Arctic Section
National Science Foundation


United States


Dr. Colleen Strawhacker is the Program Director for the Arctic System Science and the Arctic Social Sciences Programs in the Office of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation. She is currently on leave as a Research Scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Strawhacker earned her PhD 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.


Physical Science, Life Science, Social Science, Interdisciplinary Research, Indigenous Knowledge, Citizen Science

Science Specialties

Cyberinfrastructure and Data Products with a Focus on Social Science Data and Indigenous Knowledge, Ethical Issues around Indigenous Data Sovereignty, Data Interoperability for Synthesis Research, Archaeology, Climate Change Resilience and Vulnerability, Soils and Agriculture of the Past, Long-Term Human Ecodynamics in Marginal Environments
(Arctic and U.S. Southwest), Irrigation Agriculture and Indigenous Water Rights