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Steven Hunt

Steven Hunt
Assistant Professor and Science Librarian

Information resources in the sciences, especially bio-medicine; library database configuration and use; teaches Library Science Information Library Information and Research.

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Stacy Rasmus

Stacy Rasmus
Research associate professor

Stacy’s research focuses on understanding the intersections between culture, health, and well-being, and the role of resilience and protective factors in reducing health disparities among American Indian/Alaska Native peoples. Her expertise is in social and behavioral sciences and has a broad background in medical anthropology and psychology with specific expertise in the translation of cultural … Continue reading Stacy Rasmus

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Syndonia (Donie) Bret-Harte

Syndonia (Donie) Bret-Harte
Associate Professor / Associate science director of Toolik Field Station

Donie is a plant community and ecosystem ecologist. Her focus is on how global climate change affects arctic vegetation composition and nutrient cycling.

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Robert H. Coker

Robert H. Coker
Associate professor of biology

Coker’s primary research initiatives have been directed at the mitigation of metabolic stress under clinical conditions such as obesity, sarcopenia and alcohol disorder. Additional interests include maintenance of resilience under extreme conditions such as physical and environmental stress.

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Brian Barnes

Brian Barnes
Director, Institute of Arctic Biology

Physiological ecology and endocrinology of hibernating mammals; biological rhythms and sleep; overwintering biology of animals including arctic ground squirrels, black bears and insects.

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Roger W. Ruess

Roger W. Ruess
Professor of ecosystem ecology

Boreal forest ecology, plant-herbivore interactions, plan ecophysiology. Exploring how changing climate and disturbance regimes are affecting boreal forest composition and ecosystem function, and the consequences for climate feedbacks and social-ecological systems. Roger’s research focuses broadly on controls over carbon and nitrogen cycling in boreal forests. This includes studies on organic N cycling in soils, successional … Continue reading Roger W. Ruess

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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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Nancy Fresco

Nancy Fresco
Associate research professor

Nancy Fresco is an expert in biology, forest ecology, climate change, conservation biology, resource measurement, landscape ecology, and resource inventory.

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Juan Andrés López

Juan Andrés López
Curator of fishes/Associate professor of biology

Fish biology, genetics, biodiversity. Studies fish diversity and evolution using evidence from anatomy and genetics to understand the biological processes that shape the distribution and variability of fish populations both living and in the past.

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