Curator of Mammals
  University of Alaska Museum of the North
  907 Yukon Drive
  tel: 907-474-5998

  Associate Professor
  Department of Biology and Wildlife

  Research Associate
  Institute of Arctic Biology

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    Aren Gunderson, a master's student studying the Alaska marmot for his thesis, waits for construction along the Dalton Highway en route to Coldfoot to catch a charter flight.
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    Par for the course in Alaska
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    A moose shows off for the chicken
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    The crew (L-R): Undergraduates Jonathan Fiely and Kyndall Hildebrandt, Link Olson, and master's student Aren Gunderson ready to board a DeHavilland Beaver, workhorse of the Far North, for the 2.5 hour flight from Coldfoot to the headwaters of the Kongakut River in northeastern Alaska in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The purpose of the trip is to collect specimens of the Alaska marmot, endemic to the Brooks Range, for the University of Alaska Museum and for Aren's thesis project.
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    One of the advantages of being the heaviest---you get to ride in front
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    Aren, Kyndall, and Jonathan in the rumble seat
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    Aerial view of the Brooks Range
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    Unloading the plane at the landing strip
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    Aren and Kyndall rest after inflating the rafts
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    A northern shrike looks on
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    Aren heads to a boulder field to look for marmots
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    Jonathan inspects a cave
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    (He bought that hat in Boston)
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    This advisor is always happy to advise his students on where to fish
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    Packing up to leave another camp site
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    If you know paddling, you know which one is doing all the work
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    Through the rapids!
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    The tools of the trade
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    Usually behind the camera, Jonathan is equally adept behind a scope. This is presumably not a picture he included in his Peace Corps application.
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    Aren takes aim
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    Departing yet another camp site
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    Kyndall exiting the kitchen
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    Northernmost porcupine in North America
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    The notebook says it all
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    "The last thing you want is a bunch of biologists running around with guns." Science 310:1411 (2005)
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    Skittles, a caribou antler, a sharpie, and a seat board. Voila! A chess set.
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    Rightfully proud
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    After the crew nearly runs out of food, Link is forced to fish
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    Getting in touch with your inner Bubba. A very filling Arctic char (caught on 2-lb test!)
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    Aren (a Minnesotan, don'tcha know?): "We'll fillet it like a walleye." Kyndall (an Alaskan): "What's a walleye?"
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    Aren communes with the satellites
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    Aren and Kyndall look for marmots
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    Kyndall keeps the boats from blowing away
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    Link scans for marmots
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    There are, regrettably, no marmots in them thar hills
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    Aren demonstrates the importance of keeping your fly dry
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    A yearling grizzly surprises us while we're eating lunch one day
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    Link skins a ground squirrel in the kitchen
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    Link, Kyndall, and Aren endure the challenging weather conditions
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    Asleep on the landing strip at the pick-up point waiting a very long time for the plane at the end of the 10-day float trip
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    With final thanks to our camera man, Jonathan Fiely, who took most of these photos.

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