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Degree Candidates

David Woodall, Dean

Bachelor's | Master's | Doctoral


Baccalaureate Degrees
Nicole LaVon Aaron   B.S. Biological Sciences
Nathan J. Adams   B.S. Biological Sciences
Eric Thomas Adamson   B.S. Physics
Jason Mark Albert Golden Key Honor Society   B.S. Civil Engineering
Benerito Meade Angel   B.S. Civil Engineering
Rachel Anne Armstrong magna cum laude, Honors Program   B.S. Civil Engineering
Britt K. Arnesen magna cum laude, Golden Key Honor Society, Student Leadership Honors   B.S. Biological Sciences
Scott D. Ayers   B.S. Biological Sciences
Donald Michael Bahls cum laude   B.S. Computer Science
Lourdes Barrelli   B.S. Wildlife Biology
Brandon P. Becker Golden Key Honor Society   B.S. Computer Science
Joslyn Marie Beckley cum laude, Golden Key Honor Society   B.S. Biological Sciences
Eugenia M. Bender   B.T. Health Care and Administration: Interdisciplinary Program
Jeremy E. Benson   B.S. Electrical Engineering - Communications; Computer Engineering
Valerie Blajeski Golden Key Honor Society   B.S. Biological Sciences
Deanna L. Bradley   B.S. Biological Sciences
Dayne Broderson   B.S. Computer Science
John Broussard   B.S. Mathematics; Physics
Anna Running Deer Brumbelow Golden Key Honor Society   B.S. Biological Sciences
Bradford R. Brunsdon   B.S. Mechanical Engineering
David J. Bump   B.S. Wildlife Biology
Michelle Lynn Burrows cum laude, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society   B.A. Biological Sciences
Tina Marie Buxbaum Student Ambassador, Honors Program   B.S. Biological Sciences
John Christopher Carnahan   B.S. Biological Sciences
Robert D. Catena   B.S. Biological Sciences
Bongchu Chi   B.S. Chemistry - Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Holly N. Costa   B.S. Biological Sciences
Christopher Crewdson Honors Program   B.S. Computer Science
Christopher E. Crews   B.S. Wildlife Biology
Christopher E. Crews   B.S. Biological Sciences
Manon Demientieff   B.S. Biological Sciences
Rae Dinsmore   B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Rebecca Mae Viray Dittman   B.S. Biological Sciences
John William Dixon   B.S. Wildlife Biology
Shannon Marie Dodge cum laude, Golden Key Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society   B.S. Wildlife Biology
Jessica Jeanne Eichmiller magna cum laude   B.S. Biological Sciences
Timothy Estesen   B.S. Mathematics
Jeffrey Farmer   B.S. Biological Sciences
Rae Ann Croy Filla   B.S. Biological Sciences
Stephanie Ivette Firmin   B.S. Biological Sciences
Miriam J. Fisher   B.S. Chemistry
Ruth Anne Freeburg   B.A. Mathematics
Justin Michael Freeman   B.S. Computer Science
Lawrence F. Garcia   B.A. Biological Sciences
Scott A. Gelber   B.S. Computer Science
Amanda Linnea Gellhouse   B.S. Computer Science
James Gentry III   B.S. Computer Science
Fawn Lillian Glassburn   B.S. Geology
Zachary D. Grauvogel   B.S. Biological Sciences
Loda Griffeth Golden Key Honor Society   B.S. Chemistry - Environmental Chemistry
Beau Leonard Griggs   B.S. Computer Science
Lynden Carola Grothe Golden Key Honor Society   B.S. Biological Sciences
Jason O. Groves   B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Kelly M. Guliano Golden Key Honor Society   B.S. Biological Sciences
Stacie G. Hall   B.S. Biological Sciences
John Wesley Harding   B.S. Geology
Scott Hayden cum laude   B.S. Biological Sciences
Aryn Lee Hegg   B.S. Biological Sciences
John Heimerl cum laude, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society   B.S. Biological Sciences
Melissa Helfrich   B.S. Wildlife Biology
Cory L. Hitchcock cum laude, Golden Key Honor Society   B.A. Biological Sciences
Samantha Hoover   B.A. Biological Sciences
James L. Horn   B.S. Civil Engineering
Steven D. Houston cum laude   B.S. Mathematics
Curtis M. Huenefeld   B.S. Biological Sciences
Rachel Huntzinger magna cum laude   B.S. Electrical Engineering - Communications
Keiko Ino magna cum laude, Golden Key Honor Society   B.S. Physics
Keiko Ino magna cum laude, Golden Key Honor Society   B.S. Mathematics
Yoshinori Irie   B.S. Biological Sciences
Matthew Janonis   B.S. Biological Sciences
Christopher M. Johns cum laude   B.S. Statistics
Desmond J. Johns cum laude, Honors Program   B.S. Biological Sciences
Bryan Johnson   B.S. Civil Engineering
