Image: Science Instructor Hajo EickenHajo Eicken
Associate Professor
UAF Geophysical Institute

Hajo Eicken is Associate Professor at the Geophysical Institute and the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Before joining the University of Alaska, Dr. Eicken was a senior scientist at the Alfred Wegener Institute where he was the head of a research group for sea ice physics and remote sensing. He received his Ph.D. in geophysics at the University of Bremen. Dr. Eicken's research interests include studies of the growth, evolution, and properties of sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic. He is particularly interested in determining how microscopic and macroscopic properties affect larger-scale sea-ice processes and its role in the climate system. Dr. Eicken has participated in several icebreaker expeditions in both hemispheres. He is serving on a number of national and international scientific and technical committees. Currently he is heading an effort at the University of Alaska to enhance use of scientific data by a range of different stakeholders at the local and international level during the course of the International Polar Year.

Eicken served as a STEP Science Instructor in 2007, when the featured topic was Climate Change.