Provost's Office Direct Reports
Jodie Anderson’s research interests are in soil biochemistry with a focus on soil
health in cold agricultural soils. Her diverse training began with a BS in Secondary
Science Education Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and
a MAT in Science Education (Biology) from Brown University. She taught chemistry and
life sciences at the high school and college levels for 11 years in North Carolina.
Jodie is the great-niece and granddaughter of two Michigan State University Cooperative
Extension Service professionals.
Jodie and her family moved to Palmer in 2003 where she worked UAF in both the Cooperative
Extension Service and the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences for eight years. While at UAF, she began and managed the Alaska Community Horticulture Program and focused research on soil building, organic nitrogen soil supplements, compost development, and community gardening.
In 2007, Jodie began taking soil courses to improve her ability to convey necessary research to cooperating growers, non-commercial producers, and Alaska gardeners. She enrolled in the UAF Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Soil Biochemistry. After UAF in 2011, Jodie went to work with an engineering and environmental consulting firm as a soil scientist for five years. Later, she accepted a position with the Department of Natural Resources in the Division of Agriculture as the Alaska Farm to School Coordinator. Jodie’s work at UAF afforded her many opportunities to travel to rural Alaska and develop collaborations and relationships with many teachers, growers, and communities.
Her personal and professional lives are interwoven as she loves what she does and throws herself into whatever she is doing 100%. This tapestry she weaves is based on her passion for the world around her, feeding people, and sharing with others: she is a soil scientist and a nerd to the core who is amazed daily by the world that surrounds her. Jodie not only feeds people by grilling and BBQing, she feeds others with laughter and science and is passionate about sharing all that brings joy with others.
Dr. Bill Schnabel began his appointment as CEM Dean in January 2019. Prior to that, he served as Director of the Institute of Northern Engineering, Director of the Water and Environmental Research Center, and also held positions as a research faculty member, an academic faculty member, and a private sector environmental engineer. Dr. Schnabel holds tenure as a Professor of Environmental Engineering in CEM’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research interests include food-energy-water system dynamics, arctic/subarctic infrastructure planning, cold-region hydrologic processes, and water quality. Dr. Schnabel earned a BS in Chemistry from Purdue University (1991), an MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa (1996), and a PhD in Environmental Systems Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (2000).
Dr. Moran previously served as acting director of President Obama’s National Ocean Council and assistant director for ocean sciences in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (2013-14) and as program director in the Chemical Oceanography Program at the National Science Foundation (2012-15). Before leaving for Washington in early 2012, he was professor of oceanography, co-director and co-principal investigator of the Rhode Island NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, and served as assistant vice president for research administration at URI. He earned a doctorate in oceanography from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1990, and conducted his post-doctoral research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.
Dr. Lopez earned her Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her masters in Public Health from the University of Washington, Seattle. Prior to joining UAF in 2009, Dr. Lopez was instrumental in establishing the University of Florida’s College of Public Health and Health Professions.
Lopez currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Philosophy. As a public health trained professional with expertise in community-based participatory research Lopez’ research, teaching, service, and leadership essentially engage community stakeholders in addressing priority concerns towards enhancing wellbeing, quality of life, social justice, and sustainability.
Ms. Jensen completed her BA in French at Grinnell College, Iowa, in 1986, and her Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) at the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1996. She joined UAF as Library Assistant at the BioSciences Library, followed by a position as Circulation/Interlibrary Loan/Media Manager, from 1998-2006. After joining the Library Science faculty in 2006, she was subsequently tenured and promoted to the rank of Professor and became the Library Collection Development Officer, overseeing all aspects of management for all formats of library materials. She has served as President of the Alaska Library Association, Library Science Department Chair, and Co-chair of the Alaska Library Association statewide conference. Her current research interests include collections management, intellectual freedom, and library contributions to student success.
Dr. Hueffer received veterinary training in Germany followed by a PhD from Cornell
University on Canine Parvovirus. After graduate school he furthered his molecular
pathogenesis training at Yale Medical School. Since arriving at UAF in 2006, Dr. Hueffer
has expanded his research interest to investigate infectious diseases in Alaskan wildlife
with a special interest in zoonotic diseases and other One Health related issues as
well as engagement of Alaska Native and rural students in research.
He has taught courses in the Departments of Biology & Wildlife and Veterinary Medicine, from large introductory courses to graduate and professional courses. He holds a post graduate certificate in veterinary education and has been internationally recognized for his teaching excellence. Together with Dr. Reynolds he leads the Biomedical and Student Learning (BLaST) a large mentoring program funded by NIH.
