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Meet the SETC Research Mentors!

Dr. Sanjay Pyare

Sanjay Pyare

Dr. Sanjay Pyare is a UAS Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Science. His research interests include digital cartography, ecosystem modeling, biogeography and supporting the needs information of resource managers. He is leading a multi-disciplinary effort to understand climate impacts on ecosystem services of "icefield-to-estuary" systems of Southeast Alaska. He lives in Juneau with his wife and two children. Dr. Sanjay Pyare CV >>

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Dr. Eran Hood

Eran Hood

Dr. Eran Hood is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Alaska Southeast. He is a regional coordinator of the Alaska Climate Science Center and his research areas include hydrology and aquatic biogeochemistry. His recent research has focused on how glacier mass loss is impacting downstream riverine and estuarine ecosystems along the Gulf of Alaska.  Dr. Eran Hood CV >>

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Dr. Brian Buma

Brian Buma

Dr. Brian Buma studies the landscape-scale effects of disturbances and management on forest resilience, regeneration, and biogeochemistry.  He completed his PhD at the University of Colorado, working on the effects of compound disturbances on subalpine forest ecosystems.  At UAS, he is studying the effects of disturbances and climate on landscape-scale processes including carbon and nitrogen stocks and forest composition. Dr. Buma's CV >>

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Dr. Brian Vander Naald

Dr. Brian Vander Naald

Dr. Brian Vander Naald is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Alaska Southeast, where he brings his enthusiasm for economics into the classroom and into undergraduate research. His primary areas of research are Environmental Economics and Resource Economics, including a focus on revealed and stated preference methods to identify demands for some under-studied non-market goods. When not at the university, he enjoys handing out with his wife Anne, as well as running, biking, swimming, hiking and most outdoor activities.

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Dr. Glenn Wright

Glenn Wright

Dr. Glenn Wright is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Alaska Southeast. His interests include studying environmental politics, corruption and economic development in Alaska and in the developing world. He earned his Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Colorado and is currently engaged in research in Uganda and Bolivia on the causes of effective resource governance.  Dr. Wright's CV >>

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Dr. David Tallmon

Dr. David Tallmon

Dr. David Tallmon is an Associate Professor of Biology and Department Chair. His general interests are in evolution, ecology, and conservation biology.  He focuses is on understanding the evolutionary and ecological dynamics of natural populations using demographic and genetic models, molecular genetic data, and field data.  Dr. Tallmon has a long-standing interest in combining population genomics and demographic information to infer important evolutionary and demographic parameters for wild populations.  More recently, his post-docs and he has focused upon the role of phenotypic plasticity in adaptation. Dr. David Tallmon CV >>

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Dr. Carolyn Bergstrom

Carolyn Bergstrom

Dr. Carolyn Bergstrom is an Assistant Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Alaska Southeast. Her current research explores does natural selection maintain phenotypic variation within marine species?  What role do ecological interactions like predation and competition play?  Her research interests are broadly concerned with these questions.  More specifically, she investigates (1) how ecological interactions in the ocean orchestrate relationships between form, function, and fitness, (2) the ecofunctional implications of bilateral asymmetries, and (3) the interaction between phenotypic plasticity and heritable variation.  Dr. Bergstrom explores these topics with a variety of techniques, including morphometrics and behavioral observations, field experiments, multivariate statistics, stable isotope analyses, and experimental assessment of fitness. Dr. Carolyn Bergstrom CV >>

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Tom Ainsworth

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.

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Dr. Anne Beaudreau

Dr. Anne Beaudreau

Dr. Anne Beaudreau is an Assistant Professor of Marine Biology and Fisheries at the University of Alaska Fairbanks - School of Fisheries. Her research focuses on ecological questions that are relevant to fishery management and conservation, from the biology and ecology of fishes to human dimensions in fisheries. She is primarily interested in the roles of predation and fishing in marine ecosystems and the ecological responses of marine communities to environmental change across multiple scales. Her current research integrates social and ecological science to develop a baseline of historical information on marine species in Puget Sound using local ecological knowledge. 

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Paul Hennon

Dr. Paul E. Hennon

Paul is a Research Plant Pathologist with the US Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station in Juneau, Alaska.  He has conducted research on the forests of coastal Alaska with the USFS out of Juneau since 1981.  He is interested in the ecology and management of forest tree diseases, especially the stem decays (heart rots) of live trees and hemlock dwarf mistletoe, which are so common and important in our old-growth forests.  Paul’s research has a particular emphasis on the widespread decline and mortality of yellow-cedar, with goals of understanding the cause of tree death and developing a conservation and management strategy for cedar. This has led to a range of studies on climate adaptation, tree physiology, regeneration, wood properties of the dead cedars, and why cedars grow where they do.  

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