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Department

Natural Sciences

The UAS Department of Natural Sciences facilitates student learning of mathematics, scientific, and analytical methods of thinking as a means to understand the world.

Study natural science with access to the ultimate natural laboratory

Biology & Marine Biology

Program coordinator: Dr. Heidi Pearson

Icefields to Oceans

Environmental Science & Environmental Resources

Program coordinator: Dr. Jason Amundson

Study natural science with access to the ultimate natural laboratory

Fisheries & Ocean Sciences, Fisheries Science

Program coordinator: Dr. Heidi Pearson

People, Places, and Meaning

Environmental and Outdoor Studies

Program coordinator: Dr. Kevin Maier

Part of the Program on the Environment, Departments of Humanities and Natural Sciences

Open the door to a range of possibilities

Mathematics

Program coordinator: Dr. Brian Blitz

Research at UAS

UAS is at the center of Alaskan research, with unparalleled access to ocean, freshwater, glacial, and rainforest environments. UAS faculty conduct research and creative activities across a range of disciplines, providing excellent real-world opportunities to undergraduate students for hands-on learning.

 

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Denise Carl

Denise Carl

Academic Advisor

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Staff

Angie Kameroff-Steeves

Angie Kameroff-Steeves

Administrative Assistant

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Sara Caldwell

Sara Caldwell

Biology Lab Technician

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Honalee H. Elkan, B.S.

Honalee H. Elkan, B.S.

Chemistry Lab Technician

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Biology & Marine Biology Faculty

Paul Bahna

Paul Bahna

Assistant Professor of Biology

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Carolyn A. Bergstrom, Ph.D.

Carolyn A. Bergstrom, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Marine Biology

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Marnie Chapman, M.A., M.S.

Marnie Chapman, M.A., M.S.

Professor of Biology

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Lisa Hoferkamp, Ph.D.

Lisa Hoferkamp, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

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Susan L. Kendig, M.S.

Susan L. Kendig, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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Kitty LaBounty, B.S., M.S.

Kitty LaBounty, B.S., M.S.

Associate Professor of Biology

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Jon Martin

Jon Martin

Assistant Professor of Biology

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Konrad Meister, Ph.D.

Konrad Meister, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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Michael O. Navarro, Ph.D.

Michael O. Navarro, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Marine Fisheries

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Heidi Pearson

Heidi Pearson

Associate Professor of Marine Biology

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Julie Schram, Ph.D.

Julie Schram, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Animal Physiology

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Jan Straley, M.S.

Jan Straley, M.S.

Professor of Marine Biology

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David Tallmon, Ph.D.

David Tallmon, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

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Environmental Science & Environmental Resources Faculty & Staff

Jason M. Amundson, Ph.D.

Jason M. Amundson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Geophysics

I have a background in glaciology and geophysics. My research focuses on tidewater glaciers and glacier-ocean interactions, and I am especially interested in the ways that glaciers interact with other Earth system components. I teach the introductory physics courses as well as upper division courses in Earth's climate and glaciology.

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Jason B. Fellman, Ph.D.

Jason B. Fellman, Ph.D.

Interim Co-director - Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center & Research Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

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Eran Hood, Ph.D.

Eran Hood, Ph.D.

Professor of Environmental Science

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Sonia A. Nagorski, Ph.D.

Sonia A. Nagorski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Geology

My background is in environmental geochemistry, and my research has focused primarily on a variety of contaminants in aquatic systems. I teach classes on Earth's geologic history, physical geology, natural hazards, geomorphology, and mineral and energy resources and environmental impacts. At UAS I devote my efforts to training and inspiring undergraduates to work creatively and effectively in the environmental sciences, preparing them for meaningful careers that benefit the Earth and society.

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Sanjay Pyare, Ph.D.

Sanjay Pyare, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Geography BS Program Coordinator

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Fisheries & Ocean Sciences, Fisheries Science

Michael O. Navarro, Ph.D.

Michael O. Navarro, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Marine Fisheries

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Geography, Environmental & Outdoor Studies Faculty

Jason B. Fellman, Ph.D.

