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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

Heather Keepers

Animal Care and 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

Current Graduate Students

Tony Carnahan
Tony Carnahan

Project:

  • Energetics of grizzly bears

 

Ellery Vincent 

Research Scientists

Anthony Pagano
Anthony Pagano, Ph.D.

School of the Environment, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, Washington State University

Nutrition, Energetics and Ecology of Polar Bears 

Graduate Student Alumni

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.
Brandon clicker training the bear Frank.
Brandon Evans Hutzenbiler
Animal Care Facilities Manager
Hannah Hapner
Hannah Hapner

Project:

  • Seasonal changes in energy metabolism of adipocytes in 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

Joy Erlenbach sitting next to a drugged bear.
Joy Erlenbach

Bear Biologist, Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge

Prior 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

Prior Projects:

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

Shawn Trojahn.
Shawn Trojahn

Prior Projects:

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

Jamie Gehring
Jamie Gehring

Research Associate, Allen Institute for Cell Science, Seattle, WA

Prior Projects:

  • Development of a protocol for the isolation and cultivation of brown bear adipocytes
  • Changes in seasonal regulation of insulin sensitivity, food intake and adipose biology in brown bears

Kim Rigano
Kim Rigano

Field Technician, Ecological Associates Inc. 

Prior Projects:

  • Development of a protocol for the isolation and cultivation of brown bear adipocytes
  • Changes in seasonal regulation of insulin sensitivity, food intake and adipose biology in brown bears

Danielle Rivet
Danielle Rivet, M.S.

University of Saskatchewan Ph.D. program

Studying drivers behind polar bear movement

Prior Project:

Examining grizzly bear heart function and the systemic effects of a high saturated fat diet

Jennifer Fortin-Noreus
Jennifer Fortin-Noreus, M.S., Ph.D.

Grizzly Bear Biologist, US Fish & Wildlife Service
Faculty Affiliate, W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation, University of Montana

Justin Teisberg with grizzly bear
Justin Teisberg, Ph.D.

Team Leader – Physiology & Nutrition
Grizzly Bear Biologist, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Karyn Rode
Karyn Rode, M.S., Ph.D.

Research Wildlife Biologist, Alaska Science Center, USGS

Nutritional, physiological and population ecology of large mammals with particular focus on polar bears, black bears, grizzly bears, and Pacific walrus and anthropogenic effects on large mammals.

Jasmine Ware
Jasmine Ware, Ph.D.

Polar Bear Biologist, Department of Environment, Government of Nunavut, Iqaluit, Canada

Grant Hildebrand
Grant Hildebrand, M.S., Ph.D.

Regional Chief of Natural Resources, Anchorage, AK, National Park Service

Troy Tollefson
Troy Tollefson, M.S., Ph.D.

Nutritionist, Mazuri Exotic Animal Nutrition

Laura Felicetti
Laura Felicetti, Ph.D.

Director of Recruitment, Outreach, & Admissions

Hutton Honors College, University of Indiana

David G. Hewitt
David G. Hewitt, M.S., Ph.D.

Leroy G. Denman, Jr. Endowed Director of Wildlife Research
Executive Director

Sean Farley with grizzly bear
Sean D. Farley, M.S., Ph.D.

Wildlife Physiologist/Research Biologist, Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Michael Jacoby, M.S.

Quality Control and Site Safety Manager, Verdesian Life Sciences

Geoff Pritchard, M.S.

President, Bunch Grass Farm, Deary Idaho

Christy Welch
Christy Welch, M.S.

Professor, Big Bend Community College

 Biology and Botany