Katie Christie

Postdoctoral Researcher

I received a M.Sc. in ecology at the University of Victoria, Canada and a Ph.D. in wildlife biology at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. My primary research interests are in wildlife ecology and conservation, and my aim is to use innovative quantitative techniques to understand how wildlife populations interact with and respond to their environment. I have a broad background in wildlife research, ranging from pronghorn population dynamics in sagebrush-steppe ecosystems to herbivore ecology in the Arctic. I recently joined the Alaska SeaLife Center as a post-doctoral researcher in Dr. Tuula Hollmen’s lab. I am currently working on a project using structured-decision making (SDM) to help the community of Wainwright in northern Alaska achieve their objectives of maintaining a subsistence lifestyle in the face of development and climate change. We will integrate models of caribou, bearded seal, walrus, and eider habitat with SDM to understand how different scenarios of development and climate will influence important subsistence species occurring near Wainwright.