Nature & Outdoors

I Went to the Woods: Inside the Numbers

By Jeff Lund Numbers are weird. The math department down the hall likes to talk about the objectivity and precision of numbers, but in typical English department fashion, I think “Yeah, but what...

On the Trails: An April scrapbook of little observations

By Mary F. Willson Hummingbirds finally appeared at my house toward the end of April; they always seem to show up later here in the upper Mendenhall Valley than elsewhere in Juneau. The...

Awaiting river breakup on the Yukon

The frozen Yukon River at Eagle in February 2020. Photo by Ned RozellAndy Bassich lives on the south bank of the Yukon River, about 12 miles downstream from Eagle, Alaska, the first community...

Alaska Science Forum: Awaiting river breakup on the Yukon

By Ned Rozell Andy Bassich lives on the south bank of the Yukon River, about 12 miles downstream from Eagle, Alaska, the first community in America along the largest waterway in Alaska. Like...

Major 2020 Alaska Quake Triggered Neighboring 2021 Temblor

Map shows the location of the Shumagin gap, the location of the 2020 Simeonof and 2021 Chignik earthquakes. Map courtesy of the Alaska Earthquake CenterA study of two powerful earthquakes in adjacent areas...

On the Trails: The smell of fear

By Mary F. Willson It’s not an imaginary thing, even though it sometimes pops up in pulp fiction. There is experimental evidence that scared humans can produce volatile chemical signals of distress that...

Precipitation Helped Drive Distribution of Alaska Dinosaurs

Precipitation more than temperature influenced the distribution of herbivorous dinosaurs in what is now Alaska, according to new research published this month.The finding, published April 2 in the journal Geosciences, discusses the distribution...

Research Investigates Toxins in Arctic Food Webs and Marine Mammals

Walrus in the northern Bering Sea. Credit: Liz Labunski, courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife Service.A new bulletin published by Alaska Sea Grant summarizes research to inform the public and help them understand...

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