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Anupma PrakashInterim Dean of CNSM | Director of CDR CNSM
Anupma Prakash is the Interim Dean of the College of Natural Science and Mathematics, the director of CNSM’s Division of Research and a professor of geophysics in the Department of Geosciences. She is also the principal investigator of the Alaska Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, also known as Alaska EPSCoR and a researcher with the Department of Geosciences.
Prakash received a bachelor’s degree in geology, zoology and botany and a master’s degree in geology from Lucknow University in India, and her Ph.D. in Earth sciences from the Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee, also in India. She then worked for six years at the International Institute of Geoinformation Science and Earth Observations in the Netherlands. She has been a UAF faculty member since 2002.
Her research involves using field methods, remote sensing, and modeling for mapping Earth surface composition and change. Changes that are visible on the surface are a result of complex processes operating in the Earth system. Mapping and modeling helps understand the past, present and possible future state of the Earth’s surface.
Many of her research projects are large and interdisciplinary in nature. The maps and information our team generates helps several end-users, including community members who need to adapt to changes, managers who are interested in resource extraction in an environmentally friendly manner, and policy-makers who need timely information for decision-making. Below are highlights and links to some of the major projects that I am leading or have actively participated in.