Department of Geology & Geophysics





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Dr. James Beget, Professor

Contact: or (907) 474-5301


Research: Quaternary geology, Tephrachronology, Volcanology, geomorphology

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Dr. Doug Christensen, Professor

Associate Director of Geophysical Institute

Contact: or (907) 474-7426


Research: Seismology

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Dr. Bernard Coakley, Professor

Contact: or (907) 474-5385


GEOS 438/638 - Basin Analysis

GEOS 416 - Applied Geophysics in alternate years.

Research: Marine geophysics

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Dr. Cary De Wit, Associate Professor of Geography

Contact: or 907-474-7141

GEOG 302 - Geography of Alaska
GEOG 303 - Geography of the U.S. and Canada
GEOG 305 - Geography of Europe
GEOG 311 - Geography of Asia
GEOG 312 - People, Places & Env: Principles of Human Geography
GEOG 420 - Geopolotics of Energy

Research interests:
Cultural geography, North American regional cultures, rural cultures, perceptual geography, and sense of place. Recent research interests are popular perceptions of Alaska and the expression of frontier ideology in Alaskan politics, culture, and landscape.

B.S., 1984 University of Kansas
M.A., 1992 University of Kansas
Ph.D., 1997, University of Kansas



Dr. Patrick Druckenmiller, Associate Professor of Geology

Earth Sciences Curator, University of Alaska Museum

Contact: or (907) 474-6954


GEOS 106 - Life in the Age of Dinosaurs
GEOS 317 - Paleontological Research and Laboratory Methods
GEOS/BIOL 486/686 - Vertebrate Paleontology

Research: Vertebrate paleontology specializing in Mesozoic marine reptiles; plesiosaur and ichthyosaur phylogeny; Jurassic marine reptiles of Svalbard, Norway; Alaskan dinosaurs

Curriculum Vitae

Museum of the North




Dr. Hajo Eicken, Professor

Contact: or (907) 474-7280

Teaching:  Sea ice geophysics (GEOS 615)
                  Glaciers, volcanoes and earthquakes (GEOS 120, Glaciers module of the course)
                  Image processing applications in the geosciences (GEOS 622)
                  Field techniques in interdisciplinary sea ice research (GEOS 695)

Research: Sea Ice Geophysics

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Dr. Sarah Fowell, Associate Professor

2006-2007 Outstanding Teacher Award

Contact: or (907) 474-7810


Research: Reconstruction of ancient ecosystems and climates through identification of pollen and spores preserved in lacustrine sediments or rocks.

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Dr. Jeff Freymueller, Professor

Contact: or (907) 474-7286


Research: Primary research focus is in the field of crustal deformation resulting from active tectonic and volcanic processes. Current research topics include studies of the subduction process in southern Alaska; uplift due to post-glacial rebound in the Glacier Bay area, southeast Alaska; the large-scale kinematics of the Indian-Eurasia plate collision zone in China; kinematics of the San Andreas fault system in northern California; deformation on active volcanoes in the Alaska-Aleutian arc; techniques for estimating deformation models from Global Positioning System (GPS), Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) and other geodetic data.

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Dr. Catherine Hanks, Associate Professor

Contact: or (907) 474-5562

Sedimentology and Structural Geology for Petroleum Engineers (GEOS 370)
Reservoir Characterization (PETE 421)
Petroleum Geology (GEOS 445/645)
Topics in Petroleum Geology (GEOS 692)

Structural geology with a specific focus on natural fracture character and evolution and it's impact on reservoirs.  Other research focuses on energy resources including shale resource plays, geothermal energy and CO2 sequestration.

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Dr. Regine Hock, Professor

Contact: or (907) 474-7691

Teaching:  Glaciers (GEOS 617)
                  Glaciers, Volcanoes and Earthquakes (GEOS 120, glaciers module of the course)

Research: Glacier mass balance, glacier meteorology and hydrology, modeling the response of glaciers to climate change, and the contribution of glacier wastage to global sea-level rise.

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Dr. Mary Keskinen, Associate Professor

Contact: or (907) 474-7769


Research: Metamorphic petrology, petrology and geochemsitry of geothermal/fumarolic systems

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Dr. Jessica Larsen, Associate Professor

Contact: or (907) 474- 7992


GEOS 120 - Volcanoes module (Earthquakes, Glaciers, Volcanoes)

GEOS 406 - Volcanology

GEOS 670 - Selected Topics in Volcanology

Research: Volcanology and petrology

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Dr. Chris Maio, Assistant Professor of Coastal Geography


GEOG 111  Physical Geography w/Lab
GEOG 339  Maps & Landscape Analysis
GEOG 483  Research Design, Writing, Presentation Methods
GEOG 412  Geography of Climate and Environmental Change
GEOS 330  The Dynamic Alaska Coastline

My research focuses on elucidating coastal environmental changes occurring over multiple spacial and temporal scales in response to natural and anthropogenic drivers. This research will be an important component to developing appropriate mitigation and adaptation strategies to climate change along Alaska's coastline.

