Community-driven Climate Change Research in Rural Alaska

Helen Cold

University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Helen is a graduate student pursuing a Master's degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Born and raised in rural Wisconsin, she received a Bachelor's degree in Wildlife Ecology and Management from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in 2003. Since then, she has worked as a wildlife technician for various organizations across the US and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador. She relocated to Interior Alaska in 2012, and worked as a Wetland Scientist with CSU-CEMML on Fort Wainwright. Following an interest in the human dimensions of wildlife, she accepted a graduate research assistantship studying social-ecological systems with Dr. Todd Brinkman at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the spring of 2016. In her free time, Helen likes to dipnet for sockeye salmon, butcher roadkill moose, and spend time exploring Alaska with her husband, young daughter and 2 dogs.


Changes in climate are resulting in disproportionate effects in northern latitudes, necessitating adaptation by societies in this region that depend on natural resources for subsistence. Rural communities in Interior Alaska... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Helen Cold (University of Alaska-Fairbanks)
  2. Todd Brinkman (University of Alaska-Fairbanks)
  3. Teresa Hollingsworth (USDA Forest Service)
  4. Caroline Brown (Alaska Department of Fish and Game)
  5. David Verbyla (University of Alaska-Fairbanks)
  6. Dana Nossov (University of Alaska-Fairbanks)

Topic Areas

Topics: Implications of Global Change , Topics: Wildlife in an Ecosystem Services Paradigm , Topics: Social-Ecological Systems/Coupled Human-Natural Systems


W-2D » Implications of Global Change (10:00 - Wednesday, 20th September, Diamond West)

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