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Phone

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Address

Soboleff Bldg
11066 Auke Lake Way
Juneau, AK 99801

Brian Buma

Asst. Professor of Forest Ecosystem Ecology

Phone: 796-6410

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences

Whitehead Bldg, Rm 226, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

http://www.brianbuma.com

Education

University of Colorado, Boulder- Ph.D. - Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

•Landscape-scale interacting disturbances and successional trajectories of recovering vegetation, resilience of corresponding ecosystem services in a changing climate, the role of management.

Western Washington University- M.A. - Masters in Teaching, Woodring College of Education                                                                                                                                         

•Thesis:  Inquiry education in high school science
•Multicultural science education

Western Washington University- B.S.   - Biology Department

• B.S. Biology, minor in Chemistry

 Curriculum Vitae                                                                                                                                                                  

Affiliations

•Hi’iaka sustainability science program, linking indigenous and academic research (current)

•NSF NOVUS research coordination network (Biogeochemical Environments, current)

•Ecological Society of America (2007-current)

•International Association of Landscape Ecology (2008-current)

•Society for Conservation Biology (2008-2010)

Erica Hill

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Phone: 796-6017Fax: 796-6406

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Social Sciences

Soboleff Bldg, 217, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Education

Erica received her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1999. She has archaeological excavation experience in Alaska, Florida, the Southwest, Mexico, Peru, and the Russian Far East and has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Honduras.

Biography

Erica is a broadly trained archaeologist with research interests in Peru and the Arctic. She received her B.A. from the University of Florida, and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. She has excavation experience in Alaska, Florida, the Southwest U.S, Mexico, Peru, and the Russian Far East and has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Honduras.

Erica is interested in ancient belief systems and cosmology, especially the cross-cultural study of funerary ritual and sacrifice. Her work in Peru focuses on iconography and burial evidence of the Moche, a pre-Inca culture of the Pacific coast of South America. (Selected publications on the Moche)

More recently, Erica’s work has focused on the prehistory of human–animal relations in the Bering Sea region. She is particularly interested in how approaches from animal geography can be applied to archaeological evidence. (Selected publications on human–animal relations.)

Erica is the editor of Iñupiaq Ethnohistory: Selected Essays by Ernest S. Burch, Jr. (2013) and co-editor, with Jon B. Hageman, of The Archaeology of Ancestors: Death, Memory and Veneration (2016).

In 2016, Erica was selected to be a Fulbright–NSF Arctic Research Scholar. She will spend the fall of 2016 on sabbatical at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik.

Many of Erica’s publications are available at academia.edu and at ScholarWorks@UA.

Selected Publications on the Moche

2016    Identifying the Revered Dead in Moche Iconography, pp. 189–212 in Erica Hill and Jon B. Hageman, eds. The Archaeology of Ancestors: Death, Memory and Veneration. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

2013   Death, Emotion, and the Household among the Late Moche of Peru. In The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Death and Burial, edited by Sarah Tarlow and Liv Nilsson Stutz, pp. 597–616. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

2008   Animism and Sacrifice: Reconstructing Moche Religion through Architecture, Iconography, and Archaeological Features. In Religion in the Material World, edited by Lars Fogelin, pp. 38–60. Center for Archaeological Investigations, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.

2006    Moche Skulls in Cross-Cultural Perspective, pp. 91–100 in Michelle Bonogofsky, ed. Skull Collection, Modification and Decoration. British Archaeology Reports (BAR) International Series 1539. Oxford, Archaeopress.

2003    Sacrificing: Moche Bodies, Journal of Material Culture 8(3):285–299.

2000    The Embodied Sacrifice, Cambridge Archaeological Journal 10(2):307–316.

1998    Death as a Rite of Passage: The Iconography of the Moche Burial Theme, Antiquity 72(277):528–538.

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Selected Publications on Human–Animal Relations

2013    Archaeology and Animal Persons: Toward a Prehistory of Human-Animal Relations, Environment &Society: Advances inResearch 4:117–136.

2012    The Nonempirical Past: Enculturated Landscapes and Other-than-Human Persons in Southwest Alaska. Arctic Anthropology 49(2):41–57.

2011    Animals as Agents: Hunting Ritual and Relational Ontologies in Prehistoric Alaska and Chukotka. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 21(3):407–426.

Eran Hood

Professor of Environmental Science

Phone: 796-6244Fax: 796-6406

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences

Whitehead Bldg, Rm. 224, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Education

Ph.D. Geography 2002, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
M.A. Geography 1998, University of Colorado, Boulder,CO
A.B.  Biology 1991, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Curriculum vitae

Research

  • Watershed-scale biogeochemistry
  • Nutrient cycling in aquatic systems
  • Alpine hydrology
  • Snow hydrology and snow chemistry

Courses Taught

Lower Division:

  • ENVS 101 – Introduction to Environmental Science & Lab
  • ENVS 111 – Introduction to Differential GPS

Upper Division:

  • GEOL 302 – Hydrology
  • ENVS 397 – IS: Nature of Soils
  • ENVS 404 – Snow Hydrology
  • ENVS 408 – Biogeochemistry
  • ENVS 491 – Environmental Science Internship
  • ENVS 492 – Undergraduate Research Seminar
  • ENVS 493 – Glacier Surveying
  • ENVS 493 – Snow and Glaciers
  • ENVS 494 – Practicum: Snow Hydrology
  • ENVS 497 – IS: Field/Snow Hydrology
  • ENVS 497 – IS: Rsrch.: Snow Infl. on Forage

Kevin Krein

Professor of Philosophy

Phone: 796-6362

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Soboleff Bldg, 214, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Biography

In addition to working as academic director of Outdoor Studies, Kevin also teaches philosophy at UAS. Kevin's primary philosophical work is in the areas of philosophy of nature and the environment and philosophy of mind. His outdoor interests are centered around alpine skiing and ski mountaineering. Kevin brings over 10 years of experience of backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering in the Chugach, Alaska, and Coast ranges of Alaska. His accomplishments include a ski descent of Denali from summit to base camp.

Kevin Maier

Associate Professor of English, Humanities Department Chair

Phone: 796-6021Fax: 796-6406

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Juneau Campus

Education

Please refer to Dr. Maier's Curricula Vitae for detailed information.

Daniel Monteith

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Phone: 796-6413Fax: 796-6406

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Social Sciences

Soboleff Bldg, 221, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Education

Ph.D., Michigan State University. Dr. Monteith specializes in ethnohistory, economic anthropology, cultural ecology pertaining to subsistence, Tlingit art and oral narratives, and archeology of Southeast Alaska; his geographical areas of interest include Alaska, the Russian Far East, and Siberia.

Biography

Dan grew up in Seattle, Washington and went to the University of Chicago for a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. He earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. in anthropology from Michigan State University. He also holds a master’s degree in social science from the University of Chicago. While in Chicago he worked at the Field Natural History Museum and Oriental Institute Museum. As a student his summers were spent working in the fishing industry in Bristol Bay. This experience led him to his current research, which is an anthropological study of the Bristol Bay fishery.Daniel has a wide range of practical experience. In 1992-93 he was employed by the Forest Service as an archeologist in the Ketchikan area of the Tongass National Forest. He then worked for the Tongass Tribe on a federal project; and during 1995-96 in the Economic Development Center at the UAS- Ketchikan Campus. In 1998 he became the Executive Director of Historic Ketchikan. Curriculum Vitae

Sonia A. Nagorski

Assistant Professor of Geology

Phone: 796-6580Fax: 796-6406

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences

Whitehead Bldg, Rm 227, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Education

Ph.D. Geology, 2001, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

M.S. Geology, 1997, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

B.A. Geology and History, 1994, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

Curriculum Vitae

Research

Environmental geochemistry, including:

  • Trace metal occurrence and dynamics in hydrological systems, including water, sediment, and biota
  • Atmospheric mercury deposition and cycling
  • Water quality assessment and monitoring

Courses Taught

  • Geology 104: Physical Geology
  • Geology 105: Geological History of Life
  • Geology 301: Geomorphology
  • Geology 320: Geological Resources and the Environment
  • Environmental Science/Geography 213: Natural Hazards
  • Environmental Science 375: Current Topics: The Anthropocene
  • Environmental Science/Geography 102: Earth and Environment
  • Humanities 120: Alaska: A Sense of Place
  • Humanities 193: Environment, Ethics, and the UAS Experience

Sanjay Pyare

Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Geography BS Program Coordinator

Phone: 796-6007Fax: 796-6406

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences

Whitehead Bldg, Rm 223, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Education

Ph.D. Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology 1999, University of Nevada, Reno, NV
Doctoral Dissertation: Interrelationships among northern flying squirrels, ectomycorrhizal fungi, and conifers in old-growth forest habitat of the Sierra Nevada

B.A. Biology (Studio Art Minor), Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
Senior Thesis: Habitat Use by Eastern Chipmunks

Curriculum vitae 

Research

  • GIS-supported landscape assessments
  • Ground-truthing GIS and remotely sensed resources
  • Landscape connectivity, habitat modeling, animal dispersal/movement
  • Aquatic-terrestrial-marine interactions
  • Hands-on/experiential education
  • Supporting information needs of resource managers

