Katey Walter Anthony

page last updated: 18 May 2012

Portrait of Katey Walter Anthony

Dr. Katey M. Walter Anthony
Aquatic Ecosystem Ecologist
Assistant Professor
Water and Environmental Research Center
Institute of Northern Engineering and International Arctic Research Center
University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Contact Information

Water and Environmental Research Center
525 Duckering Building
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775
(907) 474-6095 voice


  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Ph.D., May 2006. Department of Biology and Wildlife. Advisor: Dr. F. Stuart Chapin III. G.P.A.: 4.0. Dissertation: Methane emissions and biogeochemistry of North Siberian thermokarst lakes. 2006 1st place winner of the United States Council of Graduate Schools/ University Microfilms International Distinguished Dissertation Award in the field of Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering.
  • University of California, Davis, M.Sc. Restoration Ecology. August, 2000. Department of Environmental Studies and Policy. Major Advisor: Dr. Charles Goldman. G.P.A.: 3.96. Thesis: Ecosystem effects of the invasion of Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) at Lake Tahoe, CA-NV.
  • Mount Holyoke College, Bachelor of Arts, 1998. High Honor in Geology. Magna cum Laude. Major: Biogeochemistry Minor: Russian Studies G.P.A.: 3.94. Honors Thesis: "Organic Geochemical Analysis of Biomarkers from Birch Lake, Alaska".
  • Edinburgh University, Scotland. Study abroad 1996-97. Geology, ecology, and field courses.
  • Novosibirsk State University, Russia. Summer 1995. Scientific Russian Language.
  • Portland State University, Oregon. 1993-94. Russian Language 411, 412, 413.
  • Kuban State University, Krasnodar, Russia. 1992-93. Russian language and culture.

Grants, Scholarships and Awards

  • NSF 09-538 Hydrologic Sciences. Co-PI K. Walter Anthony, PI R. Daanen, Water and methane dynamics in thermokarst lakes near Fairbanks, Alaska, Jan. 2013-Dec. 2015. PENDING.
  • NSF OPP #1107892. Co-PI K. Walter Anthony, PI Syndonia Bret-Harte. AON, Collaborative Research on Carbon, Water, and Energy Balance of the Arctic Landscape at Flagship Observatories in Alaska and Siberia. July 2011- June 2014. FUNDED.
  • DOE. PI K. Walter Anthony. Collaborative Research: Quantifying Climate Feedbacks of the Terrestrial Biosphere under Thawing Permafrost Conditions in the Arctic, Sep 2011-Aug. 2014. FUNDED.
  • NASA Roses NNX11AH20G. PI K. Walter Anthony, Co-PIs G. Grosse, F. Meyer. Characterization of CH4 emissions from high latitude lakes in North America using multi-scale remote sensing, June 2011- May 2014. FUNDED.
  • Collaborative Proposal to Lehigh University/NSF. Postdoc support for Miriam Jones. Impacts of climate seasonality on carbon accumulation and methane emissions of Alaskan ecosystems during the Holocene Thermal Maximum. $38,254. July 2010-Jan. FUNDED
  • Denali Commision. 2009 Emerging Energy Technology Grant. Improving Cold Region Biogas Digestor Efficiency. PI: Katey Walter Anthony, collaboration with Cordova Electric Cooperative, Clay Koplin.
  • Blackstone Ranch Institute Innovation Challenge Grant, National Geographic Society, 2009. Improving cold season biogas digestor efficiency for global energy solutions. PI: K. Walter Anthony.
  • WINGS WorldQuest 2011 Elected Fellow. http://explore.wingsworldquest.org/node/722
  • National Geographic Society Early Explorers, awarded Feb. 2009, biographical article in NGS Magazine about scientist and her research.http://www.nationalgeographic.com/field/explorers/walter-katey-09.html
  • National Wildlife Federation: National Conservation Achievement Award in Science for 2009, presented November 2009, Washington DC
  • Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Association Mary Lyon Award, 2010.
  • DOE Methane Hydrates 2008. Funding Opportunity: DOE #DE-NT0005665. Title: Source characterization and temporal variation of methane seepage from thermokarst lakes on the Alaska North Slope in response to arctic climate change. PI: Matthew Wooller, Katey Walter et al.
  • NASA: Proposed project: Astrobiology of Icy Worlds: Habitability, Survivability, and Detectability. PI: Katey Walter Submitted April 2008. September 2008-August 2013.
  • DOE Climate Change Prediction Program: Abrupt Climate Change Modeling Opportunity # DE-PS02-08ER08-05. Project: Quantifying Climate Feedbacks from Abrupt Changes in High-Latitude Trace-Gas Emissions. PI Walter.
  • NSF EPSCoR Early Career Fellowship, Project: Methane availability as a function of permafrost vulnerability and vegetation, PI Katey Walter Jan.-Aug. 2008. FUNDED
  • NASA #NNX08AJ37G: Assessing the spatial and temporal dynamics of thermokarst, methane emissions, and related carbon cycling in Siberia and Alaska; G. Grosse, K. Walter, V. Romanovsky
  • NSF IPY #0732735: "IPY: Understanding the impacts of permafrost degradation and thermokarst lake dynamics in the Arctic on carbon cycling, CO2 and CH4 emissions, and feedbacks to climate change", PI Dr. K. Walter et al.
  • NSF IPY #0732533: "IPY ISE: Polaris Project: Rising Stars in the Arctic, Dr. K. Walter et al.
  • UA Presidential International Polar Year Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Ecological Society of America 2006 most notable publication
  • Young Scientist IASC Scholarship for Arctic Council AMAP, 2007
  • United States Council of Graduate Schools/ UMI Distinguished Dissertation 1st Place Award in Science, Math and Engineering 2006
  • NASA Earth Systems Science Fellowship 2003-05
  • Global Change Grant, IARC, 2001, 2002
  • EPA Star Fellowship, 2000-2002
  • UC Davis Graduate Mentorship Fellowship, 1999
  • Leopold Schepp Fellowship, 1999
  • Sigma Xi, 1998
  • ARCS Scholarship, 1998, 1999
  • Morris K. Udall Scholarship, 1996, 1997.
  • A. Elizabeth Adams Fellowship, 1998
  • New Eight Scholar-Athlete, 1995, 1997
  • Claire Bates Davidson Scholarship, 1998
  • Sarah Williston Scholar, 1996
  • Rhodes Scholarship finalist, 1998
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, 1996
  • Seven Sisters Scholar Athlete, 1998
  • National Security Education Program Scholarship for study in Russia, 1995
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1998
  • Mildred L. Sanderson Prize in Math, 1995

