Katherine M. Mulliken

Katherine M. Mulliken
  • Position:

    Geologist, Volcanology
  • Address:

    3354 College Road Fairbanks, AK 99709-3707
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Education and/or Training

M.A. 2016, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK: Anthropology, with an emphasis in Archaeology (Thesis title: Holocene volcanism and human occupation in the middle Susitna River Valley, Alaska)
B.A. 2012, University of Hawai'i at Hilo, Hilo, HI: Anthropology and Geology double major

Projects and/or Research Interests

Katie is working with the Volcanology Section to advance the Alaska Tephra Database to publication. She researches Alaska tephra glass and geochronology data to load into GeoDIVA, the Geologic Database of Information on Alaska Volcanoes. In addition, she compiles tephra geospatial data and time-stratigraphic data to advance current ash-fall hazard projects.

Professional Experience

2016-present: Geologist, State of Alaska, Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, Fairbanks, AK
2016, 2015 summer: Field Archaeologist, Center for the Environmental Management of Military Lands, Fairbanks, AK
2014, summer: Field Intern, Northern Land Use Research Alaska, Fairbanks, AK
2013-2016: Teaching/Research Assistant, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK
2013: Assistant Core Associate, Humu'ula Groundwater Research Project, Hilo, HI
2012: Field Archaeologist, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, HI
2011, 2010 summer: Student Assistant, Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes, Hilo, HI
2010-2012: Student Assistant, Geoarchaeology Lab, University of Hawai'i at Hilo, Hilo, HI

Selected Professional Activities

2015, 2014: Geist Fund, University of Alaska Museum of the North
2015: Patrick Orion Mullen Fund, Frison Institute, University of Wyoming
2015, 2014: Thomas F. Eidel and Stephanie Ludwig Memorial scholarships, Alaska Anthropological Association
2015: Alaska Geological Society scholarship
2014: Harvey Shields Fellowship in Archaeology, University of Alaska Fairbanks
2014-present: Member, Alaska Anthropological Association
2013: Department of Geology Outstanding Senior Award, University of Hawai'i at Hilo
2012: College of Arts and Sciences Achievement Scholarship, University of Hawai'i at Hilo
2011, 2010: Presidential Scholarship, University of Hawai'i at Hilo
2010: Dr. Moon and Mrs. Park Scholarship, Hawai'i Community Foundation
2008: Volcano Community Association scholarship

Selected Publications

  • Reioux, D.A., Werdon, M.B., Seitz, S.S., and Mulliken, K.M., 2016, Digital compilation of geochemical data for historical samples from occurrences of strategic and critical elements in Alaska: Part II - Platinum group elements (PGE): Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys Raw Data File 2016-12, 2 p. http://doi.org/10.14509/29474

Selected Presentations

  • Mulliken, K.M., Cameron, C.E., Crass, S.W., Schaefer, J.R., and Wallace, K.L., 2017, An update on the Alaska Tephra Database (poster): International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI) 2017 Scientific Assembly, November 14-18, 2017: Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, 1 sheet. http://doi.org/10.14509/29746