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Directors

Jeff Libby
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Director of The Applied Environmental Research Center; Director of The Center for Strategic Partnerships and Research
1901 Bragaw Street
Phone: (907) 786-4084
Email: jllibby@alaska.edu
Jeff Libby is the Director for the Applied Environmental Research Center (AERC), and he also serves as the Director for the Center of Strategic Partnerships and Research (CaSPR). He previously served as the Associate Dean for technical programs in UAA’s Community and Technical College. Jeff holds an M.S. in Project Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) in Natural Sciences with a concentration in Environmental studies. He also has a diploma in Expertise in Coaching and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). He has performed independent studies at Cornell University specifically on avian biology at the Ornithology Lab. Jeff is also a professional photographer specializing in wildlife. He has performed photography for Souvenir Photograph, Image Me and British Broadcasting Company (BBC). Jeff was formerly a registered Maine guide and a commercial boat operator. He served as a Wildlife Field Technician for the BioDiversity Research Institute where he worked on numerous projects including the bioaccumulation of methyl mercury in Common Loons, Bald Eagles and Landlocked Salmon. Jeff has worked with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the University of Wyoming in Prince William Sound studying river otters. He has also worked in conjunction with the United States Forest Service studying fire ecology and forest succession on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Jeff has been instrumental in a variety of research projects from Maine to the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands. He has been involved with several avian and bat research studies. Jeff brings more than 20 years of field experience and a wealth of knowledge related to wildlife, habitat and climate change.

 

Heather Paulsen
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Director of Business Development and Grants and Contracts
1901 Bragaw Street
Phone: (907) 786-1663
Email: hpaulsen@alaska.edu

 

Research Technicians 

Samuel Franklin
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Research Technician
1901 Bragaw Street
Phone: (907) 786-4192
Email: sfranklin2@alaska.edu

Samuel Franklin joined the Applied Environmental Research Center in July of 2020 as a research technician and forester. He is finishing a B.S. in Natural Sciences with concentrations in biological and geologic sciences, and a minor in Public Health. Most of his field experience has come from working at Thule Airbase for the purpose of determining carbon flux from arctic tundra under a variety of experimental conditions. He has also participated in the exploration ecology class through UAA, developing a report on Cinclus mexicanus in Portage Valley. Aside from scientific experience, he has also worked extensively in customer service, as well as previously teaching and performing contemporary ballet in Anchorage.

 

Cameron Wilson
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Research Technician
1901 Bragaw Street
Phone: (907) 786-4192
Email: cwilson17@alaska.edu

Cameron Wilson joined the Applied Environmental Research Team at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) in spring of 2020. He recently completed his M.S. in Civil Engineering at UAA with a project titled Per Capita Water and Fixture Use in Rural Alaska. The project involved collecting data on water use ranging from per capita consumption based on community water production to measuring how much water is used at each individual fixture within the home at any given time. Originally from North Carolina, he earned his B.S. in Biological Engineering from NC State focusing on bioprocessing and alternative fuels. After graduating and completing his research, he drove to Alaska seeking opportunity. A field engineering position led to five years in the west Texas oil fields before he was finally able to finally come back to Alaska to continue his education and a career in research.

 

Jay Zlonis
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Research Technician
1901 Bragaw Street
Phone: (907) 786-4192
Email: jmzlonis@alaska.edu

Jay Zlonis received a B.S. degree in Forest and Natural Resource Management from the University of Minnesota. He has a wealth of experiences completing forestry work. His background includes working for private forestry companies in Minnesota and Montana, State level work with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the State of Hawaii Department of Natural Resources – Division of Forestry and Wildlife, as well as, Federal level work with the USDA-FS completing both, research at the Rocky Mountain Research Station at the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory and timber with the Region 1 Timber Strike Team.