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The Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center is governed by a Coordinating Committee led by Bill Hanson, chair, and Wayne Owen, vice chair. The following members serve the partner network on the Coordinating Committee:

Dr. Rick Caulfield

Rick Caulfield serves as Provost at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. His responsibilities at UAS include planning, development and assessment of all academic programs, as well as coordination of research, teaching and learning, and service. A resident of Alaska for over 35 years, Caulfield’s academic background and research interests are in the socioeconomic and cultural dimensions of natural resource management and use.

Dr. Scott Rupp

Scott Rupp serves as Director of the Scenarios Network for Alaska & Arctic Planning (SNAP), a University of Alaska statewide program headquartered in Fairbanks. He also serves as co-principal investigator for the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy. Scott is a well-established forest ecologist with specialized experience in ecological modeling. He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Scott received a B.S. in Forest Management from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from UAF. He has been a faculty member at UAF since 2001.

Keith Boggs

Keith Boggs is the Director and a Vegetation Ecologist for the Alaska Natural Heritage Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. His main duties are program development, staff supervision and planning and directing research projects. These projects include ecosystem succession, plant association classification, landcover mapping, and ecoregional descriptions. He received a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana, and a M.S in Ecology from Montana State University.

Wayne Owen

Wayne Owen serves as the U.S. Forest Service's Alaska Region Representative to the Coordinating Committee. In that capacity he provides leadership and oversight to employees who work to balance multiple uses of the forest's resources. At nearly 17 million acres (approximately the size of West Virginia), the Tongass is the largest national forest in the United States.

Bill Hanson

Bill Hanson is the Field Supervisor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Juneau Fish & Wildlife Field Office. Since 1977 he has served in fish and wildlife conservation positions for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and Bureau of Land Management. In private industry, Bill has also managed value-added seafood companies. Bill represents the USFWS Alaska Region and serves the Coordinating Committee as Chair.


Lyman Thorsteinson is a Senior Science Advisor in the U.S. Geological Survey’s Office of the Alaska Regional Executive. He received B.S. degrees in Wildlife Biology and Management (Washington State University) and Fishery Biology (University of Washington), and a M.S. in Fishery Science (University of Alaska). Since 1977 he has extensively studied Alaska and West Coast fishes. During his career Lyman has worked for the State of Alaska and various bureaus within the Department of the Interior. He has published numerous articles and co-authored two books, Fishes of Alaska (American Fisheries Society) and The Rockfishes of the Northeast Pacific (University of California). Lyman was Director of the Western Fisheries Research Center in Seattle, Washington from 2003 to 2011. In his new USGS role in Alaska, he will be located in Juneau and will assist in the coordination of its marine science activities throughout the state.


Raymond Paddock serves as the Environmental Coordinator for the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska in Juneau. His responsibilities include managing the tribes environmental grants and staff, creating and building partnerships, and establishing education and outreach to tribal members and youth through western and traditional science.

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Norman Cohen, Southeast Alaska Program Manager for The Nature Conservancy, is a longtime Alaskan who resides in Juneau. He practiced law from 1975-1982 in Bethel, where he also worked for the Rural Alaska Community Action Program. Cohen served as the Director of Bethel-based Nunam Kitlutsisti, a nonprofit organization concerned with fish, wildlife, subsistence, and resource development. He worked for the State of Alaska office on natural resource issues in Washington, D.C. and as Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, where he worked on international treaties, the state Forest Practices Act negotiations, and the boards of fisheries and game. From 1992-2002 Cohen worked for a Community Development Quota organization in western Alaska, where he was responsible for all aspects of a large fishing company. More recently he has done consulting and legal work for a variety of fishery related interests from Southeast Alaska to Kamchatka, and has worked as a legal and policy analyst in the State Legislature.


Brian Holst joined the Juneau Economic Development Council in 2008 as Executive Director. Brian has worked in community and economic development for the past twenty years. His experience includes working with diverse groups in challenging economic climates in the developing world, with extensive experience in Latin America and Eastern Europe. He served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Small Business Development and worked as an international consultant, small business owner, and has led large-scale relief and development efforts. Some of the types of programs he has managed include micro-finance, small business assistance, value chain development, regional economic planning, and conflict prevention/mitigation. Brian is a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School.

Tom Ainsworth

Tom Ainsworth is the Meteorologist in Charge of NOAA’s National Weather Service Forecast Office in Juneau. He received his B.S. degree in Meteorology from St. Louis University (MO) and has been with the NWS since 1983, serving throughout the western states. His extensive forecasting and outreach experience related to mountain and marine meteorology helped lead Ainsworth to the Juneau Forecast Office in 2002. The office is responsible for the third largest forecast area in the nation, which includes the entire Southeast Alaska panhandle, its inner channels, and the eastern Gulf of Alaska. Ainsworth is a member of the City and Borough of Juneau’s Scientific Panel on Climate Change, the Juneau Federal Executive Association, and the Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center. He and his wife Suzanne have three sons and he enjoys recreating outdoors, regardless of the weather.


Andy MacKinnon is a research ecologist with the Canadian government's Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, West Coast Region. Andy has worked on and off for the British Columbia government since 1982, in research for the B.C. Forest Service (much of that in ecosystem classification), and in land use planning in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii. He is also an Adjunct Professor in Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University and teaches field courses for the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia in Bamfield and Haida Gwaii.


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