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Skidmore College
Environmental Studies and Sciences

Nurcan Atalan HelickeNurcan Atalan-Helicke

Associate Professor 

Contact Information:
Phone:  518-580-8372

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. Ohio State University, Geography
  • M. A., Bilkent University, International Relations
  • B. A., Middle East Technical University, International Relations

Courses Taught at Skidmore

  • ES 100 Environmental Concerns in Perspective
  • ES 224 Political Ecology (civic engagement course)
  • ES 303 The Politics of Food
  • ES 307 Global Environmental Governance
  • ES 302 Environment and Development in the Middle East 

Research Interests

  • Conservation of agricultural biodiversity
  • Access to healthy food
  • Genetically engineered food and Islam
  • Critical pedagogies and sustainability


Collaborative Research

  • Atalan-Helicke, N, A.J. Schneller, H. Alemayehu Mebrate*, C. Gonzalez*, C. Lois* (Accepted) “Seed Libraries in the U.S.: Regulations, Seed Saving, Seed Sharing and Seed Sovereignty” In Food Policy and Politics: The Role of Public Administration in the U.S. Food System. Edited by In B. Hoflund, J. Jones and M. Pautz. Lexington Books

  • Atalan-Helicke, N. and C. Bettigole “Participatory Mapping and Wheat Landrace Conservation and Utilization in Turkey” (ArcGIS StoryMap)
  • Atalan-Helicke, N. and H. Melek. “Municipalities and Local Government Actors in Marketing of Wheat Landraces in Turkey”

* denotes student authors

Other Research

  • Atalan-Helicke, N. 2019. “Wheat Landraces and Gender Perspectives in Turkey: Consumer Expectations, Concerns and Willingness to Pay.” A report for CIMMYT (The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center). Executive Summary.
  • Atalan-Helicke, N. 2019. “Value Chain Analysis for Four Wheat Landraces (Karakılçık, Sarı Bursa, Sarı Buğday, Üveyik) in Turkey” A report for CIMMYT (The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center). Executive Summary.