and also done CFC research up the Atlantic on a US Repeat Hydrography research cruise aboard R/V Atlantis for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  She has had multiple internships at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the fields relating to atmospheric and marine chemistry.  She is now pursuing her PhD at University of Alaska, Fairbanks to help bring the component of sea ice geophysics into the ArcSEES project, and will continue to study sea ice in the future.