Sarah Roeske, PhD
RESEARCH GEOLOGIST, EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS
“The Geology Around Denali; Mountain-building, Earthquakes, and their Role in Shaping the Alaska Range”
Widely recognized for her research in Alaska, Sarah Roeske brings more than 40 years of experience studying Alaskan geology and Cordilleran plate tectonics. First introduced to Alaskan geology as an undergraduate, she did field studies on the Kodiak Islands for her Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has conducted field work from Sitka in southeast Alaska to the Brooks Range in the north using everything from llamas to helicopters to access remote areas. As a research faculty member, she has enjoyed the chance to introduce numerous students to the Alaskan wilderness and the wonders and mysteries of geology. Sarah’s research focuses principally on modern and ancient plate boundary faults and mountain-building processes, most recently focusing on the Alaska Range, which includes Denali, the highest peak in North America.