The Center is a collaborative effort involving faculty from different disciplines
and departments at UAF. We have expertise in emergency management, political science,
economics, and scientific research.
Cam serves as both the Director of the Center for the Study of Security, Cyber, Hazards,
Response and Preparedness (C-SSCHRP) and the Homeland Security and Emergency Management
(HSEM) program at UAF. Cam retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army in 2006
after 24 years on active duty where he deployed extensively to the Middle East, Africa,
Europe, Haiti, and the Central Asian states supporting humanitarian assistance, non-combatant
evacuation, and peacekeeping as well as operations supporting the Global War on Terrorism
Since retirement from the U.S. Army, Cam has served as the site lead from the C4ISR
training contract at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, established the Emergency Management
office for the University of Alaska System and worked as the project/deputy project
manager for the High Threat Protection Task Order in Baghdad, Iraq.
As the director of the UAF HSEM program for the past four years, Cam has focused on
redefining HSEM education within the School of Management and developing collaborative
working relationships with other programs on campus to better meet the needs of the
student population. Synergistic activities include: project lead/PI for the Arctic
Domain Security Orientation (ADSO) project for USNORTHCOM and JTF Alaska, project
lead/PI for the City of Fairbanks and North Pole EOP development project as well as
project lead/PI for the Alaska State Continuity of Operations Planning and Technical
Assistance Initiative. Cam additionally lectures outside of the program and was recognized
by the Alaska National Guard for support to the Emergency Management and Policy Subject
Matter Expert Exchange with Mongolia.
Cam is committed to C-SSCHRP’s goal of becoming a nationally recognized Center of
Excellence in providing research, education, and outreach supporting first responders,
operational leaders and managers as well as policy makers who are looked to in providing
oversight to local communities, the State of Alaska and the nation.
Dr. Cameron Carlson, Director
Phone: (907) 474-6537
Dr. Peter Webley
Dr. Webley is a research assistant professor at the Geophysical Institute at UAF.
He has over 15 years of experience in analyzing remote sensing data for natural hazard
assessment and risk mitigation. He works with dispersion and transport models for
simulating the movement of hazardous aerosols. Dr. Webley has been an instructor multiple
times as part of the UAF CNSM ASRA program, as well as leading the teaching of FEMA
Volcanic Crisis Awareness course at UAF. He has worked closely with state, federal,
and international organizations with relationship to volcanic hazard detection and
assessment of the risk from potential volcanic events.
For the past 5 years, Dr. Webley has been responsible for the development and maintenance
of the Puff Volcanic Ash Transport and Dispersion Model (VATD). He was been the advisor
to the World Organization of Volcano Observatories (WOVO) representative to the ICAO
International Volcanic Ash Task Force (IVATF) from 2010 – 2012. From 2008 – 2013,
he was the co-chair of WOVO and sat as the Americas and Caribbean representative.
His aim is to provide tools and products for hazard assessment and risk mitigation,
including scenario planning for potential hazardous events and real-time applications
of dispersion modeling and remote sensing data to decision makers. His research interests
include ash cloud modeling, detection of ash clouds in thermal infrared data, real-time
monitoring of natural hazards, and remote sensing of volcanic processes.
Sam Alexander is an instructor in the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Program
at the UAF School of Management.
Dr. Jungho Baek
Dr. Jungho Baek is an associate professor and the economics program director at the
UAF School of Management. His principal research fields include resource economics,
economics of environment and trade, energy economics, and econometric modeling. His
work in these areas has been presented at various professional conferences and published
in over 50 international refereed journals. Prior to SOM, he has conducted research
for the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) in South Korea and
the Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies (CAPTS) at North Dakota State
Troy Bouffard is an instructor in the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Program
at the UAF School of Management. After the Gulf War, several Balkan tours, and two
combat tours in Iraq, Troy retired from the U.S. Army as an E-8/Master Sergeant, master
parachutist and jumpmaster instructor with 22 years of service culminating at Ft.
Wainwright with the 1-25th Stryker Brigade. Afterwards, he served the State of Alaska
in the 27th legislature as an aide and chief of staff for a local Fairbanks representative.
Troy is also currently a Department of Defense contracted instructor for the Arctic
Domain and Security Orientation (ADSO) course to USNORTHCOM and the Alaskan Command.
Dr. Brandon Boylan
Dr. Brandon Boylan is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science
at UAF. His research areas of expertise include international relations, international
security, political violence, terrorism, ethnic conflict, and separatist movements.
His current research agenda centers on the motives, means, and opportunities of terrorist
campaigns waged along ethnic lines, for which he has conducted fieldwork in Sri Lanka
and Spain. His research has been published or is forthcoming in Conflict Management
and Peace Science, Nations and Nationalism, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.
He is currently working on a book, tentatively titled The Opportunity for Terrorism:
Communal Leadership Vacuums in Nationalist Movements. At UAF, he is a faculty affiliate
of the Arctic and Northern Studies Program (ANORS) and Center for the Study of Security,
Hazards, Response, and Preparedness (C-SSCHRP). He is also the faculty advisor to
the Model United Nations (MUN) club and faculty lead on the Model Arctic Council (MAC)
initiative. He teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in international
relations and research methods. Recently, he has participated in the Basin Harbor
Teachers’ Workshop, sponsored by the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at
the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Affairs, Johns Hopkins University,
and the Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS),
sponsored by the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University.
Prior to joining the faculty at UAF, he was a research associate at the Ford Institute
for Human Security. He holds a Ph.D. in international affairs from the University
Dr. Jessica Larsen
Dr. Jessica Larsen is an associate professor with the Department of Geology and Geophysics
and the Geophysical Institute. Jessica received her Ph.D. from the University of California
Santa Cruz in high pressure mineral physics. Jessica changed her focus to volcanology
after moving to UAF in 1997. She has worked for the Alaska Volcano Observatory since
then, focusing on geological mapping, stratigraphy, hazard assessments, petrology,
and geochemistry studies of active volcanoes in Alaska and around the world.
Jessica oversees the UAF Experimental Petrology Lab, conducting research to constrain
crustal magma storage and ascent rate dynamics with graduate and undergraduate students.
Courses taught by Jessica focus on Geological Hazards (GEOS 380) and Volcanology (GEOS
120, 406, and 670).
Dr. Joseph Little
Dr. Joe Little is an associate professor of economics in the UAF School of Management.
He received his Ph.D. in economics in 2005 from the University of New Mexico. His
research expertise includes applied microeconomics, environmental economics, and non-market
Sean McGee is an instructor and the outreach coordinator for the Homeland Security
and Emergency Management (HSEM) program. He has been with the UAF campus in one capacity
or another since 1985 and most recently he retired as the campus’ police chief. Sean
was an instructor with the UAF Community and Technical College Law Enforcement Academy
for 12 years. He has been an adjunct instructor with HSEM since 2012.