Scott L. Jones   B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Sarah Kay Jones-Foster   B.A. Biological Sciences
Joelle W. Kee   B.S. Biological Sciences
Joseph P. Kemp   B.S. Civil Engineering
Scott W. Kemp Golden Key Honor Society, Student Leadership Honors   B.S. Chemistry - Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Tait Darius Kenny magna cum laude, Honors Program   B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Scott Kircher magna cum laude, Golden Key Honor Society, Honors Program   B.S. Computer Science
Scott Kircher magna cum laude, Golden Key Honor Society, Honors Program   B.S. Mathematics
Andrew Augustus Kozarik   B.S. Computer Science
Mikhail E. Lagoda   B.S. Electrical Engineering - Communications; Computer Engineering
George P. Lee III   B.S. Chemistry - Biochemistry/Molecular
Mary Rose Lee cum laude   B.S. Chemistry - Biochemistry/Molecular
Katrina K. LeMieux   B.S. Wildlife Biology
Katrina K. LeMieux   B.S. Biological Sciences
Marya Katherine Lewanski   B.A. Earth Science
Ben David Livengood   B.S. Computer Science
Mary Elisabeth Loewen cum laude, Golden Key Honor Society   B.S. Biological Sciences
Timothy Aaron Ludwig magna cum laude   B.S. Mathematics
Karin Elizabeth Lupo cum laude   B.S. Biological Sciences
Whitney McKay Madison   B.S. Geology
Jonathan D. Martin   B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Peter M. Marvin   B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Tammy M. Massie Honors Program   B.S. Wildlife Biology
Daniel Richard Mattson   B.S. Electrical Engineering - Computer Engineering
Chandra J. McGee   B.S. Biological Sciences
Cathleen Marie Medbury   B.S. Biological Sciences
Paul Edwin Mercer, Jr.   B.S. Computer Science
Wilhelm Ericson Muench magna cum laude   B.S. Civil Engineering
Michael N. Nixon magna cum laude   B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Adrienne Orr cum laude   B.S. Chemistry
Roy N. Pace   B.S. Electrical Engineering - Communications
Daniel M. Patton   B.S. Biological Sciences
Megan Mae Peterson   B.S. Biological Sciences
Penny D. Pettit   B.S. Wildlife Biology
Stephen J. Pollack IV   B.S. Biological Sciences
Arjuna Ponchione   B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Kevin A. Puustinen   B.S. Civil Engineering
Catherine Lynne Randall magna cum laude, Golden Key Honor Society   B.S. Biological Sciences
Caleb Anthony Reft   B.S. Computer Science
Sarah Elizabeth Riddle   B.S. Civil Engineering
Roger F.N. Rothschild Golden Key Honor Society, Honors Program   B.S. Chemistry - Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Christopher A. Rushing   B.S. Computer Science
Louise Mae Russell   B.S. Wildlife Biology
Darci E. Scherzer   B.S. Computer Science; Mathematics
Joseph Eric Sepe   B.S. Mathematics; Statistics
Anthony Shaw   B.S. General Science
Christina Rae Shaw   B.S. Biological Sciences
Michael F. Shay   B.S. Mathematics
Raymond Skoog   B.S. Computer Science
Jeremie D. Smith Golden Key Honor Society   B.S. Electrical Engineering - Communications; Computer Engineering
Tracy Alaine Smith   B.A. Earth Science
Laurie A. Stack   B.S. Wildlife Biology
Alicia Stewart   B.A. Biological Sciences
Amanda Leigh Storm   B.S. Wildlife Biology
Kristian Edward Swearingen Honors Program   B.S. Chemistry - Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Paloma Louisa Thorne   B.A. Mathematics
Lars Kristiansson Tulip cum laude   B.S. Electrical Engineering - Communications
Yumiko Uchiro cum laude   B.S. Wildlife Biology
Nathanael Denali Vaughan cum laude   B.S. Civil Engineering
Rebecca Ventura Golden Key Honor Society   B.S. Chemistry - Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Cashell Rebecca Villa cum laude   B.S. Wildlife Biology
Adam Paul Vogel cum laude   B.S. Electrical Engineering - Power and Control
Erin M. Wahrenbrock   B.S. Mathematics; Statistics
Sherman S. Watts   B.S. Computer Science
Peter T. Weaver   B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Daniel M. Wietchy   B.S. Geology
Travis Wayne Williams   B.S. Geology
Jessica F. Wise Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society   B.S. Biological Sciences
Sarah Anne Wolf   B.S. Biological Sciences
Christopher Young   B.S. Computer Science
Julie Ann Zundel magna cum laude   B.S. Biological Sciences
   
