Fairbanks Office

Robert M. Burgess, M.S.

Research Coordinator

Robert M. Burgess, M.S.

  • Terrestrial Ecology

  • Ecological Risk Assessment

  • Environmental Impact Analysis


Bob Burgess’s expertise includes the behavioral ecology of terrestrial vertebrates, such as arctic foxes, lemmings and voles, arctic shorebirds and passerines, and waterfowl.


He has managed several long-term ecological studies in northern and interior Alaska and has field experience in the Pacific Northwest.


Most recently, his focus has been on terrestrial ecology, emphasizing tundra rehabilitation, habitat restoration, damage assessment, and ecological risk assessment. In addition, Bob manages wildlife, fisheries, botanical, instream flow and groundwater studies for the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric project.

Select Publications
  • Stickney, A. A., R. M. Burgess, and T. Obritschkewitsch. 2014. Shifts in fox den occupancy in the greater Prudhoe Bay area, Alaska. Arctic 67:196–202.

  • Burgess, R. M. 2000. Arctic foxes. Pp. 159–178 in J. C. Truett and S. R. Johnson (eds.). The natural history of an arctic oil-field. Academic Press, New York, NY.

  • Ritchie, R. J., R. M. Burgess, and R. S. Suydam. 2000. Status and nesting distribution of Lesser Snow Geese, Chen caerulsecens caerulescens, and Brant, Branta bernicla nigricans, on the western Arctic Coastal Plain, Alaska. Canadian Field-Naturalist 114 (3): 395–404.

  • Burgess, R. M., and A. A. Stickney. 1994. Interspecific aggression by Tundra Swans toward Lesser Snow Geese in the Sagavanirktok River delta, Alaska. Auk 111: 204–207.

  • Burgess, R. M. 1984. Investigations of patterns of vegetation, distribution, and abundance of small mammals and nesting birds, and behavioral ecology of arctic foxes at Demarcation Bay, Alaska. M.S. Thesis, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK. 191 pp.