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Jim Powell, Ph.D.

Term Assistant Research Professor, Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center 
Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center

907-209-5676 (Visit Website)

Novatney Bldg 111, Juneau Campus



  • B.A. Rochester Institute of Technology, Eisenhower College (1978)
  • M.P.A. University of Alaska Southeast (1995)
  • Ph. D. Natural Resource Policy and Sustainability Science, University of Alaska Fairbanks (2012)


Adaptive and Climate Governance, Sustainability Indicators, Local Decision Making


Powell, J.Chapter 8  Five Conditions conducive to Sustainability Plans and Measurements. In Quality-of-Life Indicators Vol. VIII. Springer. In-Press. November 2019.

Powell, J., Chapter 11. Sustaining Sustainability in Whitehorse, Yukon. In Robert W. Ottung (Ed) Urban Sustainability in the Arctic, Measuring Progress in Circumpolar Cities. Bergham Books. October 2019. ISBN  978-1-78920-735-4

Orttung, R.W. Powell, J., Fox, J., Franco, C. Strengthening Food Security Near the Arctic Circle: Case Study of Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska. Sustainability May 14, 2019,

Williams, Paula; Alessa, Lilian (Naia); Kliskey, Andrew (Anaru); Rinella, Daniel; Trammell, Jamie; Powell, James; McCarthy, Molly; Abatzoglou, John. Integrated dataset for stakeholder perceptions of environmental change and instrumented measures of change. Data in Brief. Volume 21, December 2018, Pages 1721-1723

Williams, Paula; Alessa, Lilian (Naia); Kliskey, Andrew (Anaru); Rinella, Daniel; Trammell, Jamie; Powell, James; McCarthy, Molly; Abatzoglou, John. The role of perceptions versus instrumented data of environmental change: Responding to Changing Environments In Alaska. Environmental Science and Policy. December 2018, Pages 110-121.

Powell, James E., Wipfli, Mark S. Criddle, Keith R., Schoen, Erick R. Will Alaska’s Fisheries Regime Prove Resilient? Kenai River Fishery Management as a Model For Adaptive Governance. Fisheries. Vol. 43. No. 1 January 2018.


Jim Powell conducts research in several Alaskan and Arctic communities on adaptive capacity, and measuring socio-economic impacts around climate change, COVID 19, and food security. Jim has worked with the Fairbanks Northstar Borough and co-authored their recent Sustainability Plan. Currently, Jim serves on Juneau’s Sustainability Commission. Jim also teaches natural resources and local government classes in the UAS MPA program. His research is informed by 35 years in Alaska managing environmental and natural resource programs mostly spent at the Department of Environmental Conservation including Special Assistant to the Commissioner, a Division Director, and managed the Water Quality Standards Program. Jim’s interest in local governance led him to run for public office and consequently served three terms on the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly including three years as Deputy Mayor. He balances his teaching and research with serving on nonprofit boards and consults with local communities on environmental issues and sustainability planning.


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