Faculty


Meriam Karlsson

Karlsson

Professor of Horticulture,
Department Chair, High Latitude Agriculture
Email:  mgkarlsson@alaska.edu

Research interests:

  • greenhouse, controlled environment and field crop production
  • alternative energy sources
  • hydroponics
  • development of industry partnerships in high latitude climates


Current research programs:

  • berry research
  • innovative use of natural and supplmenetal light for high latitude crop production
  • The Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) program

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Matthew Cronin

Cronin

Research Associate Professor of Animal Genetics
Email: macronin@alaska.edu

Research interests:

  • population genetics and phylogenetics
  • genetics of wild populations (caribou, deer, bison, grizzly bears, polar bears, wolves) and domestic livestock (cattle, reindeer)
  • phylogeny of the artiodactyls and carnivores

Current Research Programs:

  • Population genetics of wildlife species including polar bears, brown bears, wolves, bison, and marine mammals
  • Phylogenetics of mammals
  • Application of science and management to endangered species, resource development and agriculture

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Greg Finstad

Finstad

Research Associate Professor of Range Ecology,
Program Manager, Reindeer Research Program
Email:  glfinstad@alaska.edu

Research Interests:

  • range ecology
  • range management
  • plant-animal interactions
  • climate-vegetation dynamics
  • reindeer husbandry and management

Current Research Programs:

  • range management & nutrition
  • forage selection
  • ration development
  • educational outreach & service
  • reindeer production
  • pasture evaluation

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Norman Harris

Harris

Associate Professor of Range Management
Email:  nrharris@alaska.edu

Research interests:

  • animal distribution patterns
  • ecosystem monitoring
  • stream morphology
  • time change analysis
  • vegetation growth and phenology
  • geographic information systems
  • remote sensing
  • global positioning systems

Current research programs:

  • livestock distribution in grazed watershed
  • air temperature patterns on the landscape
  • near-earth remote sensing of vegetation patterns

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Patricia Holloway

Holloway

Professor of Horticulture, 
Director, Georgeson Botanical Garden
Email:  psholloway@alaska.edu

Research interests:

  • production methods for horticultural crops
  • subarctic horticulture


Current research programs:

  • cultivation and improvement of horticultural crops for Alaska
  • peonies as field grown cut flowers
  • antioxidant levels in Alaska wild berries
  • pollination biology of lingonberry
  • tissue culture propagation of lingonberry

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Jenifer McBeath

McBeath

Professor of Plant Pathology/Biotechnology
Email:  jhmcbeath@alaska.edu

Research interests:

  • plant pathogen-mycoparasite interactions and biological disease controls using Trichoderma astroviride on disease-causing fungi
  • enhancing plant disease resistance
  • work on potato diseases

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Chien-Lu Ping

Chien-Lu Ping

Professor of Soil Sciences
Email:  cping@alaska.edu

Research interests:

  • permafrost-affected soils and carbon cycling in the Arctic and Subarctic
  • characterization of volcanic ash-derived soils in southern an dwestern Alaska
  • relationships between soil development and forest communities in the boreal regions, and wetland soils

Current research programs:

  • biocomplexity associated with biogeochemical cycles in arctic frost-boil ecosystems
  • soil environment monitoring in Alaska

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Jan Rowell

Rowell

Research Assistant Professor
Email:  jerowell@alaska.edu

Research interests:

  • muskox and reindeer husbandry, including bull behavior, breeding seasons, female estrus synchronization, gestation length, and ultrasonography, and qiviut characteristics

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Milan Shipka

Shipka

Professor of Animal Science, Extension Livestock Specialist,
Associate Director of the Agricultural & Forestry Experiment Station
Email:  mpshipka@alaska.edu

Research interests:

  • reproductive physiology and behavior of traditional and alternative ruminant species in the Alaska livestock industry, such as reindeer, muskoxen, and cattle

Current research programs:

  • reproductive biology of reindeer and musk ox and management of reproduction in theses species in farmed settings

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Stephen Sparrow

Sparrow

Interim Dean, SNRE,
Professor of Agronomy
Email:  sdsparrow@alaska.edu

Research interests:

  • long-term effects of tillage, forage crop management, and bio-energy crops
  • soil management

Current research programs:

  • long-term tillage
  • crop data for revised universal soil loss equation for Alaska
  • forage crop harvest management, forage variety trials
  • new legumes crops for Alaska

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Mingchu Zhang

Zhang

Associate Professor of Agronomy/Soil Sciences
Email:  mzhang3@alaska.edu

Research interests:

  • nutrient management
  • soil carbon dynamics
  • forage and field crop production in subarctic area
  • waste management and composting

Current research programs:

  • soil carbon
  • forage quality and production with different management practices
  • selection of cereals cultivars suitable for sub arctic cultivation
  • compost and use of fish waste product for organic farming

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