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Karyn Rode, Ph.D.

Nutritional, physiological and population ecology of large mammals with particular focus on polar bears, black bears, grizzly bears, and Pacific walrus and anthropogenic effects on large mammals.

Professional Experience

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

  • Oct 2006 - Feb 2012            Wildlife Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service Polar Bear Program, Anchorage, Alaska

  • Jan 2006 - Oct 2006            Research Associate, Cornell University, Forest Elephant program

  • June 2002 - Dec 2005         Contract wildlife biologist - Alaska Department of Fish and Game/PhD candidate - Washington State  University

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D.    Washington State University       Zoology

  • M.S.      Washington State University       Zoology

  • B.S.       Colorado State University            Wildlife Biology

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • 2020 - present         Vice President- Americas, International Association of Bear Research and Management

  • 2017 - present         International Association of Bear Research and Management Grants Review Committee

  • 2017 - present         Member of the American Zoological Association’s Polar Bear Research Council

  • 2015 - present         Member of Science/TEK working group of the US Fish and Wildlife Service Polar Bear Recovery Team

  • 2009 - 2010            Secretary/Treasurer of the Alaska chapter of the Wildlife Society

  • 2008 - present        Member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Polar bear specialist group

  • 2007 - present        Member of the Scientific/TEK working group under the US-Russia polar bear commission

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