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Information for Researchers

Dall's sheep ram

Dall's Sheep Ram

NPS photo

Parks for Research.
Research for Parks.

Welcome to the possibilities of conducting research in the shadow of Denali.
Please scroll down to consult a number of documents, maps, and helpful resources about research opportunities and responsibilities in Denali National Park and Preserve.

Research Fellowships
Murie Science and Learning Center Program of Research Fellowships
The deadline for submitting applications for 2015 will be February 16, 2015. Consult the 2014 brochure until the new brochure is available.

2014 Research Fellows (photos of researchers, description of studies)
2013 Research Fellows (photos of researchers, description of studies)

The Face of 2012 Research in Denali

Portraits of researchers working in Denali in 2012

Researcher-in-Residence Program
Two researchers (2012, 2013) and one science illustrator (2014)

Caribou strolls on the gravel bar of the Teklanika River

Caribou in Denali

Lucy Tyrrell

Handbook for Researchers

Useful contact information
Research needed by park managers
Applying to conduct studies in Denali
What are the obligations of researchers?
Resources available to researchers

Proposals should be written carefully to be compatible with wilderness values.

Observing Dall's Sheep

NPS Photo

Are You Thinking about Applying to Conduct Research at Denali?

General and specific guidance for developing research projects and writing study plans (research proposals) for Denali that will be most compatible with Denali's wilderness landscapes, and thus encounter the least obstacles during review.

Snowshoe Hare

Getting Ready for Winter

Rob Hannawacker

Checklist for Requesting Support

Checklist of research-related support potentially available and how to request it (e.g., housing or camping, road permit, storage space, office space).

Researchers may wish to stay at campsites along the park road.

Camping at Wonder Lake Campground

Kent Miller

Potential Housing Options for Researchers

What campgrounds, cabins, and other lodging in the park are potentially available for researchers? Table of options and amenities that might be available, arranged by "east" and "west" ends of the park road.

Physiography map of a small part of Denali National Park and Preserve

Researchers can better plan fieldwork knowing about Denali's geography

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Park Geography for Researchers
Map of Denali focusing on Denali Park Road, showing locations of interest to researchers (pdf 5102 KB)

Inset Map A of Park Entrance Area (pdf 753 KB)

Inset Map B of Park Headquarters Area (pdf 554 KB)

Inset Map C of Kantishna - Wonder Lake Area (pdf 1077KB)

Temporary wildlife closures may include an area where a grizzly is defending a kill.

Please respect wildlife closures

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Maps of Current Wildlife Closures

Learn the locations of permanent and temporary wildlife closures by consulting these maps. These areas are off limits to research except in rare instances. Closure maps are arranged by section of the Denali Park Road (Miles 0-30, 30-60, 60-90+). Researchers, please walk and work around these wildlife closures.

How does White Sweet Clover (an exotic plant) impact floodplain plant community structure?

Recording Data

Blaine Spellman

Performing Environmentally-Sensitive and Safe Field Research in Denali

  • Minimizing impacts of conducting research
  • Staying safe while conducting research
Adolph Murie based some of his park research out of the East Fork Cabin.

East Fork Cabin

NPS Photo

Curatorial Requirements for Researchers Intending to Collect in Denali

How to comply with regulations about collecting in Denali--arranging a loan repository, what to do before you arrive at the park to collect, what needs to be recorded during your field collections, and responsibilities for researchers after collecting and after cataloging.
Sharing research information helps others be supportive of research in Denali.

Researchers can provide information for interpreters to incorporate in programs

NPS Photo / Kent Miller

Sharing Your Research

Ideas for sharing your research with others. Sharing your research builds support for future research opportunities.

Did You Know?

a green hillside and a brown scar denoting where a landslide occurred

Warmer temperatures have led to dramatic thawing of permafrost. Thaw releases carbon, as once-frozen materials decompose, but allows increased plant growth. Researchers in Denali are studying whether thawing permafrost will increase or decrease world-wide carbon emissions.