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Sonia A. Nagorski, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Geology 
Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences


907-796-6406 (Fax)

Whitehead Bldg Rm 227, Juneau Campus



Ph.D. Geology, 2001, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

M.S. Geology, 1997, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

B.A. Geology and History, 1994, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

Curriculum Vitae


Environmental geochemistry, including:

  • Trace metal occurrence and dynamics in hydrological systems, including water, sediment, and biota
  • Atmospheric mercury deposition and cycling
  • Water quality assessment and monitoring


  • Nagorski, S.A., A.W. Vermilyea, and C. Lamborg, (2021) Mercury export from glacial and non-glacial Alaskan watersheds as influenced by bedrock geology, watershed processes, and atmospheric deposition Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.

  • Lepak, R., S. Janssen, D. Krabbenhoft, M. Tate, R. Yin, W. Fitzgerald, S. Nagorski, J. Hurley, and D. Engstrom (2020). Resolving atmospheric mercury loading and source trends from isotopic records of remote North American lake sediments. Environmental Science and Technology, 54, 15, 9325-9333. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.0c00579

  • Nagorski, S.A., S.D. Kaspari, E. Hood, J.B. Fellman, and S.M.Skiles (2019). Radiative forcing by dust and black carbon on the Juneau Icefield, Alaska. DOI: 10.1029/2018JD029411. Journal of Geophysical Research- Atmospheres.

  • Fellman, J.B., E. Hood, S.A. Nagorski, J. Hudson, and S. Pyare, (2019). Interactive physical and biotic factors control habitat quality for Pacific salmon in coastal temperate rainforest streams. DOI: 10.1007/s00027-018-0597-9. Aquatic Sciences.

  • Nagorski, S. A., D. R. Engstrom, D. P. Krabbenhoft, R. F. Lepak, and W. F. Fitzgerald. (2019). Historical trends in mercury deposition as recorded in lake cores near Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Natural Resource Report NPS/SEAN/NRR—2019/1928. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.

  • Vermilyea, A.W., S.A. Nagorski, C.H. Lamborg, E.W. Hood, D. Scott, and G.J. Swarr, (2017). Continuous proxy measuremments reveal large mercury fluxes from glacial and forested watersheds in Alaska. Science of the Total Environment 599-600: 145-155, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.03.297

  • Sergeant, C.J. and S.A. Nagorski, (2014). The implications of monitoring frequency for describing riverine water quality regimes. River Research and Applications. DOI: 10.1002/rra.2767.

  • Nagorski, S.A. D.R. Engstrom, J.P. Hudson, D.P. Krabbenhoft, E. Hood, J.F. DeWild, G.R. Aiken, (2014). Spatial distribution of mercury in southeastern Alaskan streams influenced by glaciers, wetlands, and salmon. Environmental Pollution 184: 62-72.

  • Fellman, J.B., S. Nagorski, S. Pyare, A.W. Vermilyea, D. Scott, and E. Hood (2013). Stream temperature responses to variable glacier coverage in coastal watersheds of Southeast Alaska. Hydrological Processes. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9742.

Courses Taught:

  • Geology 104: Physical Geology
  • Geology 105: Geological History of Life
  • Geology 301: Geomorphology
  • Geology 320: Mineral, Energy, & Renewable Resources
  • Environmental Science 213: Natural Hazards
  • Environmental Science 375: Current Topics: The Anthropocene
  • Environmental Science 375: Current Topics: Plastics in the Environment
  • Environmental Science 375: Current Topics: Mass Extinctions
  • Environmental Science 475: Field Studies- Death Valley Geology
  • Humanities 120: Alaska: A Sense of Place
  • Humanities 193: Environment, Ethics, and the UAS Experience

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