Research Associate Professor of Range Ecology & Program Manager, Reindeer Research Program
Phone: (907) 474-6055
Fax: (907) 474-7175
Location: 180 AHRB
B.S., 1981, University of Alaska Fairbanks
PhD, 2008, University of Alaska Fairbanks
HLRM150 - Alaskan Ungulate Husbandry
HLRM130 - Research Field Logistics
HLRM140 - High Latitude Range Management
Research Interests: Range ecology, range management, plant-animal interactions, climate-vegetation dynamics, reindeer husbandry and management
Current Research Programs:
1) Range management & nutrition
2) Forage selection
3) Ration development
4) Educational outreach & service
5) Reindeer production
6) Pasture evaluation
Examples of Research Support:
Legal Implications Concerning Reindeer-Caribou Interactions On The Seward Peninsula, Alaska. 1998. Co-PI. $17,760. Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Landscape patterns of radiocesium and heavy metal concentrations in reindeer and caribou tissue in northwestern Alaska. 1998. Co-PI. $18,350. Natural Resources Fund.
Reindeer herding in transition: Feedbacks between climate, caribou, and local communities in Northwest Alaska. 1999. Co-PI. $1,248,402. National Science Foundation.
Satellite radio-telemetry for monitoring reindeer locations. 2000. PI. $35,000. Natural Resource Conservation Service USDA.
Satellite telemetry and reindeer range management: Workshop. 2002. PI $40,000 Natural Resource Conservation Service USDA.
Educational outreach with rural communities. 2002. PI. $9,800. USDA Reindeer range management; satellite telemetry, supplemental feeding and technology transfer to support the reindeer industry in Alaska. 2002. PI. $36,000. BIA.
Curriculum development in local schools. 2003. PI. $30,000. USDA Using satellite telemetry for reindeer management and evaluating West Nile Virus vaccine in reindeer. 2003. PI. $29,313. BIA
Feasibility of Utilizing Grazed Forages and Alaskan Produced Feed Ingredients in Reindeer Diets. 2003. PI. $165,000. Hatch. USDA.
Trace minerals in animal health. 2003. PI. $3,219. Animal Health. USDA.
Determining saleable yield of the reindeer carcass and increase economic value of forequarters through electrical stimulation and value-added processing. 2003. PI. $49, 197. CSREES. USDA.
Food Products Development. 2004. Co-PI. $132,000. USDA.
Diet and selection of calving sites by Alaskan reindeer. 2005. PI. $37,000. BIA.
Palatability of a cereal grain reindeer pellet using canola oil as a binder. 2006. PI. $35,519. BIA.
Reindeer Satellite Telemetry Program. 2006. PI. $50,000. Natural Resource Conservation Service USDA.
Supplemental and Emergency Feeding of Free Range Reindeer in Alaska. 2006. PI. $73,948. CSREES. USDA
Examples of Publications:
Finstad, G. L. 2006. Reindeer in Alaska: Under New Management. Agroborealis 38(2): 22-27.
Finstad G.L., Wiklund, E., Long, K., Rincker, P.J., Oliveira, A.C., and Bechtel, P.,J.
2007. Feeding soy or fish meal to Alaskan reindeer. (Rangifer tarandus tarandus) â€“ effects on animal performance and meat quality. Rangifer 27(1) 59-75.
Finstad G. L., Steele, C., and Gray, T. 2007. Range Management in Alaska; Seward Peninsula Reindeer Herders on the Fast Track. Conference Proceedings. Third National Conference on Grazing Lands (3NCGL). St Louis, MO. USA.
Finstad, G. L., Kielland, K., and Schneider, W. S. 2006. Reindeer herding in transition; historical and modern day challenges for Alaskan reindeer herders. Nomadic Peoples 10 (2) 31-49.
Finstad, G.L. and Kielland, K.K. 2005. Climate change, environmental variation and reindeer productivity on the Seward Peninsula, Alaska. Abstract. Proceedings: American Association for the Advancement of Science. Fishery Industrial Technology Center, Kodiak, Alaska. Sept 2005.
Finstad, G., Bechtel, P. Wiklund E. and Long, K. 2005 Sensory and technological properties of meat from free-ranging reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus) or reindeer fed soybean meal or fishmeal-based rations. Institute of Food Technologist Meeting Book of Abstracts. #89F-29.
Finstad, G.L., Bader, H., & Prichard, A.K. 2002. Conflicts between caribou and reindeer in western Alaska. Rangifer: Special Issue No. 13: 33-38.
Finstad, G.L., Berger, M., Kielland, K., and Prichard, A.K. 2000. Climatic Influence on Forage Quality, Growth and Reproduction of Reindeer on the Seward Peninsula I: Climate and Forage Quality. Rangifer: Special Supplement. Proceedings of the 8th North American Caribou Workshop, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.
Finstad, G.L., Berger, M., Kielland, K., and Prichard, A.K. 2000. Climatic Influence on Forage Quality, Growth and Reproduction of Reindeer on the Seward Peninsula II: Reindeer Growth and Reproduction. Rangifer: Special Supplement. Proceedings of the 8th North American Caribou Workshop, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.
Finstad, G.L., and A.K. Prichard. 2000. Growth rate and body weight in free-range reindeer in Alaska. Rangifer 20 (4): 221-227.