Kim has served the wildlife and polar communities on a voluntary basis in various capacities since 2006. She volunteered for the international Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) in many roles, she was the Vice-President of the North-West Section for TWS and served as the secretary of the Alaska Shorebird Group. She has been on the organizing committee or a session chair at over 15 national and international wildlife and polar conferences. Kim has worked with wildlife and communities in Alaska, the Canadian Arctic and the Russian Far-East for 15+ years. She received an interdisciplinary PhD in wildlife biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2014 and an MSc in Biology from the University of Hannover, Germany in 2008. Kim currently works with the National Park Service Subsistence Program in our region as Integrated Resources Program Manager. Previously, Kim worked for the Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University (CSU) managing the Wildlife Program at Fort Wainwright, Alaska where she carried out and oversaw wildlife research as well as monitoring projects of game and non-game species throughout Interior Alaska. She has guided various youth groups on outdoor trips since 1995. In her limited free time (due to two amazing little ones in her life) she enjoys playing badminton, skijouring, and cooking. She takes any chance she gets to be outdoors and travel with her family.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Cyndi is from Fenton, Michigan and completed her B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University and her M.S. in Biology at the University of Michigan-Flint. She moved to Anchorage in 2009 and has worked for the Alaska Department of Fish & Game since 2010 in a variety of positions. Cyndi is currently the Regional Supervisor for the Division of Wildlife Conservation in southcentral Alaska (Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula, Kodiak, and Prince William Sound). Prior to living in Alaska, she was an adjunct biology instructor at the University of Michigan-Flint and also worked for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, among many other jobs. Cyndi enjoys hiking, kayaking, fishing, waterfowl hunting, urban gardening and traveling. Cyndi is also the current chair of the Awards Committee.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Nate is from Omaha, Nebraska where he received his BS in Biology from the University of Nebraska in 1999. He then moved to Michigan where he received his MS in Conservation Biology from Central Michigan University in 2006 while working full-time as a Tribal Wildlife Biologist. His research focused on habitat use, home-range size and spatial distribution of bobcats in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. Nate is currently a PhD candidate at Mississippi State University under the direction of Dr. Jerrold Belant. For his doctoral research, he is investigating shifts in space use and movement patterns by carnivores in response to fawn abundance and distribution in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Nate is currently employed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as the Area Wildlife Biologist for the Kodiak Archipelago. He is a faithful Nebraska Cornhusker fan, an animal lover and enjoys hiking, backcountry skiing, mountain biking and traveling. He currently spends his “free time” traveling from his office to his home and then back to his office.
Alaska Center for Conservation Science, University of Alaska Anchorage
Amanda Droghini is the Wildlife Program Lead at the Alaska Center for Conservation Science. Originally from Montréal, she received a B.Sc. in Environmental Biology from McGill University and an M.Sc. in Ecology from the University of Alberta. Her thesis considered the effects of snow conditions on the movement of grey wolves in northern Alberta. She joined the Alaska Center for Conservation Science in 2016; since then, she has worked on small mammal conservation projects and habitat selection by large herbivores. In addition to her role as Secretary-Treasurer, Amanda has been the Chapter’s Webmaster since 2019 and a member of the Chapter’s Organizing Committee group since 2018. She also co-chaired the Small Mammal Working Group from 2020 to 2021.
Northern Area Representative
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Kaiti is originally from Wyoming where she was active in the Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society through undergrad and grad school. She came to Alaska for the first time in 2004, and began her M.Sc. research in collaboration with ADF&G, on lasting effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on coastal river otters in Prince William Sound and Kenai Fjords National Park. After grad school, she found short-term work with the North Slope Borough’s Department of Wildlife Management on their bowhead whale census, and then as a Wildlife Biologist conducting outreach and studying lemming population dynamics with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in their Utqiaġvik office. Kaiti now works for the Fairbanks office of USFWS and interior Alaska is home. She’s served two terms as Northern Representative and Secretary Treasurer to the Alaska Chapter of TWS and has been the Newsletter Editor since 2015.
Reddish Egret Ecology
Max is a wildlife biologist, marine ecologist, and educator. His undergraduate education at Prescott College focused on biology, with an emphasis in ornithology (a lifelong passion). Graduate studies at Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources focused on conservation biology, with thesis work focused on seabird ecology. For the first five years of Max’s career, he worked as a field technician, collecting migratory bird data throughout North America, as well as in many parts of Southeast Asia and Southern Africa. In his tenure as a Conservation Biologist for The National Audubon Society in Alaska, Max’s work focused on migratory bird conservation, working closely with federal and state agencies, conservation organizations, university researchers and faculty, policy makers, Native organizations, and local villages. More recently he founded a conservation consulting business, Reddish Egret Ecology, partnering with agency and NGOs to guide and improve the effectiveness of conservation efforts.
