Science Advisors

The purpose of our Science Advisory Committee is to:

  • increase peer networking opportunities – putting us in touch with efforts and people doing similar work
  • review and provide guidance on project study plans
  • provide oversight consistent with Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPP)
  • provide opportunities for informal mentoring of project leaders and/or students

Members of the Science Advisory Panel are:

Paul Alaback is Professor Emiritus of Forest Ecology at the University of Montana, and Lead Science Advisor (and co-founder) of Project Budburst, a nationwide citizen-science plant phenology project. His research centers on understanding patterns of plant biodiversity of forest and grassland landscapes, and how they are affected by disturbances and climatic variation.  He has been conducting field studies on plant phenology for over 20 years. Paul’s research work was instrumental in informing conservation practices and policies on the Tongass National Forest. He received his PhD from Oregon State University.

Allison Bidlack is the Director of the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center, based in Juneau. Allison has a background in wildlife ecology, with emphases on population genetics and habitat modeling using geographic information systems. Her previous research projects have included assessing the population genetics and phylogeography of the Prince of Wales flying squirrel in southeast Alaska, investigating the distribution and habitat use of carnivores in the San Francisco Bay area, and creating habitat models for Chinook salmon in the Copper River watershed. Allison received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in Environmental Science, Policy and Management, and her MS in Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

David D’Amore is a research scientist with the US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Forest Sciences Lab. His research work has helped reveal the causes for the die-off of the Alaskan yellow-cedar and served as a foundation to develop an adaptive management strategy for yellow cedar conservation and restoration. D’Amore is also a leading expert on carbon cycling research in the Coastal Temperate Rainforest and is developing mitigation strategies for forest carbon management. He completed a master’s degree in soil science at Oregon State University and is currently a PhD. student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Michael McClellan is a Supervisory Research Ecologist with the US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Forest Sciences Lab. He is the lead ecologist for the Tongass-Wide Young Growth Study (TWYGS).

Chris Sergeant is the ecologist for the National Park Service’s Southeast Alaska Inventory and Monitoring Network. He received a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. His research background includes freshwater ecology with an emphasis on salmon, food webs, and ecohydrology. Since moving to Juneau from Seattle in early 2011, Chris spends most of his professional time designing and implementing long-term natural resource monitoring programs in Glacier Bay, Klondike Gold Rush, and Sitka National Parks.

Suresh Sethi is a Biometrician with Region 7 (Alaska) of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  He conducts research in support of fisheries and wildlife management in Alaska. His professional goal is to continue a tradition of strong scientific rigor towards effective management and conservation of our natural resources. In addition to producing publication-quality original research at Fish and Wildlife, I maintain a personal research goal to explore tools to analyze and manage risk in complex natural resource systems where decisions involving multiple objectives and stakeholders are the rule rather than the exception.


Scott Harris is the Coordinator of SALMoN and the Science Director for the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition. Scott has a wide diversity of work and academic experience. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering and a Master’s in Natural Resource Management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His research in Chilean Patagonia focused on economic activities for rural communities to conserve temperate rainforests. He also worked for several years as a Wildlife Research Technician, as a Senior Staff Instructor with the National Outdoor Leadership School in Alaska and Chile, and taught at Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka.