Nicholas Hasson

Research Assistant
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  • Institute of Northern Engineering
  • Engineering Learning and Innovation Facility (ELIF), Suite 240
  • 1764 Tanana Loop
  • Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-5910

Research Interests

Geophysics, Permafrost, Carbon Cycle, Methane

Investigating abruptly thawing Yedoma thermokarst wetlands and cold season carbon emissions

Current Projects

o   NASA Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) Methane Imaging

o   NSF Arctic Observation Network (AON) Carbon Energy Balance: Alaska + Russia

o   NASA ABoVE Airborne Survey 1-2 (AVIRIS-NG)/JPL-Caltech/UAF

-       Supervisors: Dr. Katey Walter Anthony, Dr. Clayton Elder (JPL)

o   NSF Navigating the New Arctic: Arctic Urban Risk and Adaptation (NNA AURA)

o   NSF Thermal State of Permafrost for North America and Russian Federation

o   NASA ABoVE Permafrost & Hydrology

-       Supervisors: Dr. Dmitry Nicolsky, Dr. Vladimir Romanovsky


2020 - present     Research Assistant, Institute of Northern Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks

2018 - present     Student Research Assistant, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks

2016 - 2018         Student Research Assistant, College of Natural Science and Mathematics, University of Alaska Fairbanks 

2014 - 2015         Teachers Assistant, Department of Geoscience, Wayne State University Detroit 


2020 - present     University of Alaska, Fairbanks; Ph.D. Geoscience

2017 - 2019         University of Alaska, Fairbanks; B.A. Geology-Earth Systems Science

2012 - 2015         Wayne State University, Detroit; B.A. History and Philosophy of Science 



2020     Peoples Republic of China, Harbin, Harbin Institute of Tecnology Polar Institute, Workshop

2019     Czech Republic, Prague, Charles University, Laboratory Research-Seminar

2019     Russian Federation, Krasnoyarsk, Tunguska Impact Zone, Research Expedition

2018     Russian Federation, Kamachatka, Volcanology and Geophysics Field School

2018     Russian Federation, Arkhangelesk, Northern Arctic Federal University, Language and Cultural Institute 

2018     Russian Federation, Altai Republic Alpine Research Station Aktru/Tomsk State University, Tomsk

2017     Russian Federation, Altai Republic Alpine Research Station Aktru/Tomsk State University, Tomsk

2016     Russian Federation, Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Permafrost Geohazards Field School, UArctic

2015     Svalbard, Spitsbergen (Norway), Permafrost Geohazards Field School, UNIS

Synergistic Activities

2020 - 2020     National Representative of North America, Permafrost Young Researchers Network, Fairbanks, Alaska  


o  11th Planetary Crater Consortium Meeting, Lunar Planetary Institute 

o  NASA Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment 6th Science Team Meeting

o  Arctic Ecosystems and Polar Forum, Harbin Institute of Technology, China 

o  One Health Circumpolar North Conference, University of Alaska Fairbanks

o  10th Biennial Workshop JRA Subduction Processes, Kamchatka, Russian Federation

o  20th International Planetary Conference on Mars, Mars Society, UC-Irvine


o  NASA Earth Expeditions Blog – Interview:

o  National Geographic ‘Scientist Around the World’[48:25-59:00] – Live Interview 

o  Russia-1 Media ‘The Miracle of Tunguska’ expedition – Interview [15:30-17:30]

o  HBO Documentary “Ice on Fire” by Leonardo DiCaprio – Field Assistant

o  BBC/Skating With Stars (on Thermokarst lakes) – Interview

Professional Memberships

          Alaska Geological Society (AGS)

       Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN) -  National Representative of North America

          United States Permafrost Association (USPA)

          American Geophysical Union (AGU)

          Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee Student Member (ARPC)

          Mars Society


Harbin Institute of Technology, "Northern Sea Route: The New Panama Canal", Harbin China

UAF “Research Methods for Geoscientist” NRM/GEOS 406 with Dr. Chris Maio 

Czech Republic Highschool on climate change/permafrost ecosystems, Prague 

Charles University geophysics department colloquium, Prague 

Institute of Biomedical Space Problems, RAS, Moscow 

UAF Geoscience Seminar Series: New Frontiers in Permafrost, Fairbanks    

Seminar at Center for Global Climate Change, Beijing China