LeeAnn Munk, Ph.D.
Professor of Geological Sciences
Office: CPISB 301H
Phone: (907) 786-6895
Dr. Munk received her B.S. in Geology from St. Norbert College in DePere,Wisconsin in 1995. In 1998 she completed a M.S. degree in Geology at Michigan State University under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Vogel and in 2001 she received her PhD in Geological Sciences from The Ohio State University under the supervision of Dr. Gunter Faure. Dr. Munk’s M.S. thesis was on the petrogenesis of the Keetley Volcanics in Utah and her PhD dissertation dealt with a geochemical mass balance of areas affected by acid-mine drainage and natural acid-rock drainage in Summit County, Colorado. Dr. Munk also worked for Shell Oil and the Lunar and Planetary Institute before coming to the University of Alaska Anchorage where she currently is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences.
Undergraduate Classes Taught at UAA
- Environmental Geology
- Environmental Geochemistry
- Geology of Ore Deposits
- Geologic Field Methods
- Grand Canyon Geology Field Trip
- Geology and Biogeochemistry of Curaçaos-Field Course
Graduate Classes Taught at UAA
- Isotopes in the Earth and Biological Sciences
Undergraduate Student Theses
- Chriest, A.L. Environmental Geochemistry Associated with Abandoned Gold Mines, Unga Island, Alaska. B.S. Thesis, University of Alaska Anchorage.
- Percak-Dennett, L., 2008. Correlation and Enumeration of Water and Sediment Fecal Coliform Levels from Selected Sights within the Little Campbell Creek Watershed, Anchorage Alaska, B.S. Thesis, University of Alaska Anchorage.
- Addison, E., 2008. Combining Geophysics and Geochemistry to Understand the Anomalous Occurrence of Permafrost in Anchorage, Alaska, Senior Project submitted to the School of Engineering.
- Cohen, J.C., 2006. Contributions of chemical weathering to stream water composition and sources of water in the Anchorage Watershed, Alaska.
- Burich, B.E., 2004. Environmental Geochemistry of Potentially Toxic Metals in Ship Creek, Anchorage, Alaska, B.S. Thesis, University of Alaska Anchorage.
- Aston, M.C., 2003. Geochemical Evolution of Acid Rock Drainage and Acid Mine Drainage Derived from Massive Sulfide Ore Deposits in Prince William Sound, Alaska; Utilizing Weathering Experimentation, B.S. Thesis, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Graduate Student Theses
- Burich, B.E., (expected spring 2008). Potentially Toxic Metal Sources and Distribution in Water, Streambed Sediments, Benthic Macroinvertebrates,and Fish in the Anchorage Watershed.
Dr. Munk conducts research in the field of environmental hydrogeochemistry in various regions in Alaska including the Anchorage Watershed, Prince William Sound, Katmai National Park, and the Western Arctic Parks. The primary focus of the research is to develop models of the geochemical pathways of Potentially Toxic Metals in near surface environments and to characterize water resources. More recently Dr. Munk has also been utilizing stable isotopic compositions of water to model sources in the Anchorage Watershed.
- "Lithium Brine Resources – A Predictive Exploration Model", $70,000 funded by USGS MRERP. Co-PI C. Page Chamberlain, Stanford University.
- "Environmental Geochemistry and Copper Isotopic Signature of the Pebble Cu-Au-Mo Porphyry Deposit", $80,000. Co-PI Ryan Mathur, Juniata College.
- "Road effects on water quality and temperature in lentic wetlands (Kenai Penninsula): Do roads facilitate amphibian malformations through poor water quality and thermal disturbances? US Fish and Wildlife Service, $200,000.
- Hydrogeology and Geochemistry of the Anchorage Aquifer System: Research and Teaching Applications, USGS-NIWR, $45,000, Co-PI Bryce Willems, UAA.
- PI:Historical Mercury Accumulation in the Aquatic Environments of the Southwest Alaska Network of National Parks: As recorded in lake sediment cores (National Park Service, $25,000) 2008-2009.
