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Biology and Wildlife Faculty

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Brian Barnes (Professor of Zoophysiology and Institute Director)

311A IRV 1


Ph.D. - University of Washington

Research Interests: Environmental physiology; adaptation of animals to environments; physiology of hibernation; physiological and endocrinological reproductive mechanisms of mammals.

Affiliations: B&W, IAB, TFS

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Andrea Bersamin (Associate Professor)

228 AHRB


Ph.D. - University of California, Davis

Research Interests: Role of nutrition and physical activity in the development and prevention of chronic diseases; epidemiology; prevention science; determinants of dietary and physical activity patterns; development and evaluation of theory-based interventions; minority health, particularly indigenous populations

Affiliations: B&W, CANHR, IAB

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Greg Breed (Associate Professor)

401 IRV 1


Ph.D. - Dalhousie University

Research Interests: Quantitative ecology, specializing in animal movement and behaviour.

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

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Syndonia (Donie) Bret-Harte (Professor)

122 AHRB


Ph.D. - Stanford University

Affiliations: B&W, BNZ-LTER, IAB, TFS

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Todd Brinkman (Associate Professor)

323B Murie Building


Ph.D. - University of Alaska Fairbanks

Research Interests: Human-wildlife interactions

Affiliations: B&W, BNZ-LTER, EPSCoR, IAB, RAP

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Abel Bult-Ito (Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy)

113F Murie Building


Ph.D. - Wesleyan University

Research Interests: Behavioral neuroscience; brain regulation of behavior; mouse model of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Affiliations: B&W, INBRE

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Jack Chen (Associate Professor of Virology; Deputy Director, Alaska State Virology Lab)

223B Murie Building


Ph.D. - Osaka University

Research Interests: Virus-host cell interaction, emerging viral pathogens

Affiliations: B&W, IAB, INBRE

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Robert Coker (Professor)

323D Murie Building


Ph.D. Exercise Physiology - University of Mississippi

Research Interests: My primary research focus is directed at the mitigation of metabolic stress in clinical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, sarcopenia and alcohol abuse.

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

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Shawn Crimmins (Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology; Assistant Leader, AKCFWRU)

209A IRV 1


PhD - University of Montana

Research Interests: Large mammal ecology, carnivore and furbearer ecology, predator-prey dynamics, monitoring design, quantitative ecology.

Affiliations: AKCFWRU, B&W, IAB

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Pat Doak (Associate Professor of Biology)

415B IRV 1


Ph.D. - Cornell University

Research Interests: Spatial population dynamics; insect-plant interactions.

Affiliations: B&W, BNZ-LTER, Greenhouse, IAB

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Devin Drown (Assistant Professor)

224 WRRB


Research Interests: My research focuses on understanding coevolutionary interactions, particularly host-symbiont interactions. The overall goal of my research is to develop a mechanistic understanding by which abiotic and biotic forces drive the direction and rate of evolution of coevolutionary interactions. My lab uses a combination of molecular analysis in both field and laboratory settings and mathematical modeling.

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

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Eugenie Euskirchen (Associate Professor)

402 IRV 1


Ph.D. - Michigan Technological University

Research Interests: Ecosystem dynamics of carbon, water and energy in taiga and tundra ecosystems.


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Jeffrey (Jeff) Falke (Assistant Professor of Fisheries; Unit Leader, AKCFWRU)

210A IRV 1


PhD - Colorado State University

Research Interests: Ecology and conservation of freshwater fishes; Spatial ecology, connectivity, and fragmentation in stream ecosystems; Impacts of introduced species on native fish assemblages; Early life history and ecology of fishes; Life history diversity and evolution in salmonids

Affiliations: AKCFWRU, B&W, IAB

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Tamara Harms (Associate Professor)

120 AHRB


Affiliations: B&W, IAB

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Falk Huettmann (Professor of Wildlife Ecology)

419 IRV 1


Ph.D. - ACWERN/University of New Brunswick (Canada)

Research Interests: Wildlife Ecology, Seabirds, Predictive GIS Modeling, Web-based Wildlife Databases and Metadata, Spatial Aspects of Population Viability Analysis (PVA), Future Landscape Scenarios of Wildlife Habitat, Landscape Ecology, Russian Far East, Tropical Ecology, Conservation Steady State Economy.

Affiliations: B&W, EWHALE, IAB

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Steffi Ickert-Bond (Professor of Botany, Herbarium Curator, UA Museum of the North)



Ph.D. - Arizona State University

Research Interests: Molecular systematics, phylogeny, biogeography and morphological evolution in vascular plants; revisionary and floristic work.

Affiliations: B&W, Greenhouse, IAB, UAMN

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Jeremy (Jay) Jones (Professor of Biology)

154 AHRB


Ph.D. - Arizona State University

Research Interests: Structure and function of stream ecosystems.

Affiliations: B&W, BNZ-LTER, IAB

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Anja Kade (Instructor of Biology)

113B Murie Building


Ph.D. - University of Alaska Fairbanks

Research Interests: Apart from my passion for research-based scientific teaching, my research interests include the interactions of vegetation types and soils in arctic tundra and their associated carbon fluxes.

