Latest Research News and Events

February 23, 2018
A University of Alaska Fairbanks fisheries scientist will give an overview of his lab’s current research projects, which include collective movement, eco-evolution and biological invasion, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, on the Fairbanks campus. College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences professor Peter Westley will present the fifth talk in the 2018 Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Seminar Series, sponsored by CFOS. Westley’s presentation in Fairbanks will be in 201 O’Neill Building. Streaming is available in Juneau at 101 Lena Point Fisheries Facility. To participate via Pexip, a web-based meeting platform, contact Christina Sutton at clsutton3@alaska.edu or 907-474-5840 at least 24 hours before the seminar. The full spring seminar... read more
February 20, 2018

<i>Photo courtesy of Ana Aguilar-Islas</i><br /> Ana Aguilar-Islas stands at the North Pole during the 2015 Arctic Geotraces cruise.

A University of Alaska Fairbanks oceanographer will discuss her participation in the international Geotraces program, which focuses on measuring and better understanding the cycling of trace elements, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, on the Fairbanks campus. College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences professor Ana Aguilar-Islas will present the fourth talk in the 2018 Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Seminar Series, sponsored by CFOS. Aguilar-Islas’ presentation in Fairbanks will be in 201 O’Neill Building. Streaming is available in Juneau at 101 Lena Point Fisheries Facility. To participate via Pexip, a web-based meeting platform, contact Christina Sutton at clsutton3@alaska.edu or 907-474-5840. The full spring seminar schedule can be... read more
February 20, 2018
The University of Alaska Fairbanks has launched a new business incubator aimed at helping university scientists and inventors move their ideas from the laboratory into the private sector. The UAF Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship will augment existing public and private sector services to convert university inventions and intellectual property from concepts into fledgling businesses. “There are lots of ways a university can benefit the state,” said Gwen Holdmann, director of the UAF Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization, which will oversee the new center. “One of those ways is to push that intellectual property into the private sector.” UAF has worked for many years to commercialize research... read more
February 9, 2018

David Holen

An Alaska Sea Grant specialist will talk about building resilience to the effects of climate change in Alaska’s coastal communities during a seminar from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Davin Holen, a coastal community resilience specialist, will present the third talk in the 2018 Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Seminar Series, sponsored by the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Holen’s presentation in Fairbanks will be in 201 O’Neill Building. Streaming is available in Juneau at 101 Lena Point Fisheries Facility. To participate via Pexip, a web-based meeting platform, contact Christina Sutton at clsutton3@alaska.edu or 907-474-5840. The full spring seminar schedule can be found here.
February 7, 2018
Would you like to know when all the cool science events are happening at UAF? When you’re putting on a cool science event would you like help getting that information out? The UAF science calendar posts information on science lectures, seminars, workshops, thesis/dissertation defenses, special events and other UAF science-related activities. You can subscribe to the calendar at www.cgc.uaf.edu/calendar.html by clicking on the link at the bottom right or by typing UAF-SciCal@alaska.edu into the “Add a coworker’s calendar” box in your UA Google Apps calendar. Submit calendar items to UAF-SciCal@alaska.edu. Please include the name of the event, the sponsoring unit, name and affiliation of the presenter, location, date, start and end times,... read more
February 6, 2018

<i>Photo by Mark Teckenbrock<i><br /> The research vessel Sikuliaq navigates through Arctic ice in summer 2016. The ship, which is owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, has joined the Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks and the research vessel Sikuliaq will join 13 other partners from Europe and Canada in the newly formed Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium. The new international collaboration among icebreaker vessel operators supports planning and implementation of Arctic research cruises. UAF operates the Sikuliaq, which is owned by the National Science Foundation. “Our role as a key partner in ARICE raises the international visibility of Sikuliaq and brings new resources to support our ship operations,” said Bradley Moran, dean of the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. “A priority of this program is to enhance international scientific collaboration in the Arctic Ocean and adjacent seas, and in that regard... read more
February 5, 2018

<i>Photos courtesy of Andy Seitz</i><br /> Members of Andy Seitz's lab at the University of Alaska Fairbanks work on projects in the field.

