Professor Gary Grossman is the Principal Investigator on “Development and testing of mechanistic fitness-based models to predict habitat choice, behavior, and recruitment of juvenile Chinook salmon in the Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim region,” and a Professor of Animal Ecology in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia. He has published 115 scientific publications on vertebrate ecology, behavior, evolution, and resource management. His research interests are diverse but all focus on the ecological and behavioral adaptations used both within and among species, to survive in fluctuating environments. Most of his papers are available via his ResearchGate profile, and he has been a bimonthly columnist for American Angler magazine since 2009. Finally, a portion of his research efforts are devoted to developing innovative teaching methods for science courses, especially those involving music. Hobbies include writing and performing music on the ukulele, fishing, stone carving, gardening and running.
Dr. Jason Neuswanger is a post-doctoral researcher. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Alaska in 2014 studying Chena River Chinook salmon. His dissertation contributed to the background and methods of the current project by linking population trends to the freshwater environment, identifying an overlooked aspect of drift-feeding behavior that indicates a productive direction for new models, and developing the 3-D video measurement software VidSync we’re using to measure feeding behavior. His personal research website describes this past work in more detail. Jason lives in Fairbanks, Alaska and coordinates the project’s fieldwork and theoretical model development. In his free time, he runs a fly fishing and aquatic entomology website, Troutnut.com.
Dr. Troy Simon is a research professional. He completed his Ph.D. in the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia studying the community and ecosytem effects of Trinidadian Guppies. His dissertation was completed in collaboration with a large NSF Frontier in Integrative Biological Research project, which included nine different institutions across the United States and Canada. The goal of project was integrating the fields of evolution and ecosytem ecology using Trinidadian guppies as a model system. Troy’s research made large contributions to the FIBR project by describing how guppies alter the ecosytem of natural streams using a combination of experimental and observational studies. His findings include the effects of guppy density, guppy phenotype, and guppy intraguild predation on stream ecosytem properties including algae and aquatic macroinvertebrate biomass and detrital decomposition rates. Beyond his interests in fish ecology, Troy is an avid fishermen, hunter, organic gardener, permaculturist, and nature admirer.
Bryan Bozeman is a Master of Science candidate studying Fisheries at the University of Georgia’s D. B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Honors Geology and Environmental Studies from the University of Tennessee in 2014. In the summer of 2014, he designed and authored “An Angler’s Guide to Water Quality Monitoring” for Trout Unlimited, a water quality monitoring resource handbook designed to further Trout Unlimited’s citizen science initiatives and encourage members of their many national chapters to become involved in water quality science. He also has conducted research on surface coal mining operation impacts on watersheds and aquatic ecosystems in East Tennessee as well as the impacts of land use changes on tropical hummingbird-epiphyte relationships in the cloud forests of Costa Rica. His research interests include restoration ecology, human dimensions of wildlife conflict, fisheries biology, and cold water resource conservation. In his free time, Bryan enjoys fly fishing, backpacking, and playing and writing music.
Josh Ankeny and Sierra Corsetti were our field technicians for the summer 2015 sampling season.
We are funded by the North Pacific Research Board.
We receive logistical support from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.