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Gnawing and Thawing: Beavers and Rapid Change in NW Alaska

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Schaible Auditorium, UAF
(Located in the Bunnell Building, 323 Tanana Loop. Nearby parking: Bunnell Building, Bursar's Office, and Usibelli Building. Parking is always free after 5 p.m. )

pictured - speaker Ken Tape in a blue and white Hawaiian shirt playing a ukele (left) and author Seth Kantner smiling with a snow backdrop with frosted hair and a heavy white fur-lined jacket (right)
Ken Tape, research associate professor, UAF-GI
Seth Kantner, Alaska writer and wildlife photographer

The interests of acclaimed Alaska author Seth Kantner and UAF scientist Ken Tape have converged over the years. Both have observed the climate and landscape changes occurring in Alaska, but Kantner’s understanding comes from a life inextricable from the land and its inhabitants, whereas Tape’s comes from a life in the office poring over data, often satellite images, and the occasional wilderness foray. In this joint presentation, they will showcase their different perspectives on a half-century of changes in northern Alaska, particularly as related to beaver engineering, and explore how those complementary viewpoints enrich our understanding of the region’s past, present and future.


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