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Caroline R Van Hemert, Ph.D.

Avian health and disease, ecology of landbirds, beak deformities in Alaska (“avian keratin disorder”), anatomy and structure of keratinized tissues, wildlife pathology.

Professional Experience

  • 2012 - Present  Research Wildlife Biologist, USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, AK

  • 2005 - 2012       Wildlife Biologist, USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, AK

  • 2003 - 2005      Teaching Assistant, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

  • 2001                    Volunteer Field Assistant, Wild Dog Research Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

  • 2000 - 2002      Bioscience Technician, USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, AK

  • 1999                    Research Assistant, Wildlife Conservation Society, Haines, AK

  • 1998                    Field Research Assistant, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, AK

  • 1997 - 1998       Research Assistant, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D.  2012    University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK    Biology and Wildlife

  • M.A.   2005    Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA   English/Creative Nonfiction

  • B.S.    2000    University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ      Ecology and Evolution

  • B.A.   2000     University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ     Gender Studies

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • American Ornithological Society

  • Boreal Partners in Flight

  • The Wildlife Society

  • Wildlife Disease Association

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government