ENRI faculty fellows transform research in the Natural Sciences at UAA

by Kathleen McCoy  |   


Thirteen UAA faculty from the departments of Biology, Anthropology and Chemistry have become fellows of ENRI, the Environment and Natural Resources Institute and were honored by their peers at a ceremony at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, on the campus.

The designation of ENRI fellow reflects the national recognition of these research groups and their contributions to fundamental and applied research in Alaska and the north. The imbedding of these exemplary faculty into the institute strengthens UAA's interdisciplinary research platform in Ecosystem Studies and Conservation Biology, Earth and Climate Processes, and Human
Ecology and Sustainability.

Lead by Professor and Director, Jeff Welker, the institute will now serve as the pinnacle of research excellence in the Natural Sciences and be an intellectual focus for UAA and the Anchorage region. Funded research by this group exceeds $2 million, with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) International Polar Year, the NSF Office of Polar Programs, NSF Geosciences, NSF EPSCoR, U.S. Department of Energy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Institute of Health-NBRI.

The initial cohort of Facutly Fellows are:

Associate Professor, Lil Alessa-Biology, Geography and Environmental Studies
Associate Professor, Loren Buck-Biology
Associate Professor, Jennifer Burns-Biology
Professor, Doug Causey-Biology
Associate Professor, Sarah Gerken-Biology
Associate Professor, Andy Kliskey, Biology, Geography and Environmental Studies
Professor Jerzy Maselko-Chemistry
Professor Bjartmar Sveinbjornsson-Biology
Associate Professor Don Spalinger-Biology
Associate Professor, Ian van Tets-Biology
Associate Professor, Frank von Hippel-Biology
Assistant Professor, Liliya Vugmeyster-Chemistry
Professor David Yesnter-Anthropology

Creative Commons License "ENRI faculty fellows transform research in the Natural Sciences at UAA" is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.