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
Resource Stewardship and Science
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

Principal Investigator, Glaciers
Central Alaska Network and Southeast Alaska Network
Inventory & 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
2015-2021 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 monitoring for Wrangell-St Elias, Denali, and Glacier Bay national parks and preserves
SAR Incident Management Team Planning Chief, 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

Posters and Presentations
Glacier monitoring and melt modeling on debris-covered Kennicott Glacier, presented at the 2021 meeting of the American Geophysical Union

Thompson AC, Loso MG, Jones T, Truffer M, Holt J, Devaux-Chupin V, Tober B, Christoffersen M, Kuehn T, Wagner N, Fahnestock MA, Larsen CF. 2021. Saltwater intrusion in proglacial lakes at Malaspina Glacier, southeast Alaska: introducing the world’s newest tidewater glacier. Abstract submitted to the American Geophysical Union fall meeting, New Orleans, December 13-17. See a presentation by Anna Thompson recorded before the meeting.


White, J. T., A. Henry, S. Kuehn, M. G. Loso, and J. T. Rasic. 2022. Terminal Pleistocene human occupation of the upper Copper River basin, southern Alaska: Results of test excavations at Nataeł Na’. Quaternary International.

Schiefer E, Geck J, Ostman J, McKay N, Praet N, Loso MG, Kaufman D. 2021. Fluvial suspended sediment transfer and lacustrine sedimentation of recent flood turbidites in proglacial Eklutna Lake, western Chugach Mountains, Alaska. Hydrological Processes. DOI:10.1002/hyp.14375.
Geck J, Hock R, Loso MG, Ostman J, Dial R. 2021. Modeling the impacts of climate change on mass balance and discharge of Eklutna Glacier, Alaska, 1985-2019. Journal of Glaciology. DOI:10.1017/jog.2021.41.

Loso, M. G., C. F. Larsen, B. S. Tober, M. Christoffersen, M. Fahnestock, J. W. Holt, and M. Truffer. 2021. Quo vadis, Alsek? Climate-driven glacier retreat may change the course of a major river outlet in southern Alaska. Geomorphology 384: 107701.

McNeil, C., S. O’Neel, M. Loso, M. Pelto, L. Sass, E. H. Baker, and S. Campbell. 2020. Explaining mass balance and retreat dichotomies at Taku and Lemon Creek Glaciers, Alaska. Journal of Glaciology 1-13.

Broadman E, Thurston LL, McKay NP, Kaufman DS, Schiefer E, Fortin D, Geck J, Loso MG, Nolan M, Arcusa SH, Benson CW, Ellerbroek RA, Erb MP, Routson CC, Wiman C, Jae Wong A. 2019. An Arctic watershed observatory at Lake Peters, Alaska: weather-glacier-river-lake system data for 2015-2018. Earth System Science Data Discussion. DOI:10.5194/essd-2019-60.

Jacquemart, M. and M. Loso. 2019. Catastrophic glacier collapse and debris flow at Flat Creek, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Alaska Park Science 18(1): 16-25.

Wikstrom Jones K, Loso MG, Bartelt P. 2018. Modelled mass and temperature effects of entrained snow on the lubricated flow regime and implications for predicting avalanche run-out distance. Proceedings, International Snow Science Workshop, Innsbruck Austria 84-88.

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.

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.

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Last updated: October 21, 2022