- PI: Arsenic Load in Groundwater Resources of Anchorage, Alaska: Sources, Seasonal Variations and Bioavailability (UAA Chancellor’s Research Award, $22,000) 2007-2008.
- PI: Environmental Geochemistry of Metals at Abandoned Gold Mines, Unga Island, Alaksa (EPA Tribal Grant, $6500) 2007-2008.
- Co-PI: Assessment of Water Resources and Watershed Conditions in and Adjacent to Cape Krusenstern National Monument and Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Alaska. Funded by National Park Service ($23,940 UAA part of $78,000 total collaborative proposal with Texas A&M University) August 2005-August 2006).
- PI: Defining potentially toxic metal and nutrient baselines for aquatic habitats of Katmai National Park. Funded by National Park Service ($9,527) 2005.
- PI: Oxidation of Massive Sulfide Deposits, Associated Metal Flux, and Potential Bioaccumulation in Nearshore Marine Environments of Prince William Sound, Alaska. Funded by Department of Interior, Minerals Management Service ($113,027) 2005. Collaborators: Randy Koski, Pat Shanks, Lisa Stillings, and Andrea Foster, USGS.
- PI: Anthropogenic and Geogenic Sources and Cycling of Trace Metals in Stream Water, Anchorage, Alaska. Young Investigator First Award. Funded by NSF Alaska EPSCoR, ($50,000) 2005.
- Cardenas, M.E., and Munk. L.A., 2010. Observing Surface and Groundwater Connections Through Trace Metal and Stable Isotope Geochemitry: Anchorage, Alaska. 2010 Geological Society of America Meeting, Denver, Colorado.
- Cardenas, M.E., and Munk, L.A., 2010. Seasonal Changes in Surface and Ground Water Geochemistry, Anchorage, AK. Annual American Water Resources Association of Alaska 2010 meeting, Anchorage, Alaska.
- Munk, L.A., Hagedorn, B. and Sjostrom, D., 2011. Seasonal Fluctuations and Mobility of Arsenic in Groundwater Resources, Anchorage, Alaska. Journal of Applied Geochemistry.
- Fortner, S.A., and Munk, L.A., 2011. Elevated stream trace and minor element concentrations in the foreland of a tropical glacier. Journal of Applied Geochemistry.
- Munk, L.A., Burich, B.E., Cohen, J.F., and Sjostrom, D., (in prep). Environmental Geochemistry and Diel Cycling of Trace Metals in a Sub-Arctic Watershed, Anchorage, Alaska.
- Munk, J., Schnabel, W., Barnes, D., Lee, W., and Munk, L.A., (in prep). The role of temporal pressure variations on soil moisture infiltration. To be submitted to the Journal of Groundwater.
- Munk, L.A., Hagedorn, B. and Sjostrom, D., (submitted August, 2008). Seasonal Fluctuations and Mobility of Arsenic in Groundwater Resources, Anchorage, Alaska. Environment, Society and Health.
- Fortner, S.A., Lyons, B., Munk, L.A., and Cozzetto, K., (submitted 2008) Controls of Antarctic Dry Valley glacier melt stream geochemistry at daily, seasonal, and interannual time scales. Submitted to the journal Water Resources Research.
- Stillings, L.L., Foster, A., Koski, R.A., Munk, L.A., Shanks, III, W.C., 2008. Temporal Variation and Metals Flux from the Historic Beatson Mine, Prince William Sound, AK, Applied Geochemistry, v.23, p. 255-278.
- Foster, A.L., Munk, L.A., Koski, R.A., Shanks, III, W.C., Stillings, L.L., (in review). Relationships between microbial communities, environmental parameters, and heavy metal toxicity at sites impacted by mining of volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits, Prince William Sound, Alaska.
- Koski, R.A., Munk, L.A., Foster A. L., Shanks, W.C., and, Stillings, L.L., (in review). Sulfide Oxidation and Redistribution of Metals near Abandoned Copper Mines in Coastal Environments, Prince William Sound, Alaska, Applied Geochemistry.
