Colleen Strawhacker

Research Associate; 2003 Intern; 2006 Intern

Dr. Colleen Strawhacker is a Program Director for the Arctic Sciences Section in the Office of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Strawhacker earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Arizona State University in 2013, where she focused on the archaeology of climate-driven risk and vulnerability to food security in the U.S. Southwest and the North Atlantic. Her expertise includes convergent research approaches spanning the natural and social sciences and developing cyberinfrastructure approaches for the social sciences and Indigenous Knowledge. She spent the first part of her career working on the interplay between humans and their environment in the U.S. Southwest, which involved two stints as an intern at Crow Canyon. She misses the Southwest dearly, and despite being employed by the Office of Polar Programs, she maintains research endeavors in the U.S. Southwest much to the chagrin of her cold-weather colleagues (just kidding, they are jealous!).