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. He designed, built, and programmed custom
sensors to accomplish the task and then deployed them in several villages. He is now
involved in a variety of projects including coastal GPS surveying and modeling, pacific
salmon studies, forestry, and the identification/eradication of invasive plant species.
Originally from North Carolina, he grew up in the earthmoving business and has experience
operating heavy equipment and project implementation. He earned his B.S. in Biological
Engineering from NC State focusing on bioprocessing and alternative fuels, then immediately
after graduating and completing his research, he drove to Alaska seeking opportunity.
After only a few short months, a field engineering position led to five years in the
west Texas oil fields before he was finally able to come back to Alaska to continue
his education and a career in research.
Samuel Franklin was born and raised in Anchorage Alaska, and joined the Applied Environmental Research Center in summer of 2020 as a participant before moving into a research technician position a month later. He graduated from the University of Alaska in spring 2021 with a B.S. in Natural Sciences, concentrations in biological and geological sciences, and a minor in public health. In 2016, he worked as a research technician for UAA maintaining experimental sites and collecting data for climate change studies at Thule Airbase in northwestern Greenland. In his current role at AERC, he primarily works in Pacific salmon monitoring, forest resources, and coastal surveying on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to fulfill goals within the Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan.
Tasha Chenot joined the Applied Environmental Research Center (AERC) in May of 2021 as a research technician. Raised in the Midwest, Tasha discovered an interest in environmental management while attending Haskell Indian Nations University. She received her B.S. in Environmental Science focusing on the restoration of urban wetland habitat in northeastern Kansas, implementing projects geared towards long-term water quality monitoring and native plant restoration. In her current role at AERC, Tasha supports a range of field research activities, including invasive plant species assessments and rare plant inventories.
Kevin Fitzpatrick is an Applied Environmental Research Center Apprentice Research Technician and has
lived in Alaska since 2003. After earning his degree in chemistry in 2016 from the
University of Alaska Anchorage, Kevin began teaching introductory lab classes in the
chemistry department. His prior laboratory experience involved quantifying protein
binding chemistry abnormalities in Wilson’s and Menke’s Disease. He began his graduate
fellowship with the Arctic Domain Awareness Center in the summer of 2019 to identify
the photo-enhanced toxicity of dispersed and burned crude oil to arctic mussels and
earned his Masters degree in Analytical Biochemistry. He plans to complete his Masters
degree in the Fall of 2021.
Since joining AERC in 2021, Kevin has engaged in several field research projects. He has become experienced with smolt and spawning adult salmon identification and genetic sampling. He works with field botanists specializing with the identification and management of plant species on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson collecting and processing highly accurate data and utilizing ArcGIS and other similar programs for project deliverables. He is skilled in habitat management, conservation efforts, and report writing.