Curator of Mammals
  University of Alaska Museum of the North
  907 Yukon Drive
  99775-6960
  tel: 907-474-5998
  link.olson@uaf.edu

  Associate Professor
  Department of Biology and Wildlife

  Research Associate
  Institute of Arctic Biology

 
 
 
Awards, contracts, and fellowships since 2004 (Noncompetitive awards indicated with an asterisk)

2015: Critical cryopreservation upgrades to the University of Alaska Museum's Genomic Resources facility. National Science Foundation (DBI-1458334, Collections in Support of Biological Research), $491,872. PI, with CoPI K. Hildebrandt.

2015: Harbor Seal Biosampling. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Alaska Pinniped Research Program. $240,000. CoPI, with J Bryant (PI; Alaska Native Harbor Seal Commission), E Bortz (University of Alaska Anchorage), J Burns (UAA), and A Hoover-Miller (Pacific Rim Research).

2015: 3D printing of museum objects for enhanced specimen-based instruction, outreach, and student research at UAF. Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activities, University of Alaska Fairbanks, $8,627. CoPI, with P Druckenmiller (PI), J. Reuther, and K May (all UAM).

2015: Digital calipers for undergraduate research. College of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks, $1,800.

2015: From the field to the laboratory 2015: Finishing what we started. National Park Service, $4,000. CoPI, with M Flamme (NPS).

2015: Bringing next-generation DNA sequencing technology to the University of Alaska. MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, $55,000. CoI, with MB Leigh (PI) and several other CoIs.

2014: From the field to the laboratory: Engaging youth in small-mammal field studies and museum curation. National Park Service, $3,000. CoPI, with M Flamme (NPS).

2014: Rescuing 20,000 marine mammal specimens and their data from obscurity at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. North Pacific Research Board, $100,000.

2013: WALRUS - Walrus Adaptability and Long-term Responses; Using multi-proxy data to project Sustainability. National Science Foundation (PLR-1263848, Arctic System Science), $1,707,331. CoPI, with PI N. Misarti and CoPIs L. Horstman and A. Jensen.

2013: Phylogeography, taxonomy, and conservation genetics of Alaska's enigmatic hoary marmots. Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game, $172,000 (supplement to 2008 award).

2012: Conservation genetics of the Alaska hare (Lepus othus). Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game, $160,500. PI, with CoPI T Booms, ADFG.

2012: Denali Researcher in Residence Fellowship, Denali National Park and Preserve. National Park Service, $8,000.

2012: *Bats of Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park and surrounding area. National Park Service, $26,000.

2012: *Small mammals of the Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, $10,000.

2011: Collaborative Research: Testing species limits, phylogeographic concordance, and niche evolution in Madagascar's endemic small mammals. National Science Foundation (DEB-1120904, Phylogenetic Systematics), total award: $610,423; UAF award: $274,933 (PI Olson); U. Minnesota award: $202,710 (PI S. Jansa); CUNY award $132,780 (PI R. Anderson).

2010: The impact of climate change on arctic and subarctic small mammal species in Alaska: Changes in distribution and population genetic parameters between time-stamped collections. Alaska EPSCoR Landscape Genetics Faculty Award, $9,376. PI, with CoPI L Lawson.

*2009: Upgrades to and enhancement of the Department of Biology and Wildlife's mammal teaching collection. UAF Office of the Provost, $16,230. PI, with CoPI H.C. Lanier.

2008: Phylogeography, taxonomy, and conservation genetics of Alaska's enigmatic hoary marmots. Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game, $200,000 (includes $50,000 supplement in 2011).

2008: Dissertation research: Thrice through Beringia? Unraveling the evolution of North American pikas. National Science Foundation (DEB-0808619, Phylogenetic Systematics), $9,314. Nominal PI, with CoPI and Ph.D. candidate H.C. Lanier.

2008: Phylogeography of capuchins, squirrel monkeys and owl monkeys: A critical comparative framework for studying evolution, behavioral ecology, and conservation in Neotropical primates. National Science Foundation (BCS-0742441, Physical Anthropology), $488,097. CoPI with PI J. Alfaro and CoPIs B. Kemp, M. Alfaro, and A. Di Fiore.

2007: SGER: Rescuing an important collection of Cambodian mammal specimens for curation and archiving at the University of Alaska Museum. National Science Foundation (DEB-0709787, Phylogenetic Systematics and DBI-Biological Research Collections), $20,000. CoPI, with PI T.E. Roberts and CoPI E. Sargis.

*2007: Curation and storage of Denali Park ungulate kill specimens. National Park Service, $5287.50.

*2006: Curation of small mammals from the Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, $6,700.  

2006: Critical expansion needs in the University of Alaska Museum's Mammal Collection. National Science Foundation (DBI-0724471, Biological Research Collections), $245,373 (includes REU supplement). PI, with CoPI G. Jarrell.

2006: Collaborative Research: Systematics, Biogeography, and Ecogeographic Variation in Treeshrews (Mammalia, Scandentia). National Science Foundation, (DEB-0542725, Phylogenetic Systematics), total award: $345,061; UAF award: $254,970 (includes REU supplement) (PI Olson); Yale Award: $90,091 (PI E. Sargis).

2006: Improvements to marine mammal data and specimen archives at the University of Alaska Museum. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NA06NMF4390147), $100,000. CoPI, with PI G. Jarrell and CoPIs S. Brunner and D. MacDonald, UAM.

2005: Distribution, conservation status, and molecular phylogeography of Madagascar's web-footed tenrec. National Geographic Society, $10,000. PI, with CoPI J. Benstead, U. Alabama.

2005: Systematics, biogeography, and conservation of SE Asia's treeshrews. National Geographic Society, $20,345. CoPI, with PI. E. Sargis, Yale.

2005: Salvaging beach-dead marine mammals: A collaborative effort between the University of Alaska Museum, volunteer salvage crews, and NOAA. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NA05NMF4391262), $93,455. CoPI, with PI S. Brunner, UAM.

*2005: Baseline inventory of mammals and birds in the Nulato Hills, Alaska. Bureau of Land Management, $75,000. Part of a multi-year cooperative agreement between UAM and BLM involving several collections at and curators at UAM.

2005: Exploring the phylogenetic utility of 14 nuclear genes for resolving relationships among treeshrews (Mammalia: Scandentia). Alaska EPSCoR (NSF) Young Investigator First Award, $64,712. PI, with CoPI E. Sargis, Yale.

*2004: Curation of subsistence-hunted harbor seals at the University of Alaska Museum: A collaboration between UAM and the Alaska Native Harbor Seal Commission. Alaska Native Harbor Seal Commission, $10,000

2004: Distribution and phylogeography of collared pika and Alaskan marmot in Alaska. Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game, $175,175. PI, with CoPI B. Jacobsen, UAM.

2004: Baseline survey of small mammal species and their distribution across the Kenai Peninsula. Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game, $55,715. CoPI, with PI T. McDonough, ADFG.

*2004: Verification of NPSpecies Mammals Database for the Southwest, Arctic, Southeast, and Central Networks. National Park Service, $46,000. PI, with CoPI B. Jacobsen, UAM.

*2004: Curation of small mammals from the Becharof National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, $1,332.01.

2004: Using bat detectors to establish the current distributional limits of Myotis lucifugus in Alaska. Arctic Audubon Society, $1,000.

 
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