Project Team

Micah Hahn, PhD, MPH - Assistant Professor of Environmental Health

Dr. Hahn is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Health within the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies. Her work focuses on understanding the health impacts of climate change and working with communities to develop strategies for adaptation. Although she is open to projects and collaborations that broadly address environmental health topics, her priority research areas are ecological questions at the center of OneHealth, strategies to improve food security and local food production, and the health co-benefits of climate mitigation. Dr. Hahn is committed to interdisciplinarity, collaboration, and community engagement. She utilizes a variety of methods in her work including geospatial analysis, remote sensing, human surveys, and ecological sampling. Prior to joining UAA, she was an epidemiologist at the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention Climate and Health Program and the Division of Vector-borne Diseases where she developed ecological models related to West Nile virus and Lyme disease.

Phone: 907-786-6577

Rebecca Van Wyck - Research Associate

Rebecca has more than 10 years of experience in the environmental sciences, including work at the US Geological Survey Water Resources Division, and a private environmental consulting firm. She most enjoys working with data sets and interpreting the story within the numbers. Her investigations include the subjects of river flow, water quality, meteorology, and air quality, but now she is excited to have the opportunity at ICHS to match observations within our physical environment with social, economic, and health implications. Rebecca earned her BS in environmental science from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Phone: 907-786-6514

Kori Blakely - Graduate Research Assistant

Kori is pursuing a MS degree in Biological Science at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.  Studying the seasonal movement of bats in Alaska, Kori’s primary methods utilize stable isotope analysis to quantify the signature of deuterium and oxygen incorporated into bat tissue through local drinking water.  She hopes that by defining large-and-small scale movement, the spatial magnitude of current pressure on populations can be specified and mitigated against for future impacts. As a research assistant at ICHS, Kori has been able to apply her experience in statistical analysis to define the degree of health repercussions associated with climate change events.  

Tommy Folan - Graduate Research Assistant

Researcher, geospatial programmer, and data engineer who is applying his skills to better understand how changes in climate will impact ecosystems and communities in the Arctic.

Euan MacLeod - Graduate Research Assistant