Aren M. Gunderson

Mammals Collection Manager

Office: 004 Museum
Phone: (907) 474-6947

M.S. Wildlife Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2007.
B.S. Biology, University of Northern Iowa, 2002.

Research Interests
Biogeography, phylogenetics, and conservation of mammals, Alaska marmots, molecular techniques using degraded DNA, methods of museum specimen preservation, science education, and exhibit design.


Kerhoulas NJ, AM Gunderson & LE Olson. 2015. Complex history of isolation and gene flow in hoary, Olympic, and endangered Vancouver Island marmots. Journal of Mammalogy 96: 810-826.

Lanier HC, AM Gunderson, M Weksler, VB Fedorov & LE Olson. 2015. Comparative phylogeography highlights the double-edged sword of climate change faced by Arctic- and alpine-adapted mammals. PLoS ONE DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118396

Olson LE, AM Gunderson, SO MacDonald & KM Blejwas. 2014. First records of Myotis yumanensis (Allen 1864) in Alaska. Northwestern Naturalist 95: 228-235.

Gunderson, AM, HC Lanier, and LE Olson. 2012. Limited phylogeographic structure and genetic variation in Alaska's arctic and alpine endemic, the Alaska marmot. Journal of Mammalogy 93(1):66-75.

Gunderson, AM, BK Jacobsen, & LE Olson. 2009. Revised distribution of the Alaska marmot, Marmota broweri, and confirmation of parapatry with hoary marmots. Journal of Mammalogy 90(4):859-869.

Presentations (Presenter is indicated by bold text.)

Hildebrandt, K.B.P., A. M. Gunderson, and L. E. Olson. “Managing agency and museum partnerships using Arctos, an online relational database.” Annual Meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, Rapid City, SD, 2013. 

Lanier, H. C., A. M. Gunderson, V. Federov, M. Weksler, and L. E. Olson. "Comparative phylogeography of alpine mammals in eastern Beringia." American Society of Mammalogists Annual Meeting, 2009, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska.

Gunderson, A. M. and L. E. Olson. “Distribution and phylogeography of North America’s most remote and poorly studied sciurid, the Alaska marmot (Marmota broweri).” American Society of Mammalogists Annual Meeting, 2008, University of South Dakota, Brookings, South Dakota. (poster)

Nordquist, G. E., K. L. Pharis, C. A. Spak, and A. M. Gunderson. “Activity patterns of migratory bats in Minnesota.” American Society of Mammalogists Annual Meeting, 2008, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota.

Gunderson, A. M. and L. E. Olson. “The distribution and phylogenetic status of Alaska’s endemic marmot, Marmota broweri.” American Society of Mammalogists Annual Meeting, 2006, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Listen to Aren's segment on NPR's Whad'ya Know Show from August 2009.

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