University of Alaska Fairbanks & University of Vermont
Photo by Christy Yuncker Happ
- Christy Yuncker Photo Journal - AlaskaSandhillCrane.com
- Alaska Sandhill Crane Blog
- Is crane dance innate or learned?
- Sandhill crane books
- Do cranes usde pheromones?
- Twin colts in 2010
- Local ecology and novelty
- Crane brains 3 - Mental maps
- Crane Brains 2 - wiring plan
- Crane Brains 1- Evolutionary origins
- Death, visitations, and dance of "solidarity"
- Alaska Crane Kindergarten
- Return to nestsite and hatch of twin coltss
- Crane parents compensate for colt's injury
- Origins of the blog
- How birds think Blog
George Happ grew up in downstate Illinois and attended grad school at Cornell. He taught courses in physiology, cell biology, and general biology at five universities.
George's research interests include behavior, chemical signals, cell and developmental biology, insect physiology, and infectious disease. Some of his collaborators and research students are pictured above.
In 1995, George and Christy Yuncker Happ retired to 40 acres of permafrost and taiga near Fairbanks, Alaska.
Christy's photographs have been featured in the Sandhill Crane Display Dictionary, the Alaska Airlines Magazine, Prairie Fire Newspaper, the International Crane Foundation Bugle, and the Michelin Guide to Alaska Travel.
George offers lectures on Sandhill Cranes and bird neurobiology (link to the left). He is an author on over 100 scientific papers and book chapters, several popular articles, and many blogposts. Recent publications include:
- Dancing through summer school - Sandhill crane youngsters in Alaska- Prairie Fire Newspaper, March 2013, with Christy Yuncker Happ
- Is Sandhill Crane dance innate or learned? Blogpost in How birds think Blog - October 1, 2012
- Do cranes use sex pheromones? Blogpost in Alaska Sandhill Crane Blog - October 9, 2010
- A Sandhill Crane Family Nesting in Alaska - Prairie Fire Newspaper, March 2012 with Christy Yuncker Happ
- H4N8 subtype avian influenza virus isolated from shorebirds contains a unique PB1 gene and causes severe respiratory disease in mice. Virology 423:77-88 (2012) with V. N. Bui, H. Ogawa, ...J. A. Runstadler, F. Huettmann & K. Imai
- Francisella genes required for replication in mosquito cells. J. Med. Entomol. 45:1108-1116 (2008) with A. Read, S. J. Vogl, K. Hueffer, & L. A. Gallagher
- DLA-DRB-1, DQA1, and DQB1 alleles and haplotypes in North American gray wolves. Journal of Heredity 98:491-499 (2007) with L. J. Kennedy, J. Angles, A. Barnes, L. E. Carmichael, A. D. Radford, & W. E. R. Ollier
- Historical and modern neutral genetic variability in Mednyi Arctic foxes passed through a severe bottleneck J. Zoology 289:68-72 (2013) with A. I. Ploshnitsa, M. E. Goltsman, D. W. Macdonald, L. J. Kennedy