Area Wildlife Biologist, Geoff Carroll

Video Shot in: 2002

Wildlife biologist Geoff Carroll recounts his work as an area wildlife biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. His responsibilities encompass a vast 56,000 square mile area, primarily focused on land mammals, caribou in particular, which he considers a crucial land resource. He explains the ongoing project of conducting regular counts, including photo censuses every few years and yearly assessments of calf production and survival rates. To aid in the studies, Geoff uses radio collars providing valuable data on caribou movements and behaviors. The North Slope alone is home to four caribou herds, each with populations ranging from 60,000 to nearly half a million. Managing and monitoring these herds necessitates meticulous observations, sampling, and statistical analysis.