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Todd J Brinkman

Todd Brinkman
Research Interests: 

My primary research interests include: 1) the human dimensions of wildlife (especially hunting systems), 2) larger mammal ecology 3) modeling of the interactions among humans, wildlife, and rapidly changing social, economic, and ecological conditions. See my lab website for more. 

Todd Brinkman
Todd Brinkman
Todd Jared Brinkman
Assistant Professor
323B Murie Building
Postal Address: 
Institute of Arctic Biology
PO Box 757000
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7000
  • Ph.D. Wildlife Ecology. 2009. University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Dissertation:  Resilience of a Deer Hunting System in Southeast Alaska: Integrating Social, Ecological, and Genetic Dimensions.
  • M.S. Wildlife Science. 2003. South Dakota State University.  Thesis:  Movement and Mortality of White-Tailed Deer in Southwest Minnesota.
  • B.S. Double Major: Biology & Environmental Science, Minor: Chemistry. 2000. Minnesota State University (Honors)

University of Alaska Fairbanks

  • 2014-present Assistant Professor, Institute of Arctic Biology and Department of Biology and Wildlife
  • 2014-present Co-Director, Community Partnerships for Self-Resiliance
  • 2012-present Associate Director, Resilience & Adaptation Program
  • 2011-2014 Research Assistant Professor, Scenarios Network for Arctic & Alaska Planning
  • 2009-2011 Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Arctic Biology
  • 2005-2009 Ph.D. Research/Teaching Assistant, Biology and Wildlife Department
  • 2003- 2005 Ph.D. Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, Integrated Graduate Education Research Training, Resilience and Adaption Program

South Dakota State University

  • 2000-2003 M.S. Research/Teaching Assistant, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

  • 1999-2000 Wildlife Research Technician
  • 1998-1999 Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) Survey Intern


Grovenburg, T.W. et al., 2011. Survival of white-tailed deer neonates in Minnesota and South Dakot. Journal of Wildlife Managemenet, 75, pp.213–220.
Grovenburg, T.W. et al., 2011. Influence of landscape characteristics on migration strategies of white-tailed deer. Journal of Mammalogy, 92, pp.534–543.


Brinkman, T.J. et al., 2010. Individual identification of Sitka black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus sitkensis) suing DNA from fecal pellets. Conservation Genetics Resources, 2, pp.115–118.
Brinkman, T.J. et al., 2010. Effects of time and rainfall on PCR success using DNA extracted from deer fecal pellets. Conservation Genetics, 11, pp.1547–1552.


Brinkman, T.J. & Hundertmark, K.J., 2009. Sex identification of northern ungulates using low quality and quantity DNA. Conservation Genetics, 10, pp.1189–1193.
Jacques, C.N. et al., 2009. Evaluating Ungulate Mortality Associated With Helicopter Net-Gun Captures in the Northern Great Plains. The Journal of Wildlife Management, 73, pp.1282–1291.



Brinkman, T.J. et al., 2007. Influence of Hunter Adaptability on Resilience of Subsistence Hunting Systems. Journal of Ecological Anthropology, 11, pp.58–63.


