Arctic LCC Coordinator, David Payer, will be moving into a new role as Regional Wildlife Biologist with the Alaska Region, National Park Service. Dr. Wendy Loya will be joining the Arctic LCC as new Coordinator.
Wendy is currently a Scientist with the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources in Nuuk. She designs and conducts research that supports conservation objectives and guides natural resource development. She is often called upon to build relationships with diverse stakeholders and implement science-based decision-making processes, skills that serve her well in Greenland and will serve her equally well in Arctic Alaska and Canada.
Before moving to Nuuk, Wendy was the Lead Ecologist at The Wilderness Society's Anchorage, Alaska office during 2006-2014. In this role she developed and directed an interdisciplinary team with expertise in wildlife, climate science, and watershed ecology. She was also President and board member of the National Wildlife Refuges Friends Group in Alaska for several years.
Wendy received her PhD in Ecology from Kansas State University, and was an Assistant Professor at the University of North Dakota in 2005-2006. She has published numerous peer-reviewed papers on such diverse topics as ecology, biogeochemistry, climate change, and development impacts on wildlife. Wendy will be based in Anchorage and will assume her new role in May.
Additionally, Josh Bradley, Data Manager for the Arctic LCC, will be stepping up to act in the role of Science Coordinator and Nathan Hawkaluk, Deputy Refuge Manager at Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge, will serve as the Acting Arctic LCC Coordinator from 7 March until Wendy arrives in May.