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Current Transdisciplinary Research on the Natural History and Landscape Change in Southeast Alaska Daniel Monteith University of Alaska Southeast


Collaboration • University of Alaska • Pacific Northwest Research Station, USFS • USFS, Juneau Ranger District, Tongass National Forest • Douglas Indian Association, Chilkat and Kluckwan Indian Associations (Federally Recognized IRA Tribe in area) • Goldbelt Heritage Foundation (Village ANCSA non-profit corp.) • City and Borough of Juneau


Land Formation, Migration, and Sea-level Change and Paleo-shoreline Modeling


EPSCoR NSF Paleo-shoreline Modeling Workshop, Juneau, May 2010


Methods and Approaches Archaeology Geology Ethnohistory Tlingit Oral Histories Ethnography Previous research in the Juneau area: R. D. Miller published USGS report (72-255) entitled “Surficial Geology of the Juneau urban area and vicinity, Alaska with emphasis on earthquake and other geological hazards,” in 1972. • Road construction and development activities have exposed several ancient marine beaches!

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Instrumentation and Protocols


On the Ground Surveys Gastineau Clay/Silts

Ancient Beaches/Paleoshoreline


Beach Deposits Collected May 2013 • • • • • •

UAS Auk Lake Campus – 27 meters Fritz Cove Rd – 27 meters Auke Bay Elementary – 28 meters 9 mi Douglas 5meter, 10 meter, and 13 meter Peterson Creek, Douglas 5 meters Glory Hole Treadwell Mine, Douglas 50 meters


Broader Impacts • • • • • • •

Paleo-shorline Modeling Better Archaeological Predictive Modeling Fisheries and Stream Habitats Forest Ecology Involving Undergraduates in Research Educational Outreach (Tlingit Math Science Culture Camp) Cultivating Fruitful Collaboration

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