Dean and Graduate School Staff


Interim Dean of the Graduate School

Dr. Michael Castellini

Dr. Michael Castellini earned his PhD from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1981 and has been a faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks since 1989.  He was the founding Science Director for the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, the Director of the Institute of Marine Science, Associate Dean and then Dean for the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.  Dr. Castellini is now the Interim Dean for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Graduate School and a member of the UAF Center for Arctic Policy Studies team.  His research focuses on how marine mammals have adapted to life in the sea and he has participated in many public outreach programs discussing climate change, the Arctic and Antarctic, including how animals at those locations are critically dependent on sea ice.  Dr. Castellini has chaired or co-chaired 16 PhD or MS students, been a committee member on dozens more and taught core classes in marine physiology to graduate students for 20 years. His teaching philosophy was always to train students how to move into science as a career and help them develop degrees that focus on their future. Many of his students are now successful faculty, agency scientists, veterinarians, and underwater photographers.  He has published more than 100 scientific journals articles or book chapters and has participated in over 20 scientific field expeditions on land, sea and ice (click here for photos). Dr. Castellini is involved in local, state and national panels and committees dealing with policy issues related to the Arctic, marine mammals, ecosystem management and agency oversights.  He even has part of an island in the Antarctic named for him! 

Links to his resume, outreach programs and other media are at:

Dr. Castellini is here to help you during your time as a UAF Graduate student, whether it is a science question or a question concerning the process of earning your degree. You can contact him at macastellini@alaska.edu.


Director of the Graduate School and Interdisciplinary Programs

Laura Bender

Laura Bender
202B Eielson Building
(907) 474-7319


Coordinator

Shelly Baumann

Shelly Baumann

202 Eielson Building
(907) 474-7464


Coordinator

Megan Blanchard

Megan Blanchard
202 Eielson Building
(907) 474-7464



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