Donald (Skip) Walker - Graduate Students

Shawnee Amelia Gowan
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Shawnee Amelia Gowan

sagowan@alaska.edu
Office: 158A Arctic Health Research Bldg, 907.474.6720

Research Interests:
My research looks at vegetation succession in retreating glacier forelands in the Central Brooks rang north to the Sagavinirktok river from very recent deglaciation (40 years) along a chronosequence over 150,000 years in Alaska's Arctic. My study focuses on the players forming pioneer communities and patterns seen during the earliest stages of succession that carry through to mature stands of vegetation on varying habitat types and environments. I am also using lichenometry and a previously established lichenometric curve for the area to estimate surface ages and to test the applicability of lichenometry to very young surfaces.

Major Professor:

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Sarah (Rose) Vining
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Sarah (Rose) Vining

srvining@alaska.edu
Office: 158A Arctic Health Research Bldg, 907.474.6720

Research Interests:
I am primarily interested in how plant community shifts and subsequent litter inputs impact ecosystem biogeochemistry, microbial communities, and feedbacks to climate change. My key systems of interest include wetlands, permafrost regions, and alpine ecosystems. I engage in scientific outreach and education, mostly at the college and high school level, and in cross-disciplinary collaboration with undergraduates. In my spare time, I love to play the violin and ballroom dance!

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Mark Winterstein

Mark Winterstein

BNZ LTER Laboratory Manager
mawinterstein@alaska.edu