Wildlife research at ACCS focuses on maintaining long-term datasets and conducting research on native, vertebrate species in Alaska. As part of the state’s Natural Heritage Program, we are particularly interested in species of concern including small mammals and bats, pollinators, and endemic vertebrates. We also work closely with state and federal agencies to address research questions that are relevant to management and conservation. Current research includes understanding the links between population dynamics, habitat use, and dietary requirements of herbivores.
Amanda Droghini, M.Sc.
Lead Wildlife Ecologist | 907-786-6388 | adroghini (at) alaska.edu | Amanda’s Publications
Amanda Droghini received a M.Sc. in Ecology from the University of Alberta and a B.Sc. in Environmental Biology from McGill University. Her thesis, Snowfall, travel speed, and seismic lines: The effects of snow conditions on wolf movement paths in boreal Alberta, resulted in publications in the Canadian Journal of Zoology and PLoS ONE. Her research interests include northern ecosystems, small mammal conservation, and movement ecology. She has expertise in R, Python, GIS, data management, and scientific writing. She is currently serving a two-year term as Secretary-Treasurer for the Alaska Chapter of The Wildlife Society.
Assistant Wildlife Ecologist | 907-786-6359 | rrkelty (at) alaska.edu
Rachel Kelty earned a B.S. in Natural Science from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a minor in Biology and Geology. Her research focuses on pollinators in steppe bluffs of Alaska. She has helped assign ranks for butterflies, birds, and small mammals for conservation efforts in the state.
Timm Nawrocki, M.S.
Terrestrial Ecologist | 907-786-6359 | twnawrocki (at) alaska.edu | Timm’s Publications
Paul Schuette, Ph.D., U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Wildlife Ecologist | paul_schuette (at) fws.gov
Paul Schuette focuses on sea otters as part of the Marine Mammal Management Program at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He received a B.S. in Biology from Truman State University, a M.S. in Ecology from San Diego State University, and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Montana State University. He held postdoctoral research positions with Montana State University / Zambian Carnivore Programme and the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF). He has investigated a variety of topics related to predator-prey dynamics, competition, resource selection, foraging ecology, and human-wildlife interactions, with a focus on carnivores, ungulates, and small mammals. He has conducted research in the United States, Kenya, and Zambia in areas spanning a gradient of protection and human land use.
Scott T. Walter, Ph.D.
Wildlife Ecologist / Student Training Program Specialist | scott.t.walter (at) gmail.com
Scott Walter has studied the effects of habitat quality on biodiversity as a postdoctoral fellow at Tulane University, seabird and coastal ecology and conservation through a Ph.D. at the University of Louisiana, and forest management and wildlife population viability during a M.S. at Oregon State University. Currently, Scott specializes in designing and implementing field programs that provide students hands-on training to foster competence, confidence, and enthusiasm in the sciences. Scott is deeply committed to increasing diversity in STEM and leads programs specifically for underrepresented and first-generation undergraduates to support the next generation of ecologists and natural resource managers.