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Master's Degrees
Anton Antonovich
M.S., Russian State Hydrometeorological University (Russia), 1997
  M.S. Statistics
Vincent Autier
B.S., University Institute of Technology 1, Grenoble I (France), 1999;
B.Eng., University of Brighton (England), 2000
  M.S. Civil Engineering
Viktoria A. Averina
B.S., St. Petersburg Institute of Fine Mechanics and Optics (Russia), 2000
  M.S. Mathematics
William A. Beaver
B.S., West Virginia University, 1997
  M.S. Science Management
Sergei M. Belov
B.S., St. Petersburg State University (Russia), 1999
  M.S. Mathematics
Latrice Nichelle Bowman
B.S., University of Alaska, 1999
  M.S. Mathematics
Joseph Scholes Brinton
B.S., Brigham Young University (Utah), 1997
  M.S. Geology
Virgil Edward Burket III
B.S., University of Alaska, 2000
  M.S. Electrical Engineering
Wenyu Cao
B.S., Harbin Institute of Technology (China), 1998
  M.S. Computer Science
Anne Carr
B.S., University of Alaska, 1995
  M.S. Environmental Engineering
Elizabeth M. Cosden
B.S., University of Notre Dame (Indiana), 1997
  M.S. Engineering Management
Sean Cosden
B.S., University of Notre Dame (Indiana), 1997
  M.S. Engineering Management
Leif H. Cox
B.S., Montana Tech of The University of Montana, 2000
  M.S. Geophysics
Bjorn Kristoffer Flora
B.A., Alaska Pacific University, 1999
  M.S. Wildlife Biology
Roy L. Flynn
B.S., Eastern Washington University, 1998
  M.S. Geology
Kurt Egan Galbreath
B.S., Illinois Wesleyan University, 1997
  M.S. Wildlife Biology
Kathleen Ann Gannon
B.S., University of Alaska, 1999
  M.S. Environmental Chemistry
Anna R. Godduhn
B.S., University of Alaska, 1996
  M.A. Chemistry
Stephanie A.D. Gould
B.S., University of Puget Sound (Washington), 1994;
B.S., University of Alaska, 2001
  M.S. Environmental Engineering
Garth Graham
B.S., University of Delaware, 1996
  M.S. Geology
Evan J. Griffith III
B.S., University of Alaska, 1992
  M.C.E.  
Tao Hou
B.S., Shanghai Jiao Tong University (PR China), 1990
  M.S. Electrical Engineering
Colleen Lara Ianuzzi
B.S., University of Alaska, 2001;
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  M.S. Statistics
Jefferson M. Jacobs
B.S., University of Maine, 1998
  M.S. Wildlife Biology
Andrew Bryant Johnson
B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University, 2000
  M.S. Zoology
Shawna Karpovich
B.S., Michigan State University, 1989
  M.S. Biology
Stephen R. Keller
B.S., Juniata College (Pennsylvania), 1997
  M.S. Biology
Scott Kircher
B.S. University of Alaska, 2003;
B.S. University of Alaska, 2003;
Golden Key Honor Society, Honors Program
  M.S. Computer Science
Mikhail B. Korotiaev
B.S., St. Petersburg State Marine Technical University (Russia), 2000
  M.S. Mathematics
Sumit Kumar
B.S., University of Allahabad (India), 2000
  M.S. Mechanical Engineering
Zhiguo Lai
