ACRC welcomes new leadership this fall
This fall, ACRC marks a new era as long-time director Allison Bidlack transitions into a new role at the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service as Deputy Director of the Auke Bay Laboratory. Allison has led ACRC for over eight years, growing ACRC as a premier research institute in the north Pacific coastal temperate rainforest with a dynamic team of scientists, staff, and faculty. Though she will be missed, we look forward to continuing collaboration with her in her new role at NOAA.
ACRC research faculty member Jason Fellman will act as the interim co-director of ACRC, alongside UAS Art & Sciences Dean Tom Thornton, through June 2021. Jason has been with ACRC since 2013 as a Research Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences, studying how stream biogeochemistry and ecology may change as receding glaciers are replaced by forests and glaciers contribute less meltwater to streamflow.
“I’m looking forward to stepping into this new role after my many years with ACRC. We have many exciting new grants and collaborations moving forward this fall, and I am happy to be leading ACRC into another successful year,” said Fellman.
ACRC also congratulates administrative specialist Leah Gregg on her new position with the City and Borough of Juneau’s Finance Department. Leah will continue supporting ACRC’s administrative and grant needs on a part-time basis.
Join us in thanking recent graduate Connor Johnson, who has provided immeasurable value to ACRC as in intern during his undergraduate career. Connor graduated from UAS this summer, and we wish him well on his future endeavors! This fall, we look forward to bringing on undergraduate student Oscar Jones to assist in the field and lab.
In this time of change and adaptation, ACRC’s work to advance coastal margin ecosystem ecology and climate change research continues and our mission remains the same. We look forward to a busy fall semester of new and ongoing research ventures!