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 Alaska Sea Grant 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. Davin works collaboratively with the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy at UAF’s International Arctic Research Center, and as a Sea Grant liaison is supported by and draws on resources from NOAA and the National Sea Grant program. Community resilience activities are highlighted on the Adapt Alaska website hosted by Alaska Sea Grant. Adapt Alaska is a collaborative of communities, tribes, agencies, and nonprofits to enable communities to adapt to rapidly changing ocean and climatic conditions and changing terrestrial landscape from Southeast Alaska to the Arctic.


Davin is an anthropologist and lifelong Alaskan from the Susitna Valley. He recently received his PhD from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His dissertation, titled “Subsistence and Commercial Fisheries Through the Lenses of Culture and Economy in Three Coastal Alaskan Communities,” examines the resilient nature of commercial and subsistence fishing in Alaska for food security, culture, and community well-being. At Alaska Sea Grant, Davin is honored to work directly with communities to facilitate workshops and other activities addressing coastal resilience related to monitoring, mitigation, and adaptation to climate and changes in ocean conditions.



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.