Cathy Connor

Natural Sciences

University of Alaska Southeast

 I teach Earth Science courses at Univeristy Alaska Southeast in Juneau, Alaska with a focus on the local bedrock geology and glacier and coastal landscapes. My students and I take advantage of nearby uplifting shorelines, calving tidewater glaciers, expanding glacier lakes, local gold mines, and Quaternary volcanics for our field courses. Summers might find me studying deglaciation in Glacier Bay, nunatak geology across the Juneau Icefield, or exploring Pleistocene events recorded in ice age sediments across the state of Alaska and in the Yukon with our UAS Environmental Science and Physical Geography students. The small classes at UAS gives us the flexibility to take advantage of our local landscapes and resources with the seasons. My students have carried out their own undergraduate Earth Science research projects and have traveled far and wide to present their work at regional and national scientific meetings from Fairbanks to San Francisco to Denver and Minneapolis. Juneau is an exciting place to explore the workings of our planet’s surface and its dynamic processes.

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Activities (3)

Modeling Glacier Erosion Through Time part of Cutting Edge:Climate Change:Activities
This lab could be adapted for an introductory geology course, upper division geomorphology course, or a climate change course. This activity is borrowed from John Harbor's paper in the Journal of Geoscience ...

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Evidence for Active Tectonics in local watersheds-Fluvial geomorph part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
In this lab, student analyze imagery from fieldtrip sites to identify fluvial geomorphic and tectonic processes.

Roadside and Engineering Geology of Auke Bay, Juneau Alaska part of Cutting Edge:Public Policy:Activities
Final lab for an Introductory Physical Geology class. Students apply a semester of learned geology skills toward evaluating house building sites near our campus. They encounter evidence of faulting, mass wasting, ...

Course (1)

Geomorphology part of Cutting Edge:Course Design:Goals Database
This is an upper division 3 credit lecture, 1 credit lab semester (15 week) course required for Environmental Science majors, and soon majors in the Alaska statewide geography program.

Other Contribution (1)

Uplift Follows Deglaciation in Northern Southeast Alaska part of Vignettes:Vignette Collection
Cathy Connor University Alaska Southeast Location Continent: North America Country: United States of America State/Province: Alaska Region: Alexander Archipelago (southeastern Alaska) UTM coordinates and datum: ...