This week’s Evening at Egan lecture will be “Collaborative Research in Southeast Alaska” led by Dr. Allison Bidlack, director of the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center. Her talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Egan Lecture hall on Friday, Oct. 12.
ACRC is a relatively new institute within UAS that focuses on educational and research opportunities for the community about temperate rainforests, partnering with state, federal, Native and non-governmental entities to achieve this goal. The center began in 2009 as a collaborative effort to expand and enhance education and research opportunities among six cooperating partners: the University of Alaska Southeast, University of Alaska Fairbanks, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, the U.S. Forest Service Alaska Region, and the City and Borough of Juneau. The center’s membership has expanded to 18 organizations, which includes the University of Alaska Anchorage, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA National Weather Service, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Geological Survey, Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Juneau Economic Development Council, the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources Operations, Geos Institute, Hakai Network for Coastal People, Ecosystems, and Management, the Sitka Sound Science Center, and the Prince William Sound Science Center.
Bidlack will give an introduction to the center, highlighting several examples of collaborative rainforest research in Southeast Alaska.
Other speakers will be Jan Straley, who will speak about her collaborative work with the fishing fleet to investigate the causes and consequences of sperm whale predation on long line gear; Rick Edwards, who will speak about the new Héen Latinee Experimental Forest; and Anne Beaudreau, who will speak about a new NSF-funded research program spearheaded by UAS and UAF.
Bidlack 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.
For more on Evening at Egan, visit www.uas.alaska.edu/eganlecture.