Peer-reviewed, published results are the "currency" of science. This is the culmination of the scientific method in practice. National Park Service scientists contribute to the body of science by publishing their results from studies that take place in parks. And what we are learning has application far beyond our park borders.
Collections of Journal Articles
The ArcticArctic Science
The Arctic is warming more than twice the average global rate. Browse peer-reviewed science about the Arctic.
Climate Change Response ProgramClimate Change Effects in Parks
Browse published articles that highlight the impacts of climate change in parks.
Science for the Second CenturyEcosphere: Special Feature
This Special Issue of the journal Ecosphere highlights science in national parks for the second century of NPS.
Browse this collection of peer-reviewed, published science from Alaska parks.
Journal Article Highlights
North CascadesThe Fate of Whitebark Pine
The whitebark pine is dependent on the nutcracker for its seed dispersal, but the trees have to produce enough seeds to keep them around.
Glacier Bay National Park & PresGlacier Retreat and Landscape Change
The Alsek River is changing course and will result in significant socioeconomic impacts and park management challenges.
Kenai Fjords National ParkMarine Heatwave Effects Continue
Marine heatwaves are expected to become more common and widespread as due to climate change, causing ecosystem change.
Arctic ParksDetecting Ancient Hearths
Magnetic surveying is a successful archaeology method to locate ancient campfires with minimal disturbance of the land.
Wrangell-St EliasIce Patch Artifacts
As alpine ice patches melt, they reveal artifacts, including these blades made from copper and antler.
Lake ClarkDena'ina Cultural Landscape
To mark navigational cues and important locations in the landscape, trees are often used as sign posts or markers.
NoatakPermafrost Thaw and the Carbon Cycle
Findings from this study provide insights related to carbon release from permafrost thaw in Arctic rivers.
Denali and Wrangell-St EliasImproving Climate and Ecology Models
Ecological models are powerful statistical tools to understand the complexities of ecosystems and how a warming climate affects them.
Bering Land BridgePaleoclimate Proxies from Maar Lakes
Lake sediments hold information about the timing and dynamics of migration across the Bering Land Bridge during the last glacial period.
How Bears Shape their Ecosystem
Bears and salmon shape everything from seed dispersal and small mammals to ungulate and other predator population dynamics.
Lake ClarkTrout Grow Faster as Climate Warms
Climate-driven increases in production at low trophic levels move up through the food web, where they benefit top predators like lake trout.
Arctic ParksWhat Influences Caribou Migration
Insects and seasonal weather influence caribou migration departure and arrival dates.
Last updated: May 18, 2021