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

Biography

Education

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

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, Washington
2001                       Volunteer Field Assistant, Wild Dog Research Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana
2000 - 2002            Bioscience Technician, USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska
1999                       Research Assistant, Wildlife Conservation Society, Haines, Alaska
1998                       Field Research Assistant, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska
1997 - 1998            Research Assistant, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

Professional Activities and/or Memberships

American Ornithologists’ Union
Boreal Partners in Flight
Cooper Ornithological Society
EcoHealth
The Wildlife Society
Wildlife Disease Association
Wilson Ornithological Societ

Honors and/or Awards

  • Performance Award, USGS Alaska Science Center, 2011
  • Best Student Presentation Award, Wildlife Disease Association International Meeting, 2011
  • UAF Dissertation Completion Fellowship Award, 2011–2012
  • UAF College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Student Travel Grant, 2011
  • UAF Institute for Arctic Biology Director’s Travel Award, 2011
  • Best Student Presentation Award, Alaska Bird Conference, 2010
  • IdEANetwork of Biomedical Research Exellence Student Travel Awards, 2010, 2011
  • Betty A. Anderson Memorial Scholarship, 2010
  • Student Travel and Presentation Awards, Alaska Bird Conference, 2008
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2008–2011
  • Angus Gavin Memorial Bird Research Grant, University of Alaska Foundation, 2008
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2007–2008