Coastal Community Resilience Specialist
Assistant Professor, UAF
1007 W. 3rd Ave. Suite 100
Anchorage, AK 99501
As the coastal community resilience specialist Davin Holen is dedicated to providing expertise, research, and extension services that enhance the culture and well-being of coastal communities across Alaska. Through Alaska Sea Grant Davin draws on the resources of the University of Alaska including the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy at UAF's International Arctic Research Center, the Alaska Ocean Observing System, as well as other research tools to provide services for coastal communities in Alaska.
Davin is an anthropologist and lifelong Alaskan from the Susitna Valley. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His dissertation examines the resilient nature of commercial and subsistence fishing in Alaska for food security, culture, and community well-being.
- BA History, University of Alaska Anchorage
- MA Applied Cultural Anthropology, University of Alaska Anchorage
- PhD Candidate, Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Before coming to the Marine Advisory Program in 2016, Davin spent 15 years conducting social science research and managing the subsistence program in southern Alaska for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Davin worked with a broad range of stakeholders from the Arctic to Southeast Alaska including sport, commercial, and subsistence harvesters in rural and urban communities. During that time Davin wrote 37 technical publications and designed 16 funded research projects, many of which were interdisciplinary collaborations that involved local stakeholders. Davin has been an adjunct professor of anthropology since 2003, teaching at the University of Alaska Anchorage at the Mat-Su, Eagle River, and main campus. Prior to this Davin spent two years working in natural resource management in Mali, West Africa.
- Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks
- Department of Anthropology, University of Alaska Anchorage
- Department of Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks
- Alaska Anthropological Association
- Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund Statewide Science Panel Member
- International Arctic Social Sciences Association
- International Society for Hunter Gatherer Research
- Society for Applied Anthropology, Fellow
Current Projects and Activities
- Assess and prioritize the broad range of factors affecting resilience of coastal Alaska communities.
- Work with coastal communities affected by climate-related stress to maintain resilience and adapt to changing circumstances.
- Assess changing circumstances in coastal economies such as fisheries that impact resilience.
- Assist communities to create and implement resilience and adaptation plans.
- Holen, Davin. 2014. Fishing for community and culture: The value of fisheries in rural Alaska. Polar Record 50:403–413. http://doi.org/10.1017/S0032247414000205.
- Holen, Davin. 2011. “We all drink this water”: The contemporary context of salmon fishing in Southwest Alaska. In: D. Michelle, F. Levesque, and J. Ferguson (eds.), Humanizing security in the Arctic. Canadian Circumpolar Institute, Edmonton, pp. 191–208.
- Holen, Davin. 2009. A resilient subsistence salmon fishery in Southwest Alaska: A case study of fish camps in Nondalton. Journal of Northern Studies 2:99–113.
- Holen, Davin. 2009. Subsistence in Alaska. Chapter 7. In: S. Glomsrød and I. Aslaksen (eds), Interdependency of subsistence and market economies in the Arctic. The Economy of the North, 2nd Edition. Statistics Norway, Oslo.
- Holen, Davin. 2009. Adaptation and resilience of salmon fishing economies in Southwest Alaska. In: Proceedings from the 5th Northern Research Forum: Seeking a Balance in a Changing North. Anchorage, Alaska.
- Holen, Davin L. 2009. The dynamic context of cultural and social sustainability of communities in Southwest Alaska. Journal of Enterprising Communities 3(3).
- Stanek, Ronald T., James A. Fall, and Davin L. Holen. 2007. Lake Clark National Park and Preserve West Cook Inlet ethnographic overview and assessment. Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, National Park Service, Anchorage.
- Holen, Davin L.. 2004. The Atna' and the political ecology of the Copper River fishery, Alaska. Arctic Anthropology 4(1):58–70.
- US Climate Resilience Toolkit
- Arctic Resilience Report
- Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge in the Arctic
- Community Subsistence Information System Community Observer
- Local Environmental Observer (LEO) Network
The outdoors is my favorite gym and Anchorage has some of the best trails anywhere for skiing and running. I grew up in the woods in the Susitna Valley skiing, hiking, and trail running. I continue to do these activities with my family and recently built a log cabin near Talkeetna so we can enjoy outdoor activities.