Science and Research

Archeological excavation near the Brooks Camp Visitor Center
Archeological investigations and other scientific work continue to provide new insights into the history and ecology of Katmai.

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Katmai National Park presents a unique opportunity for researchers. With a wilderness over twice the size of Yellowstone comprised of complex and abundant ecosystems, Katmai offers a wealth of ecological data for everything from the habits of brown bears to the adaptations of tundra plants. With a kaleidoscope of dramatic formations and volcanic marvels, it is a geologist’s paradise. With over 9,000 years of human history and some of the densest archeological units in the park service, Katmai is a bounty for cultural research. Katmai offers a library of knowledge for understanding the world around us, if we only have the tools to translate it.

Click the links below to learn more about the research taking place in Katmai, as well as the diverse group of agencies and partners collaborating in park science.

 
A scientists moves a fur sample with tweezers, with equipment on the bench.

Natural Resources

Learn more about some of the research conducted by park biologists.

Three researchers examine a soil sample taken out of an excavated test pit.

Archeology

Learn about some of the research of Katmai's cultural resources team.

Bears walking on intertidal zone.

Changing Tides

This collaborative research project is studying the the links between intertidal invertebrates, coastal brown bears, and people.

A scientist looks through a scope with the ocean in the background

Southwest Alaska Network

The SWAN program is one of 32 National Park Service inventory and monitoring networks across the country.

A clam shell on a beach, with mountains in the background

Ocean Alaska Science and Learning Center

The OASLC is dedicated to understanding and preserving the marine ecosystems of Alaska's National Parks through research and education.

Equipment collects sound in a green field, with mountains in the background.

Soundscapes

Katmai's acoustic environment is recorded and studied by the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division. Learn more about this research here.

The Northern Lights above a lake.

Alaska Park Science

Alaska Park Science is a semi-annual journal that shares what we are learning in Alaska's national parks.

A school of red salmon swim in a shallow stream

Science Articles

Browse articles related to Katmai from Alaska Park Science.

A scientist takes notes in the field

Research Permits

Find instructions on applying for a research permit.

A sea lion on a rock along the shore

Alaska Sealife Center

The Alaska SeaLife Center generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems.

A steaming volcano covered in snow

Alaska Volcano Observatory

The Alaska Volcano Observatory monitors and studies Alaska's active volcanoes, including over ten active volcanoes in Katmai.

 
Partners in Science:

Katmai's diverse landscape and ecosystems are studied by an equally diverse group of agencies and partners. Please visit these websites for more information.

Alaska Park Science: Alaska Park Science is a semi-annual journal that shares what we are learning in Alaska's national parks through the study of their vital cultural and natural resources. Browse Alaska Park Science articles about Katmai.

Alaska Sealife Center: The Alaska SeaLife Center generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems.

Alaska Volcano Observatory: Over a dozen active volcanoes are found within Katmai’s borders. The Alaska Volcano Observatory uses federal, state, and university resources to monitor and study Alaska's hazardous volcanoes, to predict and record eruptive activity, and to mitigate volcanic hazards to life and property.

Ocean Alaska Science and Learning Center: The Ocean Alaska Science and Learning Center (OASLC) is dedicated to understanding and preserving the marine ecosystem that connects Alaska's National Parks through research and education.

Research Permits: Find instructions on applying for a research permit.

Southwest Alaska Network (SWAN): The SWAN program is one of 32 National Park Service inventory and monitoring networks across the country established to facilitate collaboration, information sharing, and economies of scale in natural resource monitoring.
 

Changing Tides:
The National Park Service is embarking on a new study to investigate the unique link between the terrestrial and nearshore environments, specifically coastal brown bears and intertidal invertebrates.

Learn more about the Changing Tides project.

 

Sea Star Wasting Disease

Many populations of sea stars along the Pacific Coast are being affected by a widespread outbreak of a wasting disease. Why is this important? Why should you care?

 

Last updated: September 29, 2017

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