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Environmental Science & Environmental Resources

A Natural Laboratory Perfect for Study

Part of the UAS Program on the Environment, the interdisciplinary curriculum in the BS in Environmental Science and BS in Environmental Resources degrees is designed to prepare students for science-based careers in environmental research, management, and consulting. Students completing either of the degrees will have opportunities for hands-on field experience in the glacial and rainforest environments of Southeast Alaska.

Faculty in these fields of study instruct in a variety of disciplines including: the earth sciences, chemistry, physics, biology, math, and spatial analysis. Students learn biological principles and skills in lecture, laboratory, and field courses. A particular emphasis of the program is student involvement in research projects, and undergraduates in Environmental Science regularly present their research results at regional and national scientific meetings.

Our faculty are actively engaged in research programs in areas including: landscape ecology, hydrology, sensor development, geology, environmental chemistry, geochemistry, remote sensing, glaciology, and biogeochemistry.


Thursday, April 28, 2022

BBQ tomorrow!

Just a reminder that we are having a BBQ tomorrow evening at 5:30 at Auke Rec. Not sure yet which shelter we will get (it'll be one of the first come- first serve ones you drive by before the large shelter), so just look for familiar people. The forecast looks great, and we look forward to celebrating the end of the school year with all of you, and especially those of you graduating!  We'll have a university van picking up whoever needs a ride at the flag pole by Egan Building at 5:15 pm. We'll do a couple of runs if needed.  We'll have food; just bring yourself, a friend, and a plate and utensils. Hope to see you there!

Sonia Nagorski 03:12:35 PM
Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Seasonal Environmental Technician job in Juneau

local seasonal environmental technician job

COX ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES seeks a Seasonal Environmental Technician

Job Duties & Requirements
• Assist in preparing Sampling & Analysis Plans (SAPs) and Site Investigation Reports (SIRs) in accordance with ADEC Rules and Regulations.
• Participate in field activities, including drilling, soil and groundwater sampling, monitoring well installation, and Underground storage tank (UST) closures & excavations.
• Interpret and record data, conduct analyses, compare findings to relevant state and federal regulations to ensure compliance.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to work autonomously.
• This position requires a flexible schedule and the ability to travel and mobilize to project locations throughout Southeast Alaska and perform work during all weather conditions.

Education and Experience
• Bachelor's degree or course work from accredited university in Environmental Engineering, Geology, Environmental Science, or related field.

Hourly rate is $22/hour. Send resume and cover letter via e-mail to

Cox Environmental Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Eran Hood 01:25:24 PM
Monday, April 18, 2022

Spring BBQ

We plan to have an end-of-year Program on the Environment BBQ on Friday, April 29 at Auke Rec from about 5:30-7:30 pm. We have a university van reserved that we can use to shuttle people from campus. The van will leave from the flag pole by Egan Building at 5:15 pm and may need to do a couple of runs. We'll have food; just bring yourself, a friend, and a plate and utensils. Hope to see you there!


Jason Amundson 04:15:16 PM
Friday, April 15, 2022

Hydrologic Technician job with US Geological Survey in Fairbanks

From Jeff Conaway at the USGS Alaska Science Center:

Please distribute to any spring graduates looking for a job in hydrology. Hydrotechs in the Fairbanks office focus primarily on surface water data collection in Interior and Arctic Alaska. Extensive year round field work on and off the road system. This is a great opportunity to join an experienced team and learn USGS techniques and methods for hydrologic data collection. 

General information:

This is a term appointment not to exceed 13 months with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years without further competition. Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service.

Salary: $50,216.00 (Step 01) to $65,275.00 (Step 10)
NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

The selectee will be entitled to a cost of living allowance of 2.48% in addition to the basic salary.

Application closing date is May 11:



Eran Hood 10:14:43 AM
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Seasonal Environmental Technicians at Admiralty Environmental

A local environmental consulting company, Admiralty Environmental, is looking to hire several environmental technicians for the summer season. See announcement, attached. Excerpt: "This position will be responsible for supporting a variety of projects that include environmental sampling, laboratory analysis, and project management for a variety of industrial clients in the cruise ship, mining, drinking water, and wastewater treatment industries. This is an excellent opportunity for an entry-level environmental professional to work with a well-established and technically diverse group on challenging environmental water quality issues." 

2022 Seasonal Environmental Technician
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Sonia Nagorski 01:34:53 PM


Jason M. Amundson, Ph.D.

Jason M. Amundson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Geophysics

I have a background in glaciology and geophysics. My research focuses on tidewater glaciers and glacier-ocean interactions, and I am especially interested in the ways that glaciers interact with other Earth system components. I teach the introductory physics courses as well as upper division courses in Earth's climate and glaciology.

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Eran Hood, Ph.D.

Eran Hood, Ph.D.

Professor of Environmental Science

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Sanjay Pyare, Ph.D.

Sanjay Pyare, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Environmental Science

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Jason B. Fellman, Ph.D.

Jason B. Fellman, Ph.D.

Deputy Director - Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center & Research Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

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Sonia A. Nagorski, Ph.D. (she/her)

Sonia A. Nagorski, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Geology

My background is in environmental geochemistry, and my research has focused primarily on a variety of contaminants in aquatic systems. I teach classes on Earth's geologic history, physical geology, natural hazards, geomorphology, and mineral and energy resources and environmental impacts. At UAS I devote my efforts to training and inspiring undergraduates to work creatively and effectively in the environmental sciences, preparing them for meaningful careers that benefit the Earth and society.

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John Harley, Ph.D.

John Harley, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

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Emeritus Faculty

Roman Motyka, Ph.D.

Roman Motyka, Ph.D.

Research Professor Emeritus, Geophysical Institute, UAF

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