Threatened, Endangered, and Diversity Program

Tracey Gotthardt

Tracey Gotthardt

Tracey started as the Threatened, Endangered and Diversity Program Coordinator in January 2019. She is based out the ADF&G office in Anchorage.

Tracey has over 25 years experience with project management and planning, field experience relating to conservation research and natural resource management, and supervisory and leadership experience in Alaska and Hawaii. From 2000-2015 Tracey led the Zoology Program at the Alaska Natural Heritage Program where she worked very closely with DWC's Non-game Program (now the TED Program). Among many other projects, she helped establish Alaska's original State Wildlife Action Plan and developed the Alaska Species Ranking System, which both help guide the work of the TED Program. Between 2015 and 2017, Tracey was the Program Manager for the Ko'olau Mountains Watershed Partnership on O'ahu, Hawaii. She returned to Alaska in late 2017 to accept a position as the Director for the Applied Environmental Research Center and the Center for Strategic Partnership and Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). Tracey earned her M.S. from UAA studying the foraging ecology of harbor seals.

As the TED program coordinator she works with the Division of Wildlife and TED program staff, as well as other state, federal, NGO and private partners to conserve species of greatest conservation need across Alaska. She works closely with these partners to implement the State Wildlife Action Plan which provides guidance to keep "common species common". She has oversight and coordination responsibilities on behalf of the State of Alaska under the Endangered Species Act and primary oversight over the DWC portion of the State Wildlife Grants Program.

When not at work, Tracey enjoys spending as much time as possible outside skiing, camping, hiking, and trying to keep up with her two children.

Tracey can be reached at or (907) 267-2209.

Chris Barger

Chris Barger

Chris Barger is a Wildlife Biologist for central, western, and northern Alaska (ADF&G Regions III & V) and works directly with the Regional Wildlife Biologists (Travis Booms and Julie Hagelin). He is primarily based in the Fairbanks ADF&G Regional Office with frequent travel for research projects. He is currently a participant in Boreal Partners in Flight, the Alaska Shorebird Group, and serves as secretary as a steering committee member of the Alaska Raptor Group.

Chris earned his M.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he investigated resource partitioning between two seabird species (Common Murres and Thick-billed Murres) using multiple techniques (stable isotopes, hormone analysis and Bayesian modeling). Additionally, he investigated the genetic diversity in Common Murres breeding on St. Paul, St. George and Bogoslof Islands which have contrasting numerical trends. Chris has a diverse background in avian biology and earned his B.S. from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. During that time period, he investigated several aspects in avian population genetics, hormone analysis, telomere analysis and led field expeditions in remote parts of Peru and Alaska (Pribilof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Middleton Island and western Alaska). He has worked with a wide variety of species including: northern fur seals, a variety of waterfowl, hummingbirds, seabirds (puffins, auklets, murres, kittiwakes) and passerines. Currently, his focus includes raptor research with Travis Booms and Olive-sided Flycatchers with Julie Hagelin.

In his free time, Chris is an avid outdoorsman and takes every possible opportunity experience new hunting and fishing adventures. He enjoys the diverse recreational opportunities provided by living in Fairbanks including: camping, skiing, snowmachining, canoeing, boating and backpacking with his yellow lab Pato.

To submit metadata for the Alaska Raptor Metadata Database, please email Chris Barger ( to obtain a user login and password. Then return to this site and complete the form.

Chris can be reached at or (907) 459-7250.

Karen Blejwas

Karen Blejwas

Karen joined the Threatened, Endangered, and Diversity Species Program in February, 2009. She is based in the Douglas ADF&G Regional Office and serves as the Regional Wildlife Biologist for the TED program in Southeast Alaska. Currently her research is focused on the ecology and overwintering behavior of bats in Southeast Alaska. Other research efforts include baseline surveys of small mammals in alpine and subalpine habitats in Southeast Alaska and overseeing the development of an active Citizen Science program in the region.

Karen earned her Ph.D from the University of California Berkeley studying coyote predation on domestic sheep in northern California. She has research experience with a diversity of habitats and species in both California and Alaska, including marine mammals, terrestrial carnivores, small mammals, ungulates, birds and amphibians. Prior to moving over to the Threatened, Endangered, and Diversity Program, she worked as a staff biologist at HQ and for the ADF&G Marine Mammal Program. Previously, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Alaska Southeast, where she also taught a variety of undergraduate biology classes.