Affiliations: B&W

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Knut Kielland (Professor)

406 IRV 1


Ph.D. - University of Alaska Fairbanks

Research Interests: Biogeochemistry, plant physiological ecology, herbivory, predator-prey interactions.

Affiliations: B&W, BNZ-LTER, IAB

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Denise Kind (Instructor; Biology and Wildlife Laboratory Coordinator)

223C Murie Building


Ph.D. - University of California, Irvine

Affiliations: B&W

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Alexander (Sasha) Kitaysky (Professor of Integrative Physiology)

413 IRV 1


Ph.D. - University of California, Irvine

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

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Mary Beth Leigh (Professor of Microbiology)

228 WRRB


Ph.D. - University of Oklahoma

Research Interests: Molecular microbial ecology, bioremediation, plant-microbe interactions, stable isotope probing

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

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Mark Lindberg (Professor of Biology)

411 IRV 1


Ph.D. - University of Alaska Fairbanks

Research Interests: Waterfowl biology; upland game birds; mark-recapture theory; sampling design.

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

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Christa Mulder (Professor of Plant Ecology)

412 IRV 1


Ph.D. - University of Alaska Fairbanks

Research Interests: Relationships between species diversity and ecosystem processes; plant-animal interactions.

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

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Diane O'Brien (Professor)

230 AHRB


Ph.D. - Princeton University

Research Interests: Nutritional Physiology of insects; Stable isotope ecology, Understanding patterns of stable isotope variation among biological compounds

Affiliations: B&W, CANHR, IAB

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Kristin O'Brien (Professor of Biology and Wildlife)

323E Murie Building


Ph.D. - University of Maine

Research Interests: Mitochondrial biology; oxidative and nitrosative stress; adaptation to cold temperature

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

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Link Olson (Professor of Systematic Biology, Curator of Mammals)

016 Museum


Ph.D. - University of Chicago

Research Interests: Systematics, phylogenetics, and evolutionary biology of mammals; biogeography; molecular evolution.

Affiliations: B&W, IAB, UAMN

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Andrej Podlutsky (Associate Professor of Molecular Biology)



Research Interests: Role of DNA damage and repair in cancer and aging; diet, chronic inflammation and risk of diabetes; DNA stability in hibernating animals; DNA repair in virus-infected cells.

Affiliations: IAB

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Roger Ruess (Professor of Ecosystem Ecology)

414 IRV 1


Ph.D. - University of North Dakota

Research Interests: I am interested in regional consequences of changing climate-disturbance interactions for the resilience of Alaska's boreal forest.

Affiliations: B&W, BNZ-LTER, Greenhouse, IAB

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Derek Sikes (Professor of Entomology, Curator of Insects)



Ph.D. - University of Connecticut

Research Interests: Taxonomy, morphological and molecular based phylogenetics, conservation, and faunistics of Insects, especially Coleoptera.

Affiliations: B&W, IAB, UAMN

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Naoki Takebayashi (Associate Professor of Biology)

226 WRRB


Ph.D. - Indiana University

Research Interests: Theoretical population genetics; evolutionary biology; molecular evolution; plant reproductive biology; computational biology.

Affiliations: B&W, Greenhouse, IAB, INBRE

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Diane Wagner (Associate Professor of Biology, B&W Department Chair)

163 AHRB


Ph.D. - Princeton University

Research Interests: Herbivory; insect-plant-soil interactions; mutualism; and evolutionary ecology.

Affiliations: B&W, Greenhouse, IAB

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Donald (Skip) Walker (Professor of Biology)

262 AHRB


Ph.D. - University of Colorado at Boulder

Research Interests: Environmental biology; disturbance and recovery of arctic ecosystems; global tundra ecosystems; hierarchical geographical information systems; landscape ecology; landscape response to climate change; quantitative ecology methods.

Affiliations: AGC, B&W, IAB, TFS

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Cory Williams (Assistant Professor of Biology)

323C Murie Building


Ph.D. - University of Alaska Fairbanks

Research Interests: Wildlife Physiology, chronobiology, environmental endocrinology.

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

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Kevin Winker (Professor; Curator of Birds)

038 Museum


Ph.D. - University of Minnesota

Research Interests: Avian evolution, population genetics, and systematics; ecology, evolution, and behavior.

Affiliations: B&W, Core Lab, IAB, UAMN

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Mark Wipfli (Professor of Freshwater Ecology; Assistant Leader, AKCFWRU)

138 AHRB


Ph.D. - Michigan State University

Research Interests: Freshwater Foodwebs, Marine-Derived Nutrients in Riverine Ecosystems, Trophic Relationships, Riparian-Stream Interactions

Affiliations: AKCFWRU, B&W, IAB

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Diana Wolf (Associate Professor of Biology)

240 WRRB


Ph.D. - Indiana University

Research Interests: Plant evolutionary genetics. How the genetic basis of traits shapes their evolution, and how natural selection acts on genes.

Affiliations: B&W, Greenhouse, IAB


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