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Environmental Science & Environmental Resources

A Natural Laboratory Perfect for Study

The interdisciplinary curriculum in the BS in Environmental Science and BS in Environmental Resources degrees is designed to prepare students for science-based careers in environmental research, management, and consulting. Students completing either of the degrees will have opportunities for hands-on field experience in the glacial and rainforest environments of Southeast Alaska.

Faculty in these fields of study instruct in a variety of disciplines including: the earth sciences, chemistry, physics, biology, math, and spatial analysis. Students learn biological principles and skills in lecture, laboratory, and field courses. A particular emphasis of the program is student involvement in research projects, and undergraduates in Environmental Science regularly present their research results at regional and national scientific meetings.

Our faculty are actively engaged in research programs in areas including: landscape ecology, hydrology, sensor development, geology, environmental chemistry, geochemistry, remote sensing, glaciology, and biogeochemistry.


Friday, April 23, 2021

Alaska Spacegrant Apprenticeships

The Alaska Space Grant Program (ASGP), a participant in the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, invites applications from U. S. citizens for undergraduate research apprenticeship stipends. These stipends are offered to undergraduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM) fields. Preference is given to projects directly related to NASA's interests, keeping in mind that NASA's interests include the study of Earth. Stipends available under this announcement are limited to students attending Alaska institutions of higher education.

While all qualified students are encouraged to apply, women and individuals from underrepresented groups, specifically, Alaska Natives, Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Students are required to identify a faculty mentor with whom they intend to work, and who is available to write a letter of collaboration.

Academic year 2021-2022 stipends are $6,000. Applications are due June 15, 2021!

More information about the application, award requirements, and eligibility is available on the ASGP website.

Jason Amundson 12:29:33 PM
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Panel Discussion: Environmental Values and Outdoor Recreation

Program on the Environment faculty member Kevin Krein will be participating in a panel discussion entitled "Environmental Values and Outdoor Recreation." The event is hosted by the Rochester Institute of Technology and attendance requires registration, but is free (they send the Zoom link when you register). The event is aimed at the general public and will have opportunities for audience input and discussion. It will be held at 3:00pm Alaska time next Monday. 

Detailed information about the event is provided below.


Please join us via Zoom next Monday, April 26, 7:00-8:30 pm EDT for a panel discussion on “Environmental Values and Outdoor Recreation.” (The time is 6pm Central, 5pm Mountain/CST, 4pm Pacific, 3pm Alaska).

Registration is required (but free) by clicking the button at the top of this page: . A Zoom link will be sent to registrants by email.

Featured panelists:

  • Kevin Krein, Professor of Philosophy and Director of Outdoor Studies at the University of Alaska Southeast, author of Philosophy and Nature Sports (Routledge 2019), mountaineer and professional ski guide
  • Leslie A. Howe, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Saskatchewan and author of numerous articles in the philosophy of sport, as well as in existentialism and moral psychology
  • Jonathan Ellsworth, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of BLISTER (an outdoor media & gear review company), former philosophy instructor, and co-editor of Thoreau's Importance for Philosophy (2012).
  • Moderated by Evelyn Brister (Rochester Institute of Technology, Philosophy) and Jonathan Schnaufer (RIT, Outdoor Education)

Our panel will discuss three questions at the core of outdoor recreation and adventure sports:

  1. Does outdoor recreation bring us closer to nature?
  2. What are the values that attract people to outdoor recreation, and how can these values come into conflict with each other?
  3. How can outdoor recreation develop our character as individuals and communities, and what are the hazards?

This event is sponsored by the RIT Department of Philosophy, the RIT Department of Outdoor Education in the Division of Student Affairs, the Public Philosophy Network, and RocVentures Climbing Gym.

Eran Hood 09:45:50 PM
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

New Weblog Item

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to re-introduce myself since I have formally transitioned from Dean and Vice-Provost back to the UAS faculty, as Professor of Environment and Society, and into the Directorship of the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center (ACRC).  I encourage everyone to keep up with ACRC through the our website (, newsletter (Subscribe here ), publications, and other media. I look forward to becoming active in the Program on the Environment and to talking with students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders about the mission and activities of the ACRC. Please contact me if you wish to chat or learn more. Best wishes for the end of the term.

Tom Thornton


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Thomas Thornton 01:21:27 PM
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

kayak oceanography course

There is still space in the kayak oceanography course that is being offered this spring. Learn about climate change and its impacts in Taku Inlet while collecting and analyzing scientific measurements. See attached flyer and contact the instructors for more information.

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Jason Amundson 05:04:30 PM
Monday, March 29, 2021

USGS is hiring Hydrologic Technicians and Water Quality Specialists

Hi All, 

The US Geological Survey is hiring 6 month temporary positions in Juneau, Anchorage, and Fairbanks that have the potential to be converted to full time. Applications are due by April 5th, however they will close the positions after 30 applicants so you should apply ASAP if you are interested. See attached flyer for details and email Jeff with questions. Cheers,



Please send this to anyone that might be interested in applying. We are recruiting for several 180-day temporary employees in Juneau, Anchorage, and Fairbanks to assist with field work and to support field operations.  Applications must be received by April 5, 2021. 

Applications and questions can be directed to me at


Jeff Conaway

Associate Center Director

Water, Ice, and Landscape Dynamics

Alaska Science Center

4210 University Drive

Anchorage AK, 99508



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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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Eran Hood, Ph.D.

Eran Hood, Ph.D.

Professor of Environmental Science

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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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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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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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Emeritus Faculty

Roman Motyka, Ph.D.

Roman Motyka, Ph.D.

Research Professor Emeritus, Geophysical Institute, UAF

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