Human Dimensions Lab


HD Lab Manager

  • Samuel T. Norlin, MS., UAF
    Sam has a background in ecosystem ecology and science education and outreach. He currently manages the WERC-HD lab

Associated Faculty

  • Philip A. Loring, Ph.D., UAF,  Dr. Loring is a human ecologist with training in anthropology and sociology, ecology, and information technology. He currently works with students on a number of projects relating to community food production, food security, and water security.
  • William E. Schnabel, Ph.D., P.E., UAF, WERC Director
    Dr. Schnabel is an environmental engineer researching cold region surface/subsurface water and ecological quality, contaminant fate and transport, and water resources and waste management.
  • S. Craig Gerlach, Ph.D., UAF, Center for Cross-Cultural Studies
    Dr. Gerlach researches the geography and nutritional ecology of food systems, with interests in small-scale agriculture, reconciliation ecology, and ethnoarchaeology. He has experience with environmental impact assessment, cultural resource management, oil and gas development, and oil spill litigation.
  • Nicole Misarti, PhD. Water and Environmental Research Center Dr Misarti’s research focuses on long-term marine ecosystem and climate change coupled with an archaeological and anthropological component. One of my goals is to use long-term proxy data to augment current research on coastal ecosystems and assist management and conservation decisions for a sustainable future.

Associated Staff

  • Sarah Betcher, Ethnographic Filmmaker
    Sarah received her MA from the Center of Cross-Cultural Studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks where she focused on Alaska Native cultures, ethnographic film and ethnoecology. Her debut film, Tradition in Tune, takes viewers into the cultural world of the Athabascan fiddling tradition. She has collaborated on films with the Smithsonian Institution’s Arctic Studies Center, the UA Museum of the North, and the UAF Center for Cross-Cultural Studies. Most recently she has been working with UAF’s Northern Engineering department on an multi-part series about climate change and the consequences for subsistence communities in the NW arctic. Sarah Betcher is committed to exploring the interface between culture and science in the north, and how this knowledge can be shared across cultures.   


  • Hannah Harrison (MS, INDS) Harrison is a student in UAF’s interdisciplinary graduate program. Her research involves seafood exchange and marketing in the Kenai Peninsula. She has a BS from UAF in natural resources. Harrison 2013 MS Thesis.
  • Yasmeen Hossein (PhD, INDS, RAP) Yasmeen is a PhD student in the Resilience and Adaptation Program, an interdisciplinary graduate training program here at UAF. Her research involves renewable energy and its role in reducing rural community vulnerability to global socioeconomic forces and shocks. She has an M.Sc. in Environment and Development from London School of Economics and Political Science, and has worked in the private sector on renewable energy research.
  • Henry (Harry) J. Penn (PhD, CEE) Henry Penn is a PhD student in the Water and Environmental Research Center.  His research is centered on regional assessments of water security assets, and wider spatially-explicit aspects of climate change related vulnerability.  He has a MEng in Civil Engineering from Loughborough University.
  • Water and Environmental Research Center (WERC)
  • 437 Duckering
  • 1760 Tanana Loop
  • PO Box 75 5860
  • Fairbanks, AK 99775-5860, USA