Relevant Research and Experience (selected)

  • Assistant Research Professor, Water and Environmental Research Center, Institute of Northern Engineering & International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Research on methane in the Arctic, lakes, biogeochemistry, climate change, permafrost/thermokarst, carbon cycling, isotopes. UA Presidential International Polar Year Postdoctoral Fellowship: March 2007-2010. Research on carbon and nutrient cycling in northern lakes with particular attention to permafrost dynamics and thermokarst processes in the Arctic.
  • Research Program Manager, Oil Spill Recovery Institute, Prince William Sound Science Center, Cordova, Alaska. Research program development and management of annual and strategic plans for a grant program focused on oil pollution issues in arctic and sub-arctic aquatic ecosystems. 2006-07. Directed peer-review of research proposals and planned RFPs. Worked with Board members from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, two Regional Citizens’ Advisory Councils, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and the North Pacific Research Board and Coastal Response Research Center, US Minerals Management Service, and SINTEF’s Joint Industry Program. Served on the Oil Spill Response and Prevention Committee of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council and am a member of the Advisory Board of the University of New Hampshire/NOAA’s Coastal Research Response Center.
  • Project Coordinator at the Northeast Science Station in Cherskii, Russia. Coordinated Russian-U.S. collaborations for the International Polar Year as part of an effort to network arctic observatories in Alaska and Russia for long term monitoring of climate change in cold regions. 2001-present.
  • Radiocarbon Course, Keck AMS Facility UC Irvine, with E.A.G Schuur and S. Trumbore, 2007,
  • Graduate Research Assistant with Dr. F. S. Chapin III, Institute of Arctic Biology. Field expeditions to remote field station in NE Siberia for 5-7 month periods each year during 2000-2004. I gained skills as a laboratory supervisor at Northeast Science Station in Cherskii, Russia. I assisted in organization of logistics for equipment and sample transport to NE Siberia from the United States. I conducted field sampling and laboratory analyses for aquatic and terrestrial long term monitoring program for my Ph.D. research and to facilitate other PI’s at the NE Science Station. I supervised undergraduate students and field and lab technicians. I am fluent in Russian language.
  • Isotope analyst in Radiocarbon Lab at University of Florida in collaboration with Dr. Ted Schuur. March 2004. Stable isotope analyses of gases, graphitization of CO2 for radiocarbon age dating of CH4 and peat. These were skills I learned during my Ph.D. work. Stable isotope analyst in Department of Oceanography at Florida State University with Dr. Jeffrey Chanton; Vacuum line procedures, isotope-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry of gases. 2004. These were skills I learned during my Ph.D. work.
  • Geographical Information System (GIS) independent study project with Dr. Dave Verbyla using ArcView to analyze changes in Siberian lake area using MSS and ETM Landsat images. 2002. I learned some GIS skills during my Ph.D. work.
  • Teaching assistant for Nutrient Cycling course in Natural Resource Management for undergraduate and graduate students with Dr. David Valentine, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Spring 2003. Visiting scientist at Max Planck Institute for Microbiology, Marburg Germany. Conducted laboratory incubations for methane production potential, isotope analyses, presentation, collaboration with Dr. Peter Frenzel. 2003, 2005, 2009.
  • Stable Isotope Ecology Lecture and Laboratory Short Course at the University of Utah with Dr. J. Ehleringer, June 2002.
  • Graduate Research Assistant in the Tahoe Research Group, UC Davis, 1998 to 2000. Masters thesis research on ecosystem effects of Eurasian watermilfoil (aquatic macrophyte) invasion at Lake Tahoe, CA-NV. Assessment of impact on lake water quality.
  • Organization for Tropical Studies; graduate field study program in tropical biology, Costa Rica, 2000.
  • Tahoe-Baikal Institute summers 1998, 1999. Project leader for US portion of program. Directed research on aquatic macrophytes and water quality at Lake Tahoe, CA. Limnology project leader at Lake Baikal, Siberia. Participant of the Lake Tahoe Yellow Cress GIS project, Lake Tahoe, CA.
  • REU Research Assistant in Biogeochemistry Lab, University of Mass, Amherst Department of Geosciences. 1997-1998. Senior thesis project with Dr. Emily CoBabe tracing organic content of biomarkers in lake sediments from Alaskan lakes; use of GC and GC-MS.
  • Summer Research Program at Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Summer 1996. 40 hours per week. Research project in geochronology with Dr. Paul Layer using 40Ar/39Ar method and mass spectrometer to age-date volcanic samples from Chukotka Peninsula in Siberia. Publication pending.
  • Lab Instructor, Mount Holyoke Geology Department. 1996. Teach lab section for Geology 100.
  • CIEE Novosibirsk Summer for Students in the Natural Sciences. 1995. Studied abroad in Novosibirsk, Russia. Studied scientific Russian language and met with environmentalists to discuss current issues including the pollution of Lake Baikal.
  • American Field Services (AFS), Study abroad in Krasnodar, Russia. 1992-93. Attend high school and university for Russian language, cultural study.


  • Walter Anthony, K. M., P. Anthony, G. Grosse, J. Chanton. In press, 2012. Geologic methane seeps along boundaries of arctic permafrost thaw and melting glaciers, Nature Geoscience, DOI doi:org/10.1038/Ngeo1480.
  • Brosius, L. S., K. M. Walter Anthony, G. Grosse, J. P. Chanton, L. M. Farquhar son, P. P. Overduin, H. Meyer. 2012. Using the deuterium isotope composition of permafrost melt water to constrain thermokarst lake contributions to atmospheric CH4 during the last deglaciation. J. Geophys. Res, 117, G01022, doi:10.1029/2011JG001810.
  • Jones M. C., Grosse G., Jones B. M., Walter Anthony K M. (2012): Peat accumulation in a thermokarst-affected landscape in continuous ice-rich permafrost, Seward Peninsula, Alaska. J. Geophys. Res, 117, G00M07. doi:10.1029/2011JG001766.
  • Kessler, M. A., L. Plug, K. Walter Anthony (2012), Simulating the decadal to millennial scale dynamics of morphology and sequestered carbon mobilization of two thermokarst lakes in N.W. Alaska, J. Geophys. Res., 117, doi:10.1029/2011JG001796.
  • Sepulveda-Jauregui, A., K. Martinez-Cruz, A. Strohm, K. M. Walter Anthony, F. Thalasso. 2012, in press. New method for on-site measurement of dissolved gas in water using Infrared tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy. Limnology and Oceanography Methods.
  • Schuur, E. A. G., B. W. Abbott, and the Permaforst Carbon Network (W. B. Bowden, V. Brovkin, P. Camill, J. P. Canadell, F. S. Chapin III, T. R. Christensen, J. P. Chanton, P. Ciais, P. M. Crill, B. T. Crosby, C. I. Czimczik, G. Grosse, .J Harden, D. J. Hayes, G. Hugelius, J. D. Jastrow, T. Kleinen, C. D. Koven, G. Krinner, P. Kuhry, D. M. Lawrence, A. D. McGuire, S. M. Natali, J. A. O’Donnell, C. L. Ping, A. Rinke, W. J. Riley, V. E. Romanovsky, A. B. K. Sannel, C. Schädel, K. Schaefer, Z. M. Subin, C. Tarnocai, M. Turetsky, M. Waldrop, K. M. Walter Anthony, K. P. Wickland, C. J. Wilson, S. A. Zimov. 2011. High risk of permafrost thaw. Nature, 480, 32-33. doi:10.1038/480032a.
  • Warwick F., I. L. Vincent, I. Laurion, R. Pienitz, K. M. Walter Anthony. 2012. Climate Impacts on Arctic Lake Ecosystems, In Global Impacts of Climate Change on Inland Waters (Eds: C.R. Goldman, M. Kumagai, and R.D. Robarts).
  • Wooller, M. J., J. W. Pohlman, B. V. Gaglioti, P. Langdon, M. Jones, K. M. Walter Anthony, K. W. Becker, K. U. Hinrichs, M. Elvert. 2012. Reconstruction of past methane availability in an Arctic Alaska wetland indicates climate influenced methane release during the past ~12,000 years. Journal of Paleolimnology DOI 10.1007/s10933-012-9591-8.
  • Walter Anthony, K. M. 2011. Methane: A menace surfaces. Physics of Sustainable Energy II: Using Energy Efficiently and Producing It Renewably, American Institute of Physics Conference Series, Eds. D. Hafemeister, D. Kammen, B.G. Levi, P. Schwartz,Vol. 1401, 470 pages.
  • Grosse G, V. E. Romanovsky, T. Jorgenson, K. M. Walter Anthony, J. Brown J, P. P. Overduin. 2011. Vulnerability and feedbacks of arctic permafrost to climate change. EOS Trans. AGU, 9(1), 73-74.
  • Isaksen, I. S. A., M. Gauss, G. Myhre, K. M. Walter Anthony, C. Ruppel. 2011. Strong atmospheric chemistry feedback to climate warming from Arctic methane emissions, Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 25, GB2002, doi:10.1029/2010GB003845.
  • Jones, B. M., G. Grosse, C. D. Arp, M. C. Jones, K. M. Walter Anthony,V. E. Romanovsky. 2011. Modern thermokarst lake dynamics in the continuous permafrost zone, northern Seward Peninsula, Alaska, J. Geophys. Res., 116, G00M03, doi:10.1029/2011JG001666.
  • Parsekian, A. D., B. M. Jones, M. C. Jones, G. Grosse, K. M. Walter Anthony, L. Slater. 2011. Expansion rate and geometry of floating vegetation mats on the margins of thermokarst lakes, northern Seward Peninsula, Alaska, USA. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 36(14), 1889-1897. doi:10.1002/esp.2210.
  • Prowse, T., K. Alfredsen, S. Beltaos, B. R. Bonsal, W. B. Bowden, C. R. Duguay, A. Korhola, J. McNamara, W. F. Vincent, V. Vuglinsky, K. M. Walter Anthony, G. A. Weyhenmeyer. 2011. Effects of changes in arctic lake and river ice. Ambio. 40:63–74 DOI 10.1007/s13280-011-0217-6.
