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Environmental Science, Resources & Studies

A Natural Laboratory Perfect for Study

Part of the UAS Environmental Science, Resources & Studies, 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.


Monday, May 06, 2024

NASA DEVELOP Program Fall 2024 Opportunities

I'm passing along information about this cool NASA opportunity:

Good Morning,

I am writing to inform you about 10-week paid research opportunities with the NASA DEVELOP National Program. These opportunities are open to current students, recent college graduates, and transitioning/early career professionals. Please pass this information along with the attached flyers to those who may be interested.

NASA DEVELOP projects focus on helping local, national, and international communities address their environmental concerns while utilizing NASA's Earth-observing fleet of satellites. For the fall 2024 term, NASA DEVELOP will operate at six locations across the country at select NASA Centers and other regional locations. This is a great opportunity for participants who are interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS, specifically in the field of Earth Science. Participants will work with NASA scientists, partner organizations, and science advisors to learn about using NASA Earth science data in water resources, disaster management, ecological conservation, and other applications to address environmental community concerns.

Responsibilities will include literature review, data processing and analysis, and producing deliverables, such as a technical report, presentation, and video. Previous GIS or remote sensing knowledge, while beneficial, is not required for acceptance. This is a multi-disciplinary opportunity for all those interested in Earth Science, and we encourage those in the social sciences, general science, engineering, computer science, etc. to apply.

Applicants must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to work in a fast-paced, highly collaborative environment. The days of the week are flexible, but applicants should be able to commit to 20 – 29 hours per week during the term. The position is paid on an hourly basis, which is determined by education level and working location.

We are also hosting virtual “About DEVELOP” webinars on Friday, May 17th, 11:00 am—12:00 pm PT, and Tuesday, June 4th, 1:00 pm—2:00 pm PT to provide information about our capacity-building program and how potential candidates can apply and participate in the program. Please see the attached flyer for details on joining these events.

Details about this opportunity and how to apply can be found online at

The Fall 2024 application window will be open online from May 6th to June 14th, and the term will take place from September 16th to November 22nd

Please note some DEVELOP locations will allow for in-person opportunities while others will be completely virtual. For virtual locations, all accepted participants must work remotely from within the United States. Details on location status will be posted on our website when the application opens.  

Please share this message with anyone who may be interested in these opportunities, and feel free to contact me with any questions.

Thank you,


Michael Pazmino

JPL Center Lead

NASA DEVELOP National Program

Analytical Mechanics Associates

o: (818) 393 - 1018
m: (310) 617 - 7816


Jet Propulsion Laboratory

4800 Oak Grove Dr.

Pasadena, CA 91109



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Sonia Nagorski 08:38:53 AM
Tuesday, April 16, 2024

New water resource-related job postings at the Dept of Environmental Conservation that might be of interest to graduating students

Environmental Program Specialist 1/2/3 (PCN 187538)

This position is being recruited for in Anchorage, Soldotna, Wasilla, Fairbanks, or Juneau.

Pay will be determined based on location of selected individual.

Working with the Drinking Water Program staff, the Environmental Program Specialist will be providing educational, technical, compliance assistance, and enforcement to public water system (PWS) owners and operators, to help promote regulatory compliance and public health protection. This includes the recommendation and initiation of administrative or legal action for non-compliance, and involves routine review and management of a large volume of data and compliance tracking for multiple projects and cases. Interpersonal, communication, and technical skills will be used to work with systems in responding to contamination reports and citizen complaints. 

The Environmental Program Specialist 1/2/3 will work with a wide variety of PWSs and projects, have opportunities to travel within the coverage area, and do work that really matters.  This position serves a key role in providing compliance assistance and enforcement to PWS located in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska.

We value each member of the Drinking Water team and work collaboratively to implement the Drinking Water regulations and to prevent waterborne disease outbreaks and exposure to other drinking water contaminants and help protect the public health of Alaskans and visitors to the state.

For specific information in reference to the position please contact:

Name: Amy Hill

Title: Environmental Program Manager I

Phone: (907) 379-1861





Environmental Program Technician (PCN 18-7895)

The Division of Water’s Operator Certification Program is looking for a qualified candidate to fill an Environmental Program Technician position. This position is responsible for providing para-professional technical and administrative support for four professional-level staff (three Environmental Program Specialists and one Environmental Program Manager). Responsibilities include processing certification exam registrations and exam results, entering and tracking continuing education of operators, and providing technical and compliance assistance to owners and operators of water and wastewater systems. 

The Operator Certification Program is committed to ensuring that water and wastewater systems within the state are properly maintained and operated with properly certified operators. This position has key responsibilities that support all aspects the program’s work and will have a positive impact on the health and welfare of the citizens of Alaska. 

Our team is comprised of a dynamic group of forward-thinking professionals that consistently pursue new and innovative strategies. This position offers a chance to work as part of a team, as well as take on initiatives independently, along with the potential for a flexible work schedule and career advancement.

For specific information in reference to the position please contact:

Name: Dan DeSloover

Title: Environmental Program Manager I

Phone: (907) 465-5145


Sonia Nagorski 04:23:50 PM
Thursday, April 04, 2024

Class opportunity: Innovation for Alaska and the Arctic

Hi All,

Peter Webley at UAF is teaching a class on innovation for Alaska (see below and attached flyer). The class is avaialble by distance. If you are interested, contact Peter.




