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Laura McDuffie

Laura is a data scientists and biologist who specializes in data management and the movement and breeding ecology of migratory shorebirds.

My duties include assisting staff with the creation, modification, and publishing of data release, digitally archiving legacy data for public use, producing data visualizations to engage the public in research produced by Alaska Science Center scientists, and providing field assistance to research biologists.

Professional Experience

  • 2021-Present: Biologist (Data Scientist), USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, AK

  • 2021: Communication Specialist, Great Basin Institute and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, External Affairs, Anchorage, AK

  • 2016-2021: Fish and Wildlife Technician (Avian), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Migratory Bird Management, Anchorage, AK

  • 2016: Marine Mammal Technician (Weddell Seal), Montana State University, Erebus Bay, Antarctica

  • 2014-2016: Seasonal Technician (Non-Game), Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Threatened, Endangered, and Diversity Program, Anchorage, AK

  • 2012-2014: Zookeeper (Large Ungulates), Alaska Zoo, Anchorage, AK

Education and Certifications

  • M.S. 2021, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, AK, Biological Sciences

  • B.S. 2015, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, Biological Science, Fish and Wildlife Ecology and Management

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • American Ornithological Society

  • International Wader Study Group

  • The Waterbird Society

  • The Wildlife Society

  • Alaska Shorebird Group

  • Alaska Boreal Partners in Flight

  • Western Bat Working Group

Honors and Awards

  • USFWS Data Champion Award (2020)

  • Churchill Northern Studies Centre Northern Research Fund, recipient (2019)

  • USFWS Candidate Conservation Species Fund, recipient (2019)

Abstracts and Presentations

  • BirdsCaribbean, A Year in the Life of the Lesser Yellowlegs (2021)

  • Tanana Valley Crane Festival, The Trials and Tribulations of a Declining Shorebird Species (2021)

  • Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, Harvest Exposure Risk of Lesser Yellowlegs (2021)

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