California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Dr. Alex Few

Bio in Brief

Alex is an Environmental Scientist with CDFW. She serves as the bighorn sheep biologist for the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Recovery Program. Her duties include analyzing environmental impacts of conservation activities, leading field crews, performing population surveys, conducting ground and aerial monitoring of radio-collared animals, analyzing data, and completing habitat assessments. She is currently developing resource selection functions to inform future re-introductions and conducting demographic analyses. Prior to becoming the bighorn sheep biologist, she worked as a scientific aide for the Recovery Program. Alex has a depth of mountain travel experience that includes technical alpine climbing and backcountry skiing. Expeditions and travels in all seasons to four continents provide a solid foundation of mountain sense and personal responsibility necessary to travel safely in the rugged alpine terrain Sierra bighorn inhabit. Alex received her B.A. in biology from the University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. from the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Washington where she studied the role of calcium in regulation of voltage-gated calcium channels and short-term synaptic plasticity. Alex's transition from the laboratory to the field was motivated by her desire to trade a microscope for binoculars and invest her endless enthusiasm for the mountains in conservation.

Publications

Key: P - Peer Reviewed Publication, D - Dissertation, PE - Peer Edited Publications, B - Book Chapters, G - Popular Articles and Government reports

  • G - Few, A.P., Stephenson, T. R., Pierce, B.M., German, D. W., Wehausen, J.D. 2011-2012 Annual Report of the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Recovery Program. California Department of Fish and Game. In review.
  • P - Few, A.P. (2012) The Art of Conservation. California Wild Sheep. Winter 2012: 14-15.
  • G - Few, A.P. *, Nanou, E. *, Watari, H., Sullivan, J.M., Scheuer, T., and Catterall, W.A. (2012) Asynchronous calcium current conducted by voltage-gated calcium CaV2.1 and CaV2.2 channels and its implications for asynchronous neurotransmitter release. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 109: 452�460. *Indicates co-first author.
  • G - Stephenson, T. R., Wehausen, J.D., Few, A.P., German, D. W., Jensen, D.F., Spitz, D., Knox, K., Pierce, B.M., Davis, J.L., Ostergard, J., and Fusaro, J. 2010-2011 Annual Report of the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Recovery Program: A decade in review. California Department of Fish and Game, Sacramento, CA.
  • G - Few, A.P. (2011) Natural range expansions in the Sierra Nevada. California Wild Sheep. Winter 2011: 32-33.
  • P - Few, A.P. * , Nanou, E. *, Scheuer, T., and Catterall, W.A. (2011) Molecular determinants of CaV2.1 channel regulation by calcium-binding protein-1. J. Biol. Chem. 286: 41917-23. *Indicates co-first author.
  • G - Wehausen, J.D., Few, A.P. , Stephenson, T. R., German, D. W., Pierce, B.M., and Davis, J.L. 2009-2010 Annual Report of the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Recovery program. California Department of Fish and Game, Sacramento, CA.
  • D - Few, A.P. (2008) Presynaptic calcium channel regulation and short-term synaptic plasticity. Ph.D. dissertation. University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
  • PE - Catterall, W.A. and Few, A.P., (2008) Calcium channel regulation and presynaptic plasticity. Neuron 59: 882-901.
  • P - Mochida, S.*, Few, A.P.*, Scheuer, T., and Catterall, W.A. (2007) Regulation of presynaptic CaV2.1 channels by calcium sensor proteins mediates short-term synaptic plasticity. Neuron 57: 210-216.   *Indicates co-first author.
  • PE - Ting, J., Few, A.P., Custer, K. (2006) Nonglobal homeostatic plasticity? J. Neurosci. 26: 10937-38.
  • P - Few, A.P., Lautermilch, N.J., Westenbroek, R.E., Scheuer, T., and Catterall, W.A. (2005) Differential regulation of Cav2.1 channels by CaBP1 and VILIP-2 requires N-terminal myristoylation. J. Neurosci. 25: 7071-80.
  • P - Lautermilch, N.J., Few, A.P., Scheuer, T., and Catterall, W.A. (2005) Modulation of Cav2.1 channels by the neuronal calcium binding protein VILIP-2. J. Neurosci. 25: 7062-70.
  • P - Lim, R., Oleskevich, S., Few, A.P., Leao, R.N. and Walmsley, B. (2002) Glycinergic mIPSCs in brainstem auditory nuclei: modulation by ruthenium red and the role of calcium stores. J. Physiol. 546: 691-699.
  • P - Freedman, T., Porter, A. and Haarer, B. K. (2000) Mutational and hyperexpression-induced disruption of bipolar budding in yeast. Microbiology 146: 2833-2843.