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Allison Bidlack joined the ACRC in August 2012.  Prior to that, she was the Science Coordinator for the Ecotrust Copper River Program in Cordova, Alaska. Allison has a background in wildlife ecology, with emphases on population genetics and habitat modeling using geographic information systems. Her previous research projects have included assessing the population genetics and phylogeography of the Prince of Wales flying squirrel in southeast Alaska, investigating the distribution and habitat use of carnivores in the San Francisco Bay area, and creating habitat models for Chinook salmon in the Copper River watershed. She has a deep and abiding interest in the temperate rainforests of North America, and believes in the importance of gathering and synthesizing ecologic, economic and social information to help support and maintain the vibrant cultures, communities, and ecosystems of the region. Allison received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in Environmental Science, Policy and Management, and her MS in Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Allison enjoys rowing, cycling, skiing, and all things outdoors.

Phone: 907-796-6269

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Administrative Manager

Pat Belec joined the ACRC in September 2012. She is currently a UAS adjunct faculty member, teaching social dance in Ballroom, Latin, and Argentine Tango.  Pat retired from the State of Alaska in 2000, having served as the Director of Administration for the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, with prior State service at the Division of Legislative Audit and the Governor’s Office.  Pat has been a wilderness guide for Alaska Discovery, a ballroom dance instructor at most of the Juneau schools, and serves as VP and business manager for Amerikanuak, Inc., a company she and her husband created in 2000 for natural resource services. She received her BS from SUNY Brockport and her ballroom teaching certification from the Academie de Danse in Anchorage. Pat spends her free time singing, dancing, and exploring the outdoors.

Phone: 907-796-6146


Photo of Jason FellmanResearch Assistant Professor of Environmental Science 

Jason Fellman joined the ACRC in October 2013 as a Research Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences. Prior to that, he served as a postdoctoral fellow in Environmental Science at the University of Alaska Southeast as well as the University of Western Australia in Perth. Jason has a background in the biogeochemistry of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems with the focus of understanding how carbon and nutrients link these distinct ecosystems. He has extensive experience in the coastal temperature rainforest of southeast Alaska exploring how wetlands and salmon influence stream biogeochemistry. Jason’s current research is focused on understanding how stream biogeochemistry and ecology may change as receding glaciers are replaced by forests and glaciers contribute less meltwater to streamflow. Jason has a strong commitment to environmental stewardship and believes research can be used as a tool to balance human and ecological needs in a changing climate. He received a PhD in Biogeochemistry from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a MS in Environmental Science from Washington State University. He enjoys climbing, skiing, trail running as well as camping and traveling with his wife and two children.

Phone: 907-796-6370

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Research AssistantEmily Whitney

Emily Whitney joined the ACRC in September 2016. Emily is working on a project modeling aquatic food webs. She moved to Juneau from Seattle four years ago for a temporary job and found she loved the community and all the outdoor activities. She decided to stay in Juneau and this past summer completed her master's in fisheries from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her past research examined food webs in glacially-influenced estuaries in Southeast Alaska.


Postdoctoral ResearcherACRC postdoctoral research John Harley stands on top of a mountain

John Harley joined the ACRC in 2018. He received his PhD in 2017 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he spent most of his time being cold. His thesis, titled "One Health Toxicology" has been widely read among his committee members and his mom, who helpfully noted several typos after it was published. His doctoral work was focused on using animal sentinels as models for environmental toxicology, with the idea that human, wildlife, and environmental health are all linked.

John's current research interests include environmental drivers of paralytic shellfish poisoning in Southeast Alaska. In addition to his research John spends a lot of time in the outdoors paddling, climbing, and forgetting maps. He is brand new to Southeast Alaska and looks forward to being lost in new places.

Phone: 907-796-6438

Postdoctoral ResearcherACRC postdoctoral researcher Gavin McNicol

Gavin McNicol joined the ACRC in September 2017 as a postdoctoral researcher in Environmental Science. He is currently conducting a carbon assessment to understand the amount and distribution of organic carbon stored in soils across the North Pacific coastal temperate rainforest. To achieve this, Gavin collaborates with partners within an NSF-funded Coastal Margins Research Coordination Network including University and agency forest ecologists and soil scientists from Washington, British Columbia, and Southeast Alaska. Gavin’s background is in soil and wetland carbon biogeochemistry, with a focus on understanding rates and controls of biosphere-atmosphere gas exchanges. He received his PhD in 2016 from UC Berkeley where he used chamber and eddy-covariance flux measurement approaches in conjunction with stable-and radiocarbon-isotope techniques to quantify greenhouse gas fluxes across spatially heterogeneous marshes. Gavin likes living within the ecosystem he also studies, and enjoys regular hikes to learn first-hand about the animals, plants, microbes, and soils endemic to the temperate rainforest.

Phone: 907-796-6422

Communications SpecialistACRC communcations specialist Molly Tankersley

Molly Tankersley joined the ACRC in 2018. She works with researchers at ACRC and the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center to share the outcomes of their work and the importance of actionable science with a variety of audiences. In her role, she seeks to tell engaging stories about ongoing research through the AK CASC and ACRC websites, outreach materials, and social media platforms. With a BS in Environmental Science, she has experience using science writing, web design, photography, and graphic design to communicate about research and natural resources at non-profits, research centers, and land management agencies. As a newcomer to Southeast Alaska, she spends her free time on the trails trying to blend in with the locals in hopes of never leaving.



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