Agriculture experts

Janice Rowell

Janice Rowell
Assistant professor animal science/research faculty

Jan Rowell’s research interests include muskox and reindeer husbandry, including behavior, breeding seasons, female estrus synchronization, artificial insemination, gestation length and grazing ecology.

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Heidi Rader

Heidi Rader
Tribes Extension educator

Heidi Rader is the tribes Extension educator for the Tanana Chiefs Conference region. In addition to teaching hands-on workshops in 30 remote villages in Interior Alaska, she also teaches online courses with a statewide reach.

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Milan Shipka

Milan Shipka
Director of Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station/Professor of animal science

Milan Shipka’s research interests include the reproductive biology of reindeer and the reproductive physiology and behavior of traditional and non-traditional ruminant species in the Alaska livestock industry, such as reindeer, muskoxen and cattle.

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Casey Matney

Casey Matney
Assistant professor

Casey Matney’s program responsibilities span the spectrum from livestock and range to soils and horticulture. He is the state coordinator for the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program and president of the National Association for County Agricultural Agents in Alaska.

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Meriam Karlsson

Meriam Karlsson
Professor of horticulture

Meriam Karlsson’s research interests include greenhouse, high tunnel and controlled-environment crop production; plant growth in response to light intensity, quality, day length and the use of LEDs.

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Norman Harris

Norman Harris
Associate professor of range management

Norman Harris uses spatial technology to understand vegetation characteristics and factors influencing animal movements on rangelands.

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Greg Finstad

Greg Finstad
Associate professor/Reindeer Research Program manager

Reindeer nutrition and health management; husbandry, handling and herding techniques to increase production; State of Alaska field and USDA-inspected meat production; reindeer production curriculum delivered primarily to rural Alaskan villages.

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Patricia S. Holloway

Patricia S. Holloway
Professor of horticulture emerita

Pat Holloway researches subarctic horticultural production, including native plant propagation and cultivation; and wild berry cultivation and management, especially bog blueberries and lingonberries. She is a specialist in peony and cut flower production.

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Stephen Brown

Stephen Brown
Professor/Extension agricultural and horticultural agent

Stephen Brown’s areas of interest include the twin geospatial technologies of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as they relate to agriculture and the environment; and home gardening.

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