Curriculum Vitae

Earth and Environment: Elements of Physical Geography (4 credits)

Mapping and Landscape Analysis (4 credits)

Research Design, Writing and Presentation Methods


Dr. Dan Mann, Assistant Professor of Geography

forest ecology, ice-age climate change, and the interactions between prehistoric humans and changing climate.


Current/recent postdoctoral fellows and graduate students

Course Syllabi:
Biogeography - GEOG 418 and BIOL 618
Ice Age Alaska - GEOG 493 / 693
Climate Change Processes ATM 494/694 and GEOG 494/694 (4 credits)


Dr. Paul McCarthy, Professor

Department Chair

Contact: or (907) 474-6894


Research: Paleolandscape evolution, alluvial architecture and nonmarine sequence stratigraphy

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Dr. Franz J. Meyer, Associate Professor

Contact: or (907) 474-7767


Research: Development of advanced SAR, InSAR, PS-InSAR

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Dr. Jochen Mezger, Field Camp Director

Contact: or (907) 474-7809

Curriculum Vitae


GEOS 225 - Field and Computer Methods (Spring, co-teaching with Rainer Newberry)
GEOS 351 - Geology Field Camp (Summer, 8 weeks, co-teaching with various faculty)
GEOS 605 - Geochronology (Fall, co-teaching with Elisabeth Nadin)

- Interaction between metamorphism and deformation
- Microtectonics
- Metamorphism of metasedimentary rocks
- Gneiss domes
- Axial Zone of the Pyrenees


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Dr. Elisabeth Nadin, Assistant Professor

Contact: or (907) 474-5181


GEOS 475/675 = Presentation Techniques (co-teach with R. Newberry, Fall)
GEOS 309 = Tectonics (Fall)
GEOS 605 = Geochronology (co-teach with P. Layer every other Fall)
GEOS 101 = Dynamic Earth (Spring)
GEOS 222 = Fundamentals of Geospatial Science (Spring)

Research: Elisabeth Nadin studies continental fault zones to assess the strength of continental crust from the surface to the brittle–plastic transition. Her geological investigations require both field work and lab work. In the field, she maps large and small structures associated with faulting. Back in the lab, various thermochronometers are used to determine ages of fault rocks, and thermobarometers are employed to determine the corresponding depths and temperatures of formation and deformation of rocks in and around the fault zone. Nadin also analyzes rock fabrics by petrographic microscope, electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), and Xray diffraction (XRD) to understand how different minerals—and their relative abundances—affect the overall strength of                                                        continental crust. These investigations provide insight into the past development and future
                                                      evolution of Earth's crust.

Currently, Nadin is working in the mid- to lower-crustal sections of the Talkeetna Arc, southeast Alaska. Her investigations include 1) a geochemical comparison of mid-crustal arc levels from the Jurassic and today (as preserved in xenoliths of the active Aleutian arc); 2) detrital-zircon studies of metasediments associated with the Talkeetna Arc; and 3) rock flow fabrics preserved within the middle and lower crustal levels of this accreted arc.

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Dr. Rainer Newberry, Professor

Contact: or (907) 474-6895


Research: Genesis of ores and ore deposit exploration, field and theoretical geochemistry

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Dr. Erin Pettit, Assistant Professor of Geophysics

Contact: or (907) 474-5389

Teaching:  GEOS 620: Geodynamics (Fall 2008, Fall 2010)
                  GEOS 692: Reading Seminar in Glaciology (Spring 2009, Spring 2011)
                  GEOS 4?? (t.b.a., Fall 2011)
                  International Glaciology Summer School
                            (, 2010)

Research: Glacier dynamics and climate change

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Dr. Anupma Prakash, Professor

CNSM Department Co-Chair

Contact: or (907) 474-1897


Research: Mapping Earth Surface Composition and Change; Remote Sensing and GIS.

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Dr. Vladimir Romanovsky, Professor

Contact: or (907) 474-7459


Research: Cold region soil engineering problems and modeling

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Dr. Carl Tape, Assistant Professor of Geophysics

Contact: or (907) 474-5456

Teaching:  GEOS 626 Applied Seismology
                  GEOS 627 Inverse Problems and Parameter Estimation

Research: Computational and observational seismology; seismic imaging; inverse problems

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Dr. Wes Wallace, Professor

Contact: or (907) 474-5386

Teaching: Structural geology, geologic mapping, global tectonics, geologic evolution of Alaska, seismic interpretation

Research: Geometry and kinematics of fold-and-thrust structures, structure and evolution of the Brooks Range, tectonic evolution of Alaska

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Dr. Michael Whalen, Professor

Contact: or (907) 474-5302

Teaching:  Stratigraphy and sedimentation and environmental geology as well as upper division courses in carbonate petrology, sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, and mass extinctions.

Research: Carbonate sedimentology and stratigraph

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