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New Joint Appointment Announced

Dr. Shannon Atkinson has accepted a joint appointment in the School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS).

This is the first time that UAS has extended joint appointment opportunities to faculty at another MAU within the UA system. Dr. Atkinson’s primary appointment is, and remains, with the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (SFOS) at UAF. She is a Professor at the Lena Point SFOS facility in Juneau.

Dr. Atkinson’s primary interests are in understanding why marine animals fail to adapt to environmental change. She has studied endocrine responsiveness in Chinook salmon, reproductive biology of marine mammals, passive acoustic monitoring of Belugas, and the social context of stress responsiveness in pinnipeds. She is also widely known in southeast Alaska for her work with high school students on the Dem Bones (Distinctive Education in Motion, Biodiversity of Nature, and Environmental Stewardship) classes where she guides students in reconstructing the skeleton of a marine mammal.

The joint appointment offers UAS and UAF another opportunity to collaborate on projects of mutual interest. Dr. Atkinson and UAS faculty members Dr. Sherry Tamone, Dr. Heidi Pearson and Ms. Jan Straley are already collaborating on several projects, and plans for additional research and teaching opportunities are in the works. One particular goal will be to create additional opportunities for UAS undergraduate students to become involved in research.


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