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.
Grant Humphreys joined the Applied Environmental Research Team in 2019 as a research technician. With a background in civil engineering from the University of Notre Dame (2017), Grant has professional experience in construction management ranging from skyscrapers to international airports. Grant also has a passion for hydrology and ecology with collegiate lab experience in both fields. Although he was a snowbird through high-school, Grant’s family is from Alaska and he is thankful to be living here fulltime. Grant is currently focused on project management in AERC and is an MBA candidate at UAA.
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 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.