When not at work, Karen enjoys playing hockey and soccer, as well as hiking and exploring the forests, mountains, muskegs, and shorelines of Southeast Alaska.

Karen can be reached at or (907) 465-4328.

Travis Booms

Travis Booms
Photo: Nick Dunlop

Travis is a Regional Wildlife Biologist for central, western, and northern Alaska (ADF&G Regions III & V) where his primary research focus is on raptors and shorebirds. He is based in the Fairbanks ADF&G Regional Office, but frequently travels throughout both regions to accomplish the mission of the Threatened, Endangered, and Diversity Program. He is currently an active participant in Boreal Partners in Flight and the Raptor Research Foundation, serves as a steering committee member of the Alaska Raptor Group, and is the Region III and V falconry representative for ADF&G.

Travis holds a B.S. in Biology and Wildlife Management from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, a M.S. degree in Raptor Biology from Boise State University, and a PhD from the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he researched the breeding biology of Gyrfalcons in Alaska. His primary research interest and expertise is Arctic and sub-Arctic avian ecology. Travis brings a broad and valuable perspective on northern latitudes research and conservation from his years of conducting biological and physical science research in western and central Greenland. He began doing research in Alaska in 2002 and thus far, has focused most of his efforts on raptors, shorebirds, and passerines. Travis also brings extensive experience building and maintaining collaborative relationships among federal, state, native, and non-governmental organizations to facilitate effective research and conservation projects. When not working, Travis enjoys living near Fairbanks and the multitude of recreational opportunities interior Alaska affords, including skiing, river floats, backpacking, hunting, fishing, and falconry.

Travis can be reached at or (907) 459-7335.

Katherine Christie

Katherine (Katie) Christie

Katherine (Katie) is the regional biologist for southcentral and southwestern Alaska (Regions II and IV), where she focuses on avian and small mammal research. Katie earned her Ph.D. from the University of Alaska Fairbanks on ptarmigan ecology in the Arctic, and her master's degree from the University of Victoria on the links between salmon and birds in coastal temperate rainforests. Other research projects she has worked on include investigating pronghorn population dynamics in North Dakota and quantifying Spectacled Eider survival relative to sea ice conditions. In addition, Katie has conducted human dimensions research in northern Alaska, focusing on the resilience of subsistence systems under changing Arctic conditions. Katie enjoys building collaborative relationships with other agencies, academic institutions, and non-profits to solve critical problems related to wildlife conservation. When not at her desk, Katie enjoys skiing, hiking, birding, and canoeing with her family.

Katie can be reached at or (907) 267-2332.

Julie Hagelin

Julie Hagelin

Julie Hagelin is a Regional Wildlife Biologist for central, northern and western Alaska (ADF&G Regions III and V), based in the Fairbanks ADF&G Regional Office. Julie's primary focus is on landbirds and small mammals. Her recent research efforts are focused on reducing the steep decline of the Olive-sided Flycatcher, a species that is an internationally-recognized conservation concern. Julie is former co-chair of Boreal Partners in Flight, and acts as a Bird Conservation Region coordinator.

Julie holds a B.S. in Biology from Pomona College, and earned her Ph.D. from University of New Mexico, where she investigated the breeding ecology of Gambel's and Scaled Quail. Julie's post-doctoral studies on seabirds in the Aleutians and on St. Lawrence Island brought her research focus to Alaska. Julie brings a unique background of biological research and conservation experience to the Threatened, Endangered, and Diversity Program. As an affiliate member of the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and as former faculty at Swarthmore College, Julie is experienced at building collaborative, multi-disciplinary partnerships and spearheading conservation research teams. Her previous work has also included critically-endangered species in New Zealand and Madagascar.

In her free time, Julie enjoys camping, fishing, skiing, and the multitude of opportunities to explore Alaska's wild places.

Julie can be reached at or (907) 459-7239.

Moira Ingle

Moira Ingle

Moira Ingle is a Wildlife Biologist and the Endangered Species Act Coordinator for the Threatened, Endangered, and Diversity Program. She is based in Anchorage, but is responsible for ESA issues state-wide. She analyzes and drafts comments on scientific and policy issues for federal ESA petitions, proposed listings and delistings, critical habitat designations, recovery plans, and regulatory changes.

