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Adrian M Bender

I study how Alaska's landscapes adjust to earthquake-related rock uplift, climatic change, and human action. My science is strongly fieldwork-oriented, and also uses geographic information systems, digital topography analysis, simple models, and collaborations with academic experts in cosmogenic isotope geochemistry and luminescence dating. Results from my work provide the general public and scientific community with basic information about how, when, where, and how fast or slow Alaska's land surface has uplifted, eroded, and produced mineral resources such as placer gold.

Professional Experience

  • 2015 - Present  Geologist, USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska

  • 2012 - 2015       Physical Science Tech, USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska

  • 2014 - 2015       Graduate Research Assistant, Western Washington University

  • 2013 - 2014       Graduate Teaching Assistant, Western Washington University

  • 2010 - 2012       Undergraduate Lab Assistant, University of Alaska, Anchorage

Education and Certifications

  • M.S.   2015   Western Washington University (WWU)    Geology

  • B.S.    2012   University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA)   Geology

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • American Geophysical Union (2012-present)

  • Geological Society of America (2013-present)

Honors and Awards

  • WWU Outstanding Graduate Award, Geology Department (2015)

  • Hecla-Greens Creek Scholarship (2011)

  • Chugach Gem and Mineral Society Scholarship (2012)

  • Fran Ulmer Transformative Research Award, UAA (2012)

  • Global Change Research Grant, UA Statewide (2012)

  • Geological Society of America Graduate Student Research Grant (2014)

  • Geology Graduate Student Research Grant, WWU (2014)

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government