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 Assistant Professor of Geography in the Geosciences Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where I teach classes in Biogeography of Polar Regions, Paleoclimate and Climate Processes, Ice-Age Alaska, and Geography of Natural Hazards.
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
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.
If I take you on as a student, I will help you every way I can. My requirements are that you are a self-starter, you are 100% dedicated to your educational goals, and that you are willing to take intellectual risks. Also, that you don't mind being wet and cold, and also that you like to dig. Because technology and cultural concerns 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.