Biology Staff

  • Kris Inman, Supervisory Biologist


    Kris is a wildlife biologist who is known for her collaborative approach to conducting research and leading teams who contribute science to guide management decisions. Some examples include documenting the population status and needs of wolverines, understanding the efficacy of hounds to hunt bears, and empowering communities to reduce human-wildlife conflicts. On the Refuge, Kris supports a team of biologists who aim to conserve biodiversity and provide recreational opportunities while adapting to a changing climate and increasing development. Their efforts will serve the Kenai and be a model for others. Kris received a B.S. in wildlife management from the University of Maine and a M.S. in wildlife biology from Virginia Tech.


  • Mark Laker, Ecologist


    Mark Laker is acting as the interim Supervisory Biologist. Mark is an ecologist with expertise in fish biology, limnology, remote sensing, and geographic information systems (GIS). He is currently working on remote sensing applications for airborne (fixed wing) and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). These systems will allow the USFWS to rapidly and efficiently map both large and small landscapes. Mark earned his M.S. in Fisheries Biology from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.


  • Dom Watts, Wildlife Biologist


    Dom Watts is a wildlife biologist primarily focused on the ecology and management of large mammals and predator-prey relationships. He is an experienced wildlife biologist with skills ranging from capture, tagging, and radio-tracking large mammals using aircraft to ground based studies of small mammal and waterfowl ecology. Dom received a B.S. in Wildlife Science and a B.S. in Fisheries Science from New Mexico State University, and a M.S. from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.


  • Dawn Magness, Landscape Ecologist


    Dr. Dawn Magness is a landscape ecologist interested in climate change adaptation, landscape planning, ecological services, and spatial modeling. She earned her M.S. in Fish and Wildlife Science at Texas A & M University and her Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary Resilience and Adaptation Program at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Her current projects use multiple methods to assess ecosystem vulnerability to inform strategic adaptation planning. She has conducted research on songbirds, flying squirrels, and American marten.


  • Matt Bowser, Fish & Wildlife Biologist


    Matt Bowser has interests in biotic inventories and monitoring, insect ecology, exotic earthworms, DNA barcoding as an identification tool, faunistics of Alaskan terrestrial arthropods, management of natural history collections, and botany.  He earned an M.Sc. in Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a B.S. in Entomology from the University of Florida.


  • Todd Eskelin, Fish & Wildlife Biologist (Subsistence)


    Todd Eskelin provides general support for the Refuge Biology Program with emphasis on game management issues including review of actions by the Federal Subsistence Board and Board of Game. He manages black bear baiting permits and Special Use Permits for scientific research. With 20 years of experience surveying and banding birds throughout Alaska, Todd also reviews all eBird entries from the Kenai Peninsula Borough.