Glaciology The Mendenhall Glacier, within 10 miles from UAS, is our gateway to the Juneau Icefield. Environmental Science undergraduates participate in mass balance measurements and studies on the impact of glacial recession on southeast Alaska watersheds guided by UAS Environmental Science faculty.
For a link to a comprehensive list of Mendenhall Glacier Related Publications click here.
Tongass National Forest The largest national forest in the United States is right at our doorstep. This coastal rainforest contains highly productive salmon fisheries and some of the world's most productive forests. UAS Environmental Science faculty are researching how spawning Pacific salmon and abundant wetlands influence nutrient dynamics and ecosystem productivity in the Tongass. This research is a collaborative project with the Pacific Northwest Forestry Science Lab in Juneau.
Water Quality and Watershed Monitoring UAS students and faculty are investigating the effects of urbanization on water quality in Juneau area streams and lakes. UAS Environmental Science faculty are also working with the National Park Service to evaluate freshwater and marine resources in Alaskan national parks such as Glacier Bay National Park. These efforts will improve the monitoring and protection of aquatic resources in Alaskan parks.
Avalanche Dynamics Juneau has the highest urban avalanche danger of any city in the United States. UAS Environmental Science Faculty are studying avalanche dynamics at their research site within the Eaglecrest Ski Area on Douglas Island. In addition, our wireless weather station provides real-time information on snow conditions for skiers, boarders, and patrollers.
Ecology Research involving Environmental Science students includes understanding the role of salmon nutrients in watersheds, the methods for determination of distribution and population trends in amphibian populations, and the ecological role of forest bats in karst.