David R. Klein

Emeritus Professor of Wildlife Ecology

Institute of Arctic Biology &
Department of Biology and Wildlife
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775


      Current Research Interests

My science interests are broadly ecological and sociological, with current primary focus on changes taking place in the natural and human environments at high latitudes and their relation to global climate change.  Plant-animal relationships, primarily through herbivory, have been a longer term emphasis of my research, as well as management of human use of fish and wildlife resources and their conservation in the North.  I continue to expand my understanding of the role of humans as components of global ecosystems and how human perspectives toward the environment change over time.  I currently serve as an ad hoc advisor to graduate students and support enhancement of science education at elementary, secondary, university, and post university levels.  


        Professional Experience at UAF

          Honors and Awards:

        Recent Publications:

Klein, D.R., H.H. Bruun, M.C. Forchhammer, R. Lundgren, & M. Philipp. 2008. Climate change influences on species interrelationships and distributions. In High-Arctic Ecosystem Dynamics in a Changing Climate, (eds.) H. Meltofte, T.R. Christensen, B. Elberling, M.C. Forchhammer, & M. Rausch. Advances in Ecological Research 40, Academic Press.

Klein, D.R., et al. 2005. Management and conservation of wildlife in a changing Arctic environment. Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA), pp. 597-648.

Klein, D.R. & M. Magomedova. 2003. Industrial development and wildlife in arctic ecosystems: Can learning from the past lead to a brighter future? Pp. 35-56 In R.O. Rasmussen and N.E. Koroleva (eds.) Social and environmental impacts in  the North. Kluwer Academic Publishers. The Netherlands.

Klein, D.R. 2002. Perspectives on wilderness in the Arctic. USDA Forest Service Proceedings RMRS-P-00.2002:1-6.

Klein, D.R. 2001. Similarity in habitat adaptations of arctic and African ungulates: evolutionary convergence or ecological divergence? Alces 37:245-252.

Klein, D.R. 2000. Walking in the footsteps of Aldo Leopold. Wildlife Society Bulletin 28(2):464-467.

Klein, D.R. 1999. The roles of climate and insularity in establishment and persistence of Rangifer tarandus populations in the High Arctic. Ecological Bulletins 47:96-104.

Klein, D.R., L. Moorehead, J. Kruse, & S.R. Braund. 1999. Contrasts in use and perceptions of biological data for caribou management. Wildlife Society Bulletin 27:488-498.

Moerschel, F.M. & D.R. Klein. 1997. Effects of weather and parasitic insects on behavior and group dynamics of caribou of the Delta Herd. Alaska. Canadian Journal of Zoology 75:1659-1670.

Klein, D.R. 1996. Arctic ungulates at the northern edge of terrestrial life. Rangifer 16:51-56.

Klein, D.R. and C. Bay. 1994. Resource partitioning by mammalian herbivores in the high Arctic. Oecologia 97:439-450.

Klein, D.R. 1994. Digestibility of forage types by arctic hares. Ecoscience 2:100-102.

Klein, D.R., G.D. Yakushkin, and E.B. Pospelova. 1993. Comparative habitat selection by muskoxen introduced to northeastern Alaska and the Taimyr Peninsula, Russia. Rangifer 13:21-25.



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