UAS Sitka offers Natural History Seminar Series talk on April 28

SITKA — “Riparian Zones: Embracing Complexity in Connections of Water Flow Through Coastal Temperate Rain Forest Ecosystems” will be the topic of the next presentation in the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus’ Natural History Seminar Series. The seminar takes place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, in UAS Sitka Campus Room 229. The presentation is free and open to the community.

This seminar’s guest speaker is Dave D’Amore, a research soils scientist with the U.S. Forest Service’s Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Juneau. D’Amore is working on a variety of soils research, including carbon movement from soils to aquatic systems in the Tongass National Forest.

Riparian zones are riverbank areas, where the land and its vegetation connect with rivers and streams. Trees and shrubs along riverbanks perform a critical role in stabilizing streambeds, preventing erosion, and providing habitat for salmon and other fish.

The UAS Natural History Seminar Series hosts several seminars during the school year on a variety of topics, including Southeast Alaska flora and fauna, glaciers, volcanoes, and impacts of climate change in the region. The series is supported by a grant from the Sitka Permanent Charitable Trust to the Sitka Sound Science Center and the University of Alaska Southeast.

For more information on the seminar, contact Kitty LaBounty at 747-9432 or To learn about UAS Sitka Campus course offerings and to register for classes, call 747-7700 or go online at


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