Pacific Northwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU)

University of Alaska Anchorage

Matthew Carlson
Associate Professor and Director
Alaska Center for Conservation Science

Key Research, Technical Assistance, and Education Strengths

  • Existing interdisciplinary research units (Environment and Natural Resources Institute and Institute of Social and Economic Research) with long experience doing place-based research.
  • Extensive local knowledge of Alaska–geography, geology, ecology, economy, politics, relevant world natural resource market conditions, emerging management challenges, and the logistics of how to conduct research, including statewide telephone surveys.
  • Special expertise in human dimensions of ecosystem structure, function, and management, especially the interface between remote small communities and surrounding wildlands
  • Long history of working with Native people, local people, and nonprofit groups on collaborative research. Good contacts with agencies, NGOs, policymakers
  • Special expertise in fisheries and tourism economics and management issues, ability to analyze behavioral responses to ecosystem management initiatives

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