Meet our Graduate Students: Jennifer Kielhofer

Jennifer Kielhofer in front of river valleyDegree Program: PhD

One of my most memorable fieldwork experiences was at the Upward Sun River site (USRS) in August 2013 (featured in Science). Located on the side of the Tanana River (in the interior of Alaska) with no incoming roads, the site is only accessible by helicopter. It was the first time I had ever ridden in a helicopter to do fieldwork! Also, I worked with a crew of 20 other people for 11-day sessions, so we had to helicopter enough food, water, and gear to last us almost two weeks. That meant no showers allowed! Working in such a logistically remote area for that long, with virtually no access to the outside world, gave me a very different perspective.

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