The weekly Fireside Lecture at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center March 14 featured Cathy Connor, Professor of Geology.
Connor spoke on the recently discovered ancient trees that melted out of the ice as the Mendenhall Glacier receded. The lecture took listeners back to a time before the temperate rainforest existed, when First Alaskans were making the area their own. As the glaciers melted thousands of years ago, forests began to grow on emerging seabeds, enabling trees to establish themselves from nearby refuges that had not been covered by ice. Connor has been teaching Earth Sciences courses at UAS since 1991. Her research colleagues and students have explored the dynamic Southeast landscape, providing extensive details that contribute to understanding how life developed along the Panhandle.