  • Walter Anthony, K. M., D. Vas, L. Brosius, F. S. Chapin III, S. A. Zimov, Q. Zhuang. 2010. Estimating methane emissions from northern lakes using ice bubble surveys. Limnology and Oceanography Methods 8, 592–609.
  • Walter Anthony, K. 2009. Arctic Climate Threat--Methane from Thawing Permafrost. Scientific American. December 7, 2009.
  • Walter, K., L. Brosius, 2009. Sheep Creek haw pond: Thermokarst lakes and methane emissions, Ninth International Conference on Permafrost, Field Trip Guide Book, Fairbanks Alaska, USA.
  • Walter, K., D. Vas, 2009. Thermokarst and Drunken Forest. Ninth International Conference on Permafrost, Field Trip Guide Book, Fairbanks Alaska, USA.
  • Edwards M., K. Walter, G. Grosse, L. Plug, L. Slater, P. Valdes. 2009. Arctic thermokarst lakes and the carbon cycle. PAGES News, 17(1), 16-18.
  • Wooller, M. J., C. Ruppel, J. W. Pohlman, M. B. Leigh, M. Heintz, K. M. Walter Anthony. 2009. Permafrost gas hydrates and climate change; lake-based seep studies on the Alaskan North Slope: Fire in the Ice (U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory Methane Hydrate Newsletter), summer 2009, p. 6-9 [http://www.netl.doe.gov/technologies/oil-gas/FutureSupply/MethaneHydrates/newsletter/newsletter.htm].
  • Zhuang, Q., J. M. Melack, S. Zimov, K. M. Walter, C. L. Butenhoff, M. A. K. Khalil. 2009. Global Methane Emissions From Wetlands, Rice Paddies, and Lakes, EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 90 (5), 37-44.
  • Walter, K. M., J. P. Chanton, F. S. Chapin, III, E. A. G. Schuur, and S. A. Zimov, 2008. Methane production and bubble emissions from arctic lakes: Isotopic implications for source pathways and ages, J. Geophys. Res., 113, G00A08,doi:10.1029/2007JG000569.
  • Walter, K. M., M. Engram, C. Duguay, M. Jeffries, F. S. Chapin III. 2008. The potential use of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) for estimating methane ebullition from arctic lakes, Journal of the American Water Research Association, 44(2), 305-315.
  • Chanton, J.P., K. M. Walter. Siberian Permafrost Decomposition, Arctic Lakes and Carbon. Development and Transition. Published by the United Nations Development Programme and the London School of Economics and Political Science, June, 2008. www.developmentandtransition.net
  • Corell, R.W., S. J. Hassol, J. M. Melillo, D. Archer, E. Euskirchen, F. S. Chapin III, A. D. McGuire, T. R. Christensen, V. P. Fichelet, K. Walter, Q. Zhuang, T. Callaghan, S. Bech, C. McMullen. 2008. Methane from the Arctic: Global warming wildcard. In: UNEP Year Book 2008 (edited by P. Harrison), pp 37-48. United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Grosse, G. V. Romanovsky, K. Walter, A. Morgenstern, H. Lantuit, S. Zimov. 2008. Thermokarst Lakes: High-Resolution Distribution and Temporal Changes at Three Yedoma Sites in Siberia, Proceedings from the Ninth International Conference on Permafrost, 551-556.
  • Walter, K. M., M. Edwards, G. Grosse, S. A. Zimov, F. Stuart Chapin III, 2007. Thermokarst lakes as a source of atmospheric CH4 during the last deglaciation. Science 318, 633-636.
  • Walter, K. M., L. C. Smith, F. S. Chapin III. 2007. Methane bubbling from northern lakes: present and future contributions to the global methane budget, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, vol. 365, N. 1856: 1657-1676.
  • Lopez, B., N. I., Shilomanov, F. E. Nelson, K. Walter, B. Hallet, R. S. Sletten. 2007. A Threatening Thaw. National Geographic Magazine. December issue. Pp. 137-154.
  • Romanovsky, V., K. Walter, K. et al. Ice in the Ground, Chapter 4 in The Global Outlook for Ice & Snow, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO) and UNEP, 2007.
  • Walter, K. M., S. A. Zimov, J. P. Chanton, D. Verbyla, F. S. Chapin III. 2006 Methane Bubbling from Siberian Thaw Lakes as a Positive Feedback to Climate Warming, Nature 443, 71-75.
  • Corradi C.A.R., K. Walter, O. Kolle, S. A. Zimov, E-D. Schulze. 2005. Carbon dioxide and methane exchange of a north-east Siberian tussock tundra. Global Change Biology 11, 1910-1925.

In Revision (near publication):

  • Engram, M., K. M. Walter Anthony, F. J. Meyer, G. Grosse. Investigating synthetic aperture radar (SAR) backscatter response from ice on thermokarst lakes, as an indicator of methane ebullition bubbles, on the Seward Peninsula, Alaska, USA. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing.
  • Walter Anthony K. M., P. Anthony. Constraining spatial variability of methane ebullition in thermokarst lakes using point-process models. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences.

Articles in Preparation

  • Farquharson, L.M., K. M. Walter Anthony, N. H. B. Bigelow, G. Grosse, M. E. Edwards, J. E. Beget. Sedimentology of thermokarst lakes forming in yedoma on the northern Seward Peninsula, Alaska. Quaternary Science Reviews.
  • Geai, M. L., K. M. Walter Anthony, G. Grosse, D. Verbyla. Quantifying methane ebullition from an interior Alaska thermokarst lake using aerial photography. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences.
  • Grosse, G., B. Jones, K. M. Walter Anthony. (in preparation for resubmission). Application of airborne LIDAR for mapping permafrost-related land surface features and processes in an Arctic lowland, NW Alaska. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.
  • Grosse, G., B. Jones, K. M. Walter Anthony, L. Plug, V. Romanovsky. A temporally high-resolution lake drainage dataset from ice-rich permafrost lowlands on the Seward Peninsula, NW Alaska, for 1950-2008. Remote Sensing of Environment.
  • Grosse, G., K. M. Walter Anthony et al. Distribution and characteristics of thermokarst lakes in the Arctic and estimates of methane emissions. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences. Jones, M. C., K. M. Walter Anthony, G. Grosse. New estimates for northern high latitude peatland and thermokarst lake methane emissions during deglaciation. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences.
  • Martinez-Cruz, K., A. Sepulveda-Jauregui, Y. Belmonte, R. González, N. Vargas-González, K. M. Walter Anthony, F. Thalasso. Temperature dependence of methanogenesis and methanotrophy in arctic, temperate and tropical lakes. Limnology and Oceanography.
  • Sepulveda-Jauregui, A., K. Martinez-Cruz, A. Strohm, K. M. Walter Anthony, F. Thalasso, CH4 cycling in arctic lakes: methanogenesis and methanotrophy. Hydrobiologia.
  • Sepulveda-Jauregui, A. K. M. Walter Anthony, F. Thalasso. Anaerobic methane oxidation coupled to sulfate reduction and denitrification in arctic lakes. Environmental Science and Technology.
  • Strohm, A. J., K. M. Walter Anthony, F. Thalasso, F. Seasonality of methane emissions from an interior Alaska thermokarst lake. Limnology and Oceanography.
  • Walter Anthony, K. M. and G. Grosse. Decrease in landscape methane emissions: An alternate trajectory of thermokarst on the northern Seward Peninsula, Alaska, Ecological Applications.
  • Walter Anthony, K. M., G. Grosse, M. Engram, P. Anthony. Methane emissions from 50 years of thermokarst in Alaskan lakes. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences.
  • Walter Anthony, K. M., S. A.. Zimov, M. Jones, P. Anthony, G. Grosse. Permafrost thaw: A long-term carbon sink. Nature.
  • Vas, D.A., K. M. Walter Anthony, R. Barry, P. Anthony. Understanding the plumbing of methane ebullition seeps in interior Alaska thermokarst-lake sediments from high temporal resolution seep monitoring, Limnology and Oceanography.

Synergistic Activities and Presentations (selected)

  • New York Times, interviewed/photographed/reviewed article by correspondent Justin Gillis, Oct. 19-21, 2011.http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/17/science/earth/warming-arctic-permafrost-fuels-climate-change-worries.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha3
  • National Geographic Magazine, interviewed/filmed by Marianne Lavelle, Jeff Goodell (writers) and Mark Thiessen (photographer) Oct. 2010, 2011; April 2011: Article in December 2012. NBC Learn, interviewed for program on Permafrost and Methane, by Norman Cohen. March 2011. www.nbclearn.com/climate/cuecard/52627, National Science Foundation website Science 360 (http://science360.gov/series/Changing+Planet/640a9c81-ae92-4b28-9dc9-fbeaec105f54)
  • Al Gore presentation: Contributed material on methane research for Al Gore's presentations, including the United States Senate 2009, and other 2010 presentations http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/al_gore_warns_on_latest_climate_trends.html
  • Scientific American Earth 3.0 biography; June 2009 http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-peril-below-the-ice
  • LA Times article on methane projects, February 22, 2009: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-global-warming22-2009feb22,0,516298.story
  • National Wildlife Federation: National Conservation Achievement Award in Science for 2009, presented November 2009, Washington DC
  • National Geographic Society Early Explorers, awarded Feb. 2009, biographical article about scientist and her research. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/field/explorers/walter-katey-09.html
  • Discover Magazine 2008, Dec. 2008 issue, #3 Profile of 20 Best Brains Under 40, http://discovermagazine.com/2008/dec/20-best-brains-under-40
  • Sally Ride School Book Science Curriculum, contributed science and biographical materials.
  • Nome Schools, education and outreach activities in rural Alaskan junior high and high school classrooms and field trip, Oct. 2008.
  • Rural Alaska town hall meeting presentations about methane: Atqasuk, Barrow, Cordova, Nome, Shishmaref (July 2007-present).
  • Discovery Channel documentary film, "Expedition Alaska". Contributor to film as an ice scientist, showing the affects and feedbacks of climate change on Alaska's glaciers, permafrost and sea ice. Filming took place July-September, 2007. The two-hour film aired April 20, 2008
  • National Public Radio, All Things Considered with Melissa Block, September 10, 2007. Alaska scientist Katey Walter studies an aspect of climate change that has been largely overlooked: CH4 emissions from Atqasuk seep. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14288215
  • BBC Television documentary film series, "Earth, The Biography", Invited participation in a segment on the Atmosphere featuring Siberian permafrost thaw, methane emissions from thermokarst lakes, and feedbacks to climate change; production includes field trip and filming at the Northeast Science Station in Cherskii, Russia in March 2007. Aired September 2007.
  • History Channel, "A Global Warning": filmed July 2007, aired fall 2007 on the History Channel. Contribution about thawing permafrost in the Fairbanks area.
  • BBC Documentary Film: "Future Earth" (filmed April 2008) - contribution about permafrost and greenhouse gas emissions in Alaska.
  • National Geographic (Dec. 2007), Popular Scientist (Dec. 2007), NewScientist (Dec. 2007), Discover Magazine (Jan. 2008), Alaska Magazine (Feb. 2008); New York Times Sunday issue (April 2008); Scientific American (May 2008): invited interviews for magazine, radio and television productions on the role of arctic lakes and methane in global climate change. September 2007-present.
  • Arctic Council: AMAP/CliC/IASC Arctic Carbon Cycle Assessment Workshop, Seattle. Invited participant, February 2007.
  • Alaska Forum on the Environment: Invited speaker and panelist on permafrost thaw and changes in arctic lakes in Climate Change Session, Anchorage, Alaska, February 2007.
  • Royal Society/ Novartis Foundation Discussion Meeting on Methane, Ozone and Environmental Change, London England, Invited presentation on Methane emissions from artic lakes: present and future contributions to the global atmospheric methane budget. November 15, 2006.
  • NSF SEARCH CHAMP Scientific Steering Committee, invited member as of November 2006
  • U.S. Senate, Transatlantic Symposium on How Changes in the Arctic Climate are Affecting the Rest of the World, invited presentation on Permafrost Thaw in the Arctic; hosted by the Royal Norwegian Embassy and EESI, June 15, 2006.
  • National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) for the "Toward an adequate quantification of CH4 emissions from land ecosystems: Integrating field and in-situ observations, satellite data, and modeling" working group with Qianlai Zhuang, Jerry Melillo, Ronald Prinn, and A. David McGuire. Invited participant. Santa Barbara, CA March 2006-2008.
  • The Evolving Arctic Workshop Series: Hydrologic Responses to Degrading Permafrost, Aug. 2005. International Arctic Research Center, Fairbanks, Alaska. One of three invited student participants. Appointed leadership and coordination of writing the section report for the workshop.
  • NSF Russian-American Initiative on Land-Shelf Environments in the Arctic (RAISE) Synthesis Workshop, St. Thomas, USVI. June 2005. Presentation. One of two students. Invitee.
  • NSF Arctic System Science (ARCSS) Program Synthesis Retreat, Lake Tahoe, CA. August 2004. One of three invited student participants. Contribution to synthesis paper for publication.
  • American Water Resources Association (AWRA), 2004. Alaska Chapter Annual Meeting. Fairbanks, Alaska, Invited Presentation.
  • Walter, K. M., F. S. Chapin III, S. A. Zimov, D. Draluk, J. P. Chanton. 2004. Global warming feedbacks of methane bubbling along expanding North Siberian lake margins. International Boreal Forest Research Association (IBFRA). Poster. Honorable mention for best poster presentation.
  • Walter, K. M., F. S. Chapin III, S. A. Zimov, J. P. Chanton. 2004. Global warming feedbacks of methane bubbling along expanding North Siberian lake margins. NOAA's Climate Monitoring and Diagnostic Laboratory first annual meeting, Boulder, Colorado. Invitee, presentation.
  • Walter, K. M., F. S. Chapin III, S. A. Zimov, D. Draluk, J. P. Chanton. 2004. Global warming feedbacks of methane emissions (bubbling) from melting permafrost along expanding North Siberian lake margins. American Society of Microbiology, Alaska Chapter Annual Meeting. First place award for student presentations.
  • Walter, K. M., F. S. Chapin III, S. A. Zimov, D. Draluk. 2003. The significance of methane ebullition. American Geophysical Union Meeting, San Francisco, California. Presentation. Award for outstanding student paper.
  • Walter, K. M., F. S. Chapin III, S. A. Zimov. 2003. Methane production and emission from thermokarst lakes in NE Siberia. Max Planck Institute for Microbiology, Marburg, Germany. Presentation.
  • Walter, K. M., F. S. Chapin III, S. A. Zimov. 2003. Methane biogeochemistry in thermokarst lakes of NE Siberia. Alfred-Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam, Germany. Invited presentation.
  • Walter, K. M., F. S. Chapin III, D. White. 2002, March. Lake ecosystems in transition: implications for CH4 and CO2 flux. Alaska Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, Annual Chapter Meeting, Fairbanks, Alaska. Presentation. First place award for student presentations.
  • Walter, K. M., F. S. Chapin III, D. White. 2002, February. Stratification of thermokarst lakes in NE Siberia by diffusive methane flux. NSF ARCSS All-hands workshop, Seattle. Presentation, Rapporteur for hydrology breakout group to present and field questions to 300+ scientists.

Peer reviews

  • Manuscript reviews for refereed journals in recent years: Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Science, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, Aquatic Botany, NICOP, UNEP. Science, Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, Biogeochemistry, JAWRA, Limnology & Oceanography: Methods, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, Aquatic Botany, NICOP, UNEP, PLoS ONE.
  • Proposal reviewer for the National Science Foundation, ALW Klimaatvariabiliteit; NOAA Climate Program Office, Global Carbon Cycle Program; Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund.

Graduate & undergraduate students, postdocs

  • Miriam Jones (Postdoc)
  • Mark Kessler (Postdoc)
  • Prajna Regmi (Ph.D. remote sensing methane)
  • Laura Brosius (M.Sc. isotopes and organic chemistry of methane production in arctic lakes)
  • Dragos Vas (M.Sc. methane ebullition dynamics)
  • Melanie Engram (M.Sc. satellite remote sensing of methane bubbles in lake ice)
  • Louise Farquharson (M.Sc. paleoenvironment of thermokarst lake sediments)
  • Armando Sepulveda Jauregui (PhD methane cycling in global lakes)
  • Benjamin Jones (Ph.D.)
  • Sudipta Sarkar (M.S.)
  • Allen Phelps (Ph.D.)
  • Joanne Heslope (M.Sc.)
  • Desmond Johns (UAF, senior thesis)
  • Dan Nidzgorski and Erin Carr (REU’s)
  • Dmitri Draluk (trained local resident of Cherskii, Russia to monitor methane in lakes). 2005-present.
  • High School Students: 2007 Science symposium: Mentor to Nic Covell, West Valley High School, 3rd place winner; 2008 Katie Sparks, West Valley High School;
  • Visiting research fellows: Frans-Jan Parmetier (from Netherlands Oct.-Nov. 2008); Marie Laure Geai, French Fulbright Fellow 2009-10.

Other skills

Fluency in Russian language; translator; professional travel through Russia and Former Soviet Union, running, skiing, mountaineering, cello.