Alaska Quaternary Center

373 Reichardt Building
900 Yukon Dr.
PO Box 75-5940
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775-5940

Phone: (907) 474-5433
Fax: (907) 474-5101

Past Speakers

Speaker and AffiliationPresentationLinks

Jon Erlandson

Museum of Natural and Cultural History, University of Oregon

Peopling of the Americas:  A Pacific Rim PerspectiveVikings in Iceland:  Sagas, Settlements, and Science in Mosfell Valley

Lutz Schirrmeister

Alfred Wegener Institute, Potsdam, Germany

Permafrost in Northeastern Siberia, 200,000-Year Archive of Climate Change The Yedoma Suite of Northeast Siberia

James Baichtal

Forest Geologist, Tongass National Forest

Paleogeography, Glacially Induced Crustal Movements & Late Quaternary Coastlines in Southeastern Alaska 
Speaker and AffiliationPresentationLinks

John England

Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta

A tale of two Arctic ice shelves: lessons learned from ancient and modern examplesOngoing revision of the NW Laurentide ice Sheet: implications for paleoclimate, the northeast extremity of Beringia, and Arctic Ocean sedimentation

link to abstracts

Julie Brigham-Grette

Geosciences, University of Massachusetts

Arctic Immersion with Undergraduates in Kongsfjord, SvalbardSuccessful recovery of 3.6 million years of Arctic history from Lake El'gygytgyn, Chukotka
 Marine sea level and paleoceanography (including sea ice) of Bering Strait in context of Arctic regions

link to abstracts

John Jaeger

Dept. of Geological Sciences, University of Florida

Gulf of Alaska glacier melting events and the connection to oceanic and atmospheric circulationThe Quaternary Marine Record of Bering Glacier Dynamics:  Ice streams, Surges, and Outburst Floods

link to abstracts

Speaker and AffiliationPresentationLinks

Dr. David Montgomery

Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington

King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon.Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations.

Dave Montgomery was a 2009 recipient of a MacArthur "genius grant" and is a Professor of Geology.

Link to Dave's web page

Dr. Thomas H. McGovern

Dept. of Anthropology
Hunter College, NY

Extinction, Survival, and Sustainability- thresholds and conjunctures in the Viking North AtlanticHuman Ecodynamics in the North Atlantic- recent IPY results

Tom McGovern is a Professor of Anthropology whose research focuses on the North Atlantic.

Link to abstracts and Link to current research.

Dr. Mary Edwards

Geography School
University of Southampton

Climate change and wildfire: a long-term perspectiveDescribing Pleistocene Arctic plant communities using a new DNA barcoding technique

Mary Edwards is a Professor in Physical Geography whose research focuses on vegetation-climate-landscape interactions in the North.

Link to web page and Link to abstracts

 Speaker and Affiliation
Dr. Susan Kaplan
Peary-Macmillan Arctic Museum
Bowdoin College, Maine
The Boilers Went to Pieces, the Ship was on Fire: Untold Stories of Robert E. Peary's North Pole ExpeditionsFrom Forested Bays to Tundra-Covered Passes: Inuit and Transformation of the Labrador LandscapeKaplan's web page
Dr. Joanne Bourgeois
Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington
Ten summers of paleoseismology in the Russian Far East -- earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis and adventure on Kamchatka and the Kuril IslandsDoes Kamchatcka belong to North America? This and other neotectonic questions addressed by tsunami and terrace studiesJody Bourgeois' home page
Dr. Leonid Polyak
Byrd Polar Research Center Ohio State University
Paleoclimatic perspectives of the changing Arctic OceanQuaternary paleoceanography and glacial history of the Arctic OceanLeonid Polyak's home page

Speaker and AffiliationPresentationLinks
Dr. Richard Reger
Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, retired
A unifying model for last major glaciation in upper Cook Inlet regionLast major glaciation in western Kenai Peninsula lowlandClick this link to search for a list of publications at DGGS

Dr. Charles Schweger Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta

Where have all the Vikings gone? Abandonment of the Western Settlement, GreenlandLost civilizations Based on the Fermentation of Cabbage or Perhaps my Unfinished Research will Inspire a Student or TwoLink to University of Alberta Dept. of Anthropology
Dr. Charlie Paull
Senior Scientist at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing, CA
Pingo-Like Features on the Beaufort Sea Shelf and Decomposing Methane GasRecent Sediment Transport Events in the Monterey Canyon and Fan ChannelHome page at MBARI
Gregory Hare Archaeologist, Yukon Heritage Resources UnitYukon Alpine Ice Patches: Update on Recent Investigations 2004-2006 Yukon Archaeology Program
Dr. Grant Zazula
Yukon Palaeontology Program
Arctic Ground Squirrels of the Mammoth-Steppe Yukon Palaeontology Program

Speaker and Affiliation

Dr. Jerold Lowenstein

Ancient Bones and Bloodstains Yield Molecular Secrets

Identification of Species from Fossil and Forensic Tissues

Dr. Darrell Kaufman

Glacial History of the Ahklun Mountains, SW Alaska: Timing is Everything

Lake Core Research in Southern Alaska: New Records of Holocene Climate and Tephra

Dr. Fredrick PrahlAlke-'Knowns' and 'Unknowns'The Gulf of California and the Anatomy of its Euphotic Zone in Summer
Dr. Jack Ives"The Apachean Departure from the Subarctic: Linguistic, Human Biological, and Archaeological Evidence" 

Dr. Gifford Miller

"Ecosystem Collapse in Pleistocene Australia: Implications for a Human Role in Megafauna Extinction and Climate Change"

Dr. Feng Sheng Hu"History of Alaskan Boreal Forests: From DNA Input to Solar Output" 
Previous years  

Arthur Dyke

Postglacial climate threshold events in the Canadian Arctic 

Duane Froese

Ice Age gold, a mega-flood and reversal of Yukon River drainage in central Yukon and Alaska

Gary Haynes"Extinctions and human dispersals in North America's Late Glacial landscapes (south of Alaska)" 

Dr. David Meltzer

"The Archaeology of the First Americans" 
Dr. Dennis Darby"Opportunities In Arctic Paleoceanography, New Initiatives" 
Thijs van KolfschotenOut of Africa into Europe: Dating the Earliest Human Occupation of Europe