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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.


Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Environmental Internship Opportunity

Hi All,

Hecla, which runs the Greens Creek mine on Admiralty Island is looking for Environmental Interns. Details are below.



I hope this finds you well.  Just wanted to let you know that Hecla is advertising for Environmental Interns if you have any students that may be interested.


If interested they can apply on the Hecla website (  They can contact me if they have any questions.






Martin Stearns

Environmental/Surface Operations Manager

Hecla Greens Creek Mining Co.

PO Box 32199 Juneau, AK 99803

Office: 907.790.8461

Cell:  907-957-6593


Eran Hood 08:13:23 AM
Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Postponed: Program on the Environment BBQ

The forecast for Friday looks pretty wet and windy, so we've decided to postpone the fall BBQ to some to-be-determined day. More later...


Jason Amundson 01:40:30 PM
Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Program on the Environment BBQ

Hi all,

Mark your calendars: Weather permitting, we will have our fall Program on the Environment BBQ at Auke Rec next Friday (9/23) from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm. We will have vehicles to shuttle anybody that needs a ride from campus. Bring a friend!

More details to follow next week.


Jason Amundson 01:03:09 PM
Tuesday, September 13, 2022

USFS positions

The US Forest Service office in Anchorage is hiring a couple of positions in their Forest Inventory and Analysis program that may be of interest. You can find details on the positions by following the links below.

Crew Leader (GS-0401-07/09): 

Quality Assurance Inspector (GS-0401-07/09): 

Jason Amundson 10:43:04 AM
Thursday, July 07, 2022

CBJ hiring Environmental Project Specialist

Hi All,

The City & Borough of Juneau is hiring a new position to help with environmental sustainability initiatives. This would be a great position for any recent graduates from our program (or potentially anyone who is close to graduation). The brief description is pasted below with full details and the application available here: 

The application period closes next Friday (7/15).

I hope everyone has been enjoying the sunshine. Cheers,




Engineering & Public Works

Position Title:

Environmental Project Specialist

Position Type:

Full Time

Scheduled Hours:

37.5 Hours per week

Pay Range:

$72,707.70 - $77,608.44 Annually (DOQ)


This role requires a high degree of independence, creativity, innovation, flexibility, and outreach both within the department and to the Assembly and community groups. If you enjoy collaborating with others to solve environmental and sustainability problems, this may be the right position for you! This is a new position that will require researching, planning, developing, coordinating, and implementing a wide variety of environmental sustainability projects in support of City and Assembly priorities.  As the first incumbent, you will have an opportunity to help shape the position.  Your day will never be boring!

Application Period:

Closes 07/15/2022

Position Description:



Eran Hood 01:38:34 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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