Natural History Webinar

Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Time: 1:30 - 3:00pm AK Time
Location: Zoom

Natural History Webinar for Tour Guides
brought to you by ATIA and Alaska EPSCoR Fire & Ice

If you are a tour guide, tour director, raft guide, bus driver, manager, or anyone who interacts with travelers to our state as a part of your job, take advantage of this free natural history webinar.

Five experts will deliver information on their fields of scientific study, including glaciers, climate change, the aurora, wildfires, and salmon. Being informed on these topics will give you the confidence to speak with authority on the subjects that travelers coming to Alaska want to know about.

Have you already been guiding for a while? Gain some new insights to expand your knowledge. Everyone is welcome!

May 4, 2022, 1:30pm Alaska Time
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Rick Thoman will present on climate change in Alaska. Thoman is a renowned expert on Alaska climate and weather who works for UAF’s International Arctic Research Center, where his job is to produce and disseminate reliable information and graphics describing Alaska’s changing environment.

Eric Klein will present on Alaska’s glaciers. Klein is an assistant professor and researcher at UAA who studies glaciers and icefields. He seeks to understand how ice can record signals of past climate changes and the impact of water moving through Earth systems, especially snow and ice.

Omega Smith will present on the aurora borealis. Smith is the manager and lead presenter of the UAA Planetarium & Visualization Theater who has dedicated her time at the planetarium to increasing awareness of Astronomy, Physics, and other sciences using the immersive facility.

Molly McCarthy-Cunfer will present on the salmon of Alaska. McCarthy-Cunfer has been studying salmon for over a decade and has worked in a variety of fisheries research positions in the Northeast US and Alaska. Four years ago, she transitioned to designing educational content for and managing Alaska’s two state-run Fisheries Centers, both attached to sport fish hatcheries in Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Alison York will present on wildland fire and how it is managed in Alaska. York is the coordinator for the Alaska Fire Science Consortium at UAF’s International Arctic Research Center, where her job is to work with Alaska’s wildland fire managers to help them access and use the best available science to support their decisions.


The Alaska EPSCoR Fire & Ice project conducts research into changes to fire risk and behavior in Alaska’s boreal forest, and changes to physical and chemical variables of glaciated areas that influence biological communities in the nearshore Gulf of Alaska. Alaska EPSCoR is also dedicated to promoting scientific pursuits and entrepreneurship across the state of Alaska.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under award #OIA-1757348 and by the State of Alaska.





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