  • 2015 Dennis Demmert Award. Exemplary commitment and service to the students of University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • 2009 Best Oral Presentation Award.  Annual Meeting of the Alaska Chapter of The Wildlife Society, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
  • 2004 National Science Foundation Doctoral Student Scholarship to attend the Vespucci Summer School on Geographic Information Science, Fiesole, Italy.  Awarded by State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) and funded by the National Science Foundation.
  • 2004 Wildlife Society Meeting Travel Scholarship to attend Alaska Chapter/Northwest Section Wildlife Society Meeting, Girdwood, Alaska.
  • 2004 Alaska Trappers Association's Dean Wilson Scholarship
  • 2003 Best Student Paper Award.  Annual Meeting of the South Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Aberdeen, South Dakota.
  • 2002 Outstanding Wildlife Master of Science Graduate Student of the Year Scholarship. South Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Presented at the 2002 Annual Meeting of the South Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Oacoma, South Dakota.
  • 2000 Magna Cum Laude Graduate, Minnesota State University Honors Scholar Award, Minnesota State University Honor's Program
  • Listed alphabetically:
  • Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center (2012-2014)
    • Coordinating committee alternate
  • Alaska Trappers Association Member (2003-2005)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Member(2003)
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society
    • National Science Foundation IGERT Program Recruiter (2005)
  • American Society of Mammalogists Member (2003-2012)
  • Boone and Crockett Club Associate Member (2003-2005)
  • Ducks Unlimited Member (1999, 2005, 2006)
  • International Arctic Social Sciences Association Member (2004)
  • Minnesota State University Wildlife Club, President (1999), Vice President (1998)
  • Pheasants Forever Member - Brookings County Pheasant Restoration Chapter (2003)
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Member (2000-2003)
    • Wisconsin: Namekagon River Valley Chapter Committee Member (2000-2001)
    • South Dakota: Prairie Coteau Chapter (2002-2003)
  • Society for Applied Anthropologists Member (2006)
  • The Wildlife Society Member (2001-present),
    • Annual Meeting Session Moderator and Oral Presentation Judge (2011)
    • Alaska Chapter (2004-present), Conference Committee Member (2005), Northern Representative (2014-2016), Student Chapter Advisor (2015-present)
    • Minnesota Chapter (1999, 2000, 2002)
    • South Dakota Chapter (2003)


2015, '16 Survey of Wildlife Science 

2014, '15, '16 Principles and Techniques of Wildlife Management

2012, ‘13, '14 Ecology Module. University of Alaska Fairbanks

2012, ‘13, '14 Integrated Assessment and Adaptive Management. University of Alaska Fairbanks

2010 Mammalogy. University of Alaska Fairbanks


Guest Lecturer

2011 Ecology and Management of Large Mammals. University of Alaska Fairbanks

2011 Conservation Genetics. University of Alaska Fairbanks.

2010 Ecology and Management of Large Mammals. University of Alaska Fairbanks.

2009 Principles of Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology. University of Alaska Fairbanks.


Teaching Assistant/Laboratory Instructor

2005 Wildlife Populations and their Management. University of Alaska Fairbanks.

2004 Wildlife Techniques. University of Alaska Fairbanks.

2003 Research Design. South Dakota State University

2002 Principles of Wildlife Management. South Dakota State University

Current Graduate Students (More info)
  • Helen Cold
  • Tessa Hasbrouk
  • Scott Leorna
  • Jon Martin
  • Nils Pedersen
Current Post-Doctoral Fellows (More info)
  • Dana Brown
Past Graduate Students

See lab website

Past Post-Doctoral Fellows

See lab website

News Releases
In the News

Associate Director, Resilience & Adaptation Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks

  • Oversee RAP recruitment, applications, and admissions
  • Student advising on interdisciplinary pursuits
  • Generate new ideas for program design and delivery
  • Coordinate RAP core course instructors
  • Connect RAP with relevant stakeholders and collaborators

 Organizing Committee, Community Partnership for Self-Resilience and Sustainability

  • Create partnerships with rural communities to foster inreach to UAF
  • Identify community vision of self-reliance and sustainability
  • Connect communities with relevant UAF programs
  • Help communities implement their vision


  • ·Peer-reviewed journals (alphabetical): Acta Theriologica, American Midland Naturalist, Arctic, Behaviour, Conservation Genetics, Ecology, Ecology and Society, Environmental Management, Human-Wildlife Conflicts, International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management, Journal of Applied Ecology, Journal of Mammalogy, Journal of Wildlife Management, Landscape Ecology, Mammalia, Molecular Ecology Resources, The Prairie Naturalist, Western North American Naturalist, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Society Bulletin.
  • ·Agency reports: National Park Service, US Dept. of Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service


  • Co-Instructor (2014): Integrating social and ecological data: approaches for informing moose management, 48th North American Moose Conference and Workshop, Girdwood, Alaska.
  • Host (2013): New approaches to studies of home range, resource selection, and space use.  Presented by Dr. Oz Garton, Fairbanks, Alaska.
  • Instructor (2012): Using deer DNA to estimate deer abundance, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Corvallis, Oregon.
  • Facilitator (2012): Tongass Vulnerability Assessment, Juneau, Alaska.

 Expert Testimony

  • Alaska Senate Finance Committee (2012)
  • Federal Regional Advisory Council (2008)