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Associate Professor in Wildlife Ecology

Falk Huettmann

University of Alaska- Fairbanks

Falk is an Associate Professor in Wildlife Ecology with the Institute of Arctic Biology, Biology &
Wildlife Department, University of Alaska-Fairbanks (UAF). Together with students from virtually all
over the world, he runs the EWHALE lab hosting many projects in the 3 polar regions (Antarctic, Arctic
and the Hindu-Kush Himalaya), the Pacific Rim, in the tropics and for marine ecosystems. Trained
initially in forestry and geography in Germany, Norway and Canada, Falk did his PhD on North Atlantic
seabirds and was awarded a Killam Scholarship for his work on grizzly bear future landscape models
in the Rocky Mountains. He also won a Robert Schuman scholarship with the European Parliament
in Luxemburg working on fisheries questions. His research was invited by the Global Biodiversity
Information Facility ( as well as by the International Center for Integrated Mountain
Development (ICIMOD, Nepal). Besides working on Avian Influenza in Russia and digital data sharing,
he is heavily involved in open source Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Machine Learning and
optimizations of (marine) protected areas. Falk is an assigned editor for high impact research journals and participated
in global initiatives such as the Census of Marine Life (COML) and the International Polar Year (IPY).
Together with his co-authors Falk has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles, many public datasets
online, as well as 3 books. His fieldwork covered China, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Central America, West Africa, Russia and Norway as well as Icelandic waters.