Philip Loring

Assistant Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability

(306) 966-1617


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Indigenous Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Master of Arts in Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (Philosophy and Classic Studies), Florida Atlantic University

Research Interests

Food systems and security; fisheries; local food movements; environmental justice; climatic and environmental change; indigenous cultures


Recent Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles
  • H.L. Harrison and P.A. Loring. 2014. “Larger Than Life: The Emergent Nature of Conflict in Alaska's Upper Cook Inlet Salmon Fisheries.” Sage Open 4: 1-14.
  • P.A. Loring, H.L. Harrison, and S.C. Gerlach. 2014. “Local Perceptions of the Sustainability of Alaska’s Cook Inlet Salmon Fisheries.” Society and Natural Resources. 27(2): 185-199.
  • P.A. Loring, S.C. Gerlach, and H.L. Harrison. 2013. Seafood as Local Food: Food Security and the Role of Salmon Fisheries on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. [online first] doi:10.5304/jafscd.2013.033.006.
  • P.A. Loring. 2013.  Alternative Perspectives on the Sustainability of Alaska’s Commercial Fisheries. Conservation Biology. 27(1): 55-63.
  • P.A. Loring and L.K. Duffy. 2011. Managing environmental risks: the benefits of a place-based approach. Remote and Rural Health 11(3):1800.
  • P.A. Loring, SC Gerlach, D. Atkinson, and M.S. Murray. 2011. Ways to Help and Ways to Hinder: Governance for sustainability and conservation in a changing climate. Arctic 64(1):73-88.
  • P.A. Loring and S.C. Gerlach. 2009.  Food, Culture, and Human Health in Alaska: An integrative health approach to food security. Environmental Science and Policy 12(4):466-478 
Non-Peer-Reviewed Articles

Book Chapters
  • Gerlach, S. C., P.A. Loring, A. Turner, and D. Atkinson. 2011. Food Systems, Climate Change, and Community Needs, in North by 2020, Edited by A. Lovecraft and H. Eicken. Fairbanks, AK: University of Alaska Press, pp. 89-109.
  • P. Ericksen, B. Stewart, J. Dixon, D. Barling, P.A. Loring, M. Anderson, J. Ingram. 2010. The Value of a Food System Approach. In Food Security and Global Environmental Change. Edited by J. Ingram, P. Ericksen and D. Liverman. UK: Earthscan, pp. 25-45.

Recent Grants/Awards

  • 2015-17. “Linking Ocean Health and Human Health in Haida Gwaii.” MEOPAR NCE. PI. $87k CAD / 2 years.

  • 2015-17. “Human Dimensions of Sustainability in Haida Gwaii.” Parks Canada / UC Santa Barbara. PI w/ P. Levin, M. Poe. $168k CAD / 2 years.
  • 2012. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Loan Repayment Program for Health Disparities Research. $35k/2 years.
  • 2011-16. Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP). NOAA Climate Program Office. $3.5M / 5 years. Co-I w/ S.F. Trainor, J. Walsh, S. Rupp, and J. Mathis
  • 2011-13. Regional Assessments of Vulnerability and Environmental Security (RAVENS). NOAA ClimateProgram Office. $300k / 2 years, PI w/ W. Schnabel and S.C. Gerlach.
  • 2011. American Fisheries Society, Western Division, 2011 Award of Merit for “regionally significant and worthy contribution.”
  • 2010. “Marine Species RangeExtension and Invasives in Northern Alaskan Waters (MARINA)." Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy Mini-grants. $16,000. Co-I w/ M.S. Murray.