Magna Cum Laude
Assisted departmental faculty with teaching duties including lecturing, grading, and individual student guidance.
Primary instructor for lab sections with 50+ students total. Courses taught: Intro to Statistics, Rangeland Ecosystem Assessment and Monitoring.
Independent contractor providing research support including database management, scientific data analysis, and scientific manuscript preparation for projects related to the Threatened, Endangered, and Diversity (TED) Program mission.
Investigated patterns in collared pika (Ochotona collaris) occupancy and abundance across their range in Alaska. Implemented a rigorous sampling regime, including extensive remote fieldwork, while assisting the PI with study design and logistics. Oversaw data management in preparation for analysis. Manuscript in prep for pika density estimates.
Facilitated other projects at the center, including plant identification, lab work, and an urban small mammal mark-recapture study.
Provided research support for the Threatened, Endangered, and Diversity (TED) Program. Implemented a mark-recapture framework for estimating apparent annual survival rates, migratory timing and routes, and reproductive traits of lesser yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes). Conducted extensive fieldwork, including live captures using mist nets, banding, fitment of GPS Argos Pinpoint tags, and blood and feather sample collection.
Conducted analysis to estimate pika abundance and identify important ecological variables that may influence population densities.
Investigated the effects of ambient noise disturbance on the behavior of three captive pinnipeds at the Alaska SeaLife Center.
Wagner, J. A., Schuette, P. A., & Christie, K. S. (2022). Modeling patterns in collared pika (Ochotona collaris) density in Alaska using spatially-explicit distance sampling. Manuscript in preparation.
Title: Doody & the Beast: An Adaptive Approach for Using Fecal DNA to Estimate Density of a Patchily Distributed Ungulate
Title: Understanding Patterns in Collared Pika Density in Rapidly Changing Alpine Ecosystems of Alaska
Title: Understanding Patterns in Collared Pika Occupancy in Rapidly Changing Alpine Ecosystems of Alaska
Title: Collared Pika Population Ecology in Alaska: A Collaborative Approach
Alaska Wildlife Alliance, Susitna River Coalition, Midnight Sun Chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), The Wildlife Society: National, Alaska & Wyoming Chapters, Northwest Section, AKTWS Small Mammal Working Group