What's New at the University of Alaska Museum of the North
Wells Fargo provides military admission
JANUARY 2014 - The University of Alaska Museum of the North announces a new military appreciation program made possible by Wells Fargo. During 2014, all active duty military personnel and up to four members of their immediate family will receive free admission to the museum.
Jenny flies again at Fairbanks Airport
NOVEMBER 2013 - An historic plane that flew Fairbanks passengers, mail, and cargo in the 1920s is once again on exhibit at the airport, thanks to the efforts of volunteers and aviation enthusiasts.
Studying Pacific walrus population trends
OCTOBER 2013 - Thousands of specimens housed at the University of Alaska Museum of the North will be used as part of a $1.7 million grant to study long-term and ongoing population trends in the Pacific walrus.
Dinosaur discovery along the Yukon River
SEPTEMBER 2013 - UAMN researchers have found a major new site for dinosaur fossils in Alaska. Earth Sciences Curator Pat Druckenmiller says This is the kind of discovery you would have expected in the Lower 48 a hundred years ago.
UAF students making discoveries
AUGUST 2013 - As students return to schools and universities across the country, it's inspiring to realize how many UAF graduate students added to the museum's collections and outreach this summer. From new species to rare specimens, UAF students are inspiring discovery.
Museum researchers find new species
JULY 2013 - A strange insect collected by UAF graduate student Jill Stockbridge during her thesis research on Prince of Wales Island is a new species of snow scorpionfly. UA Museum of the North Curator of Insects Derek Sikes says it belongs to an enigmatic group that might help scientists understand the evolutionary origin of fleas.
A passion for plesiosaurs
JUNE 2013 - Danielle Serratos has two passions, Mesozoic marine reptiles and public education. She's found a fix for both in the museum's earth sciences collection, thanks to a rare plesiosaur specimen acquired by Curator Pat Druckenmiller.
Crowdfunding fuels amphibian survey work
MAY 2013 - A UAF doctoral student is raising money through a crowdfunding website to complete field work this summer that will enhance the herpetological collection at the University of Alaska Museum of the North and provide a better understanding of the amphibian population in the Stikine River watershed.
Ancient DNA determines treeshrew species
APRIL 2013 - Thanks to NSF funding, scientists at the UA Museum of the North are using ancient DNA from specimens housed at several U.S. museums to find out whether one particular species, Tupaia glis, is actually several different species.
Herbarium donation expands collection
MARCH 2013 - A recent donation from the Palmer Center for Sustainable Living, Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will give researchers a better understanding of the plants that grow along Interior Alaska's transportation corridors.
Ancient marine reptile fossil kept its head
FEBRUARY 2013 - A prized thalattosaur specimen is revealing fossilized treasure. Recent preparation work on the museum's rare ancient marine mammal fossil recovered from from a rocky underwater outcrop in Southeast Alaska revealed the prize of a preserved skull.