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The USGS Alaska Science Center has a monthly seminar series that runs from October through May.  This series highlights the multiple research programs that are taking place across all disciplines at the center.

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Glacier mass balance measurements on Taku Glacier, Alaska

Measuring glacier mass balance at the flow divide of Taku and Mendenhall glaciers during the summer of 2019.
(Credit: Christopher McNeil, USGS. Public domain.)

Capturing Change in the Icefield-to-Ocean Ecosystem of Southcentral Alaska

Date/Time: January 23, 2020 @ 10 a.m. (Alaska time) 
Speaker: Shad O'Neel and Joe Yelverton

About the Talk: As Alaska warms, its land ice is disappearing, at rates among the highest on Earth.  Myriad downstream impacts stem from ice removal, with feedbacks among processes challenging our understanding of future states. This talk will blend science and outreach aspects of research ongoing at southcentral Alaska’s Wolverine Glacier. O’Neel will cover recent advances in the long-term mass balance efforts, and how new a biogeochemical project compliments mass balance research. Yelverton will discuss his investigations of the human aspect of science. His independent research examines what motivates people and how purpose can drive their ambition.

More Information: Glacier and Climate Project
About the AuthorsShad O'Neel and Joe Yelverton

Location: Leslie Holland-Bartels Conference Room, Glenn Olds Hall Building, 4210 University Drive, Anchorage (Click here for a map).  Please park at the Carr-Gottstein Building.

Webinar information

A webinar will be available for all talks for those who cannot make it in person.  For additional details or to be added to the electronic notification list, please contact Yvette Gillies.

**Space is limited so gather in groups to view presentation

To join the talk visit:

  • When you enter your name and Meeting ID, please uncheck 'Use browser for audio + video'
  • Meeting ID: 82511
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    and enter the conference collaboration code: 82511 followed by the # key
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Some of the information provided in these seminars is preliminary or provisional and is subject to revision. It is being provided to meet the need for timely best science. Some of the information has not received final approval by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and is provided on the condition that neither the USGS nor the U.S. Government shall be held liable for any damages resulting from the authorized or unauthorized use of the information.

October 2019 - May 2020 schedule

October 15 9:00 am Vanessa von Biela Yukon Chinook Salmon and Heat Stress
November 20 2:00 pm Dave Houseknecht Petroleum Resource Assessments in Arctic Alaska:  Intersection of Science and Policy
December 10 10:00 am George Durner and Todd Atwood Planning for Change: Characterizing the Effects of Industrial Activities on Polar Bears
January 23  10:00 am Shad O'Neel and Joe Yelverton Capturing Change in the Icefield-to-Ocean Ecosystem of Southcentral Alaska
February 18 10:00 am Christina Ahlstrom Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in Gulls and Environments of Alaska
March   17 10:00 am Jeremy Littell, Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center Current Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center activities: research, translation, and adaptation
April  10:00 am Jeff Falke (USGS Cooperative Research Unit) An Overview of the USGS Cooperative Research Unit at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
May        19 10:00 am Carson Baughman TBD


Previous Seminar Summaries