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Jim Powell

Assistant Professor of Public Administration

Phone: 209-5676


Arts and Sciences - Business & Public Administration

Novatney Bldg, Rm 111, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


University of Alaska Fairbanks, PhD, Natural Resource Policy and Sustainability Science – 2012

University of Alaska Southeast, MPA – 1995

Rochester Institute of Technology, Eisenhower College, BA, 1978


Jim has spent most of his life in Alaska with over three decades working on environmental and natural resource policy and management, and local governance issues. His public service includes nine years on the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly with 3 years as Deputy Mayor. His dissertation research and current research interests are community and institutional adaptive capacity in response to climate change, sustainability, and local decision-making.  He currently teaches natural resource policy, local sustainability, public administration, and local governance courses. Jim balances his teaching with serving on several state and local nonprofit boards.  He also lectures and consults on sustainability planning.  He is a member of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources, and Ecological Society of America.

Andrea L. Dewees

Associate Professor of Spanish

Phone: 796-6008Fax: 796-6406


Erica Hill

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Phone: 796-6017Fax: 796-6406


Arts and Sciences - Social Sciences

Soboleff Bldg, 217, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Erica received her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1999. She has archaeological excavation experience in Alaska, Florida, the Southwest, Mexico, Peru, and the Russian Far East and has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Honduras.


Erica is a broadly trained archaeologist with research interests in Peru and the Arctic. She received her B.A. from the University of Florida, and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. She has excavation experience in Alaska, Florida, the Southwest U.S, Mexico, Peru, and the Russian Far East and has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Honduras.

Erica is interested in ancient belief systems and cosmology, especially the cross-cultural study of funerary ritual and sacrifice. Her work in Peru focuses on iconography and burial evidence of the Moche, a pre-Inca culture of the Pacific coast of South America. (Selected publications on the Moche)

More recently, Erica’s work has focused on the prehistory of human–animal relations in the Bering Sea region. She is particularly interested in how approaches from animal geography can be applied to archaeological evidence. (Selected publications on human–animal relations.)

Erica is the editor of Iñupiaq Ethnohistory: Selected Essays by Ernest S. Burch, Jr. (2013) and co-editor, with Jon B. Hageman, of The Archaeology of Ancestors: Death, Memory and Veneration (2016).

In 2016, Erica was selected to be a Fulbright–NSF Arctic Research Scholar. She will spend the fall of 2016 on sabbatical at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik.

Many of Erica’s publications are available at and at ScholarWorks@UA.

Selected Publications on the Moche

2016    Identifying the Revered Dead in Moche Iconography, pp. 189–212 in Erica Hill and Jon B. Hageman, eds. The Archaeology of Ancestors: Death, Memory and Veneration. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

2013   Death, Emotion, and the Household among the Late Moche of Peru. In The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Death and Burial, edited by Sarah Tarlow and Liv Nilsson Stutz, pp. 597–616. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

2008   Animism and Sacrifice: Reconstructing Moche Religion through Architecture, Iconography, and Archaeological Features. In Religion in the Material World, edited by Lars Fogelin, pp. 38–60. Center for Archaeological Investigations, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.

2006    Moche Skulls in Cross-Cultural Perspective, pp. 91–100 in Michelle Bonogofsky, ed. Skull Collection, Modification and Decoration. British Archaeology Reports (BAR) International Series 1539. Oxford, Archaeopress.

2003    Sacrificing: Moche Bodies, Journal of Material Culture 8(3):285–299.

2000    The Embodied Sacrifice, Cambridge Archaeological Journal 10(2):307–316.

1998    Death as a Rite of Passage: The Iconography of the Moche Burial Theme, Antiquity 72(277):528–538.


Selected Publications on Human–Animal Relations

2013    Archaeology and Animal Persons: Toward a Prehistory of Human-Animal Relations, Environment &Society: Advances in Research 4:117–136.

2012    The Nonempirical Past: Enculturated Landscapes and Other-than-Human Persons in Southwest Alaska. Arctic Anthropology 49(2):41–57.

2011    Animals as Agents: Hunting Ritual and Relational Ontologies in Prehistoric Alaska and Chukotka. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 21(3):407–426.

Matthew Pawlus

Assistant Professor of Science

Phone: 228-4557


Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences - Biology

Paul Bldg, 510, Ketchikan Campus

Ketchikan Campus

Jan Straley

Professor of Marine Biology

Phone: 747-7779


Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences

Sitka Campus


B.S. University of Washington Seattle

M.S. University of Alaska Fairbanks

David Tallmon

Professor of Biology

Phone: 796-6330Fax: 796-6447


Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences

Anderson Bldg, 205D, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


  • Ph.D. 2001, University of Montana
  • M.S. 1995, University of Montana
  • B.A. 1992, University of California Santa Cruz


My general interests are in evolution, ecology, and conservation biology.  My focus is on understanding the evolutionary and ecological dynamics of natural populations using demographic and genetic models, molecular genetic data, and field data.  I have long-standing interest in combining population genomics and demographic information to infer important evolutionary and demographic parameters for wild populations.  More recently, my post-docs and I have focused upon the role of phenotypic plasticity in adaptation.

I have used models based on likelihood and approximate Bayesian computation to infer demographic vital rates or effective population size with the goal of providing useful results and tools for conservation and evolutionary biology.  As an example, some collaborators and I have recently developed an approach to infer effective size of a population using a single sample of microsatellite data and approximate Bayesian computation. 

We focus on a number of different taxa in my lab, with current work on a handful of terrestrial and marine vertebrates and invertebrates, including: coastrange sculpins, giant Pacific octopus, red king crab, spruce grouse, file dogwinkles, ringed seals and boreal toads.  I enjoy working with students who are highly-motivated, broadly interested in evolution and conservation, and focused on understanding population-level process using descriptive and manipulative approaches.  Prospective grad students should read more here.


Curriculum vitae 


  • Society for the Study of Evolution
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • Wildlife Society of America
  • American Fisheries Society

Courses Taught

  • B105 Fundamentals of Biology I
  • B106 Fundamentals of Biology II
  • B271 Ecology
  • B373 Conservation Biology
  • B375 Current Topics in Biology
  • B482 Evolution
  • B492 Biology Seminar
  • B498 Research in Biology
  • B396 Field Studies in Behavior and Ecology


Other Interests: telemark skiing, hiking, soccer and basketball

Kelly Jensen

Grant Proposal Coordinator

Phone: 796-6280


Arts and Sciences

Novatney Bldg, Rm. 131, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Thomas F. Thornton

Dean of Arts & Sciences; Vice Provost for Research & Sponsored Programs

Phone: 907-796-6518Fax: 907-796-6406


Arts and Sciences

Soboleff Bldg, 223, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus