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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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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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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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Megan Boldenow (M.S.)

mlboldenow@alaska.edu

907.474.6052

Research Interests: Broadly, I am interested in the ecology and conservation of Arctic-breeding shorebirds. My research focuses on whether and how winter-time stress may carry over to affect reproductive success in individuals. I am also looking at connections between breeding and wintering populations to see whether individuals from one population experience similar levels of stress versus those from other populations.

Major Professor: Abby Powell

Affiliations: AKCFWRU, 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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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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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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Jennifer (Jen) Curl (M.S.)

jacurl@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Christine Hunter

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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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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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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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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Iver Evanger (M.S.)

ijevanger@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Michael Harris

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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Daniel Govoni (Ph.D.)

dpgovoni@alaska.edu

Research Interests: Hyporheic habitats may play a major role in shaping stream food webs and are likely very susceptible to warming temperatures. Climate change and resource development could alter the trophic linkages between surface and subsurface habitats upon which stream food webs depend. Understanding these linkages better, in the face of increasing resource development and climate change, will help inform aquatic resource management. The objectives of my research are to determine 1) how water temperature influences invertebrate community assemblage, density, and diversity at the stream surface-subsurface interface, and 2) how hyporheic communities and processes influence stream food webs.

Major Professor: Mark Wipfli

Affiliations: AKCFWRU, B&W, IAB

 
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Shawnee Gowan (M.S.)

sagowan@alaska.edu

158A AHRB

907.474.6720

Major Professor: Steffi Ickert-Bond

Affiliations: AGC, AKCFWRU, B&W, TFS, UAMN

 
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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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Tessa Hasbrouk (M.S.)

trhasbrouck@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Todd Brinkman

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Brian Houseman (M.S.)

brhouseman@alaska.edu

417 IRV 1

907.474.7183

Research Interests: Distribution patterns of Siberian alder and the implications of a changing fire regime for future nitrogen budgets across the upland boreal forest.

Major Professor: Roger Ruess, Teresa Hollingsworth

Affiliations: B&W, BNZ-LTER, IAB

 
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Diane Huebner (Ph.D.)

dchuebner@alaska.edu

125 AHRB

907.474.7695

Research Interests: Shrub recruitment in disturbed Arctic tundra

Major Professor: Syndonia Bret-Harte

Affiliations: B&W, Greenhouse, IAB, TFS

 
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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

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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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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Nicholas (Nick) Kerhoulas (Ph.D.)

njkerhoulas@alaska.edu

244 WRRB

907.474.1195

Research Interests: Phylogenetics, systematics, taxonomy, and conservation genetics.

Major Professor: Link Olson

Affiliations: B&W, UAMN

 
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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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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

Major Professor: Knut Kielland

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Molly McDermott (M.S.)

mtmcdermott@alaska.edu

417 IRV 1

Research Interests: My research focuses on insects as a food source for breeding birds on the Seward Peninsula of Alaska. I'm very interested in evolutionary biology and the effects of climate change on Alaska's wildlife.

Major Professor: Pat Doak

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Kelly McFarlin (Ph.D.)

kmmcfarlin@alaska.edu

214 WRRB

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

Major Professor: Mary Beth Leigh

Affiliations: B&W, Greenhouse, IAB, INBRE

 
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Jessica McLaughlin (M.S.)

jfmclaughlin@alaska.edu

244 WRRB

Research Interests: Population genomics of Beringian birds.

Major Professor: Kevin Winker

Affiliations: B&W, IAB, UAMN

 
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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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Jeremy Mizel (Ph.D.)

jdmizel@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Mark Lindberg

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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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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Logan Mullen (M.S.)

ljmullen2@alaska.edu

907.474.1854

Research Interests: My focus is systematic entomology, specializing on beetles (order Coleoptera). My thesis project is a taxonomic revision of the rove beetle genus Phlaeopterus (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Omaliinae). I am a proponent of integrative taxonomy, and I am using both morphological and molecular data in my research.

Major Professor: Derek Sikes

Affiliations: B&W, IAB, UAMN

 
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Audrey Mutschlecner (M.S.)

amutschlecner@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Tamara Harms

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

 
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Elizabeth (Fleur) Nicklen (Ph.D.)

efnicklen@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Roger Ruess

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Kyoko Okano (M.S.)

kokano@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Syndonia Bret-Harte

Affiliations: B&W, Greenhouse, IAB

 
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Margaret Oliver (M.S.)

mgoliver@alaska.edu

041 Museum

Research Interests: Phylogeny and evolutionary history of the flowering plant genus Therorhodion (Ericaceae)

Major Professor: Steffi Ickert-Bond

Affiliations: B&W, IAB, UAMN

 
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Justin Olnes (Ph.D.)

jrolnes@alaska.edu

417 IRV 1

907.474.7183

Research Interests: I am currently working on the interactive effects of herbivory by moose, snowshoe hare and beaver on the successional dynamics of the Tanana River floodplain at BNZ-LTER.

Major Professor: Knut Kielland

Affiliations: B&W, BNZ-LTER, 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 P. H. Mulder

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Vijay Patil (Ph.D.)

vppatil@alaska.edu

sites.google.com/a/alaska.edu/vijay-patil-s-uaf-homepage/

102 IRV 2

907.978.9698

Research Interests: Understanding the effects of climate change in northern ecosystems using a combination of modeling and field-based methods

Major Professor: Brad Griffith, Eugenie Euskirchen

Affiliations: AKCFWRU, 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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Mitchell Reed (M.S.)

mdreed@alaska.edu

907.474.2659

Major Professor: Michael Harris

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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Daniel Rizzolo (Ph.D.)

djrizzolo@alaska.edu

alaska.usgs.gov/staff/staffbio.php?employeeid=181

907.474.6602

Research Interests: Avian ecology, energetics, and demography.

Major Professor: Mark Lindberg

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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Matthew (Matt) Sexson (Ph.D.)

mgsexson@alaska.edu

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

USGS Alaska Science Center, No Campus Office

907.786.7177

Research Interests: Sea duck ecology and conservation

Major Professor: Abby Powell

Affiliations: AKCFWRU, B&W

 
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Kenneth Shin (M.S.)

kjshin@alaska.edu

323 Murie Building

907.474.5031

Research Interests: Nutritional therapy(NT) consisted of essential amino acids is proven to preserve net muscle masses in athlete/elderly. My research is to use similar nutritional formula to reverse reductions in protein synthesis and liver function of alcohol dependent individuals. Use of DEXA scan and Oxygraph to analyze net effects of the NT is my main purpose for current project.

Major Professor: Robert Coker

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Justin Smith (M.S.)

jasmith20@alaska.edu

Research Interests: Estimating vibrissae (whisker) growth in phosids (seals) using techniques in morphology and stable isotopes.

Major Professor: Diane O'Brien

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Mark Spangler (M.S.)

maspangler@alaska.edu

419 IRV 1

Research Interests: Wood Frog distribution, GIS modeling, environmental DNA, citizen-science.

Major Professor: Falk Huettmann

Affiliations: B&W, EWHALE, IAB, RAP, UAMN

 
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Timothy Spivey (M.S.)

tspivey@alaska.edu

Research Interests: Avian disease, ecology, and conservation.

Major Professor: Mark Lindberg

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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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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Taylor Stinchcomb (M.S.)

trstinchcomb@alaska.edu

Major Professor: Todd Brinkman

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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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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Sophie Weaver (M.S.)

saweaver2@alaska.edu

019 AHRB

Major Professor: Jeremy Jones

Affiliations: B&W, BNZ-LTER, IAB

 
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Alexandria Wenninger (M.S.)

akwenninger@alaska.edu

245 AHRB

Research Interests: Insect ecology, Hymenoptera, boreal forest

Major Professor: Diane Wagner

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

www.patchysanders.com

270 AHRB

907.474.6067

Research Interests: I'm focusing my research on the physiology and genetics of cell repair and maintenance in arctic ground squirrels. I'm also participating in a study examining AGS neuroendocrinology throughout hibernation. Besides research, I love trail running, potlucks, and Celtic fiddle music.

Major Professor: Brian Barnes

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Alexis Will (Ph.D.)

awill4@alaska.edu

417 IRV 1

907.474.7183

Research Interests: Seabird physiological ecology.

Major Professor: Alexander Kitaysky

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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