Research in Denali
Researchers and resource specialists study everything imaginable in Denali from why glaciers surge, to the population dynamics of wolves and their prey, to the physiological effects to humans of climbing Denali. Research on subarctic ecosystems and studies of culture, history, and place have been an integral part of understanding and protecting Denali’s natural and cultural resources since the park’s inception.
Check out a wide array of research fact sheets to get information on research results and findings.
Denali publishes Current Resource Projects annually to summarize results of resource studies from the previous year, and describe what resource projects are planned for the next field season.
Current Resource Projects 2014 (6.1MB)
Current Resource Projects 2013
Current Resource Projects 2012
Current Resource Projects 2011
Current Resource Projects 2010
Current Resource Projects 2009
Current Resource Projects 2008
Current Resource Projects 2007
Current Resource Projects 2006
Current Resource Projects 2005
Investigator Annual Reports
Each year researchers at all national parks submit an Investigator Annual Report (IAR) summarizing their findings to the National Park Service’s Research Permit and Reporting System (RPRS) website. You can search IAR’s by park, investigator name, year, or general subject heading. Researchers may apply on line for a research and collecting permit at the same website.
Below, browse a full listing of articles containing research information from Denali. You can also search through Denali research results.
Learn about a 2003 baseline study of 160,000 acres in the Toklat River basin of Denali. Permafrost was known to exist in the area, but this study provided specific details which will benefit park managers and future scientists. Read more
Denali is linked to the rest of the world through atmospheric pathways that carry industrial and agricultural contaminants, as well as smoke and dust, across the oceans from one continent to another. Two path-ways in particular carry airborne contami-nants to Denali, each with a characteristic seasonal pattern of transport. Read more
A quick overview of the natural history that formed what we know today as Denali National Park - and glimpses at changes that might happen in the near and distant future. Read more
A sole road provides access to the interior of Denali. Traffic on it is restricted mostly to buses, with a cap on how many total trips can occur in a summer. Though the limit hasn't been reached, visitation increases annually. In order to evaluate the traffic limits and how traffic impacts wildlife, we have designed a multidisciplilnary study. This research will inform decisions about managing traffic to protect resources and maintain quality visitor experiences. Read more
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