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Faculty in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at UAA are actively involved in extracurricular research on a variety of topics, and strive to include undergraduates in their research activities whenever possible. Past and current projects involving undergraduate research assistants include: Tree Swallow ecology and monitoring on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, boreal bird population surveys and migration tracking, Black Turnstone nesting ecology in western Alaska, food security and community gardening development in Anchorage, evaluating the Chugach Forest Plan, and mapping the human footprint, subsistence use areas, and the impacts of climate change throughout Alaska.
A number of undergraduates have turned their experiences doing research with GES faculty into independent study or honors thesis projects, and several have presented the results of their research at regional or national conferences. If you are interested in participating in undergraduate research, feel free to contact a GES faculty member to talk about possibilities and get started on your future research career today!