Gunnar Knapp, ISER’s director since 2013 and a professor of economics at ISER for 35 years, has announced he will retire from the University of Alaska Anchorage in June 2016. But after retiring he plans to work part-time with ISER, in particular continuing his research and public outreach to help Alaskans understand the big fiscal challenges the state faces. He will also continue his decades-long research on Alaska’s salmon industry and salmon markets, which has earned him an international reputation as a fisheries economist.
Dr. Knapp describes his retirement as a long-planned decision, allowing him to spend more time with his family and “to enjoy the beauty of Alaska, which so entranced me when I first came here.” He notes that in the past few years ISER has hired several excellent new researchers, and he is confident that ISER will continue “to maintain and build its capacity for objective and critical research and education about the economy and society of Alaska and the Arctic and the very important and challenging policy issues we are facing.”
Read Dr. Knapp’s full retirement letter (PDF, 9.33KB).