will start at 6 pm, with Board of Director election results and Director’s update, followed by a special presentation in conjunction with the 2015-2016 BEARS Art / Science Collaborative
Bear Necessities: calories as currency and the economics of Alaskan brown bears from the Katmai coast to the arctic.
Grant Hilderbrand earned his Ph.D. in Zoology at Washington State University in 1998 studying the nutritional ecology of coastal brown bears and their role in nutrient flow between coastal and terrestrial ecosystems. Grant spent 12 years with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as a research biologist studying various aspects of bear, wolf, and moose ecology. After his time with ADF&G, Grant joined the National Park Service as the Alaska Regional Wildlife Biologist and is co-lead on brown bear projects in Gates of Arctic, Lake Clark, and Katmai National Parks. Grant currently serves as the Chief of the Office of Marine Ecosystems for USGS and leads the teams studying polar bear, walrus, sea otter, and marine ecosystems. Grant is currently president of the Alaska Chapter of the Wildlife Society and conference chair of the 2016 International Bear Association Meeting to be held in Anchorage this June.