B.S., Tsinghua University (China), 1999
  M.S. Electrical Engineering
Jingbo Li
B.S., Tsinghua University (China), 1999
  M.S. Mechanical Engineering
Joseph T. Lovick
B.S., Imperial College London (United Kingdom), 2000
  M.S. Geophysics
Rongdong Lu
B.S., Ocean University of Qingdao (China), 1999
  M.S. Mechanical Engineering
Duncan A. Marriott
B.A., University of Vermont, 1997
  M.S. Geophysics
David James Matz
B.S., University of Alaska, 1995
  M.S.E.  
Greta Myerchin McGee
B.S., Montana State University, 1997
  M.S. Environmental Engineering
Randall S. Mullen
B.S., University of Alaska, 2001
  M.S. Statistics
Sirisha Nerella
B.T., International College (India), 2000
  M.S. Mechanical Engineering
Dmitry Jury Nicolsky
B.S., St. Petersburg State University (Russia), 2000
  M.S. Mathematics
Kim Nielsen
B.S., University of Copenhagen (Denmark), 1998
  M.S. Physics
Katariina Nykyri
M.S., University of Helsinki (Finland), 1998
  M.S. Computational Physics
Jeffrey A. Oatley
B.S., University of Alabama, 1992; M.S., Iowa State University, 1994
  M.S. Water Resources Engineering: Interdisciplinary Program
Kenneth R. Papp
B.S., University of Cincinnati (Ohio), 1999
  M.S. Geology
Anjali S. Patil
B.C., University of Bombay (India), 1985
  M.S. Science Management
Tim Charles Peltier
B.S., Colorado State University, 1992
  M.S. Wildlife Biology
Timothy Artur Pilon
B.S., University of Minnesota, 1981
  M.S. Environmental Quality Engineering
Ramona Teodora Repaczki
B.A., University of Alaska, 2001; Student Ambassador
  M.S.E.  
Austin Pfeiffer Ross
B.A., University of Vermont, 1994
  M.A. Chemistry
Bipin P. Satavalekar
B.S., Bharati Vidyapeeth (India), 2000
  M.S. Electrical Engineering
Janet Rose Guidetti Schaefer
B.S., San Francisco State University (California), 1994
  M.S. Geology
Carsten Thomas Seaton
B.S., University of Alaska, 1996
  M.S. Wildlife Biology
Todd Sformo
B.A., John Carroll University (Ohio), 1986;
M.A., State University of New York, 1992;
M.F.A., University of Alaska, 1995
  M.S. Biology
John Ryan Shackleton
B.S., University of the South (Tennessee), 1999
  M.S. Geology
Douglas F. Spaeth
B.S., Humbolt State University (California), 1993
  M.S. Wildlife Biology
Shelli Stewart Smeets
B.S., Central Michigan University, 2000
  M.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Rhonda M. Swor
B.S., University of Alaska, 1998
  M.S. Biology
Lingyun Wang
B.S., East China Normal University, 2000
  M.S. Electrical Engineering
Rong Wang
B.S., Harbin Institute of Technology (China), 1999
  M.S. Computer Science
Alexander Xanthus Wilkens
B.S., University of Arizona, 1997
  M.S. Biology
Emily Kristen Youcha
B.S., University of Minnesota, 1999
  M.S. Hydrogeology: Interdisciplinary Program
Hua Zhang
B.S., Xiamen University (People's Republic of China), 1995
  M.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
   
