Contact: Kris Fister, (907) 683-9583
Research Fellows for Denali and Other Alaska National Parks Selected for 2010
The Murie Science and Learning Center (MSLC) has selected four research fellows for 2010. Two researchers are recipients of Discover Denali Research Fellowships for research in or near Denali National Park and Preserve. Two additional researchers are receiving Murie Science and Research Fellowships for research in one of the MSLC partner parks in arctic and subarctic Alaska, which are Bering Land Bridge, Cape Krusenstern, Denali, Gates of the Arctic, Kobuk Valley, Noatak, Wrangell-St. Elias and Yukon-Charley Rivers. This year’s research fellows include a researcher in Alaska and three graduate students from outside the state. They were selected on the significance of their proposed research to park management issues and the scientific or scholarly merit of their proposal. Their research will continue to expand the scientific efforts taking place at Denali and other Alaska national parks.
The research fellows are pursuing projects related to changing climate and changing cultures. One researcher will conduct glacier terminus surveys in the Kichatna Mountains (southwestern Denali) to complement the park’s monitoring of glaciers and their shrinking volume over time in response to global warming, while another researcher will ask questions related to thawing of permafrost soils near Denali. Two cultural anthropology studies are funded: one researcher will be studying the complex social organization prior to European contact in northwestern Alaska by studying how ceramics were made and traded, while another researcher will conduct archaeological surveys near the Savage River in Denali to learn more about the use of stone projectile points and microblades.
Each Discover Denali and MSLC Research Fellowship recipient will develop an educational outreach opportunity or product about their research, such as a poster, fact sheet, classroom study module for the MSLC, or a public lecture or seminar.
A complete listing of the research fellows and their topics is below:
Discover Denali Research Fellowships
Murie Science and Learning Center Research Fellowships
• Caitlin Hicks, University of Florida
• Shelby Anderson, University of Washington
The Discover Denali Research Fellowships are made possible through proceeds from Discover Denali, an MSLC program developed in partnership between the Denali Education Center and the National Park Service. The Discover Denali program helps Royal Celebrity Tours participants learn about Denali’s natural and human history. The Denali Education Center seeks to connect people to Denali through research, education, and communication.
The Murie Science and Learning Center Research Fellowships are made possible through the
Both research fellowship programs are offered annually. They are particularly appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students, but are open to college and university faculty, and other researchers. Proposals for research that will help park managers make decisions about critical resource issues are encouraged. A typical fellowship grant is around $3,500; however, proposals for up to $5,000 or more are considered. For more information contact Denali’s Research Administrator Lucy Tyrrell at (907) 683-6352 or Lucy_Tyrrell@nps.gov.
Last updated: April 14, 2015