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Meet Our People

Administrative Director

Keith Blatner
Dr. Keith Blatner
School of the Environment

Faculty

Charles Robbins with a bear.
Dr. Charles Robbins
School of the Environment and School of Biological Sciences, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences and College of Sciences

Area of Interest:
Nutrition, energetics, and ecology of grizzly bears and polar bears.

Heiko Jansen holding a bear cub.
Dr. Heiko Jansen
Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, College of Veterinary Medicine

Area of Interest:
Physiology, genetics, and ecology of bear hibernation

Joanna Kelly
Dr. Joanna Kelley
School of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences

Area of Interest:
Physiology, genetics, and evolution of bears

Staff

Brandon scattering food around the Bear Center's outdoor play area.
Brandon Evans Hutzenbiler
Animal Care Facilities Manager

Campus Veterinary Support Staff

Nina Woodford in a grassy field with two bear cubs.
Nina Woodford, DVM, MPH, DACLAM
Director & Attending Veterinarian
Office of the Campus Veterinarian
Gay Lynn Clyde
Gay Lynn Clyde, DVM
Assistant Director – Campus Veterinary Services
Office of the Campus Veterinarian
Jessie May McCleary using a stethoscope on a sedated bear in a Bear Center enclosure.
Jessie McCleary, LVT
Veterinary Specialist II
Office of the Campus Veterinarian

Graduate Students

Tony Carnahan
Tony Carnahan

Project:

  • Energetics of grizzly bears

 

Joy Erlenbach sitting next to a drugged bear.
Joy Erlenbach

Projects:

  • Ecology of coastal brown bears in Katmai National Park
  • Effects of increasing visitor use on the behavior of coastal brown bears

Alexia Gee.
Alexia Gee

Projects:

  • Genetics of seasonal changes in grizzly bears
  • Genetics of insulin resistance in the liver of hibernating grizzly bears

Michael holding three tiny bear cubs.
Michael Saxton

Projects:

  • Genetic relatedness of brown bears in Katmai National Park
  • Genetics of insulin resistance in hibernating grizzly bears

Shawn Trojahn.
Shawn Trojahn

Projects:

  • Genetics of muscle atrophy resistance in hibernating brown bears
  • Evolution of hibernation

Past graduate students work for a wide range of universities and state and federal agencies, including US Geological Survey, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Depending on available projects and funding, we generally accept 1 or 2 new graduate students each year.