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    Yosemite

    National Park California

Study the Scientist: A Fire Archeologist

Fire archeologist Jun Kinoshita came to Yosemite National Park in 2001 from a seasonal archeologist position at Klondike Goldrush National Historical Park in Skagway, Alaska. As part of his Yosemite duties, Kinoshita is the co-coordinator of the Resource Advisor Program, providing resource information--such as vulnerable plant or animal species, or cultural resources--before, during and after wildland fire incidents and prescribed burns. (3 minutes 40 seconds)
 
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View Yosemite's other "Study the Scientist" videos to watch resource rangers describe their jobs.

  • See wildlife biologist Sarah Stock, who specializes in ornithology
  • See social scientist Bret Meldrum, who studies the quality of a visitor's park experience
  • See botanist Martin Hutten, who specializes in lichens and invasive plants
  • See historical architect George Jaramillo, who preserves the park's historical structures
  • See hydrologist Jim Roche, who protects water resources, including Wild & Scenic Rivers

 

 

Did You Know?

Nevada and Vernal Falls

In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.