Daniel H. Mann

Daniel H. Mann 

I am a Quaternary geologist and paleoecologist who studies how climate changed during the last ice age and how it affected ecological and geological systems then and today. I am currently Associate Professor of Geography in the Geosciences Department and Senior Research Scientist in the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. I teach classes in Biogeography, Climate-Change Processes, Ice-Age Alaska, and Geography of Natural Hazards. I serve on graduate advisory committees in Geosciences, Geography, and Biology & Wildlife.

My Research Interests….

Geomorphology of glaciated landscapes and polar regions

Climate history, particularly of the Arctic

Forest ecology, particularly of the boreal forest

Human ecology during times of rapid environmental change

End-Pleistocene extinctions

Carbon farming

My Background….

As an undergraduate at the University of Washington, I first studied anthropology, then switched to insect ecology, and later was drawn into Quaternary studies, in particular how animals (including people), plants, and geomorphic systems like stream valleys and glaciers respond to climate change. I work in Alaska because it contains the largest intact natural ecosystems in North America and has a fascinating legacy of giant glaciers and extinct beasts. My research is largely field-based, and my projects are usually motivated by a combination of adventure and science. I have consulted extensively for industry as a coastal geomorphologist and soil scientist.

Prospective students…

If I take you on as a student, I will help you every way I can. You need to be a self-starter, be 100% dedicated to your educational goals, and be willing to take intellectual risks. Also, you should not mind being wet and cold, and you must like to dig. Because technology and culture change so quickly, the most valuable thing I can teach you is how to ask good questions and design solid research, and the most important things you will learn are not facts but perspectives.