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.



Ph.D.          Washington State University              Zoology
M.S.            Washington State University             Zoology
B.S.            Colorado State University                  Wildlife Biology

Professional Experience

Mar 2012 - Present                Research Wildlife Biologist, Alaska Science Center, US Geological Survey
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

Professional Activities and/or 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