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  • Claire Alix

    October 21, 2022

    Past and present Inuit wood technology, ethnoarchaeology of wood use in the Arctic. Primary field research is in Alaska, the Bering Strait and the Canadian Arctic.

  • Julie Cascio

    Julie Cascio

    October 28, 2022

    Julie Cascio gives presentations and hands-on classes in food preservation, food safety, healthy eating, life skills, family economics and healthy homes. She is based at Extension’s Mat-Su/Copper River Valley District office in Palmer.

  • Laura Conner

    Laura Conner

    October 28, 2022

    Teacher professional development in science and artscience, integrating art with science learning (STEAM), science identity and gender, and the value of real and immersive learning experiences.

  • Cindy Fabbri

    October 28, 2022

    Science education, watershed science, sustainability and community adaptation.

  • Michael C. Hatfield

    Michael C. Hatfield

    October 28, 2022

    Mike Hatfield uses unmanned aircraft systems to monitor mine safety, operation and emergency response. His focus is on the integration of unmanned aircraft systems and unmanned ground vehicles into the university’s scientific research and student academic programs, as well as STEM outreach.

  • Marla Lowder

    Marla Lowder

    October 28, 2022

    Marla Lowder enjoys working with youth and adults through informal education. She oversees the state horse and state Youth In Governance programs.

  • Santosh Panda

    Santosh Panda

    October 28, 2022

    Permafrost distribution mapping and temperature modeling and the application of remote sensing on Arctic land cover change and related geo-hazards. Studying complex permafrost dynamics, including remote sensing of landscape change.

  • Heidi Rader

    Heidi Rader

    October 28, 2022

    Heidi Rader is the tribes Extension educator for the Tanana Chiefs Conference region. In addition to teaching hands-on workshops in 30 remote villages in Interior Alaska, she also teaches online courses with a statewide reach.

  • Anthony Rickard

    Anthony Rickard

    October 28, 2022

    Teaching and learning mathematical problem solving, particularly in grades K-8, working with preservice and inservice mathematics teachers. Curriculum development and multicultural education in K-8 mathematics.

  • Elena Sparrow

    Elena Sparrow

    October 28, 2022

    Elena Sparrow is an expert in teaching and learning, pedagogy and education, professional development, and soil microbiology.

  • Amy Vinlove

    Amy Vinlove

    October 28, 2022

    Culturally responsive teaching, place-based education and teacher preparation in the state of Alaska, including training teachers to work with diverse students and communities.

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    Christina Buffington

    August 15, 2023

    Areas of interest include cultivating impactful place-based environmental learning activities and research experiences for undergraduate students, K-12 students and educators. Christi works on projects that directly benefit local communities and are grounded in Indigenous knowledge and values.

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    Katie Spellman

    October 28, 2023

    Expert in Alaska's wild berries, invasive plants, community and public engagement in science, and climate change education.

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    Malinda Chase

    November 03, 2023

    Expert in boundary spanning/co-production of science, climate adaptation, Indigenous studies, science education, social science

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    Kaja Brix

    November 09, 2023

    Science and policy in fisheries, marine mammal conservation, marine resource subsistence and Arctic governance.

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    Christa Mulder

    November 11, 2023

    • Impacts of climate change on phenology of plants and herbivores • Science education and outreach: resilience of Alaska communities to climate change • Invasive plant species in Alaska