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Terry Thompson

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Reserve Manager
Kachemak Bay Research Reserve
95 Sterling Highway, Suite 2
Homer, AK 99603
(907) 226-4656
Terry.Thompson@alaska.gov


I’ve been with the Reserve since 2002 when I was hired as the Education Coordinator. Then, in 2008 I had the pleasure of being promoted to the Reserve Manager position. My responsibilities include program leadership and oversight over wide-ranging research, monitoring, education, training and administrative programs. The best part of my job is working with such a talented group of folks who are committed to learning and teaching about the natural world, and in particular, estuaries.

A part of my job that I totally enjoy is having the opportunity to work with our local communities, partner organizations, and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System as we all work to enhance our scientific knowledge of the Kachemak Bay region, and then transfer that knowledge to people of all ages. Alaska is such an amazing outdoor laboratory and classroom that I can't think of a better place to be.

Throughout my academic and professional career I have accumulated a wide variety of life experiences that I bring with me to my position as Reserve Manager. I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildland Recreation Management from the University of Idaho in 1982. I have worked as a wildland firefighter for the Sawtooth and Toiyabe National Forests, and as a recreation assistant, also with the Sawtooth National Forest. And, I have also worked in the emergency medical field as an Advanced E.M.T./Firefighter with Blaine County Emergency Services in Hailey, Idaho. And prior to moving to Alaska in 2001 I spent a number of years with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game where I managed the MK Nature Center in Boise, ID.

When not at work, you can usually find me on my boat with a fishing pole or camera in hand, which, in Alaska, is not too bad of a way to spend one's free time!