Aug 15 2016

Jane Wolken Appointed AK CASC Program Coordinator

Scenarios Network for Alaska + Arctic Planning’s (SNAP) post-doctoral research fellow, Jane Wolken has been appointed as Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center’s Program Coordinator.

As Program Coordinator, Wolken will be collaborating with researchers, tracking research, implementing annual reports, and leading the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center Fellows Program.

Wolken’s academic career and professional experience have been focused on forestry. She received her bachelor’s degree in forest biology from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She went on to receive her master’s degree and doctorate in forest biology and management from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta.

To further pursue her passion for research and forestry, Wolken moved to Alaska in 2009 where she began teaching forest health at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She later became involved with SNAP and began working part-time as a post-doctoral research fellow in 2012.

Wolken’s research has led her out in the field amongst the local boreal forests to evaluate how climate change is effecting Alaska’s forests.

Currently, Wolken is the lead researcher for an ongoing project where she studies tree rings of black spruce in order to determine the effects that climate change has on this particular tree species.

With her new position, Wolken is looking forward to continuing to work with and meet researchers who are just as passionate about their work as she is about hers.