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I am a Professor of Biological Sciences and Principal Investigator of the Department of Homeland Security Arctic Domain Awareness Center of Excellence. I also serve as Senior Advisor on Arctic Policy to the Chancellor at the University of Alaska Anchorage.  I arrived to UAA in June 2005 from Harvard University where I was Senior Fellow of the Kennedy School of Government and Senior Biologist at the Museum of Comparative Zoology.  From 1995 - 2000, I represented the National Science Foundation at organizational meetings leading to the formation of the Arctic Council and was NSF’s Arctic Representative during the Gore-Chernomyrdin negotiations on US-Russian Science Policy.  An ecologist and evolutionary biologist by training, I have authored over one hundred ninety publications on topics as diverse as the biology of Arctic marine birds, high Arctic coastal systems, and bat-borne diseases.  My research focuses on the environmental correlates of Arctic climate change, and my students and I are actively conducting research in the Aleutian Islands, the northern Bering Sea, and Northwestern Greenland.  My Greenlandic research efforts are funded by the National Science Foundation and are components of the Piniariarneq and Pikialasorsuaq initiatives. I have published extensively on policy issues related to the Arctic environment, Arctic environmental security, and bioterrorism and public health.  




Contaminant Ecology

Specifically on endocrine-disrupting compounds (phalates).


University of Arizona

Ph.D Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Disease Ecology

Specifically on avian zoonotic pathogens.

Finite Systems Epidemiology

Specifically on infectious disease.

Environmental Science


University of Arizona

M.S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


University of California, Irvine

M.S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


University of California, Irvine (with Honors)

B.S. Biological Sciences

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