Student/Professional Workshops

February 10th:
Scientific Writing for Journals (morning session) Taught by Drs. Jeff Stetz and Shawn Crimmins.
Wildlife Career Opportunities Roundtable (afternoon session) Followed by a student/early career-professional mixer.
Google Earth Engine (full-day workshop) Taught by Dr. Frank Witmer, with assistance from Timm Nawrocki. Please note that there is limited availability for this workshop.

Field Trip Options

February 14th:
Tour of the Matanuska Experiment Farm Moose Pens and Lab
• Outdoor Excursion – location will be weather dependent

Reserve your spot to these events by registering for the Annual Meeting.

Meet the Instructors

Jeff Stetz, Research Coordinator, Region IV Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Jeff received his MSc and PhD from the University of Montana, where he worked on large, collaborative research projects on grizzly and black bear population dynamics and monitoring techniques for nearly 20 years.  In addition to being a Certified Wildlife Biologist® with TWS, Jeff has been an Associate Editor for JWM for the past three years.  He has served as a peer-reviewer for ca. 15 journals and has published in a dozen peer-reviewed journals, including being awarded the Outstanding Publication in Wildlife Ecology and Management by TWS in 2010.

Dr. Shawn Crimmins, US Geological Survey, Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Shawn received his M.S. from West Virginia University and his Ph.D. from the University of Montana.  His research emphasizes the use of quantitative tools to assist wildlife managers with decision making and monitoring.  Prior to his arrival in Alaska he spent over 3 years on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  Shawn is an Associate Wildlife Biologist® and an Associate Editor for the American Midland Naturalist.  He has published nearly 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has served as a reviewer for almost 30 different journals.  Shawn will be starting his new position as a Research Ecologist with the US Geological Survey, Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, in January 2020.

Dr. Frank Witmer, Associate Professor, UAA College of Engineering

Frank Witmer is a computational geographer who conducts research in violent conflict and human-environment interactions using spatial statistical methods, remote sensing data, and simulation. He has used Google Earth Engine to study surface water in Alaska, agricultural land abandonment in Bosnia Herzegovina, and to export data layers for input into other statistical analyses such as tick habitat suitability modeling.

Timm Nawrocki, Terrestrial Ecologist, Alaska Center for Conservation Science, UAA

Timm Nawrocki is a terrestrial ecologist interested in quantifying vegetation and soil patterns across Alaska and relating variation in forage abundance and quality to ungulates. He has used Google Earth Engine to develop spectral composites and other remotely sensed metrics to serve as covariates in statistical models.