Donald (Skip) Walker - Graduate Students

Shawnee Amelia Kasanke
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Shawnee Amelia Kasanke

sakasanke@alaska.edu
Office: 158A Arctic Health Research Bldg, 907.474.6720

Research Interests:
I study primary succession in front of a retreating cirque glacier in the central Brooks Range, and how communities found there relate to plant communities developing on older glacial moraines in the Arctic foothills. The main objective of my research is to understand how quickly vegetation develops in the Arctic alpine, and what type of habitats may become available as a result of colonization.

Major Professor:

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Sarah (Rose) Vining
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Sarah (Rose) Vining

srvining@alaska.edu
Office: 158A Arctic Health Research Bldg, 907.474.6720

Research Interests:
I am primarily interested in how plant community shifts and subsequent litter inputs impact ecosystem biogeochemistry, microbial communities, and feedbacks to climate change. My key systems of interest include wetlands, permafrost regions, and alpine ecosystems. I engage in scientific outreach and education, mostly at the college and high school level, and in cross-disciplinary collaboration with undergraduates. In my spare time, I love to play the violin and ballroom dance!

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Mark Winterstein

Mark Winterstein

BNZ LTER Laboratory Manager
mawinterstein@alaska.edu