Davin Holen

Davin Holen
Coastal Community Resilience Specialist

Assistant Professor, UAF

Phone: 907.274.9697
E-mail: dlholen@alaska.edu
Facebook: Alaska Sea Grant Coastal Community Resilience

Marine Advisory Program
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.



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.


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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.