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Registration and Check-in Open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sample Collection in the Field Workshop 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Plenary Session: Wildlife and One Health 8:30 am – 10:00 am

8:30 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 am Providing a Healthy Place for Wildlife in a Changing Alaska Environment

                    G. Juday  

9:30 am Zoonotic Diseases and One Health

                    L. Castrodale

Break 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Presentation Session A

Kimberlee Beckmen, Moderator

10:30 am. K. Beckmen. “Has Passive Surveillance Detected Syndemic Zoonoses in Wildlife?”

11:00 am. A. Lewis. “That’s My Moose! Kleptoparasitism Between Two Top Carnivores in Southeast Alaska”

11:30 am. L. Waits. “Identifying Individual Polar Bear from DNA in Footprints”

Lunch 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

1:30 Business Meeting

Presentation Session B

Jeff Stetz, Moderator

2:30 pm. C. VanHemert. “Wildlife Health in a Changing Arctic: Pathogen Exposure Among Chukchi Sea Polar Bears

3:00 pm. K. Griffin. “Fecal DNA Metabarcoding Reveals Extensive Marine Resource Use by Coastal Wolves in Katmai National Park and Preserve”

Break 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

4:00 pm. M. Macander. “Fortymile Caribou Herd Influences Rates of Vegetation Change Across its Range”

4:30 pm. T. Brinkman. “Interested in Supporting a Graduate Student?”

Wrap-up and Announcements 5:00 pm 

Evening Social 5:15 pm

Latitude 65 Brewing Co.


Plenary Session: Wildlife and One Health 8:30 am – 10:00 am

8:30 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 am Alaska’s One Health Approach: Managing Domestic Animal, Wildlife, Environmental and Public Health

                    B. Gerlach  

9:30 am Zoonotic Diseases and One Health

Presentation Session C

Kaiti Ott, Moderator

9:30 am. T. Paragi. “Temporal and Spatial Patterns of Alaska Moose Harvest

10:00 am. D. Gregovich. “Logging Effects on Wolf Habitat Selection and Movement in Southeast Alaska”

Break 10:30 am – 11:00 am

11:00 am. T. Nawrocki. “The “Where” of Moose Food: A Novel Method to Map Available Forage Biomass of Specific Plant Species

11:30 am. J. Parrett. “Factors Influencing Incubation Behavior and Nesting Success of Yellow-Billed Loons in Arctic Alaska”

Lunch 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Student Session

Alexandra Lewis, Moderator

1:30 pm. E. Stacy. “Population Genetic Structure of the North American Wolverine Using Microsatellite Loci and Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms”

2:00 pm. S. Swanson. “Seasonal Drivers of Amplitude Patterns in a Variably Cyclic Population of Red-Backed Voles (Myodes rutilus)”

2:30 pm. M. Murphy. “Examining Natal Dispersal of Emperor Geese (Anser canagicus) on the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska”

3:00 pm. J. Wagner. “Nowhere to Run: Climate Influence Density of an Alpine Indicator Species in the Arctic-Boreal Region”

3:30 pm. D. Arnold. “Evidence for a Survival Mediated Traveling Wave in Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) Across Alaska”

Poster Session 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Nick Fowler, Moderator

A. Lewis. Validating Wolf Detection at Hair Traps Using Trail Cameras”

F. Johnson. A Fecal Survey for Cyrptosporidium spp. and Giardia spp. in Alaska Moose”  

A. Crupi. “Geographic Variation in Genetic Structure and Morphology of Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) Populations in Southeast Alaska”

S. Dempsey. “An Exploration of Moose Habitat Selection in Togiak National Wildlife Refuge”

B. Wold. “Behaviors, Beliefs, and Bears: Oh My! What’s Behind the Human-Bear Conflict in Juneau?”

Wrap-up and Announcements 5:00 pm

Banquet and Awards Ceremony 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Keynote Speaker J. Madanz “What can we learn from food security?”


Presentation Session C

Shawn Crimmins, Moderator

9:00 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15 am. A. Prichard. “Caribou Distribution and Movements Near a New Gravel Road in a Northern Alaska Oilfield

9:45 am. J. Welch. “Aerial Nesting Surveys for Eagles and other Raptors Along the Dalton Highway”

Break 10:15 am – 10:45 am

10:45 am. M. Sorum. “Pronounced Brown Bear Aggregation Along Anadromous Streams in Interior Alaska

1 am. J. Parrett. “Factors Influencing Incubation Behavior and Nesting Success of Yellow-Billed Loons in Arctic Alaska”

Wrap-up and Closing Comments 11:15 am

Lunch 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Do the Genetics 101, Part 1 Workshop 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Large Animal Research Station Field Trip 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm



Do the Genetics 101, Part 2 Workshop 8:00 am – 12:00 pm


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