Moira holds a B.S. in Wildlife Science from Rutgers University and an M.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont, where her thesis research focused on temporal and spatial interactions of red foxes, gray foxes, and Eastern coyotes. Moira also has research, survey, and management experience in the northeast U.S. and Alaska, working with white-tailed and Sitka blacked tailed deer, Alexander Archipelago wolves, Northern goshawks, Prince of Wales spruce grouse, small mammals, and neotropical migrant birds. She has substantial regulatory experience from her 7 years as an ADF&G Habitat Biologist in Southeast Alaska, where she worked extensively on logging issues on state, federal, and Alaska Native Corporation lands. Moira also earned a J.D. degree at the University of Idaho College of Law in 2010, with emphases on Natural Resources and Environmental Law and Native American Law, adding to her regulatory and policy perspectives.

When not working, Moira enjoys hiking, skiing, skating, and other outdoor activities with her son and her six dogs.

Jenell Larsen Tempel

Jenell Larsen Tempel

Jenell started her position as the Endangered Species Biologist within the TED program in April 2020. She is based in the Juneau ADF&G Headquarters office and travels throughout the state working with government and private partners to fulfill the objectives of the Department and the Threatened, Endangered, and Diversity Program.

Jenell holds a B.S. in Marine Science from Jacksonville University and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her dissertation research focused on the reproductive ecology of the Pacific walrus and how loss of sea ice impacts stakeholders on St. Lawrence Island and their marine ecosystem. Jenell's research experience has included an array of taxa throughout Alaska including threatened/endangered species and candidate species under the Endangered Species Act, hunted species, commercial fisheries, and marine mammals. She brings experience conducting collaborative research with state and federal partners, Alaska Native organizations, universities, and the public. She currently co-chairs the Habitat and Threats Mitigation Committee on the Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Task Force and is involved with working groups for short-tailed albatross, humpback whales and Aleutian terns.

In her free time, Jenell enjoys playing volleyball, fishing, hunting, spending time in and on the water, and exploring the intertidal and alpine with her lab and husky.

Jenell can be reached at or (907) 465-6318.

Tory Rhoads

Tory Rhoads

Tory has worked as a Wildlife Biologist since March 2017. She works in conjunction with the southeast Alaska Regional Wildlife Biologist (Karen Blejwas) and the statewide Endangered Species Biologist (Kelly Nesvacil). She is based out of the Region I ADF&G office in Douglas, but travels throughout the state to accomplish the mission of the Threatened, Endangered and Diversity Program.

Tory holds a B.S. in Natural Sciences from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is currently the coordinator of the Southeast Alaska Citizen Science Acoustic Bat Monitoring Program, a project focused on researching and monitoring bat populations across the region. Prior to accepting her current position, Tory worked for the ADF&G as a technician for numerous fisheries research projects across the state.

Outside of work, Tory can be found tromping around the woods with an assortment of mutts, snorkeling the nearshore waters around Juneau, foraging for wild edibles, and skiing across the muskeg.

Tory can be reached at or (907) 465-8155.

Arin Underwood

Arin Underwood

Arin joined the TED Program as a wildlife biologist for Southcentral and Southwest Alaska in January 2021. She is based in Anchorage and supports research on birds and small mammals. She also works with the citizen science projects Southcentral bat monitoring and the Birds 'n' Bogs program and serves as the Southcentral falconry representative.

Arin earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage and her M.S. in Northern Populations and Ecosystems at the University of Troms∅, the Arctic University of Norway. Her thesis focused on the toxicology of the Atlantic puffin and how the Svalbard population compared to other puffin colonies and seabird species. She has worked with a variety of species, including black-legged kittiwakes, northern fulmars, little auks, and thick-billed murres in Svalbard, as well as barred and northern spotted owls in California. Arin brings experience in public outreach and education as a teacher, Alaska tourism representative, and a co-writer for her science blog with photography and stories about the natural world. She also collaborates as a writer and watercolor illustrator for children's books about ecology. Outside of work, Arin can be found painting, knitting sweaters, rock climbing, and attempting to become a better kayaker and violinist.

Arin can be reached at or (907) 267-2111.