Michael Loso - Geologist

Mike Loso in a snow pit
Mike Loso measuring snowpack depth and density as part of long-term glacier monitoring.
Michael Loso, PhD
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve and
Principal Investigator (Cryosphere)
Central Alaska Network, Inventory and Monitoring Program
PO Box 439
Copper Center, AK 99573
(907) 529-9372

Ph.D. 2004 University of California, Santa Cruz Geomorphology
MS 1996 University of Vermont Botany, Field Naturalist Program
BA 1990 University of California, Santa Barbara Environmental Studies

Skills and Interest Areas
Geology, geohazards, glacier and permafrost monitoring, botany, the banjo

Professional Experience
2015-present Physical Scientist, National Park Service, Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve
2015-present Adjunct Research Professor, Alaska Pacific University, Department of Environmental Science
2010-2015 Associate Professor, Alaska Pacific University, Department of Environmental Science
2008-2012 Director, Master of Science in Environmental Science Program, Alaska Pacific University

Professional Activities
Glacier and Permafrost Monitoring for Wrangell-St Elias and Denali national parks and preserves and Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
SAR Team member, Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve
President, Board of Directors, The Wrangell Mountains Center (2006-2010)
Member of the American Geophysical Union, Geological Society of America, and International Glaciological Society


Dufresne, A., M. Geertsema, D. H. Shugar, M. Koppes, B. Higman, P. J.Haeussler, C. Stark, J. G. Venditti, D. Bonno, C. Larsen, S. P. S.Gulick, N. McCall, M. Walton, M. G. Loso, and M. J. Willis. 2018. Sedimentology and geomorphology of a large tsunamigenic landslide, Taan Fiord, Alaska. Sedimentary Geology 364:302-318. DOI: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2017.10.004

Higman, B., D. H. Shugar, […] M. Loso. 2018. The 2015 landslide and tsunami in Taan Fiord, Alaska. Scientific Reports 8: 12993.

Boes E, Van Daele M, Moernaut J, Schmidt S, Jensen BJL, Praet N, Kaufman D, Haeussler P, Loso MG, De Batist M. 2017.
Varve formation during the past three centuries in three large proglacial lakes in south-central Alaska. GSA Bulletin. DOI:10.1130/B31792.1.

Ganey GQ, Loso MG, Burgess AB, Dial RJ. 2017. The role of microbes in snowmelt and radiative forcing on a large Alaskan icefield. Nature Geoscience. DOI:10.1038/ngeo3027.

Higman B, Sugar DH, Stark CP, Esktrom G, Koppes MN, Lynett P, Dufresne A, Haeussler PJ, Geertsema M, Gulick S, Mattox A, Venditti JG, Walton MAL, McCall N, McKittrick E, MacInnes B, Bilderback EL, Tang H, Willis MJ, Richmond B, Reece RS, Larsen C, Olson B, Capra J, Ayca A, Bloom C, Williams H, Bonno D, Weiss R, Keen A, Skanavis V, Loso MG. in press. Glacier retreat and the largest landslide-triggered marine tsunami since 1958. Accepted in Scientific Reports.

Dufresne A, Geertsma M, Shugar DH, Koppes M, Higman B, Haeussler PJ, Stark C, Venditti JG, Bonno D, Larsen C, Gulick SP, McCall N, Walton MA, Loso MG. in press. Sedimentology and geomorphology of a large tsunamigenic landslide, Taan Fiord, Alaska. Accepted in Sedimentary Geology.

Loso MG, Finney B, Johnson R, Sinnott R. 2017. Evaluating evidence for historic anadromous salmon runs in Eklutna Lake, Alaska. Arctic 70(3): 259-272.

Curran JH, Loso MG, Williams HB. 2017. Glacial conditioning of stream position and flooding in the braid plain of the Exit Glacier foreland, Alaska. Geomorphology 293: 272-288.

Praet N, Moernaut J, Van Daele M, Boes E, Haeussler P, Strupler M, Schmidt S, Loso MG, De Batist M. 2017. Paleoseismic potential of sublacustrine landslide records in a high-seismicity setting (south-central Alaska). Marine Geology 384:103-119.

Sass LC, Loso MG, Geck J, Thoms EE, McGrath D. 2017. Geometry, mass balance, and thinning at Eklutna Glacier, Alaska: an altitude-mass-balance feedback with implications for water resources. Journal of Glaciology. DOI:10.1017/jog.2016.146.

Rinas C, Dial R, Sullivan PF, Smeltz TS, Tobin CS, Loso MG, Geck J. 2017. Thermal segregation drives patterns of alder and willow expansion in a montane ecosystem subject to climate warming. Journal of Ecology. DOI:10.1111/1365-2745.12737.

Loso MG, Arendt A, Larsen C, Rich J, Murphy N. 2014. Alaskan National Park glaciers-status and trends: Final report. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/AKRO/NRTR-2014/922. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Loso MG, Doak DF, and Anderson RS. 2014. Lichenometric dating of Little Ice Age glacier moraines using explicit demographic models of lichen colonization, growth, and survival. Geografiska Annaler. 96: 21-41. DOI:10.1111/geoa.12022.

Loso MG, Goodwin KG, Williams H, Johnson R, and English D. 2013. Glacial transport of human waste and survival of fecal bacteria on Mt. McKinley’s Kahiltna Glacier, Denali National Park, Alaska. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/AKR/NRTR-2013/784. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Last updated: October 18, 2018