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Senior Projects

As an Earth Science undergraduate, your projects showcase advanced knowledge and skill

Your passion for specialty areas like hydrology, meteorology, environmental geology, glaciology, or climate change, among many others, is rewarded in your senior project.

Working closely in your senior year with your Earth Science faculty adviser, you’ll apply your skills and interests to develop a project that helps train you in each step of the scientific process.

Work completed by Earth Science undergraduates like you often demonstrates ability that you’d expect to find in more advanced students.

As these Earth Science senior projects show, at Alaska Pacific University, there’s no need to wait when you want to aim high.

Vegetation succession patterns near the terminus of the Kennicott Glacier, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska
Anna Nowosad, B. S, 2010
The pattern of plant succession was determined using a combination of field data collection, GIS mapping, statistical analysis, and ordination analysis near the terminus of the Kennicott Glacier in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

Differential GPS survey assessing horizontal surface velocities of three Chugach rock glaciers
Justin Wholey, B.S., 2010
High-precision GPS units were used to measure velocities of rock glaciers deep within Chugach State Park, Alaska. Field work involved repeated hikes to three rock glaciers near the south fork of Eagle River, a remote site roughly 15 miles north of Anchorage.

Dynamics of the Southeast Fork Kahiltna Glacier
Dustin English, B.A., 2009
High-precision GPS was used to measure glacier velocities on the West Buttress of Mount McKinley, tallest peak in North America. A goal of this study was to estimate where crevassed human waste deposited by McKinley climbers ultimately will end up. The National Park Service estimates that more than 1,000 climbers attempt McKinley annually.

Facilitating research in a National Park: Wrangell-St. Elias Research Summit
Vanessa Willcox-Healey, B.S., 2010
Focusing on research involving the geology and ecology of Wrangell-St.Elias National Park near McCarthy, Alaska, this project contributed to the planning, organizing and executing of a scientific conference. A research document bibliography was compiled for a website also developed for this project.

Processes governing the temporal and spatial patterns of oxygen and hydrogen isotope variation in winter precipitation in Southcentral Alaska
Brian Kramp, B.A., 2011
Snowfall samples obtained from mountain at several sites along Turnagain Pass and Hatcher Pass, Alaska, were collected following major storms. Samples were analyzed in the University of Alaska Anchorage stable isotope lab so that isotopic composition of the samples could be related to weather patterns. Data collection was accomplished by the student researcher in a series of backcountry ski treks.

Senior projects in progress:

Profile of geothermal activity in Alaska
Harvey Brittain, B.S. candidate, anticipated graduation 2012

The role of religious organizations in environmental advocacy: A case study involving the Pebble Prospect
Sam Friedman, B.A. and B.S. double major candidate, anticipated graduated 2012

Surficial geology of the Eagle Glacier terminus region, Alaska
Dylan Boehme, B.S. candidate, anticipated graduation 2013