Amanda Robertson, PhDAmanda Robertson, NWB LCC Coordinator
Coordinator, Northwest Boreal LCC
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1011 E. Tudor Road
Anchorage, AK 99503

Amanda has a master’s degree in Ecosystem Ecology from Tulane University and a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Alaska where she quantified the adaptive capacity of boreal forests to climate change. Her research has ranged from conducting comparative ecological studies across the Amazon basin and tropical Andes to analyzing patterns in biodiversity, carbon cycling, and natural disturbance regimes, and to projecting future impacts of climate change. Early in her career, Amanda worked to reconstruct historical climate variability in the neotropics as a paleo-ecologist. Later, her research extended to include everything from population genetics to remote sensing – but the commonality in all her work is the motivation to better understand the impacts of climate change on forest ecosystems and the biological capacity to respond to those changes. She has recently focused on the human dimensions of global change as an integrative part of social-ecological systems. Amanda now works at the interface of science and management and strives to improve the way we conduct climate vulnerability assessments and the usefulness of decision support tools.

As the Coordinator for the Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative Amanda is responsible for the design and implementation of a coordinated research and social campaign intended to increase the capacity for organizations and communities to understand, manage and adapt to a changing landscape. We face unprecedented climate and land-use change in the boreal region of Alaska and Northwest Canada; only by working together can we achieve our goals for sustainable management.


Amy Pocewicz, PhDdsc03392-at-camp-sml-clip
Science Coordinator
101 12th Ave #216,
Fairbanks, AK 99701

Amy has a Master’s degree in Forest Resources and a PhD in Landscape Ecology, both from the University of Idaho, where her research focused on remote sensing, forest ecology, and modeling land use change under alternative policy scenarios. Prior to joining the Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Amy spent 10 years as a scientist with The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming, where she led research to inform conservation, collaborated on conservation planning, supported development of compensatory mitigation frameworks and environmental markets, and organized citizen science events. Her recent research and planning work has included social values mapping, modeling stopover habitat for migratory birds, assessing the vulnerability of Wyoming’s wildlife, describing stream flow alteration in the Brazilian Amazon, and modeling the outcomes of development scenarios and funding policies on greater sage-grouse populations. Amy enjoys working at the interface between science and management and finding creative ways to fill science gaps and inform decisions influencing landscape scale conservation.

IMG_1454Benjamin Matheson
GIS and Science Communication, N.W. Boreal LCC
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1011 E. Tudor Road
Anchorage, AK 99503

Ben Matheson has joined the Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative. He will contribute to the  LCC’s geospatial projects and science communication work.

Ben has spent the past five years working in rural Alaska as a reporter for community  radio stations. He covered subsistence and commercial fisheries, natural disasters, resource development projects, and Alaska politics. He studied communication and international studies at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Ben has spent the past two years studying geographic information systems and spatial analysis through the University of Alaska.

His professional  interests include data visualization, geospatial analysis, visual storytelling, and interactive media. Ben is interested in translating complex topics for different audiences and connecting across different areas. Ben is excited to contribute to the Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative.