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Phillip Andrews (M.S.)

pmandrews@alaska.edu

ggomap.blogspot.com/

419 IRV 1

Research Interests: Modeling the spatial distribution of Great Gray Owls in Alaska using public data including: recorded species occurrences, climatic data, and environmental data.

Major Professor: Falk Huettmann

Affiliations: B&W, EWHALE, IAB

 
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Robin Andrews (Ph.D.)

rnandrews@alaska.edu

407 IRV 1

907.474.7906

Research Interests: Soil Microarthropods, Acarology, Nutrient Cycling, Nutritional Ecology, and Successional Processes

Major Professor: Roger Ruess

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Derek Arnold (M.S.)

darnold10@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Knut Kielland

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Janelle Badger (M.S.)

jjbadger@alaska.edu

323 Murie Building

Research Interests: Life history and demography of grey seals breeding on Sable Island, Nova Scotia--individual heterogeneity in reproductive success.

Major Professor: Greg Breed

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Christina Baker (Ph.D.)

clbaker5@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Jeremy Jones

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Christopher (Chris) Barger (Ph.D.)

cpbarger@alaska.edu

214 WRRB

907.474.6232

Major Professor: Mark Lindberg

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Carson Baughman (Ph.D.)

cabaughman2@alaska.edu

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Tynan Becker (Ph.D.)

tabecker@alaska.edu

223 Murie Building

Research Interests: The mechanisms of antigen presentation.

Major Professor: Andrea Ferrante

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Roxanne Beltran (Ph.D.)

rsbeltran@alaska.edu

www.roxannebeltran.com/

Research Interests: For my graduate research, I hope to better understand the influences of ecology and physiology on animal behavior. Specifically, the demographic consequences of environmental change and anthropogenic resource extraction are pressing global issues. Climate change is already impacting polar marine environments, the species that inhabit these areas, and the human communities that rely on local natural resources. Remarkably, the sensitivity of many species to predicted climate scenarios have yet to be quantified. Some questions of critical importance include: (1) How will species respond to global change, in terms of fine-scale behavior, large-scale distribution, and long-term demographic patterns?; (2) What mechanisms are driving these shifts; and (3) How can we use our knowledge of these mechanisms to plan effective conservation and management strategies and thus preserve ecosystem integrity? I plan to address these questions by combining prediction modeling with empirical methods such as remote weather sensing, anesthesia procedures, and advanced biotelemetry.

Major Professor: Greg Breed, Jennifer Burns

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Maile Branson (Ph.D.)

mdatkinson@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Eric Bortz, Falk Huettmann

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Laura Brosius (Ph.D.)

lsbrosius@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Syndonia Bret-Harte

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Melanie Burnett (M.S.)

msburnett@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Tamara Harms

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Justin Burrows (M.S.)

jmburrows@alaska.edu

408 IRV 1

Research Interests: Plant-herbivore interactions between moose and feltleaf willow in interior Alaska floodplains.

Major Professor: Knut Kielland

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Matthew Cameron (M.S.)

mcamero6@alaska.edu

323G Murie Building

Research Interests: My research interests are in the movement ecology of large mammals and my current work is focused on the spatial ecology of caribou of the Western Arctic Herd here in Alaska. I am specifically working toward 1) using GPS data to detect calving events, 2) investigating annual patterns at the individual and herd levels in calving area utilization, 3) identifying the influence of abiotic factors on fall migration, and 4) investigating the effects of space use on individual fitness.

Major Professor: Knut Kielland

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Iris Cato (M.S.)

iacato@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Diana Wolf, Roger Ruess

Affiliations: AKCFWRU, B&W, IAB

 
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Helen Cold (M.S.)

hscold@alaska.edu

Research Interests: Wildlife Ecology, Conservation Biology, Invasive Species Ecology, Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management. My graduate work involves attempting to define the biophysical characteristics and mechanisms of environmental disturbances influencing human access to ecosystem services in boreal Alaska.

Major Professor: Todd Brinkman

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

 
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Stephanie Crawford (M.S.)

sgcrawford@alaska.edu

470 Duck

Research Interests: Broadly, I am interested in techniques used to assess wildlife and ecosystem health status. Specifically, I am measuring plasma metabolites in Steller sea lion pups on Russian and Alaskan rookeries (1990-2015); the profile generated allows us to assess nutritional stress, which is often proposed as an explanation for population declines and/or non-recovery. These results are paired with morphometric body condition indices and evaluated with respect to the population trajectories in each distinct population segment.

Major Professor: Robert Coker

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Kathryn Daly (M.S.)

kmdaly@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Derek Sikes, Greg Breed

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Cody Deane (Ph.D.)

cdeane2@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Mark Lindberg

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Else Demeulenaere (Ph.D.)

endemeulenaere@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Steffi Ickert-Bond

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Stephanie DeRonde (M.S.)

sderonde@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Jack Chen

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Jackson Drew (M.S.)

jwdrew@alaska.edu

Research Interests: I am studying the dendroecological signal of Alnus viridus fruticosa and its relationship with three other arctic plants.

Major Professor: Syndonia Bret-Harte, Roger Ruess

Affiliations: B&W, IAB, TFS

 
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Adam DuBour (M.S.)

ajdubour@alaska.edu

208 IRV 1

907.474.6602

Research Interests: Feeding ecology of Lesser scaup ducklings on the Yukon Flats NWR and their vulnerability to trophic mismatch. Generally, I am interested in wetland ecology and conservation; avian ecology, conservation and management; stable isotope ecology; avian energetics; aquatic entomology; land management; climate change.

Major Professor: Mark Lindberg

Affiliations: AKCFWRU, B&W, IAB

 
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Cassandra Duncan (M.S.)

cmduncan3@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Cory Williams

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Joseph Eisaguirre (Ph.D.)

jmeisaguirre@alaska.edu

323 Murie Building

907.474.7142

Research Interests: Movement ecology and behavior of migratory Golden Eagles.

Major Professor: Greg Breed

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Maryanne Evans (M.S.)

mevans65@alaska.edu

214 WRRB

Major Professor: Devin Drown

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Kathryn Everson (Ph.D.)

kmeverson@alaska.edu

www.kmeverson.org/

244 WRRB

907.474.1195

Research Interests: Evolution, Phylogeography, Species Delimitation, Tenrecidae, Madagascar

Major Professor: Link Olson

Affiliations: B&W, IAB, UAMN

 
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Graham Frye (Ph.D.)

ggfrye@alaska.edu

208 IRV 1

907.474.6602

Research Interests: Population ecology of ptarmigan; Application of quantitative methods to ecological questions; Population ecology; Community ecology; Behavioral ecology; Wildlife resource selection/space use; Avian ecology

Major Professor: Mark Lindberg

Affiliations: AKCFWRU, B&W, IAB

 
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Robert Gabbitas (Ph.D.)

rwgabbitas@alaska.edu

Research Interests: Plant Systematics, Phylogeography, Post-Pleistocene diversification and colonization of high latitude flora.

Major Professor: Steffi Ickert-Bond

Affiliations: B&W, IAB, UAMN

 
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Thomas Glass (M.S.)

trglass2@alaska.edu

417 IRV 1

Research Interests: I am interested in how climate change and intraguild dynamics influence behavior and habitat selection in arctic carnivores. Specifically, I'm working to understand how wolverines use snow as a structural feature of their habitat on Alaska's North Slope.

Major Professor: Knut Kielland

Affiliations: B&W, IAB, TFS

 
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Nathan Graff (M.S.)

nrgraff@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Mark Lindberg

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Jesse Grunblatt (Ph.D.)

jess@gina.alaska.edu

Major Professor: Mark Wipfli

Affiliations: AKCFWRU, B&W, IAB

 
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Emilia Grzesik (M.S.)

ejgrzesik@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Teresa Hollingsworth, Roger Ruess

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Adam Haberski (M.S.)

ahaberski@alaska.edu

Research Interests: My research focuses on the diversity and distribution of arthropods along elevational gradients in Denali National Park.

Major Professor: Derek Sikes

Affiliations: B&W, IAB, UAMN

 
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Tessa Hasbrouk (M.S.)

trhasbrouck@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Todd Brinkman

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Joelle Hepler (M.S.)

jhepler3@alaska.edu

417 IRV 1

Research Interests: I am studying parturition rates, calf survival, and date/location of calf birth for the Porcupine Caribou Herd. My surveys are done from a plane looking for collared female caribou and their calves in the spring above the Brooks Range. I did my undergrad in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology at Oregon State University with a specialization in Mammal Biology and Conservation. I have experience working with salmonids, black-tailed deer, bighorn sheep, waterfowl, telemetry, GPS collars, and more!

Major Professor: Brad Griffith

Affiliations: AKCFWRU, B&W, IAB

 
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Calvin Heslop (M.S.)

cheslop@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Roger Ruess

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Diane Huebner (Ph.D.)

dchuebner@alaska.edu

118 AHRB

907.474.7695

Research Interests: Shrub recruitment in disturbed Arctic tundra

Major Professor: Syndonia Bret-Harte

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Skyler Hunter (M.S.)

schunter@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Barbara Taylor

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Michelle Johannsen (Ph.D.)

mmjohannsen@alaska.edu

323A Murie Building

Major Professor: Robert Coker

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Michael Johns (M.S.)

mejohns3@alaska.edu

michaelejohns.com/

323 Murie Building

Research Interests: Generally, I am interested in the spatial ecology and movement of seabirds once they depart their breeding colonies, and the ways in which oceanographic variability affects seabird productivity. Specifically, my masters work will address questions related to age-specific reproductive strategies of Cassin's auklets, along with their winter dispersal patterns from Southeast Farallon Island, California.

Major Professor: Mark Lindberg, Greg Breed

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Charlene Johnson (Ph.D.)

csolem@alaska.edu

Research Interests: I am studying the ecohydrology of alpine headwaters in the Chugach Mountains. I aim to produce higher order description of the characteristics and functions of depressional, slope, and swale wetlands associated with alpine headwater drainages. I will also develop a research program to assess the effects of naturally occurring and anthropogenic impacts to alpine headwaters and headwater wetlands; and ultimately assess the strength of the role headwater wetlands have in watershed dynamics, particularly in downstream developed areas. This effort will help to support land use and management strategies in alpine valleys of the Richardson Training Areas located in the Chugach Mountains, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

Major Professor: Jeremy Jones

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Devin Johnson (M.S.)

dljohnson8@alaska.edu

323i Murie Building

Research Interests: Gyrfalcon ecophysiology and diet on the Seward Peninsula.

Major Professor: Cory Williams

Affiliations: ABNP, B&W

 
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Jessica Johnson (Ph.D.)

jjjohnson20@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Diane O'Brien

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Lindsay Jones (M.S.)

ljones111@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Jack Chen

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Christopher Kasanke (M.S.)

cpkasanke@alaska.edu

Research Interests: Microbial biodegradation of emerging contaminants.

Major Professor: Mary Beth Leigh

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Shawnee Kasanke (M.S.)

sakasanke@alaska.edu

158A AHRB

907.474.6720

Research Interests: I study primary succession in front of a retreating cirque glacier in the central Brooks Range, and how communities found there relate to plant communities developing on older glacial moraines in the Arctic foothills. The main objective of my research is to understand how quickly vegetation develops in the Arctic alpine, and what type of habitats may become available as a result of colonization.

Major Professor: Donald Walker

Affiliations: AGC, B&W, IAB

 
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Matthew Kynoch (M.S.)

mckynoch@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Cory Williams

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Don Larson (Ph.D.)

djlarson@alaska.edu

270 AHRB

907.474.6067

Research Interests: Amphibian Parasitology, Wood Frog Freeze Tolerance, and Parasite Overwintering Strategies

Major Professor: Brian Barnes

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Scott Leorna (M.S.)

sleorna@alaska.edu

sites.google.com/a/alaska.edu/todd-j-brinkman/

323 Murie Building

Research Interests: My interdisciplinary research focuses on advancing knowledge on the distribution and movement of North Slope caribou. Currently, I'm working on a citizen science caribou project that engages hunting guides/transporters, wildlife viewing companies, other researchers, and the public, and integrates their field experience and knowledge into assessments of Central Arctic Caribou behavior and distribution. We intend to use information gathered through this project and data collected from caribou with GPS collars to assess caribou distribution in areas readily accessible to hunters during the hunting season. I’m particularly interested in providing opportunities for the public to participate and engage in wildlife research.

Major Professor: Todd Brinkman

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Jon Martin (Ph.D.)

jon.martin@uas.alaska.edu

Research Interests: Systematics, migration, distribution, and disease in the order Chiroptera of SE AK

Major Professor: Kris Hundertmark, Todd Brinkman

Affiliations: B&W, IAB, UAMN

 
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Madison McConnell (M.S.)

mhmcconnell@alaska.edu

408 IRV 1

Research Interests: I am interested in how the abundance of hares influences the breeding and fledging success of great horned owls in the Arctic.

Major Professor: Knut Kielland

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Kendall Mills (Ph.D.)

kkmills@alaska.edu

013 Museum

Research Interests: Phenotypic plasticity in mammals, gene expression, climate change biology.

Major Professor: Link Olson

Affiliations: B&W, IAB, UAMN

 
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Claire Montgomerie (M.S.)

ckmontgomerie@alaska.edu

408 IRV 1

Research Interests: My research investigates factors contributing to the lynx-snowshoe hare cycle in Northern Alaska.

Major Professor: Knut Kielland

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Elizabeth (Fleur) Nicklen (Ph.D.)

efnicklen@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Roger Ruess

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Ann Olsson (Ph.D.)

akolsson@alaska.edu

907.474.6777

Research Interests: Permafrost soil science

Major Professor: Jeremy Jones

Affiliations: B&W, BNZ-LTER, IAB

 
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Kelly Overduijn (M.S.)

koverduijn@alaska.edu

907.474.7735

Research Interests: Breeding ecology of American and Pacific Golden-plovers

Major Professor: Abby Powell

Affiliations: AKCFWRU, B&W, IAB

 
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Jayme Parker (Ph.D.)

jrballantyne@alaska.edu

223L Murie Building

Research Interests: Improving public health diagnosis of viral illness in Alaska

Major Professor: Jack Chen

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Lindsey Parkinson (M.S.)

lvparkinson@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Christa Mulder

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Nils Pedersen (M.S.)

njpedersen@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Todd Brinkman

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Anna Rix (M.S.)

asrix@alaska.edu

323 Murie Building

Major Professor: Kristin O'Brien

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Matthew Rogers (Ph.D.)

mcr@uaa.alaska.edu

Major Professor: Perry Barboza

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Catherine Rubin (M.S.)

cerubin@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Link Olson

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Marie Schmidt (M.S.)

mfschmidt@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Jeremy Jones

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Matthew (Matt) Sexson (Ph.D.)

mgsexson@alaska.edu

alaska.usgs.gov/science/biology/seaducks/spei/index.php

USGS Alaska Science Center

907.786.7177

Research Interests: Sea duck ecology and conservation

Major Professor: Abby Powell

Affiliations: AKCFWRU, B&W

 
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Annalisa Stephens (M.S.)

astephens@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Syndonia Bret-Harte

Affiliations: B&W, Greenhouse, IAB, TFS

 
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Miranda Theriot (M.S.)

mktheriot@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Link Olson

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Giovanni Tundo (M.S.)

gtundo@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Pat Doak

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Sarah (Rose) Vining (M.S.)

srvining@alaska.edu

158A AHRB

907.474.6720

Research Interests: I am primarily interested in how plant community shifts and subsequent litter inputs impact ecosystem biogeochemistry, microbial communities, and feedbacks to climate change. My key systems of interest include wetlands, permafrost regions, and alpine ecosystems. I engage in scientific outreach and education, mostly at the college and high school level, and in cross-disciplinary collaboration with undergraduates. In my spare time, I love to play the violin and ballroom dance!

Major Professor: Donald Walker

Affiliations: AGC, B&W, IAB, TFS

 
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Rachel Voight (M.S.)

rlvoight@alaska.edu

019 AHRB

Research Interests: Permafrost hydrology and inorganic carbon export in boreal forest streams.

Major Professor: Jeremy Jones

Affiliations: B&W, BNZ-LTER, IAB

 
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Elyssa Watford (M.S.)

emwatford@alaska.edu

208 IRV 1

Research Interests: Physiology of Pacific Common Eiders breeding along the Beaufort Sea coast of Alaska. Specifically focused on energetics in relation to nest microclimate and climate change.

Major Professor: Tuula Hollmen, Mark Lindberg

Affiliations: AKCFWRU, B&W, IAB

 
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Sophie Weaver (M.S.)

saweaver2@alaska.edu

019 AHRB

Major Professor: Jeremy Jones

Affiliations: B&W, BNZ-LTER, IAB

 
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Sasha White (M.S.)

skjohnson6@alaska.edu

2W06 AHRB

907.474.6677

Research Interests: Alaska Native health with a focus on the Alaska Native traditional diet.

Major Professor: Andrej Podlutsky

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Wilhelm Wiese (M.S.)

wlwiese@alaska.edu

208 IRV 1

Research Interests: Breeding ecology of common eiders in the Beaufort Sea.

Major Professor: Mark Lindberg

Affiliations: AKCFWRU, B&W, IAB

 
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Sara Wilbur (M.S.)

smwilbur2@alaska.edu

authenticexperiencesinscienceblog.wordpress.com

270 AHRB

907.474.6067

Research Interests: Sara is interested in how variable hibernation physiology affects macromolecular integrity. She is curious to see if arctic ground squirrels, an extreme hibernator, have telomere length dynamics that are correlated with the degree of tissue-specific oxidative stress experienced throughout hibernation.

Major Professor: Brian Barnes, Cory Williams

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Robert Williams (M.S.)

rtwilliams2@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Andrej Podlutsky

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Mark Winterstein (M.S.)

mawinterstein@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Donald Walker, Teresa Hollingsworth

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Allison Woodward (Ph.D.)

adbutler@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Richard D. Boone, Gary Kofinas

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Krysta Yancey (M.S.)

kjuergensen@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Andrej Podlutsky

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Jiake (DJ) Zhou (M.S.)

jzhou2@alaska.edu

323 Murie Building

Major Professor: Gary Kofinas, Knut Kielland

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 

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