ABR News

Adrian Gall chairs Pacific Seabird Group's annual meeting!

ABR Director of Research Adrian Gall is in Portland, OR this week, serving as chair of the Pacific Seabird Group's annual meeting for the third year in a row. At PSG2020, Adrian is helping to organize seminars and talks about the most recent research into seabird populations and threats.

ABR Ecological Land Survey in Katmai

We’re excited to announce the ABR Ecological Land Survey team’s recent peer-reviewed publication in the journal Madroño, available to subscribers through BioOne, titled “Noteworthy Collections: ALASKA.” The article contributes a tabulation of range extensions for 7 rare and 3 non-native vascular plant taxa found by the team in Katmai National Park & Preserve.

Bob Burgess Announces Retirement

After over 30 years at ABR, Bob Burgess has decided it’s finally time to take a vacation. He has announced his retirement. Since joining ABR in 1984, Bob has expanded the scientific community’s understanding of the behavioral ecology of terrestrial vertebrates in the Arctic, while becoming a steadfast leader at ABR, whose contributions to the growth and success of our company cannot be overstated. After earning his B.S. in Biology from Lewis and Clark College in 1976 and his M.S. in Wildlife Management from UAF in 1984, Bob joined the company then known as Alaska Biological Research.

Happy Trails to Brian Lawhead!

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.

Remembering Erin Johnson

As we approach another brilliant summer solstice in Alaska, we must pass through the 19th of June, which is of course the day 2 years ago when we lost our dear Erin Johnson. We miss her every day still and even more so at this time of year. We urge you all to hug your family members warmly and give thanks for the life we have. We should also take a moment to reflect on Erin’s passion for life, her athleticism, her enthusiasm to address all challenges tossed her way, scientific and otherwise, and her indomitable spirit. If you have a chance, consider a donation to the Erin K. Johnson Memorial Fund ( now or in the future. We hope everyone can take a little time today for a moment of silence for Erin or maybe engage in some hooting and hollering to the high heavens, as is your want!

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