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Frank vonHippel

Discipline: Biology

Frank von Hippel is Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). He
received his A.B. in Biology from Dartmouth College in 1989 and his Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from
the University of California, Berkeley in 1996. From 1996-1999, Frank taught field courses in desert
ecology for Columbia University in Arizona and Mexico. In Fall 1999, he taught ecology courses on
Semester at Sea. In 2000, Frank joined the faculty at UAA. He frequently teaches abroad – in 2005 he
taught tropical rainforest ecology in Costa Rica, in 2007 he taught conservation biology and biogeography for a semester in Chile, and in 2011 he taught environmental studies for a semester in Argentina. Frank also teaches summer field courses in ecotoxicology for Alaska Natives in Norton Sound along the Bering Sea. At UAA Frank teaches courses in animal behavior, biogeography, conservation biology, and evolutionary biology. He has received numerous teaching and service learning awards. Frank’s research focuses on two areas: evolutionary ecology and ecotoxicology, both using freshwater fishes as study animals. He has published dozens of research papers and scientific commentaries, and is currently writing his second book. Frank’s research is primarily funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.