Jim is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS), where he teaches natural resource policy, sustainability, and local governance. Jim also is an Affiliated Research Faculty at University of Alaska Fairbanks, International Arctic Research Center’s Scenarios Network for Alaska and Arctic Planning. His research includes indigenous people and institutional response and adaptation to climate change in Alaska, Greenland, Sweden, the Yukon Territories. Indigenous observations and their adaptation to environmental change in Alaska are central to Jim’s work. Before his appointment at UAS, Jim spent 28 years in environmental management, focusing on water quality and wetland issues. Among his other appointments, Jim was the Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and was also an Assistant Director for the Division of Environmental Quality at DEC. His public service includes nine years on the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly including Deputy Mayor. Jim has a PhD in Natural Resources and Sustainability Science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a Master in Public Administration from UAS, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Eisenhower College at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Jim Powell, PhD
University of Alaska Southeast