- Koski, R.A., and Munk, L.A., editors, 2007. Chemical Data for Rock, Sediment, Biological, Precipitate, and Water Samples from Abandoned Copper Mines in Prince William Sound, Alaska, USGS Open File Report 2007-1359, 20p.
- Anderson, S.W., Flood, T.P., and Munk, L.A., 2006, Bucking the Trend: Three New Geoscience Programs, Journal of Geoscience Education, pp. 41-49.
- Munk, L.A., Faure, G., and Koski, R.A., 2006. Geochemical Evolution of Solutions Derived from Experimental Weathering of Sulfide-Bearing Rocks, Applied Geochemistry, v.21, p. 1123-1134.
- Munk, L.A., Faure, G., and Koski, R.A., 2006. Geochemical Evolution of Solutions Derived from Experimental Weathering of Sulfide-Bearing Rocks, Journal of Applied Geochemistry, v.21, p. 1123-1134.
- Munk, L.A., and Faure G., 2004. Effects of pH Fluctuations on Potentially Toxic Metals in the Water and Sediment of the Dillon Reservoir, Summit County, Colorado. Applied Geochemistry, Vol. 19, no. 7, pp. 1065-1074.
- Munk, L.A., Faure, G., Pride, D.E., and Bigham, J.M., 2002. Sorption of trace metals to an aluminum precipitate in a stream receiving acid rock-drainage; Snake River, Summit County, Colorado. Applied Geochemistry, v 17, no. 4, pp. 421-430.
- Vogel, T.A., Cambray, F.W., Feher (Munk),L.A., Constenius, K.N., 1997. Petrochemistry and emplacement history of the Wasatch Igneous Belt, Utah. Geology and ore deposits of the Oquirrh and Wasatch Mountains, Utah, Society of Economic Geologists, Guidebook Series, v. 29, pp. 47-63.
- Munk, L.A., Finney, B., Cohn, B., 2010. Historical trace element accumulation in lakes of Southwest Alaska as interpreted from lake sediment cores. A report to the Alaska Southwest Network of National Park Service.
- Munk,L.A, Kliewer, C., Smith, S., Kaiser, R., Giardino, J.R, Jorgenson, W., and Kelly, V., in review. Assessment of Coastal Water Resources and Watershed Conditions at Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Alaska. Submitted to the National Park Service in 2007.
- Munk, L.A, Kliewer, C., Smith, S., Kelly, V., Kaiser, R., and Giardino, J.R, in review. Assessment of Coastal Water Resources and Watershed Conditions at Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Alaska. Submitted to the National Park Service in 2007.
- Smith, S.C., Love, A., Munk, L.A., and Miller, J., 2006. Defining potentially toxic metal and nutrient baselines for aquatic habitats of Katmai National Park. Final report submitted to the Alaska NPS.
- Munk, L.A., 2005. Progress Report for: “Oxidation of Massive Sulfide Deposits, Associated Metal Flux, and Potential Bioaccumulation in Nearshore Marine Environments of Prince William Sound, Alaska”. Submitted to the Minerals Management Service, Department of Interior.
- Mueller, S.H., Hart, C.J.R., Goldfarb, R.J., Munk, L.A. and Diment, R. 2004. Post-mining hydrogeochemical conditions, Brewery Creek Gold deposit, central Yukon. In: Yukon exploration and Geology, 2003, D.S. Emond and L.L. Lewis (eds.) Yukon Geological Survey, p.271-280.
- Mueller, S.H., Goldfarb, R.J., Miller, M.L., Munk, L.A., Sanzolone R., Lamothe P.J., Adams M., Briggs P.H., McClesky R.B., and Theodorakos P.M. 2003. Surface and Ground Water Geochemistry Near the Donlin Creek Gold Deposit, Southwestern Alaska. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 03-492, 31 p.
- Munk, L.A., Metheny, M., and Schnabel, W.E., 2004. Review of Geologic and Hydrogeologic Studies Related to the Proposed Kincaid Estates Subdividion, Anchorage, Alaska. Submitted to the State of Alaska. 111p.