Jon Shaw Leads Duke in Alaska Program
This summer Professor Jonathan Shaw led 11 Duke students on a month-long trip to Alaska, according to today's Duke Chronicle. The group visited the temperate rain forest region close to Juneau and the taiga near Anchorage. “It's actually an interdisciplinary course in the sense [that Alaska is a] great place to combine history, political issues, economic issues, Native American issues and biodiversity," Shaw said. "So it's fundamentally a biology course, but it includes other components. We look at oil development versus biodiversity. We look at native Alaskan issues." According to both professor and participants the trip was a great success. Shaw hopes to include the Arctic region in a future trip.