Courses Taught

Lower Division:

  • ENVS 110 – Intro to ArcGIS
  • ENVS 111 – Intro to Differential GPS
  • ENVS 293 – ST: Mobile GIS Technology Applications
  • ENVS 2xx – Biogeography of Southeast Alaska

Upper Division:

  • ENVS 310 –Intro to GIS
  • ENVS 393 – Advanced GIS
  • ENVS 4xx –Landscape Ecology
  • ENVS 403 –Remote Sensing
  • ENVS 493 –ST:Special Projects in GIS and Remote Sensing

John Radzilowski

Associate Professor of History

Phone: 228-4541

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Social Sciences

Paul Bldg, Room 503, Ketchikan Campus

Ketchikan Campus

Education

Ph.D., 1999, Arizona State University, specializing in Modern U.S. History, Russia/Eastern Europe, and Public History.

Certificate in Scholarly Publishing, 1994, Arizona State University.

BA, 1989, History, Southwest Minnesota State University.

Biography

Hello! Dzień dobry! Buenas días! Welcome to my faculty homepage!

I teach history and geography at UAS. Over the years, I’ve held a variety of jobs ranging from farm laborer, to small-town journalist, to research assistant to a member of the British parliament, to freelance writer. I joined the UAS faculty on the Ketchikan campus in fall 2007. Prior to moving to Alaska, I taught history courses at University of St. Thomas, Hamline University, and Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Minnesota. I also served as assistant project director at Center for Nations in Transition, at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota where I helped design and administer USAID and State Department-sponsored training programs for business, economics, and political science faculty and NGO leaders in Ukraine and east central Europe.

My research and teaching interests are wide-ranging and diverse: immigration and ethnicity, military history, war and genocide, the impact of technology on the history and geography of the Great Plains and Midwest, local and regional studies, and the history of Poland and central and eastern Europe. My current research topics include immigrant demography and epidemiology, crime and deviance among Polish immigrants in the U.S., the ethnic groups of southeast Alaska, anti-communism among American ethnic groups, and the problems of modern Polish history. I am currently editing a collected volume of translated articles on the activities of the communist security services in Poland since 1944. This will be the first book of published research in English based on previous closed files of secret police.

I am a fellow at the Piast Institute: A National Center for Polish and Polish-American Affairs and past president of the Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota. I am also currently contributing editor for the Encyclopedia of American Immigration (second edition). I am the author or co-author of 13 books including Traveler’s History of Poland (2007), Minnesota (2006), The Eagle and the Cross: A History of Polish Roman Catholic Union of America (2003), and Community of Strangers: Change, Turnover, and Turbulence and the Transformation of a Midwestern Country Town (1999). I’ve also written numerous reports, articles, and reviews in publications such as Journal of American Ethnic History, Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Polish American Studies,American Heritage of Invention and Technology, and Minnesota History. In 2006, I received the Oskar Halecki Prize from the Polish American Historical Association for my book Poles in Minnesota.

Curriculum Vitae

Richard F. Simpson

Assistant Professor of Humanities, Geography and Environmental Studies BA Coordinator

Phone: 796-6437Fax: 796-6406

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Whitehead Bldg, Rm. 212, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Lance (X̱’unei) A Twitchell

Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages

Phone: 796-6114Fax: 907-796-6406

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Whitehead Bldg, Rm 229, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

http://www.uas.alaska.edu/artssciences/humanities/programs

Education

  • MFA, Creative Writing (2010)--University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • BA, English & Minor in American Indian Studies (2007)--University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Tlingit Immersion Camps--University of Alaska Southeast & Sealaska Heritage Institute
  • Certification, Village Management Institute--Sheldon Jackson College

Research

Language and Culture Documentation (YouTube):

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaV32yDWC63DKf5MEyJtxuQ/videos?flow=grid&view=0

Tlingit Language Blog:

http://tlingitlanguage.com/

Publications

Literary Publications:

  • “When the Heart Skips a Beat,” and “Sable Voices” poems, published in Ice Box (2010).
  • “Nanook Sweats,” “Release, Definition: Trickster,” “Ode to Tlingit, Yellow Hair Takes the Fat and We Lament His Seedy Departure,” and “Dark Skin and Betraying Uncle,” poems, published in Yellow Medicine Review (Spring, 2009).
  • “The Saving Son,” a short story, published in Tidal Echoes literary magazine (Spring, 2007).
  • Tlingit Dictionary: Northern Dialect, self-published 2005