He currently serves as Associate Dean of Veterinary Medicine and leads professional veterinary program. He also is a Masters student in Arctic and Northern Studies Program art UAF.
Dr. Richard Collins has been with the university since 1994 and has been Director of the Graduate School since July 2021. As the director, Collins leads the graduate school, and oversees graduate programs, and monitors the progress of ~900 graduate students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He also leads the graduate Interdisciplinary Studies program. His interests include the integration of research and teaching, and interdisciplinary research.
Before becoming Director, Dr. Collins was a professor of atmospheric sciences and served as Associate Director at the Geophysical Institute, where he established new research programs. As a faculty member, Collins has studied the meteorology of the Arctic atmosphere. Working with UAF students, he has conducted various studies at Poker Flat Research Range (PFRR) that employed rockets, laser radars, and radars. He has served as an advisor to 18 master and doctoral students. These studies have focused on understanding the circulation of the middle and upper atmosphere, dispersion of volcanic ash clouds, clouds and aerosols in the upper atmosphere, and forest fire smoke. Collis participated in one study of fish in the Gulf of Alaska. This work was conducted with support from both NASA, NSF, and DoD. Collins served as a faculty member in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Atmospheric Sciences, where he developed and taught laboratory courses in digital electronics and state-wide distance courses in weather and climate. Collins was a Fulbright fellow at the Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics at Rostock University in 2006. He has served on national advisory boards for NASA and NSF. Collins received his Bachelor of Engineering from The National University of Ireland in 1986, his MS in Electrical Engineering from Case Western University in 1988, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1993.
Carlson earned his Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies in security and disaster management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and his master’s in international relations from Webster University, St. Louis. Prior to joining UAF in 2003, Carlson devoted 25 years of active duty service in the U.S. Army, where he served in various leadership and staff roles. Carlson deployed extensively to the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Haiti and the Central Asian states, supporting humanitarian assistance, non-combatant evacuation, peacekeeping as well as operations supporting the Global War on Terrorism. In 2006, he retired from active duty service as a lieutenant colonel.
Vinlove has worked with the university’s elementary teacher preparation program since 1999 and is a lifelong Alaskan with eight years of K-12 public school teaching experience. She has been a National Board certified teacher since 2000.
Vinlove received a B.A. in education studies and public policy from Brown University (1992), an M.A. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Colorado (1995), and a Ph.D. in education policy and reform through the UAF interdisciplinary Ph.D. program (2012).
Dr. Ginny Eckert is broadly trained in coastal ecology and coastal resource conservation science, with a MS from the University of Florida and a PhD from the University of California Santa Barbara. Dr. Eckert is the Director of Alaska Sea Grant and serves as a leader in the marine science community within Alaska, the west coast, and the US. Alaska has more coastline than the continental 48 states, and as such has significant challenges with marine debris, both in terms of the amount of coastline impacted and magnitude of marine debris. She has over two decades of experience as a professor of Fisheries at the University of Alaska. Her research focuses on issues of importance to coastal communities in Alaska, including conservation and management of top predators and sustainability of subsistence, sport and commercial fisheries.
Dr. Eckert brings a west coast, northern, and rural coastal community perspective to contribute to a diverse and inclusive working environment. Diversity and inclusion are top priorities in her career as seen in her work with Indigenous communities and as a mentor for high school, undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented groups to increase participation of these groups in science.
Dr. Eckert has 15 years of experience on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council Crab Plan Team and works on a variety of fishery management issues, with a focus on commercially important crabs. She also has 30 years of experience as coastal resource researcher, with a broad range of expertise, ranging from marine community ecology, ecology of fished marine invertebrates, socio-ecological systems, reproductive and larval biology of marine invertebrates, harmful algal blooms, diversity and inclusion in science, conventional and Indigenous aquaculture, evolution of life histories, long-term ecological and environmental monitoring, and community-based and citizen science. She has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer reviewed journal articles and 13 technical reports.
Chantelle McGinness has developed a passion for institutional research through ten years of service to the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the UA System. She earned a Master of Science in Statistics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2013 after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Southern Polytechnic State University in 2008. Prior to joining UAF, Chantelle also provided administrative services to two grant-funded programs promoting postsecondary success for minority students at Southern Polytechnic State University.