The Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center works with many scientists and educators both within and outside our partner network. These Affiliate Scientists have established a creative niche within our program areas.
ACRC's Affiliate Scientists
Sanjay Pyare is a co-founder of the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center and an Associate Professor at the Universities of Alaska Southeast (UAS) and Fairbanks. He currently directs the UAS Spatial Ecosystem Analysis Lab (SEALAB), which provides capacity for ecosystem analysis and geospatial modeling in Southeast Alaska’s glacier/temperate rainforest/marine complex, primarily in support of natural resource and agency applications. He coordinates the UAS geography program and is spearheading development of an undergraduate research program as chair of the UAS Research Committee.
David A. Tallmon is Associate Professor of Biology and Marine Biology at the University of Alaska Southeast, where he teaches a wide variety of courses in ecology and evolution. He also has research appointments in the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and Institute of Arctic Biology. David has a longstanding research interest in population genetics, evolutionary biology, and ecology, with more than 30 peer-reviewed publications in these fields. Much of this research relates to the use of genetic and demographic analytical methods to conserve biodiversity and inform management decision-making. David currently lives in Juneau and remains in awe of the beauty of southeast Alaska.
Dominick A. DellaSala is President and Chief Scientist of the Geos Institute in Ashland, Oregon, and President of the Society for Conservation Biology, North America Section. He is an internationally renowned author of over 150 technical papers, including Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World (Island Press, 2011). Dominick has given plenary and keynote talks ranging from academic conferences to the United Nations (Earth Summit II). He has written for National Geographic, Science Digest, Science Magazine, Time Magazine, Audubon Magazine, National Wildlife Magazine, High Country News, Terrain Magazine, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today, and has appeared on the Jim Lehrer News Hour, CNN, MSNBC, NPR's Living on Earth, as well as on television, including several PBS documentaries. He has testified in numerous congressional hearings in defense of the Endangered Species Act, roadless area conservation, national monument designations, and climate change legislation, among others. For his efforts to help foster national roadless areas and conservation and support of the designation of new national monuments, he received conservation leadership awards from the World Wildlife Fund in 2000 and 2004, the Wilburforce Foundation in 2006, and was twice nominated for conservation awards for his work as a whistleblower while on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service spotted owl recovery team. Dominick co-founded the Geos Institute in July 2006.
Andy MacKinnon is a Research Ecologist with the BC 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 BC 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.
BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, West Coast Region, BC MFLNRO
Physical: 4300 North Road, Victoria, BC V8Z 5J3
Mailing: PO Box 9536 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria BC V8W 9C4
Phone: 250.952.4432 | Fax: 250.952.4119
Sari Saunders is a Research Ecologist with the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations out of Nanaimo. She does research and consultation on the provincial biogeoclimatic ecosystem classification (BEC) system, and forest and landscape ecology within the Coast Area of the province. Dr. Saunders’s interests and previous research areas included forest vegetation dynamics, land use/land change assessment and modeling, old growth structure and dynamics, avian communities, multiscale process-pattern relationships, and disturbance ecology (e.g., fire, wind) in the Pacific Northwest, Midwest and Alaska.
BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, Coast Area, BC MFLNRO
Address: 2100 Labieux Road, Nanaimo, BC V9T 6E9