DAVID KLEIN Profile
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Dave Klein retired as Senior Scientist and Professor Emeritus at the Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). He had been with the Coop Unit and a faculty member in the Biology and Wildlife program at UAF since 1962. He is now Professor Emeritus with the Institute of Arctic Biology, UAF. His research interests are in arctic ecology, plant-animal interactions, adaptations of arctic terrestrial mammals, arctic grazing systems (reindeer and caribou habitat relations, indigenous people relationships), northern development and associated environmental impacts and their mitigation, and winter ecology in the Arctic and Subarctic.
Klein received his bachelor's degree in Zoology/Wildlife from the University of Connecticut in 1951, his M.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of Alaska in 1953, and his Ph.D. in Zoology/Ecology from the University of British Columbia in 1963. He has made significant contributions to understanding the ecology, management, and conservation of large mammals and arctic and subarctic ecosystems, working primarily in Alaska, but also Canada, Siberia, Greenland, Svalbard, and Scandinavia. Klein has served on national conservation committees initiated by the National Academy of Sciences, contributed to local conservation councils, advised state and federal agencies and testified before the U.S. Congress on many conservation issues. He has educated numerous graduate students who now are international leaders in the wildlife profession. For his professional contributions in the biological sciences and applied ecology, Professor Klein received the Aldo Leopold Award in 1999 from the Wildlife Society.
Klein is interested in speaking to any type of audience through the Speakers Series. He is less likely to be able to participate during the summer.
His lecture topics include:
- Herbivores and plant responses to herbivory in the High Arctic.
- Winter ecology of vertebrates in the Arctic and Subarctic.
- Impacts of oil development and their minimization in the Arctic.
- Sustainability of caribou and reindeer grazing systems and their associated human cultures and economies.
- Cultural diversity and sustainable use of the environment.