Denny Capps - Park Geologist

Denny is a geologist at Denali
Denny Capps is a park geologist at Denali National Park and Preserve.

Denny Capps, Ph.D.
Park Geologist
Denali National Park and Preserve
P.O. Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755
907-683-9598
Denny_Capps@nps.gov

Education
B.S. - Geology, Louisiana Tech University
M.S - Earth Science, Montana State University

Ph.D. - Earth Science, Simon Fraser University

Skills and Research Interests

  • Geologic project manager with 20+ years of experience conducting cutting-edge remote sensing investigations, safe fieldwork in remote environments, and robust analyses

  • Communicates effectively through peer-reviewed publications and engaging presentations

  • Demonstrable skills include geohazard identification, monitoring, and risk reduction; paleontological surveys, collection, and database management; glaciological mass balance, velocity, and hazard surveys; lode and placer mining reclamation; and education and outreach

  • Collaborative problem solver that supervises small teams to create products for stakeholder management decisions


Professional Experience
2011-present - Park Geologist, Denali National Park and Preserve
2004-2011 - Sessional Instructor, Assistant Lecturer, and Research Assistant, Simon Fraser University
2004 - Earth System Science Web Resource Developer, Montana State University

2003 - Geologic Hazards Specialist, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

2000-2003 - Teaching Assistant/Lead Teaching Assistant, Montana State University

2000 - Backcountry Visitor Use Assistant, Glacier National Park and Preserve

1999 - Geophysical technician, Gradient Geophysics

1998 - Staff Geologist, Rust Environment & Infrastructure

Professional Activities and Memberships
Geological Society of America member

Mentor for eight Geoscientists-in-Parks participants

American Geophysical Union member

Certifications
Alaska commercial driver’s license

Association of Canadian Mountain Guides crevasse rescue

Certificate in University Teaching and Learning

Federal Agreements Technical Representative – 2011-present

Federal Contracting Officer’s Representative - 2012-present

Incident Command – 100, 700, 907

Interagency Aviation Training – A-103/109/110/115/200/207/304, M3, S271/372(helicopter manager)

NPS animal safety shotgun training

Operational Leadership

PADI open-water SCUBA diver

Swiftwater Rescue

Wilderness First Aid


Publications

Capps, D.M., 2017. The role of glaciers and glacier research in the development of U.S. national parks. Earth Science History 36(2): 337-358.

Capps, D.M., Rosenberg, R.H., Collins, A.L., Anderson, D.A., Hooper, S., Rogers, H., Collins, B. and Bilderback, E., 2017. Geohazards risk assessment of the Denali National Park Road. In De Graff, J.V. and Shakoor, A. (eds.), Landslides: Putting Experience, Knowledge and Emerging Technologies into Practice, AEG Special Publication 27: 840-850.

Capps, D.M., McLane, S.C. and Chang, L., 2017. Denali National Park and Preserve Geology Road Guide (2nd Ed). Denali Park, Alaska, Denali National Park and Preserve.

Capps, D.M. and Clague, J.J., 2014. Evolution of glacier-dammed lakes through space and time; Brady Glacier, Alaska, USA. Geomorphology 210: 59-70.

Capps, D.M., Wiles, G.C., Clague, J.J. and Luckman, B.H., 2011. Tree-ring dating of the nineteenth-century advance of Brady Glacier and the evolution of two ice-marginal lakes, Alaska. Holocene 21(4): 641-649.

Capps, D.M., Rabus, B., Clague, J.J. and Shugar, D.H., 2010. Identification and characterization of alpine subglacial lakes using interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR): Brady Glacier, Alaska, USA. Journal of Glaciology 56(199): 861-870.

Pelto, M., Capps, D.M., Clague, J.J. and Pelto, B., 2013. Rising ELA and expanding proglacial lakes indicate impending rapid retreat of Brady Glacier, Alaska. Hydrological Processes 27(21): 3075-3082.

Shugar, D. H., Rabus, B.T., Clague, J.J. and Capps, D.M., 2012. The response of Black Rapids Glacier, Alaska, to the Denali earthquake rock avalanches. Journal of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface 117: 1-14.

Professional abstracts (bold when presenter)

Atwater, A.L. and Capps, D.M., 2013. Dinosaur track site prediction model in Denali National Park using remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), databases and suitability analyses. Abstract with program from Geological Society of America meeting, Denver, CO. October 2013.

Bemis, S.P., Capps, D.M., Cole, R.B., Benowitz, J.A. and Fitzgerald, P.G., 2014. Dinos to Denali: the record of Mesozoic through Cenozoic tectonics, sedimentation, volcanism, and geomorphology in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Abstract with program from Geological Society of America meeting, Vancouver, BC. October 2014.

Capps, D.M., 2016. 100 Years of Denali Geology. Abstract with program from NPS Centennial Science and Stewardship Symposium, Fairbanks, AK. Also co-chair of this session 100+ years of park geology. October 2016.

Capps, D.M., 2015. Geologic Hazards Evaluation along Important Infrastructure Corridors. Abstract with program from Geological Society of America Cordilleran Section meeting, Anchorage, AK. May 2015.

Capps, D.M., 2014. Slip Slidin’ Away – Denali Park Road’s geotechnical assets on the move. Abstract with program from the 39th Northwest Geotech Workshop, Anchorage, AK. August 2014.

