Tania is a wildlife biologist for Glacier Bay National Park. She began studying bears in Glacier Bay in 2001 and wrote the Bear Management Plan for the park in 2008. She is currently conducting three bear research projects:
- Black and brown bear distribution across the park
- landscape genetics of brown bears
- and disturbance of brown bears by vessels.
- Tania is also looking at scavenging activities of bears and wolves at the dead humpback whale (Blubber Bonanza).
There is some info on each of these on our park website: http://www.nps.gov/glba/naturescience/habitatresearch.htm
Her research interests include initiating glaucous-winged gull and mountain goat surveys in Glacier Bay, documenting the ecological effects of changing climate, determining animal colonization patterns of recently deglaciated areas, and mitigating human impacts to wildlife.
Whether at work or at play, Tania likes to spend time in wild places. She lives in a small Alaskan town, off the road and off the grid. Her free time is often spent adventureing by foot, ski, or non-motorized boat with her husband and eight year old daughter. She also loves playing music into the wee hours with friends in living rooms and around the campfire.