Cooperative Research Units
Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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Alaska Research Activities

Implanting a transmitter at field camp, Alaska.

The research program of the Alaska Unit will be aimed at understanding the ecology of Alaska's fish and wildlife; evaluating impacts of land use and development on these resources; and relating effects of social and economic needs to production and harvest of natural populations.

In addition to the expected Unit functions of graduate student training/ instruction and technical assistance, research efforts will be directed at problems of productivity, socioeconomic impacts, and perturbation on fish and wildlife populations, their habitats and ecosystems. Fisheries research will emphasize water quality, habitat characteristics, and life history requirements of arctic and subarctic fish populations. Wildlife research will focus on evaluation of habitat quality and ecology of northern birds and mammals. Unit research will also be directed at integrated studies of fish and wildlife at the ecosystem level.

Alaska Active Projects

Alaska Completed Projects

Alaska Peer Reviewed Publications

  • McGuire, A.D., D.M. Lawrence, C. Koven J.S. Clein, E. Burke, G. Chen, E. Jafarov, A.H. MacDougall, S. Marchenko, D. Nicolsky, S. Peng, A. Rinke, P. Ciais, I. Gouttevin, D.J. Hayes, D. Ji, G. Krinner, J.C. Moore, V.E. Romanovsky, C. Schädel, K. Schaefer, E.A.G. Schuur, and Q. Zhuang. 2018. The dependence of the evolution of carbon dynamics in the northern permafrost region on the trajectory of climate change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 6 pages, doi:10.1073/pnas.1719903115.
  • Lara, M.J., I. Nitze, G. Grosse, P. Martin, and A.D. McGuire. 2018. Reduced arctic tundra productivity linked with landform and climate change interactions. Scientific Reports, 8, paper 2345, 10 pages, doi:10.1038/s41598-018-20692-8.
  • Melvin, A.M., G. Celis, J.F. Johnstone, A.D. McGuire, H. Genet, E.A.G. Schuur, T.S. Rupp, and M.C. Mack. 2018. Fuel-reduction alters plant composition, carbon and nitrogen pools, and permafrost thaw in Alaskan boreal forest. Ecological Applications 28:149-161, doi:10.1002/eap.1636.

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Alaska Technical Publications

  • FS-R10-FHP. 2015. Forest Health Conditions in Alaska. Anchorage, Alaska. USDA Forest Service, Alaska Region. Publication R10-PR-32.
  • Williams, B.K., Wingard, G.L., Brewer, Gary, Cloern, J.E., Gelfenbaum, Guy, Jacobson, R.B., Kershner, J.L., McGuire, A.D., Nichols, J.D., Shapiro, C.D., van Riper III, Charles, and White, R.P., 2013, U.S. Geological Survey Ecosystems Science Strategy—Advancing discovery and application through collaboration: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1383–C, 43 p.
  • Markon, C.J., S.F. Trainor, F.S. Chapin., III (editors) and contributors (including A.D. McGuire). 2012. The United States National Climate Assessment – Alaska Technical Regional Report. U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1379, 148 p.
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Alaska Theses and Dissertations

  • Neuneker, K. R. 2017. Migration patterns and energetics of adult Chinook salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha in Alaska rivers. Unpublished Master's thesis. College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska. 125 pp.
  • Clawson, C. 2017. Using remote sensing, occupancy estimation, and fine-scale habitat characterization to evaluate fall Chum Salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) spawning habitat usage in arctic Alaska. MS Thesis, University of Alaska Fairbanks. 107 pp.
  • Laske, S.M. 2017. Surface water connectivity of Arctic lakes drives patterns of fish species richness and composition, and food web structure. PhD dissertation, University of Alaska Fairbanks. 171 pp.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 4

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 25

Scientific Publications: 124

Presentations: 208


Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Alaska Fairbanks
  5. Wildlife Management Institute