A University of Alaska Fairbanks fisheries researcher will review his lab’s research into chinook salmon, tiger sharks and halibut during a seminar from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, on the Fairbanks campus. College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences professor Andy Seitz will present the second talk in the 2018 Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Seminar Series, sponsored by CFOS. Seitz’s presentation in Fairbanks will be in 201 O’Neill Building. Streaming is available in Juneau at 101 Lena Point Fisheries Facility. To participate via Pexip, a web-based meeting platform, contact Christina Sutton at clsutton3@alaska.edu or 907-474-5840. The full spring seminar schedule can be found here.
January 31, 2018

A new network of experts from across the state will work to help Alaska communities better understand and mitigate the effects of harmful blooms of algae, including the toxins they produce and the potential health risks to humans and animals. Partners in the Alaska Harmful Algal Bloom Network aim to improve public awareness, research, monitoring and responses statewide. Harmful algal blooms are caused by certain phytoplankton that produce toxins. The blooms can poison humans, fish, seabirds and wildlife that consume toxic shellfish. Alaska has had four human fatalities and 123 reported cases of paralytic shellfish poisoning since 1993, all linked to wild shellfish. Recent die-offs of marine mammals also may be linked to harmful algal... read more
January 30, 2018

The annual volume of water from melting glaciers has begun to drop in almost half the 56 large river basins investigated in a recent study, a trend that the authors say will expand to other basins and affect water supplies across the globe. Research conducted by Regine Hock of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute and Matthias Huss of ETH Zürich in Switzerland  projected changes in glacial runoff for the 56 basins through the year 2100. As glaciers around the world melt, they first provide more water to their river basins. But as the glaciers become smaller and smaller, the glacier runoff decreases. The 56 large glaciated basins studied by Hock and Huss cover more than a quarter of the Earth’s land surface and are... read more
January 29, 2018

A fish biologist will discuss Yukon River chinook salmon spawning areas at a seminar from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Randy Brown, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Fairbanks, will present the first talk in the 2018 Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Seminar Series. The UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences sponsors the series. Brown’s presentation in Fairbanks will be in 201 O’Neill Building. Streaming is available in Juneau at 101 Lena Point Fisheries Facility. To participate via Pexip, a web-based meeting platform, contact Christina Sutton at clsutton3@alaska.edu or 907-474-5840. The full spring seminar schedule can be found here. 20180131
January 25, 2018

The 2018 Science for Alaska Lecture Series will offer free public talks about current research each Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Raven Landing Center in Fairbanks, starting Jan. 30. Subjects will include Alaska’s weather history, the Arctic’s recent colonization by beavers, the rapid return of life after the Chicxulub asteroid impact and more. The series, organized by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, brings scientific research to communities throughout the state. The lectures are recorded and posted online. This year’s talks are: Jan. 30: “Tundra be dammed: Beaver colonization of the Arctic,” by Ken Tape, UAF. Feb. 6: “Continuity and change: A century of Alaska weather and climate,” by Rick Thoman, National Weather... read more
January 23, 2018

Alaska Sea Grant has selected six research projects for funding during 2018-2020, with the majority of the work getting underway next month. The researchers will receive $1.3 million to study a diverse range of topics intended to help Alaskans understand, conserve and sustainably use the state’s rich marine and coastal resources. The research will advance knowledge in Sea Grant’s main focus areas: healthy coastal ecosystems, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, and resilient communities and economies. Six graduate students are involved, contributing to the next generation of science professionals in Alaska. “We received 47 pre-proposals and 18 full proposals. The six that we funded ranked highest in a rigorous peer-review process and... read more
January 22, 2018

Lawrence Duffy

The search committee for the interim dean of the College of Natural Science and Math announces that three candidates have been chosen to give a public, universitywide lecture as part of the selection process. Individual presentations by Lawrence Duffy, Karsten Hueffer and Anupma Prakash will focus their vision for CNSM. Each session will be 30-45 minutes long, with questions following. The audience will then have a chance to give written input on each candidate. We strongly encourage faculty, staff and students to attend these presentations. Friday, Jan. 26, 2-3:30 p.m. Lawrence Duffy Reichardt 201 Pearl Boyd Lecture Hall Monday, Jan. 29, 2-3:30 p.m. Anupma Prakash Reichardt 201 Pearl Boyd Lecture Hall Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2-3:30 p.m.... read more
January 19, 2018

The Alaska Summer Research Academy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will accept applications from Feb. 1 to April 15 for its middle and high school programs. The academy will be held each day from July 23-Aug. 3, 2018. Students accepted into the summer program will spend two weeks with a small group and two instructors exploring a topic in science, engineering, math or technology. The program is offered through the UAF College of Natural Science and Mathematics. The middle school program is for students who will be in grades six to eight in the fall of 2018. The high school program is for students who will be in grades nine to 12 in fall 2018. Financial aid may be available for qualified students. There are five middle school modules... read more
January 19, 2018

The secret to knowing when wild berries will ripen each summer and fall may be hidden under the previous winter’s snow, researchers suspect. They’re asking for help in uncovering that secret. The key may be in how much berry flower buds develop before winter arrives. So researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and University of Connecticut want volunteers throughout Alaska to send them frozen lowbush cranberry buds. UConn researchers will dissect the berries under a scanning electron microscope to determine how far along the buds developed before going dormant. The team includes Christa Mulder of the UAF Institute of Arctic Biology, Katie Spellman of the UAF International Arctic Research Center and Pam Diggle of UConn. Around... read more