Jason B. Fellman, Ph.D.

Interim Co-director - Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center & Research Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

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Erica Hill, Ph.D.

Erica Hill, Ph.D.

Professor of Anthropology

Effective January 15, 2020, Erica will be serving as program director for Arctic Social Sciences at the National Science Foundation in Alexandria, VA. While she maintains her employment with UAS, she is not currently teaching any courses or accepting any advisees. She can be reached via her UAS email.

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Eran Hood, Ph.D.

Eran Hood, Ph.D.

Professor of Environmental Science

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Kevin Krein, Ph.D.

Kevin Krein, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy

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Kevin Maier, Ph.D.

Kevin Maier, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

While my training is in 19th and 20th century American literature, my interests have always been in the cultural components of environmental concerns, often seen from the angle of sport hunting and fishing. Which is to say: I like to mix my outdoor recreation with hard questions about climate change, equity, and environmental justice.

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Daniel Monteith, Ph.D.

Daniel Monteith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Anthropology

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Sanjay Pyare, Ph.D.

Sanjay Pyare, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Geography BS Program Coordinator

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John Radzilowski, Ph.D.

John Radzilowski, Ph.D.

Professor of History

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Richard F. Simpson, Ph.D.

Richard F. Simpson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Humanities, Geography and Environmental Studies BA Coordinator

Literary Theory; Literary Urban Studies; Material Cultures of Education; Nineteenth-Century Labor and Economic Theory; Allegory and the Essay; Cultures of Finance Capital

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Lance (X̱’unei) A. Twitchell, M.F.A., Ph.D.

Lance (X̱’unei) A. Twitchell, M.F.A., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Alaska Native Languages

All systems and spaces have space for Indigenous languages, knowledges, arts, and peoples. You can study with us and stand up for Indigenous languages, ways of knowing, and decolonization in revolutionary self-love. Kakḵwa.áaḵw aag̱áa yakḵwadláaḵ: I will try, and I will succeed!

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Lora E. Vess

Lora E. Vess

Associate Professor of Social Sciences, Social Sciences Department Chair

Environmental sociology and environmental justice, food studies, social inequality, social movements, scholarship of teaching and learning, sociology of health and medicine

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Forest J. Wagner, M.A.

Forest J. Wagner, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Outdoor Studies

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Sonia A. Nagorski, Ph.D.

Sonia A. Nagorski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Geology

My background is in environmental geochemistry, and my research has focused primarily on a variety of contaminants in aquatic systems. I teach classes on Earth's geologic history, physical geology, natural hazards, geomorphology, and mineral and energy resources and environmental impacts. At UAS I devote my efforts to training and inspiring undergraduates to work creatively and effectively in the environmental sciences, preparing them for meaningful careers that benefit the Earth and society.

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Mathematics

Brian Blitz

Brian Blitz

Professor of Mathematics & Program Coordinator

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Megan Buzby, Ph.D.

Megan Buzby, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Appreciates teaching a range of courses from beginning algebra to calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and mathematical modeling, as well as courses in probability and statistics.

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Jill Dumesnil

Jill Dumesnil

Professor of Mathematics

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Chris Hay-Jahans

Chris Hay-Jahans

Professor of Mathematics

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Colleen Ianuzzi

Colleen Ianuzzi

Associate Professor of Mathematics

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Joe Liddle

Joe Liddle

Professor of Mathematics

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Andrzej Piotrowski

Andrzej Piotrowski

Professor of Mathematics, Natural Sciences Department Chair

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Professors Emeriti

Richard Gard, Ph.D.

Professor of Fisheries, Emeritus

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Lewis Haldorson, Ph.D.

Professor of Fisheries, Emeritus

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Cathy L. Connor, Ph.D.

Cathy L. Connor, Ph.D.

Professor of Geology, Emerita

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Michael Stekoll, Ph.D.

Michael Stekoll, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Emeritus

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Sherry Tamone, Ph.D.

Sherry Tamone, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology, Emerita

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Roman Motyka, Ph.D.

Roman Motyka, Ph.D.

Research Professor Emeritus, Geophysical Institute, UAF

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