Writing, Editorial and Administrative Experience:

  • Column Author, Juneau Empire (2012). Contribute a bi-weekly column on Alaska Native Languages & Studies, as well as a “Tlingit Words of the Week” series.
  • Blog Author, Huffington Post (2012). Contribute periodic blog entries to the “Education”, “College”, and “Politics” sections.
  • Tlingit Culture & Language Consultant, Perseverance Theatre (2012). Assisted with development of Defenders of Alaska Native Country by Ishmael Hope.
  • Study Guide Author, Tlingit Language Consultant, & Poetry Editor, Vivian FaithPrescott (2009–2010). Reviewed and consulted on poetry and use of Tlingit language in the collection Ax̱ L'óot' Doogú: Hide of my Tongue.
  • Tlingit Language & Culture Consultant, Musician, Dugout (2011). Assisted with the development of the film Dugout by consulting on content, translating Tlingit, and soundscaping the film.
  • Fiction Reader, Poetry Reader, Web Consultant, Permafrost Literary Magazine (2008–2009). Reviewed and critiqued submissions and consulted editors and assistant editors on developing web content.
  • Graphic Design Consultant, 40 Below: A Journal about Writing and Teaching (2009). Assisted editors with layout of multimedia magazine contents.
  • Assistant Tribal Administrator, Organized Village of Kasaan (2005–2007).  Worked to improve operational capacity and economic development for OVK, Managed the computer network in Kasaan, developed forms, and worked with committees to develop a Strategic Plan, Organizational Charts, and Policies and Procedures for Administration and Finance.
  • Tribal Administrator, Skagway Traditional Council (1999–2005). Worked with Native community to develop a Tribal Council, built administrative capacity of the Tribe to deliver Tribal Programs and to manage multiple grant programs & projects,
    and oversaw the construction of a 5,000 square foot facility that was the first Native owned community structure in over a hundred years in the Skagway area.

Courses Taught

  • Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages, University of Alaska Southeast.
    Teaching:  AKL105 & 106: Elementary Tlingit I & II, AKL205: Intermediate Tlingit I, AKL241: Alaska Native  Oratory, AKL397: Placenames among  the Tlingit of Southeast Alaska, AKL497: Teaching  Alaska Native  Languages,  AKL497: Alaska Native  Language Revitalization, ANTH200/493: Alaska Native  Cultures, and ANTH475: Alaska Native  Social Change.  Directing  the Alaska Native  Language  program, which  includes supervision of all Alaska Native  Languages  adjunct professors, and developing the Alaska Native  Studies Program at UAS. Faculty  Advisor for Alaska Native  Studies.
  • Northwest Coast Formline Design Instructor, Jinéit Art Academy.
    Teaching community workshops sponsored by the Sealaska Heritage Institute that teach the basic principles of Northwest Coast Formline Design, with special focus on Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian styles, crests, and cultures.
  • Assistant Professor of English, University of Alaska Fairbanks (2010 - 2011).
    Taught ENGL111: Introduction to Academic Writing, ENGL213: Academic Writing about Natural & Social Sciences, ENGL271: Introduction to Creative Writing—Fiction, and ENGL314: Technical Writing.
  • Teacher, UAF Upward Bound (2010).
    Taught Introduction to ART104: Introduction to Drawing (Northwest Coast Native Art) and team-taught Introduction to Alaska Native Languages with Allan Hayton.
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Alaska Fairbanks (2007–2010).
    Taught the following courses: ENLG111: Introduction to Academic Writing, ENGL 211: Academic Writing about Literature, and ENGL213: Academic Writing about Social and Natural Sciences.
  • Tlingit Language Instructor, Carcross-Tagish First Nation (2006, 2009 & 2010).
    Worked with Staff and community members to develop a language curriculum and initiate classes at the community level and within the band office. Worked individually with a language apprentice on acquisition, teaching skills, and as a consultant for cultural projects. Coordinated Tlingit language immersion camps in 2006 & 2010.
  • Research Assistant, University of Alaska Southeast (2007 & 2010).
    Worked under Richard Dauenhauer and Alice Taff to develop materials for the Intermediate Tlingit language program, including an update of verb diagram charts, development of verb analysis worksheets, and development of multimedia sentence analysis materials. Worked on Tlingit language videos entering transcriptions and translations of recorded fluent speakers.
  • Tlingit Language Teacher, Skagway Traditional Council (2004–07).
    Coordinated community courses in the Tlingit language for adults and children.