Capps, D.L., 2003. The West Creek glacial outburst flood - Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park – Skagway, Alaska. Abstract with program from Geological Society of America meeting, Seattle, WA. November 2003.

Capps, D.L., 2003. The Quaternary history of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet fringe, Ashley Lake, Montana. Abstract with program from Geological Society of America Rocky Mountain Section meeting, Durango, CO. May 2003.

Capps, D.M., Rosenberg, R.H., Collins, A.L., Anderson, D.A., Hooper, S., Rogers, H., Collins, B. and Bilderback, E., 2017. Geohazards risk assessment of the Denali National Park Road. Proceedings of the North American Symposium on Landslides, Roanoke, VA. June 2017.

Capps, D.M., Rosenberg, R.H., Motschmann, A. and Collins, A.L., 2015. Denali’s thawing permafrost and slope instability. Abstract with programs from Science for Parks, Parks for Science: The Next Century, Berkeley, CA. March, 2015.

Capps, D.M., Rosenberg, R.H., Motschmann, A. and Collins, A.L., 2015. Permafrost Thawing and Landslides – Denali is Slip Slidin' Away. Abstract with program from the George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites, Oakland, CA. March-April 2015.

Capps, D.M., Burrows, R. and Schirokauer, D., 2014. Denali glaciology: Present. Future? Abstract with program from Northwest Glaciologists’ Meeting, Fairbanks, AK. October, 2014.

Capps, D.L., Wiles, G.C. and Clague, J.J., 2009. Dendrochronology to the beat of a different drummer: lakes dammed by a tidewater glacier out of phase with climate. Abstract with program from European Geophysical Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria. April 2009.

Capps, D.L., Rabus, B. and Clague, J.J., 2008. Identification and characterization of dynamic alpine subglacial lakes using a fusion of InSAR and GIS. Abstract with program from American Geophysical Union meeting, San Francisco, CA. December 2008.

Capps, D.L., Rabus, B., and Clague, J.J., 2007. Identification and characterization of dynamic alpine subglacial lakes using InSAR, radio-echo sounding, and crevasse interpretation. Abstract with program from American Geophysical Union meeting, San Francisco, CA. December 2007.

Capps, D.L., Kirk, K.B., Mogk, D.W., and Manduca, C.A., 2004. Web-based resources to support teaching and learning about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Abstract with program from Geological Society of America meeting, Denver, CO. November 2004.

Collins, A.L., Rosenberg, R.H. and Capps, D.M., 2015. Mass movements in the parks: Geocorps and geohazards at the top of North America. Abstract with program from Geological Society of America meeting, Baltimore, MD. November 2015.

Druckenmiller, P.S., Erikson, G., Benowitz, J.A., Capps, D.M.,Knight, C., May, K. and Stewart, D. 2017. Deinonychosaurian trace fossils from the Late Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) Cantwell Formation, Alaska: track maker inferences using coeval, interformational comparisons. Abstract with program from Geological Society of America meeting, Denver, CO. October 2017.

Druckenmiller, P.S., Capps, D.M., May, K. and Knight, C., 2016. Denali dinosaurs: their significance in the bigger picture of global and Alaskan paleontology. Abstract with program from NPS Centennial Science and Stewardship Symposium, Fairbanks, AK. October 2016.

Hults, C., Capps, D.M., Turner, M., Knight, C. and Stromquist, L., 2016. Alaska NPS paleontological database: laying the groundwork for inventory, monitoring, and management. Abstract with program from NPS Centennial Science and Stewardship Symposium, Fairbanks, AK. October 2016.

Hults, C., Capps, D.M., Knight, C., Lanik, A. and Turner, M.M., 2016. Alaskan national parks paleontological databases: groundwork for inventory, monitoring, and management. Abstract with program from Geological Society of America meeting, Denver, CO. September 2016.

Knight, C., Hults, C., Capps, D.M. and Turner, M., 2016. Structure from Motion (SfM) used to virtually share 3D models of fossils and artifacts. Abstract with program from NPS Centennial Science and Stewardship Symposium, Fairbanks, AK. October 2016.

Parker, N.E., Richards, M.E., Reitman, N.G. and Capps, D.M., 2011. Geocorps America 2011 paleontology inventory of the Late Cretaceous Lower Cantwell Formation in Denali National Park, Alaska. Abstract with program from Geological Society of America meeting, Minneapolis, MN. October 2011.

Patton, A.I., Rathburn, S., Capps, D.M. and Ruleman, C.A., 2017. Preliminary surficial mapping of the Denali National Park and Preserve road corridor: implications for landslide hazards in a changing climate. Abstract with program from Geological Society of America meeting, Denver, CO. October 2017.

Richards, M.E., Rathburn, S., Capps, D.M. and Booth, D., 2016. Braided river response to eight decades of human disturbance, Toklat River, Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Abstract with program from NPS Centennial Science and Stewardship Symposium, Fairbanks, AK. October 2016.

Ruleman, C.A., Sorter, R., Goehring, B.M., Capps, D.M., Bemis, S.P., Frothingham, M.G., Patton, A.I. and Rathburn, S., 2017. New geologic mapping, classic concepts: gaining insight to the geomorphic evolution and associated hazards, Denali region, AK. Abstract with program from Geological Society of America meeting, Denver, CO. October 2017.

Sarwas, R. and Capps, D.M., 2012. Determining topography change over 50 years in two Alaskan national parks using remote sensing. Abstract with program from Geological Society of America meeting, Charlotte, NC. November 2012.