Innovation for Alaska and the Arctic

Fall 2024 class, BA F494/HSEM F494

Want to have an impact? Want to solve DoD challenges? Want to work on an interdisciplinary team? Student teams engage directly with complex, real-world problems from policy, economics, technology, national security, and innovation. 

Types of Projects include: How can we solve heavy lift platforms needs for deploying equipment? What is the next generation flight suit for Arctic Operations? Can geophysical data be integrated into domain awareness platforms? Students discuss needs with DoD operators & installations in AK and across the U.S.  Potential to visit DoD facilities. Learn about their needs. Build towards a solution.

Students are provided with a framework to test hypotheses using a startup model approach and to create the demands of the real world in an early-stage startup environment. Students will build their skills to ideate and adapt their potential solutions while investigating the end-users needs for implementation and adoption.

To get connected with Professor Webley and Fall semester projects, sign up to

For more information: email with subject "Fall 2024 - Innovation for Alaska and the Arctic Class"



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Eran Hood 10:16:05 AM
Tuesday, April 02, 2024

UAS student talk on glacier outburst floods

Hi All,

UAS graduate Amy Jenson, who is currently doing a PhD in glaciology at UAF,  will be giving a talk on glacier outburst floods in Egan 219 on April 12th (4-5 pm). Details are below in the attached flyer. Please attend if you can and support Amy.


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Eran Hood 09:08:41 AM
Thursday, March 28, 2024

Wilderness Kayaking Ranger Internship Opportunity

Hi Again, 

The USFS Juneau Ranger District Wilderness Kayak Ranger program is accepting applications for an intern kayak ranger position for a week-long field program this summer. Flyer and application, due April 15, are attached. 



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Forest Wagner 01:13:13 PM
Thursday, March 28, 2024

Youpa Stein, Beyond Plastics, Glacier View Room Tonight, 7p, 3/28

Hi Everyone, 

Youpa Stein is a visiting lecturer and activist speaking tonight about plastic pollution on behalf of the Sustainability Committee in the UAS Glacier View Room (EG221/222) at 7p tonight. Please see the attached flyer.



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Forest Wagner 01:04:43 PM
Thursday, February 22, 2024

Finland summer resaerch experience

Hi All,

Here is information about a UAA-sponsored Environmental Science research project in Finland that is recuriting student research assistants for Summer 2024. The deadline to apply is March 10. See details on flyer below.




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Eran Hood 01:34:08 PM
Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Summer Research positions at UAS

Hi All,

We are hiring several student research assistant positions to work on projects related to hydrology, aquatic ecology, and fisheries here in Juneau next summer. Please see attached position descriptions for details. Applications are due by March 1. Don't hesitate to reach out with questions.





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Eran Hood 09:42:29 PM
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Fisheries Technician position on the Stikine River

HI All,

ADF&G is hiring Fisheries Technicians to work at a remote camp on the Stikine River near Wrangell next summer. We had a student from our program who had a great experience in this position. Details including instructions to apply can be found in the attached flyer. The start date says April 15, however there is flexibility to start after the end of the semester in May.





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Eran Hood 09:55:23 PM
Monday, February 12, 2024

Alaska DEC Division of Water is hiring

Hi All,

The AK DEC is hiring Environmental Program Specialists in their Division of Water in Juneau. This could be a great entry level position for someone graduating in the spring. Applications are due Feb. 19. Information below





Please see information below regarding recruitment for a Environmental Program Specialist 1/2/3 position with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Division of Water located in Juneau.

This position is open to Alaska residents only and closes February 19, 2024 at 5pm AKST.  


Environmental Program Specialist 1/2/3 (PCN 187777)

The Water Information Program is committed to protecting the environment by constantly improving the electronic tools and training the Division uses to collect and analyze water discharge data. This position provides a positive permittee experience with outreach and helpdesk type assistance, and collaborates with other programs to streamline data input and analysis processes. 

Do you have the drive to work with the public and coworkers, becoming an expert and training others in use of the Division’s Environmental Data Management System (EDMS) and other applications?

  • At the Environmental Program Specialist 1 entry-level, you will triage initial public contacts and collaborate with Division staff from multiple programs while learning EDMS and other Division applications and processes.
  • At the Environmental Program Specialist 2 level, you complete less common tasks without supervision, help create and present training materials, and learn to utilize the data in external databases.
  • At the Environmental Program Specialist 3 level, you work independently and can solve complex data issues, minimize unintended consequences, and communicate the resolution to stakeholders.

Each level builds on the previous, and all levels provide opportunities to learn how other Division programs positively impact the environment. Water Information Program Data team members become subject matter experts in multiple applications and understand how other programs use them. The collaboration with other programs exposes team members to aspects of permitting, compliance and enforcement, and water quality monitoring with broad experiences that can be used to mold a career path. Daily interactions assist the public improving regulatory compliance with permits, authorizations, and enforcement actions that directly affect environmental impact.

For specific information in reference to the position please contact:

Name: Dan Buchholz

Title: Data Processing Manager

Phone: 907-269-7639




Eran Hood 01:09:42 PM


Jason M. Amundson, Ph.D.

Jason M. Amundson, Ph.D.

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, Natural Sciences Department Chair

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Sanjay Pyare, Ph.D.

Sanjay Pyare, Ph.D.

Professor of Environmental Science

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Jason B. Fellman, Ph.D.

Jason B. Fellman, Ph.D.

Acting Director - Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center & Research Associate 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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