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OPP welcomes new program directors for Arctic Sciences

September 28, 2018

The National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs (OPP) welcomes three new program directors to the Section for Arctic Sciences.

Gregory J. Anderson
Program Director, Arctic System Sciences
(703) 292-4693,

Roberto Delgado
Program Director, Arctic Observing Network
(703) 292-2397,

Colleen Strawhacker
Program Director, Arctic Social Sciences
(703) 292-7432,

Roberto Delgado is the program director for the Arctic Observing Network (AON) in the National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs (OPP). He comes to OPP’s Arctic Sciences Section from the National Institutes of Health, where he served as a program chief; co-led the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) Health and Wellbeing Collaboration Team; coordinated the Arctic Council’s RISING SUN initiative;  and managed contracts, cooperative agreements, and research grants focused on resilience and well-being among rural, global, Arctic, and American Indian and Alaska Native communities. He earned his doctorate in biological anthropology and anatomy (now evolutionary anthropology) from Duke University, with expertise in evolutionary ecology, terrestrial ecosystems, and wildlife biology. He also previously held research faculty positions at Hunter College of the City University of New York and the University of Southern California. In addition to directing AON, he also is involved in NSF’s Navigating the New Arctic Big Idea. He may be reached at her office at 703.292.2397 or via email at

Colleen Strawhacker is the associate program director for the Arctic System Sciences Program (ARCSS) in the National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs. She is serving on a Visiting Scientist rotator appointment while on leave from the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado Boulder. She earned her doctorate in anthropology from Arizona State University in 2013, where she focused on the archaeology of climate-driven risk and vulnerability in the U.S. Southwest and the North Atlantic. She has expertise in the social sciences, convergent research spanning the natural and social sciences and engineering, and cyberinfrastructure.  As well as co-managing the Arctic System Sciences Program, she is the lead program officer for the Arctic Social Sciences Program (ASSP). She may be reached at her office at 703.292.7432 or via email at

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