Southcentral Area Representative
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Roy Churchwell has worked in the field of wildlife biology since his first job. He has an Undergraduate degree from the University of Idaho. His Master’s degree was from Oklahoma State University where he investigated the nesting success of grassland songbirds under different grazing and fire regimes. Then his Doctorate degree brought him to the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he studied the feeding ecology of Semipalmated Sandpipers on the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. After over 20 years of avian research that took him across the Western United States, Roy switched gears to follow a career in wildlife management, first with the US Fish and Wildlife Service at Kanuti NWR and then he transferred to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Juneau, AK. He now works as the Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Juneau/Douglas Area Biologist where he manages hunted wildlife populations in Southeast Alaska. When he isn’t out trying to capture or count big game species, he spends time trying to turn his new Large Munsterlander puppy into a well-behaved bird hunting dog.
Conservation Affairs Committee
Represents the Chapter by providing comments on various proposals or regulations that may affect Alaskan wildlife or habitat. Position statements, technical reviews, and other documents written by the Conservation Affairs Committee can be found on our Documents page.
Recognizes exceptional achievements and individuals that have made important contributions to conservation in Alaska. The Awards Committee is responsible for soliciting nominations and selecting recipients of awards and travel grants.
Student & Early-Career Professionals
This group of motivated students and early-career professionals identifies interests and possible activities to be taken on by Students and Early Career Professionals within our Chapter. In 2019, they revised the Student Chapter bylaws so that students across the whole UA system (UAA-UAS-UAF) could become members and officers in the Alaska Student Chapter. Previously, membership in the Student Chapter had been open only to UAF students.
Responsible for organizing and overseeing the Chapter’s Annual Meeting. Tasks include choosing a theme, securing a venue, organizing workshops, and promoting the event.
This group develops the short- and long-term strategies for our Chapter. Members of this Working Group are currently working on revising the Chapter’s bylaws. Next steps include reviewing our current Strategic Plan and developing a financial short- and long-term strategies for our Chapter.
Diversity/Parents in Wildlife
This Working Group is currently in development and stemmed from discussions that took place during our 2021 Annual Meeting. Some of our members got together for a scoping meeting and is now reaching out to other members to set initial goals and milestones.
UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA STUDENT CHAPTER
The State of Alaska includes one student chapter of the Wildlife Society.
As the northern-most student chapter in the country, we have a unique opportunity to learn in a 365 million acre classroom. The wilderness of this great state provides us with a plethora of opportunities to learn and discover more everyday. Our chapter is open to all majors, and our members strive to encourage research, community outreach, and professionalism in the fields of wildlife biology and natural resource management.
Student Chapter President
I live in Alaska as a permanent resident but I am actually a German citizen. I was born in Austria but then grew up in the US for the first 9 years of my life (including 5 years in Fairbanks, AK) and then moved to Germany for 10 years where I completed my highschool education prior to moving back to Fairbanks to attend UAF. I am currently in my senior year of my undergraduate degree at UAF pursuing a Bachelor of Science in wildlife biology and conservation and I work as a student worker at the Robert G. White Large Animal Research Station. After finishing my bachelor degree I intend to continue my education by attending graduate school with my ultimate goal being to become a professional wildlife biologist researching large arctic mammals, ideally here in Alaska.
Become a Member
If you would like to become a member of the Alaska Chapter, you can purchase a membership on the national TWS website. The registration page offers the option to Add a Chapter, which is where you can select the Alaska Chapter.
Join the Executive Board
Members of the Executive Board are elected for 2- to 6-year terms by members of the Alaska Chapter. Please fill out the form if you would like to be considered for a position on the Executive Board. Our next elections will take place in 2022.
Be Part of a Working Group
Fill out this form if you would like to get involved in one or more of our Committees or Working Groups. Participation is open to all and we’re always happy to welcome new members!
Vacant Positions: We are currently recruiting for the following positions:
- One member on the Awards Committee
BYLAWS AND STRATEGIC PLAN
Organized: May 3, 1971
Revisions: August 1, 2006
April 5, 2013
Revisions: Jun 9, 2016