See the Dramatic Effects of Climate Change in the Alaskan Arctic 100 Years Ago vs. Today

February 11, 2015
By Rachel Rogol

Beneski Museum of Natural History
Top: Okpilak Glacier, 1907. Photo by Ernest Leffingwell.
Bottom: Okpilak Glacier, 2007. Photo by Matt Nolan.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, Then & Now: The Changing Arctic Landscape—a traveling exhibition from the University of Alaska Museum of the North—speaks volumes about glacial retreat and the consequences of climate change in the Alaskan Arctic.

On view at Amherst College’s Beneski Museum of Natural History through April 19, 2015, Then & Now features photographs and media presentations that illustrate the startling effects of climate change, provide context about the Arctic ecosystem and illuminate the behind-the-photo stories of the consequences of climate change for Arctic indigenous peoples.


Alumnus Gives Amherst College Beneski Museum of Natural History a Dryosaurus Altus Dinosaur; Will Be Second Mounted Specimen of its Species the World

Submitted on Tuesday, 4/9/2013, at 11:15 AM

April 9, 2013                       
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Photo courtesy of Research Castings International

AMHERST, Mass.—An agile and speedy vegan dinosaur roughly the height of a pony and the length of an American alligator will be the newest inhabitant of Amherst College’s Beneski Museum of Natural History this spring, thanks to a generous member of the Class of 1977 and his wife. John S. and Leigh Middleton have given John’s alma mater the skeleton of a Dryosaurus altus, a dinosaur that roamed North America during the Late Jurassic period about 150 to 145 million years ago.

WGGB-TV: Powerful Earthquake Hits Japan

Geology professor Tekla Harms explained the science of the devastating  earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011 during a segment for the Springfield-area ABC News affiliate.


“There are no communities that are prepared for a 30-foot-tall wall of water.”

March 17, 2011

As the devastation of Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis continue to play out on the other side of the globe, geology professor Tekla Harms and her colleagues in the department have been following the situation with great interest and sympathy.


Tekla Harms' Research Opportunities for Students

I have a number of long-term research projects located around the globe. While they may seem disparate, each in its own way seeks to understand the evolution of mountain belts and the interactions of plate boundaries in creating those belts. Detailed structural analysis - looking at the small scale evidence of major crustal displacement - is one of the tools I use to investigate mountain belts.