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MSES Theses

You’ll pursue research in settings that advance your scientific interests and goals

While most Environmental Science theses at Alaska Pacific University focus on northern-region issues, your MSES program is a flexible degree that emphasizes skills used in virtually any research-based career.

Whether your thesis research takes you to Bimini or Mount McKinley or someplace in between, your MSES thesis demonstrates your ability in a growing field that incorporates field-based work in the natural sciences as well as political and economic context.

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Recently completed theses

APU takes active learning to continent’s tallest peak as students share authorship of National Park Service report

Four APU students are co-authors with Associate Professor Michael Loso on a technical report published by the National Park Service and … Read On

Interactions between Atlantic spotted (Stenella frontalis) and bottlenose (Tursiops truncatus) dolphins off Bimini, The Bahamas 2003 –2007

Interactions between Atlantic spotted (Stenella frontalis) and bottlenose (Tursiops truncatus) dolphins off Bimini, The Bahamas 2003 … Read On

Breeding bird density and habitat selection across western Kenai Peninsula wetlands, Alaska

Breeding bird density and habitat selection across western Kenai Peninsula wetlands, Alaska Erika McDonald, MSES, 2008 Distance sampling … Read On

CO2 exchange along a hydrologic gradient in the Kenai Lowlands, AK: feedback implications of wetland drying and vegetation succession

CO2 exchange along a hydrologic gradient in the Kenai Lowlands, AK: feedback implications of wetland drying and vegetation … Read On

Effects of environmental variables on Giant Pacific octopuses

In review at Journal of experimental marine biology and ecology Lauren Bisson, MSES, 2011 We attached sonic transmitters to, and … Read On

Assessing dispersed campsites and exploring campers’ perceptions in western Prince William Sound, Alaska

Maryann Smith, MSES, 2010 Results of this U.S. Forest Service-sponsored research are intended to provide information to resource managers … Read On

Characterizing Eklutna Glacier’s Response to Climate Through Measurements of Mass Balance, Geometry, and Motion

Submitted to Journal of Glaciology Louis Sass, MSES, 2011 This work examined enhanced thinning in and near the accumulation zone on the … Read On

Survival rate of fecal coliforms in a glacial environment: Implications for human waste management on Mount McKinley, Alaska

Katie Goodwin on Kahiltna Glacier

In review at Arctic Antarctic and Alpine Research Katie Goodwin, MSES, 2011 Short- and longterm effects of crevassing human waste in a … Read On