Biology and Wildlife Graduate Students
Andrew Balser (Ph.D.)
Research Interests: Landscape properties and ecosystem processes at local to regional scales; permafrost/vegetation co-development; remote sensing and spatial analysis (GIS).
Dissertation: 'Permafrost Thermodegradational Features in the Foothills of Northern Alaska: Initiation, Distribution and Ecological Associations.'
Andrew (Andy) Baltensperger (Ph.D.)
419 IRV 1
Research Interests: Biodiversity and species distribution modeling, Alaska GAP, Stable isotope mapping of small mammals and their communities
Anna Bryan (M.S.)
Sophie Gilbert (Ph.D.)
417 IRV 1
Research Interests: Doe and fawn habitat use in Sitka black-tailed deer, and fawn mortality effects of habitat choices. More broadly, population ecology, predator-prey relationships and habitat selection.
Joanne Healy (Ph.D.)
Kim Jochum (Ph.D.)
Research Interests: My interests include wildlife ecology, behavior biology, human dimensions and polar research in general. Currently I focus on linking ecological with social sciences to improve brown bear management and conservation strategies in the North.
Corrine Knapp (Ph.D.)
Research Interests: I am interested in understanding how humans are adapting and transforming current systems of food production, water supply and conservation to meet their needs and the needs of future generations. These local innovations are key for understanding how large-scale transformations to a more sustainable society may be possible. While my projects often focus on specific places and issues, I believe these small-scale innovations contribute to our broader understanding of potential solutions. I am currently working in the communities surrounding Denali National Park (AK) and in the Gunnison Basin (CO).
Janne Maier (M.S.)
Kelly McFarlin (Ph.D.)
Research Interests: *Terrestrial and Marine Petroleum Bioremediation *Measuring rates of petroleum bioremediation with and with out dispersants in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas *Identification of microbial communities
Timothy Mullet (Ph.D.)
419 IRV 1
Research Interests: Human disturbance to wildlife, soundscape ecology, GIS predictive modeling, Mexican spotted owl ecology
Matthew (Matt) Sexson (Ph.D.)
USGS Alaska Science Center, No Campus Office
Research Interests: Sea duck ecology and conservation
Katie Spellman (Ph.D.)
405 IRV 1
Research Interests: Visit our research and outreach website on the interactions between invasive plants, pollinators and Alaskan berries: https://sites.google.com/a/alaska.edu/melibee-project/
James Willacker, Jr (Ph.D.)
Research Interests: I am interested in the application of trophic ecology to questions of evolutionary and contaminant ecology. My dissertation focuses on the ecological, physiological, and landscape scale processes that govern mercury bioaccumulation in aquatic food webs.