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Doctor of Philosophy Degrees 
Barbara Leigh Adams
B.A., Messiah College (Pennsylvania), 1991;
M.S., Northern Arizona University, 1993
  Ph.D. Acoustics/Fisheries: Interdisciplinary Program
  Thesis:Modeling of the Fisheries Acoustics Problem
This dissertation presents a mathematical model of the overall fisheries acoustics problem posed by enumeration of fish populations using sonar. Emphasis is placed on three key components: a new geometric model for the target strength of Pacific salmon, a fish distribution for sockeye salmon and generation of artificial sonar data.
Major Professor: Dr. Vikas S. Sonwalkar
    
Judith Ann Atkinson
B.S., Eastern Kentucky University, 1987;
M.S., University of Alaska, 1993
  Ph.D. Civil Engineering/Pavements: Interdisciplinary Program
Thesis: The Pluripotence of Backcalculated Moduli
The main objectives of this research were to investigate existing backcalculation techniques for uniqueness of solution and to develop a backcalculation technique that addresses the uniqueness issue. The first objective was accomplished by demonstrating that most backcalculation programs have uniqueness issues. The second objective was accomplished by development and verification of the program KISS.
Major Professor: Dr. Lutfi Raad
    
Harold Edward Bargar
B.S., University of Nebraska, 1977;
M.S., University of Alaska, 1996
  Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering - Building and System Modeling: Interdisciplinary Program
Thesis: Buoyancy Effects on Building Pressurization in Extreme Cold Climates
Buoyancy effect pressurization is caused by temperature differences between the inside and outside of a building. Existing design methods require difficult-to-obtain estimates of building parameters. This dissertation develops a method that relies solely on easily obtainable parameters to improve the ability of the engineer to predict buoyancy pressurization.
Major Professor: Dr. Deben K. Das
    
Jamie Barger
B.S., Truman State University (Missouri), 1994
  Ph.D. Biological Sciences - Biology
Thesis: Molecular Mechanisms of Metabolic Control in the Arctic Ground Squirrel
The arctic ground squirrel exhibits seasonal changes in energy deposition and utilization and was therefore used as a model for studying novel molecular mechanisms of metabolic control. Because these mechanisms did not operate when control should be most evident, this species may elucidate alternative functions of novel mechanisms controlling metabolism.
Major Professors: Dr. Brian M. Barnes and Dr. Bert B. Boyer
    
Alain Burgisser
M.S., University of Geneva (Switzerland), 1998
  Ph.D. Geology
Thesis: Magmas in Motion: Degassing in Volcanic Conduits and Fabrics of Pyroclastic Density Current
This work explores how the changes in magma rheology affect volcanic eruptions by looking at the dynamics of degassing and permeability with experiments on natural volcanic rocks. The field study of Okmok volcano allowed us to reconstruct the eruptive sequence and to validate our theoretical model of pyroclastic density currents.
Major Professor: Dr. John C. Eichelberger
    
Matthew L. Carlson
B.S., Willamette University (Oregon), 1994
  Ph.D. Biological Sciences - Biology
Thesis: Evolution of Mating System and Inbreeding Depression in the Mimulus moschatus (Scrophulariaceae) Alliance
I compared inbreeding depression to mating system in the Mimulus moschatus alliance, incorporating information on evolutionary relationships. Inbreeding depression was weakly related to mating system. Inbreeding depression appears to evolve more quickly than mating system. I conclude that inbreeding depression is not a strong selective force in mating system evolution.
Major Professor: Dr. W. Scott Armbruster
    
Qizhi Chen
B.S., Peking University (China), 1990;
M.S., Peking University (China), 1993
  Ph.D. Geophysics
Thesis: Crustal Deformation Along the San Andreas Fault and Within the Tibetan Plateau Measured Using GPS
Using the Global Positioning System (GPS), we study crustal deformation along the San Andreas Fault (SAF) in the San Francisco Bay area, Northern California and within the Tibetan Plateau, and provide new constraints for the kinematics of these actively deforming plate boundary zones.
Major Professor: Dr. Jeffrey T. Freymueller
    
Darren Grant Chertkoff
B.S., Indiana University, 1995
  Ph.D. Geology
Thesis: Mafic-Silicic Magma Interactions from Volcanic to Plutonic: Implications for the Evolution and Eruption of Silicic Magma Chambers
Studies of both effusive (Mt. Dutton volcano, Alaska) and explosive (Volcān Ceboruco, Mexico) eruptions, as well as associated volcanic (Unalaska Formation) and plutonic (Captain's Bay pluton) suites were undertaken to investigate the role that mafic-silicic magma interactions play in the origin, evolution and eruption of shallow crustal magma chambers.
Major Professor: Dr. John C. Eichelberger
    
Todd A. Dallegge
B.A., University of Northern Colorado, 1996;
M.S., Northern Arizona University, 1999
  Ph.D. Geology
Thesis: Application of 40Ar/39Ar Chronostratigraphy to Geologic Problems in Yellowstone Caldera and Cook Inlet Basin
40Ar/39Ar dating was used to interpret eruptive histories and the volcanic stratigraphy of the youngest phase of Yellowstone caldera volcanism. 40Ar/39Ar dating of volcanic tephra from coals in Cook Inlet basin was used to understand stratigraphic and structural relations and to evaluate coal and coalbed methane resources.
Major Professor: Dr. Paul W. Layer
    
Jennifer Simmons Delamere
B.A., Johns Hopkins University (Maryland), 1993
  Ph.D. Physics
Thesis: Longwave Radiative Transfer in the Atmosphere: Model Development and Applications
A flexible tool was developed to facilitate the construction of rapid longwave radiative transfer models. Radiative transfer models constructed with this tool have been used to simulate satellite radiances and for general circulation model radiative transfer calculations. The capability to model longwave radiation in the Arctic atmosphere was also improved.
Major Professor: Dr. Knut Henrik Stamnes
    
Daniel Elsberg
B.S., Cornell University (New York), 1996
  Ph.D. Geophysics
Thesis: Variations in Ice Flow and Glaciers Over Time and Space
Ice flows and glaciers change over many time and spatial scales. I studied the feedback of glacier surface change on glacier-climate interactions; ice strain rates and variations over time scales from hours to years in Antarctica; and equilibrium line altitude variations over time and space in the Chugach Mountains.
Major Professor: Dr. William D. Harrison
    
Mark Herzog
B.S., University of Arizona, 1992;
M.S., New Mexico State University, 1995
  Ph.D. Biological Sciences - Biology
Thesis: Environmental Regulation of Growth in Black Brant
An analysis of wild birds and a captive gosling experiment show that variation in growth of Black Brant goslings on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska, is primarily of environmental origin. Due to high growth rates and small gut size, variation in forage quality and availability directly translates into variation in growth.
Major Professor: Dr. James Stone Sedinger
    
Pavel E. Izbekov
Novosibirsk State University (Russia), 1992
  Ph.D. Geology
Thesis: The 1996 Eruption of Karymsky Volcano, Kamchatka: Detailed Petrological Study of a Single Basalt-Triggered Eruption Cycle
The study provides constraints for understanding of magma mixing in general, and the magmatic system at Karymsky volcano, Kamchatka, in particular. Most importantly, it illustrates that igneous processes, which are often thought to last for hundreds and thousands of years, can indeed be remarkably fast.
Major Professor: Dr. John C. Eichelberger
    
Christopher Fairlamb Larsen
B.S., University of Alaska, 1991;
M.S., University of California-Santa Cruz, 1996
  Ph.D. Geophysics
Thesis: Rapid Uplift of Southern Alaska Caused by Recent Ice Loss
The rapid uplift of southern Alaska, measured with tide gauges, GPS surveys and studies of raised shorelines, is the world's fastest isostatic rebound with uplift rates in excess of 25 mm/yr. The uplift can be entirely attributed to post-glacial rebound associated with melting glaciers since the Little Ice Age.
Major Professor: Dr. Jeffrey T. Freymueller
Doerte Mann
M.S., University of Kiel (Germany), 1996
  Ph.D. Geophysics
Thesis: Deformation of Alaskan Volcanoes Measured Using SAR Interferometry and GPS
Geodetic measurements using the Global Positioning System (GPS) and synthetic aperture radar interferometry (INSAR) show deformation of Okmok, Westdahl, and Fisher volcanoes in the Alaska-Aleutian Arc. Data modeling determines the depths and volume changes of magma reservoirs beneath Okmok and Westdahl, and the hydrothermal system beneath Fisher caldera.
Major Professor: Dr. Jeffrey T. Freymueller
    
Dana R. Moudry
B.S., Carnegie Mellon University (Pennsylvania), 1995
  Ph.D. Physics
Thesis: The Dynamics and Morphology of Sprites
Sprites are tens of kilometers high, fraction of a second brief optical emissions occurring above thunderstorms. Observations at one-millisecond temporal resolution of sprites and other upper atmospheric optical emissions are used to systematically categorize those with similar characteristics, and the dynamics are described. Temporal dynamics indicate chemical or ionizing changes to the atmosphere.
Major Professor: Dr. Davis D. Sentman
    
Katariina Nykyri
M.S., University of Helsinki (Finland), 1998;
M.S., University of Alaska, 2002
  Ph.D. Physics
Thesis: Influence of the Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability on the Plasma Transport at the Magnetospheric Boundary
The Kelvin-Helmholtz instability (KHI) has not traditionally been expected to produce significant mass transport. The presented results show that the KHI can be a major plasma transport mechanism during times of northward IMF, transporting solar wind plasma into the plasma sheet in about two hours.
Major Professor: Dr. Antonius Otto
    
