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G6941/335856-65504-Regional consequences of changing climate-disturbance interactions for the resilience of Alaska's boreal forest


December 2010 - January 2018


Our research program focuses on social-ecological resilience and response to change by
integrating four components. (1) Studying past and current direct effects of climate change on
ecosystems and key disturbance regimes (fire, permafrost thaw, insect/pathogen outbreaks) at local and
regional scales; (2) understanding mechanisms and consequences for how climate-disturbance
interactions drive changes in ecosystems and landscape structure and heterogeneity; (3) modeling the
effects of interactions among changes in climate, ecosystem structure and function, and disturbance
regimes on regional ecosystem dynamics and climate feedbacks (forest-atmosphere exchanges of
trace gases, water, and energy); and (4) studying how climate variability and change are affecting the
coupled social-ecological dynamics of rural Alaskan villages by understanding how changes in
ecosystem services are affecting community resilience and helping to identify opportunities for adaptation
and/or transformation of community practices.


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: 129

Presentations: 225



Funding Agencies

  • DEB


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