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Hill joins OPP as Program Director for Arctic Social Sciences


February 5, 2020

Dr. Erica Hill, from the University of Alaska Southeast, has joined OPP’s Section for Arctic Sciences as the Program Director for the Arctic Social Sciences Program.

Dr. Hill earned her Ph.D. in 1999 from the Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico. She is an archaeologist who has worked on projects throughout the US, in Mexico, Peru, and for the last fifteen years, in Alaska. Her work integrates archaeology, biology, environmental sciences, and geography in both Alaska and Chukotka to reconstruct human-animal relations in the past, looking at the intersection of human settlement and marine mammal migration. In addition, she was selected as a 2016-2017 Fulbright-NSF Arctic Scholar to the University of Iceland, where she studied the Viking settlement period, and how humans adjusted to a previously uninhabited landscape.

She is a participant in the Intergovernmental Personnel Act Program (IPA), which temporarily assigns personnel between the Federal Government and state and local governments, colleges and universities, Indian Tribal governments, federally funded research and development centers, and other eligible organizations.

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