Christin L. Pruett
B.S., Southwest Baptist College (Missouri), 1991;
M.S., Texas A & M, 1998
  Ph.D. Biological Sciences - Biology
Thesis: Phylogeography and Population Genetic Structure of Beringian Landbirds
Molecular approaches were used to examine questions in community ecology, biogeography, and population genetics using Beringian landbirds as model systems. I found that Aleutian Island communities had unique colonization and persistence patterns, that historic climate change shaped an endemic species, and that peripheral isolation can lead to lower genetic diversity.
Major Professor: Dr. Kevin Winker
    
Deborah Anne Rocque
B.S., University of Connecticut, 1994;
M.S., University of Connecticut, 1997
  Ph.D. Biological Sciences - Biology
Thesis: Intrinsic Markers in Avian Populations: Explorations in Stable Isotopes, Contaminantsand Genetics
My research outlines the diversity of questions that intrinsic markers have the potential to answer and the results demonstrate marker limitations and successes. I used stable isotopes, contaminants, genetic and morphological markers to test several hypotheses and developed a new method for combining discrete and continuous markers in analyses.
Major Professor: Dr. Kevin Winker
    
Tatiana Sazonova
M.S., Moscow State University (Russia), 1998
  Ph.D. Geophysics
Thesis: Permafrost Dynamics in 20th and 21st Centuries Along the East-Siberian and Alaskan Transects
In this study a new method for spatial and temporal permafrost dynamics evaluation along the large geographic regions was developed. The simulation of permafrost dynamics in 20th and 21st centuries enhances our understanding of terrestrial permafrost Æ atmosphere interaction and the magnitude of environmental impacts caused by global climate change.
Major Professor: Dr. Vladimir E. Romanovsky
    
Pete Stelling
B.A., Western State College of Colorado, 1994
  Ph.D. Geology
Thesis: Volcanism on Unimak Island, Alaska, USA: A Petrologic Focus on Shishaldin and Fisher Volcanoes
Shishaldin and Fisher, adjacent Aleutian volcanoes with dramatically different morphologies, have been petrologically examined. Early Fisher volcanism involved multiple, non-communicating reservoirs, which were destabilized through a caldera-forming eruption, greatly simplifying the magmatic plumbing system. Shishaldin produces two separate magma series that require different protoliths and different magma storage conditions.
Major Professor: Dr. John C. Eichelberger
    
Fernanda De Sao Sabbas Tavares
B.S., Univesity of Brazil, 1996;
M.S., National Institute of Space Physics (Brazil), 1999
  Ph.D. Physics
Thesis: Role of Conductivity Spatial Structure in Determining the Locations of Sprite Initiation
Sprites are transient optical signatures of mesospheric electrical breakdown in response to lightning discharges. Multiple sprites are often observed to occur simultaneously, laterally displaced from the underlying causative cloud-to-ground lightning. The causes of this lateral displacement are presently not understood. This dissertation investigates the role of neutral density perturbations in determining the locations of sprite initiation.
Major Professor: Dr. Davis D. Sentman
    
Tina Tin
B.A., University of Cambridge (Ukraine), 1996;
M.Eng., University of Cambridge (Ukraine), 1996
  Ph.D. Geophysics
Thesis: Measurement and Evolution of the Thickness Distribution and Morphology of Deformed Features of Antarctic Sea Ice
Antarctic sea ice thickness data were collected by drilling ice floes. The data were examined with the goal of enhancing our capability to estimate ice thickness remotely. Using a regional sea ice-mixed layer-pycnocline model, the dynamic and thermodynamic processes involved in the development of the ice was studied.
Major Professor: Dr. Martin O. Jeffries
    
Xiaobing Zhou
B.S., Hunan Normal University (China), 1986;
M.S., Sichuan University (China), 1989
  Ph.D. Geophysics
Thesis: Optical Remote Sensing of Snow on Sea Ice: Ground Measurements, Satellite Data Analysis and Radiative Transfer Modeling
Measurements of radiative quantities were carried out on ice floes and landfast ice in the south ocean. Measurements were compared with the concurrent data from MODIS aboard Terra and Aqua satellites. The effects of snow physical on the radiative quantities are studied using statistical techniques and radiative transfer modeling, including single scattering and multiple scattering.
Major Professor: Dr. Shusun Li
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