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Jennifer Schmidt

Assistant Professor of Natural Resources Management and Policy
Work Phone: 907-786-5497


Research: human dimensions of wildlife, natural resource management; ecosystem services; GIS

  • PhD., Wildlife Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2007
  • B.S. Genetics and cell biology, University of Minnesota Twin cities, 1999
  • B.S. Ecology, evolution, and behavior, University of Minnesota Twin cities, 1999

I am interested in interdisciplinary research that examines people, ecosystems and their interactions. My research topics include human dimensions of subsistence and sport harvest, land use, ecosystem management, ecosystem services, climate change, and wildfire. I use geographic information systems (GIS), statistics, modeling, and other qualitative and quantitative methods. I enjoy combining social, economic, and biological data to examine how people use and value ecosystem services. Much of my research has dealt with moose and moose hunting in Alaska. But also I am the lead Alaska researcher for an international project called TUNDRA ( which examines how socio-economic conditions and governance influence land use and harvest by communities in the Arctic.



Papers in Peer Reviewed Journals

  • Berman M., Loeffler B. and Schmidt J.I. (2020) Long-Term Benefits to Indigenous Communities of Extractive Industry Partnerships: Evaluating the Red Dog Mine.  Resources Policy.
  • Schwoerer, T. Little, J. Schmidt, J.I., and Borash, K. (2019).  Hitchhikers on floats to Arctic freshwater: Private aviation and recreation loss from aquatic invasion.  Ambio: 1-13.
  • Sisneros-Kidd, A.M., Monz, C., Hausner, V., Schmidt, J.I., and Clark, D. (2019) Nature-based tourism, resource dependence, and resilience of Arctic communities: Framing complex issues in a changing environment.  Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 27 (8).
  • Whitney, E. Schnabel, W.E., Aggarwal, S., Huang, D., Wies, R.W., Karenzi, J., Huntington, H.P., Schmidt, J.I., and Dotson, A.D. (2019) MicroFEWs – A Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Systems Approach to Renewable Energy Decisions in Islanded Microgrid Communities in Rural Alaska. Environmental Engineering Science, 36 (7)
  • Berman, M. and Schmidt, J. I. (in press). Economic effects of climate change in Alaska.  Weather, Climate and Society.
  • Fauchald, P., Hausner, V. H., Schmidt, J. I. and Clark, D. A. (2017) Transitions of social-ecological subsistence systems in the Arctic. International Journal of the Commons, 11.
  • Schmidt, J.I., Kellie, K.A. and Chapin, T. III (2015) Detecting, estimating, and correcting for biases in harvest data: moose hunting in Alaska. Journal of Wildlife Management, 79:1152-1162.
  • Schmidt, J.I., Aanesen, M., Klokov, K., Khrutschev, S., and Hausner, V. (2015) Demographic and economic disparities among Arctic regions. Polar Geography.
  • Beaman, J., Vaske, J., Schmidt, J.I., and Huan, T.C. (2015) Measuring and correcting response heaping arising from the use of prototypes.  Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 20:167-173.
  • Schmidt, J.I. and Chapin III, F.S. (2014) Relationship of Community Characteristics to Harvest Reporting: Comparative Study of Household Surveys and Harvest Tickets in Alaska. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 19:334-346.
  • Gustine, D., Brinkman, T., Lindgren, M., Schmidt, J.I., Rupp, T. Adams, L. (2014) Simulated climate-driven effects of fire on winter habitat for migratory tundra caribou in the Alaskan-Yukon Arctic. PLOS ONE, 9:1-11.
  • Feng, Z., Alfaro-Murillo, J.A., DeAngelis, D.L., Schmidt, J.I., Barga, M., Zheng, Y., Ahmad Tamrin, M.H.B, Olson, M., Glaser, T., Kielland, K., Chapin III, F.S., and Bryant, J. (2012) Plant toxins and trophic cascades alter fire regime and succession on a boreal forest landscape. Ecological Modeling, 244:79-92.
  • Kofinas, G.P., Chapin, F.S. III, BurnSilver S., Schmidt, J.I., Fresco, N.L., Kielland, K., Martin, S., Springsteen, A., Rupp, T.S.  (2010) Resilience of Athabascan subsistence systems to Interior Alaska’s changing climate.  Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 41:1347-1359.
  • Schmidt, J.I., Hundertmark, K.J., Bowyer, R.T., and McCracken, K.G.  (2009) Population structure and genetic diversity of moose in Alaska.  Journal of Heredity, 100:170-180.
  • Schmidt, J.I., Ver Hoef, J.M., and Bowyer, R.T.  (2007) Antler size of Alaskan moose: effects of population density, hunter harvest, and use of guides.  Wildlife Biology, 13:53-65.
  • Schmidt, J.I., Ver Hoef, J.M., Maier, J.A.K., and Bowyer, R.T.  (2005) Catch per unit effort for moose: a new approach using Weibull regression.  Journal of Wildlife Management, 69:1112-1124.

Papers in Progress for Reviewed Journals

  • Schwoerer, T. Little, J. Schmidt, J.I., and Borash, K. (submitted).  Aquatic invasive plants alter aviation-related recreation values: Extending pathway identification with economic valuation to inform resource management.  Ecological Economics.
  • Berman, M., Schmidt, J. I., and Kofinas, G. (submitted) Adaptive capacity and resilient communities: theory and evidence from Alaska’s North Slope.  Frontiers in Ecology and Environment.
  • Sisneros-Kidd, A., Monz, Hausner, V., Schmidt, J.I., Clark, D. (submitted). Nature-based tourism, resource dependence, and resilience of Arctic communities: Framing complex issues in a changing environment.  Journal of Sustainable Tourism.

Technical Reports


  • Deheaping software – a program to deal with rounding (i.e. heaping) bias in self-reported survey data. This program helps to assess and correct for biases in metrics such as number of days hunted, number of fish/game harvested, number of visits to parks, etc.

Curriculum Vitae: Jennifer Schmidt’s Vita (PDF, 252KB)