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Who we are

The Alaska Human Dimensions of Wildlife Lab is led by Dr. Todd Brinkman,

Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

 
 Photo by Ian Johnson

Photo by Ian Johnson

“Through interdisciplinary research and education, my fundamental goal is to advance knowledge on how to enhance positive and mitigate negative human-wildlife interactions. My primary research interests include: 1) human dimensions of wildlife management, 2) large mammal ecology, and 3) modeling interactions among humans, wildlife, and rapidly changing social, economic, and ecological conditions.”

 


What we do

Conduct theoretical and applied research on human-wildlife systems using a design that contributes to a broad audience (academics, resource managers, public interest groups) and advances knowledge across scales (local communities to global).

Photos from Megan Perra
 

How we do it

My lab tackles complex (and often contentious) wildlife issues using an interdisciplinary systems approach that considers interactions among ecological, biophysical, social, and economic factors. The AHDW lab uses a diversity of tools to address human-wildlife problems. These include, but are not limited to: community-based participatory research (e.g., citizen science), unmanned aircraft systems (i.e., drones), human survey research (e.g., lots of interviews), soundscape ecology approaches, camera trapping of both humans and wildlife, remote sensing and GIS, statistical and climate modeling, and more traditional wildlife management approaches (e.g., radio collars, DNA sampling).