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, 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

Professional Activities and/or Memberships

American Ornithological Society
Boreal Partners in Flight
The Wildlife Society
Wildlife Disease Association

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