The ACCS Service Center provides a range of scientific, data analysis and management, and support services related to conservation and natural resource management and education. Specifically, scientists at ACCS will process and identify benthic macroinvertebrates and diatoms from Alaska; identify vascular plant specimens; curate vascular plant, bryophyte, and lichen specimens in the UAA Herbarium; and conduct geospatial analyses and produce associated tabular and cartographic summaries. Curation of data into the AKEPIC Non-native Plant Database is charged on a per record basis for quality control and data serving. Data managers and scientists provide a wide range of conservation data sets and information that require processing, manipulation, packaging, and interpretation by our staff. ACCS researchers also offer biological data analysis, modeling, and scientific review services. All rates are calculated based on the direct cost of performing the services.
Identification of Benthic Macroinvertebrates and Diatoms
The ACCS Aquatic Ecology Laboratory provides benthic macroinvertebrate and diatom identification at a rate of $52.85/hour. Charges for supplies are as follows: $2.72/sample for diatom identification or $5.91/sample for chironomid identification; plus $18.68/project for sample vials. Please contact Dan Bogan by email with the number of specimens to be identified by type (benthic invertebrate or diatom) to receive a quote for the total cost of services. Options for payment will be provided after you receive a quote.
Data Request, Geospatial, and Cartographic Services
Please use our online form to send data requests. Data request services are billed at $43.11/hour.
For geospatial analyses, direct inquiries to Marcus Geist at uaa.akhp (at) alaska.edu and include a detailed description of project needs and associated files, such as a study area shapefile. Geospatial and Cartographic Services are billed at $50.30/hour. Map printing charges are $0.17 each for 11″ x 17″ maps and $27.84 each for 36″ x 42″ maps.
UAA Herbarium Voucher Curation
The University of Alaska Herbarium offers curation of vascular and non-vascular plant specimens. Curation of vascular plant specimens is billed at $4.85 per specimen. Curation of lichen and bryophyte specimens is billed at $3.04 per specimen. There is a five specimen minimum for curation services.
AKEPIC (Alaska Exotic Plants Information Clearinghouse) Services
As of 2018, the maintenance and management cost of AKEPIC is approximately $30,000 per year, and ACCS supports nearly 70% of the operating cost alone. Our web consultants and Heritage Program staff continually address data and web server issues to provide a free and streamlined service to the community. The Alaska Invasive Species Partnership (AISP) recognizes that doing our best to provide high quality data freely to the public is an important goal for minimizing the risks of invasive plant spread in the state. The AKEPIC data portal continues to be heavily used by in-state managers and researchers as well as international researchers.
Identification of Vascular Plants
We offer free identification of five (5) vascular plant specimens to each agency, organization, business, or individual (e.g., faculty or student) per year. After the first five specimens, the identification of vascular plants is billed at $51.80/hour. Please contact Justin Fulkerson by email with the number of specimens to be identified to receive a quote for the total cost of services.
Biological Analysis, Modeling, and Scientific Review
ACCS also offers biological data analysis, modeling, and scientific review services. Services are billed at $51.54/hour.
Explanation of Rates
ACCS rates for identification, analysis, and data management services are calculated based on direct costs associated with performing the services. These direct costs include staff labor costs (including leave and benefits) as well as prorated computer service charges (for data requests and database management services) and the cost of commodities used to complete services. Charges also include an invoicing charge of $23.46 per invoice.