Center for Strategic Partnerships and Research Contacts


Jeff Libby
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Director of The Center for Strategic Partnerships and Research; Director of The Applied Environmental Research Center
1901 Bragaw Street
Phone: (907) 786-4084

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


Research Technicians

Cameron Wilson
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Research Technician
1901 Bragaw Street
Phone: (907) 786-4192

Cameron Wilson joined the Applied Environmental Research Team at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) in spring of 2020. He is currently working to complete his M.S. in Civil Engineering at UAA with a project titled Per Capita Water and Fixture Use in Rural Alaska. The project involves 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 lead to five years in the west Texas oilfields before he was finally able to finally come back to Alaska to continue his education and a career in research.