What We Do and Who We Are
ACCS is a center for research, education, and scholarship at the University of Alaska Anchorage that is committed to providing the public, industry, and agency partners with information to facilitate effective biological conservation and management of the state’s natural resources. Our faculty and staff conduct basic and applied research, serve a wide range of data to the public, offer professional services, and provide educational opportunities.
ACCS was formed within UAA’s College of Arts and Sciences as the Alaska Natural Heritage Program, Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Conservation Planning and other units merged in 2014. Funding to support ACCS is primarily achieved through grants from federal agencies, cooperative agreements with state and federal agencies, and donations.
Researchers at ACCS are working on a range of basic and applied topics, including studies that link climate change with salmon production, studies of the impacts and patterns of non-native plant establishment in Alaska, production of landcover maps and ecological descriptions for Alaska, and studies of ecological succession. Data and expertise provided by ACCS are also used by state and federal agencies and NGOs for environmental and conservation planning. Finally, ACCS is committed to providing meaningful hands-on educational opportunities for K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students.
The diagram below outlines the organizational structure of the Alaska Center for Conservation Science. Click on an organization or department to go to that entity’s page: