A muli-year (2009-2011) inter-disciplinary research project was undertaken at Cape Espenberg with funding from the National Science Foundation. The focus of the project was early Inupiat settlement on beach ridges and dune complexes that formed between roughly 1000 and 500 years ago. Former houses were excavated on Ridges E-6, E-5, and E-4 and the surface features on all of the ridges occupied by Inupiat families at the cape were mapped. Information on the local climate history was collected from sediment cores and excavated profiles on the ridges and swales between the ridges. Students from local villages in the region participated in the project through the Mentorship Program of the National Park Service.