Biography

  • Assistant Professor of English, University of Alaska Fairbanks (2010-2011)
  • Teacher, UAF Upward Bound (2010)
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Alaska Fairbanks (2007-2010)
  • Tlingit Language Instructor, Carcross-Tagish First Nation (2006, 2009, 2010)
  • Research Assistant, University of Alaska Southeast (2007, 2010)
  • Tlingit Language Teacher, Dzánt’iki Héeni Middle School (2007)
  • Actor & Tlingit Language Teacher, Perseverance Theatre (2007)
  • Tlingit Language Teacher, Skagway Traditional Council (2004-2007)

Other

Native Names:

       Xh’unei (Tlingit)

       Du Aaní Kawdinook (Tlingit)

       Kh’eijáakw (Haida)

 Current Projects:

  • Alaska Native Languages & Studies Column, Juneau Empire
  • Alaska Native Languages & Studies Entries, Huffington Post
  • Northwest Coast Native design projects
  • Alaska Native Modern Art projects
  • For the Love of Our Grandchildren: Tlingit Language & Knowledge Bearers, a film
  • Never Forgotten: The Story of Tlingit Veteran’s of Combat, a film
  • Beneath the Foot of the Sun, a book of poetry
  • Raven Speak, a play
  • Pebbles from the Beach, a screenplay
  • Coyote’s Song, a novel
  • Lingít Language Curriculum (2nd edition)
  • Tlingit Language Documentation, Transcription, & Translation

Professional Awards & Service

  • Top 40 Under 40, The Alaska Journal of Commerce award for up-and-coming leaders who
    demonstrate professional excellence and a commitment to community.
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center Language Advisory Committee Member.
  • Moment of Birth, giclée print—entry, 2012 Celebration Juried Art Show.
  • Commissioned artist for Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indians of Alaska (2010-12).
  • Commissioned artist for 2010 Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 Tribal Leaders
    Summit.
  • Raven and the Beauty of the Eagle Spirit, giclée print—third place, Celebration Juried Art Show
  • 2010 Dennis Demmert Appreciation and Recognition Award from Native Alaskan Business
    Leaders at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in acknowledgement of support for Alaskan
    Native and rural Alaskan students.
  • 2009 Alaska Native Visionary Award from the Alaska Native Heritage Month Committee in
    acknowledgement of artistic and cultural contributions to the Native community.
  • 2009 Vine Deloria Jr. Memorial Scholarship from the American Indian College Fund.
  • Recipient of a 2009 Vine Deloria Jr. Memorial Scholarship from the American Indian College Fund.
  • “A Voice in the Dusk: Language and the Modern Day Warrior,” essay—third place, University of Alaska Harold McCracken Award for Outstanding Fiction and Nonfiction Writing About Alaska and the North Country (Spring, 2009).
  • “In a Backstroke of Pedals,” short story—second place, University of Alaska Farthest North Fiction Contest (Spring, 2009).
  • Xíxhch’, giclée print—third place, Fairbanks Arts Association Digital Media Art Contest (January, 2009).
  • Du Xoonx’í Yán, Dleit Geedí, giclée print—winner, Alaska Native Heritage Month Art Showcase (November, 2008).
  • “Kids in Schizophrenia,” memoir—winner, University of Alaska Harold McCracken Award for Outstanding Fiction and Nonfiction Writing About Alaska and the North Country (Spring, 2008).
  • George McDaniel Writing Fund (2008–2009).
  • Logo design & web design for Southeast Alaska Tribal Department of Transportation
    (2007).
  • Anna Augusta Von Helmholtz Phelan Scholarship in Creative Writing (1998).
  • University of Minnesota Alumni Association Student Leadership Award (1998).
  • University of Minnesota President’s Student Leadership & Service Award (1998).

Lora E Vess

Assistant Professor of Social Sciences

Phone: 796-6152Fax: 796-6152

Email:

Forest J Wagner

Assistant Professor of Outdoor Studies

Phone: 796-6361Fax: 907-796-6361

Email:

Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Whitehead Bldg, Rm 214, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Education

For more information, please see my Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Courses Taught

Outdoor Leadership (ODS 243, 244, & 245) and Field Expedition Sequences (ODS 444 & 445); ODS 116, Intro to Rock Climbing; ODS 117, Intro to Ice Climbing; ODS 118, Avalanche Evaluation and Assessment; ODS 205, Backcountry Navigation & Travel; ODS 221, Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue; ODS 222, Mountaineering.

Biography

Forest has been coordinating and teaching in the outdoor studies program since 2006. He loves skiing, climbing, and spending time outside.  Forest’s academic interests are human narrative, northern identity, and sense of place.

Hours

Tuesday, Thursday 2–5 p.m. (may vary due to field schedule)

 
 

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