Gary Kofinas

Professor of Resource Policy & Management


Appointments and affiliations:
Department of Natural Resources
Institute of Arctic Biology
Resilience and Adaptation Program

Contact information:
Phone: 907-474-7078
Fax: 907-474-6967
Location: 128 Arctic Health Research Building

Full CV

Curriculum vitae:
B. A., 1975, University of North Carolina Greensboro
M. S. T., 1978, Antioch/New England Graduate School
Ph.D., 1998, University of British Columbia

NRM 647 - Local-to-Global Sustainability
NRM 694 - Adaptive Management and Integrated Assessment
NRM 692 - The Resilience Seminar
NRM 697 - The Resilience & Adaptation Internship

Research interests:

  • Resilience of northern rural communities as social-ecological systems
  • Community-based resource stewardship, adaptive co-management institutions
  • local knowledge in ecological monitoring and assessment
  • social networks of subsistence-cash economies
  • the science and practice of transdisciplinary research

Examples of research support:

  • Modeling harvesting behavior to understand adaptation, mitigation, and transformation in northern subsistence systems. National Science Foundation -   Arctic Social Science Program.
  • Cumulative Effects of Arctic Oil Development - Planning and Designing for Sustainability - National Science Foundatioin
  • Alaska Adapting to Environmental Change. Northern Test Case Leader. National Science Foundation EPSCoR
  • The Study of Sharing Networks to Assess the Vulnerabilities of Local Communities to Oil and Gas Development Impacts in Arctic Alaska, (BOEM formely), Mineral Management Services US Department of Interior.

Examples of publications:

Kofinas, Gary P. , Chapin III, F. Stuart , BurnSilver, Shauna, Schmidt, Jennifer I. (g) , Fresco, Nancy L., Kielland, Knut , Martin, Stephanie, Springsteen, Anna, and Rupp, T. Scott (2010). Resilience of Athabascan subsistence systems to interior Alaska’s changing climate. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 40:1347-1359

Chapin III, F. S., G. P. Kofinas, and C. Folke, editors. 2009. Principles of Ecosystem Stewardship: Resilience-Based Natural Resource Management in a Changing World. Springer-Verlag, New York. ISBN: 978-0-387-73032-5

Kofinas, Gary, Douglas Clark, Grete K. Hovelsrud, Lillian Alessa, Helene Amundsen, Matthew Berman, Fikret Berkes, F. Stuart Chapin III, Bruce Forbes, James Ford, Craig Gerlach, and Julia Olsen. 2013. Chapter 4: Adaptive and Transformative Capacity, in Arctic Resilience interim Report to the Arctic Council. pages 71-91.

Berman, Matt, and Gary Kofinas(2004)"Hunting for Models: Rational Choice and Grounded Approaches to Analyzing Climate Effects on Subsistence Hunting in an Arctic Community"   Ecological Economics Vol. 49:   31-46.

Kofinas, Gary with Old Crow, Aklavik, Fort McPherson, and Arctic Village, (2002) Community Contributions to Ecological Monitoring: Knowledge Co-Production in the US-Canada Arctic Borderlands in Frontiers in Polar Social Science - Indigenous Observations of Environmental Change, editors I. Krupnik and D. Dyanna. ARCUS. 54-92.

Past and current graduate students and postdoctoral fellows:

Shauna BurnSilver (post doc 2009- 2011); Marcy Okada (MS NRM 2010); Chanda Meek (PhD INDS 2009), Stacia Backensto (MS Bio 2009); Jean Guzzettei (MS NRM 2007); Colin Shanley (MS Bio 2008); Elisabeth Robins Padilla (MS Bio 2010); Dixie Dayo (PhD INDS, current); Jim Powell (PhD  INDS, 2012); Colette de Roo (PhD Nat Res and Sustainability, on leave); Archana Bali (PhD INDS, current); Allison Butler Woodward (PhD Bio, current); Gabriella Halas (MS, current); Jiake Zhou (MS Bio); Tracie Curry (PhD INDS Sustainability).

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