Viewing posts for the category Personnel
After nearly 40 years in the ABR family, Brian Lawhead is retiring. Since beginning as a Research Biologist with ABR in 1982, Brian has been a pivotal influence on ABR’s growth into the company it is today, all while building an extensive project portfolio as an ABR Senior Scientist. After earning his B.S. in biological science from Cornell University in 1975 and his M.S. in wildlife management from UAF in 1983, Brian has been active in both terrestrial and marine biological studies in Alaska, from monitoring breeding seabirds along the Kenai Peninsula to leading numerous studies of mammals in northern Alaska.
Just getting to St. Matthew and Hall islands is an adventure. Senior Scientist Aaron Wells made the journey as part of a multidisciplinary biological expedition to this most remote place in Alaska, located in the middle of the Bering Sea and over 200 miles from the nearest village. In early June 2018, Aaron flew from Fairbanks to St. Paul, Alaska. From there, he and the rest of the field crew boarded the R/V Tiglax (TEKH-lah — Aleut for eagle) for a 25-hour boat ride to the islands where they would spend the next two weeks conducting wildlife and vegetation surveys.
After more than 40 years, Bob Ritchie has decided to retire from ABR and train his binoculars on new horizons. Bob established himself as a biologist and small-business owner in Alaska in the mid-1970s. His interests focused on conservation of endangered birds, especially Peregrine Falcons. Bob received his BS (Wildlife Biology) from UC Davis in 1972, and his MS (Natural Resource Management) from UAF in 1976. That same year, Bob cofounded what was then known as Alaska Biological Research with partner Jim Curatolo. He became the sole owner in 1986. Today, ABR, Inc.—Environmental Research & Services is primarily an employee-owned company. We currently have 35 scientists and staff, the majority of whom are also shareholders, in Fairbanks and Anchorage.
For our next installment of the Field Guide to ABR, we would like to introduce you to Sue Ives. Sue is a Senior Scientist who works out of our Anchorage office.
The ABR support staff ensure that our field operations, and our every day operations, are as efficient as possible, so our science staff can focus on science. This month we would like to introduce you to Tony LaCortiglia, a vital member of the ABR support team.