Latest Research News and Events

February 14, 2019

<i>Photo courtesy of Franz Mueter</i>

A University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist will discuss fisheries management in the Arctic and sub-Arctic from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, on the Fairbanks campus. Franz Mueter, a fisheries professor at the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, will present the fourth talk in the spring 2019 Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Seminar Series sponsored by CFOS. Mueter’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.
February 13, 2019

Science for Alaska lecture series flyer

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Randi Jandt will present “Will Defrosting the ‘Icebox’ Lead to More Summer Wildfires in Alaska?” The talk is part of the 2019 Science for Alaska Lecture Series, sponsored by the Geophysical Institute and presented Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. at Raven Landing, 1222 Cowles Street. Other discussions will focus on Alaska’s future climate, unmanned aircraft and astronomy. Wildfires were in the news last fall — again. Have you wondered what drives large fire seasons and whether climate or humans are more to blame? Here’s an Alaska perspective on climatic and environmental changes we’ve observed so far and how they affect wildfire incidence, size, seasonality, effects, and severity. Since many environmental factors (temperature,... read more
February 12, 2019

<i>Photo by Lauren Frisch</i><br /> Deanna Klobucar, left, and Elizabeth Hinkle wade up Colorado Creek, which drains into the upper Chena River east of Fairbanks. They're using an electroshocker to collect fish samples.

University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists will study links between wildfires and the health of fish habitats in Interior Alaska watersheds. Wildfires are one of the main forms of natural disturbance to Alaska’s boreal forests. Over the past few decades, climate change has increased the frequency, severity and extent of wildfires in Interior Alaska. A research team from the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, led by Jeff Falke, wants to know what this means for the ability of ecosystems to recover from a wildfire. “Here in Interior Alaska, where human impacts are relatively low compared to the rest of the United States, we have a great opportunity to study how natural fire processes impact streams, habitats and fish,” Falke said.... read more
February 12, 2019

Joel Rowland

The International Arctic Research Center will host a guest lecture by Joel Rowland, from the Los Alamos National Lab, on the influence of permafrost on riverbank erosion and floodplain carbon flux to Arctic rivers. The talk will be held Thursday, Feb. 14, at 3 p.m. in Akasofu 401. Learn more here (PDF).
February 7, 2019

<i>Photo courtesy of Hajo Eicken</i><br /> Boaters scan an open lead from an ice floe, at left. The International Arctic Research Center, located on the West Ridge of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, at right, has a range of research projects focused on the Arctic.

A University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist will provide an overview of research activities at the International Arctic Research Center from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, on the Fairbanks campus. Hajo Eicken, director of IARC, will present the third talk in the spring 2019 Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Seminar Series sponsored by the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Eicken’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.
February 6, 2019

Science for Alaska Lecture Series graphic image

UAF associate professor of physics Mark Conde will present “Storms at the Edge of Space” as part of the 2019 Science for Alaska Lecture Series on Tuesday, Feb. 12.  The talks, sponsored by the Geophysical Institute, are presented weekly from 7-8 p.m. at Raven Landing, 1222 Cowles St., through March 5. Talks are free and open to the public. All ages are encouraged to attend. In February 2009, the communications satellite Iridium 33 collided at 26,000 mph with a defunct Soviet military spacecraft 500 miles above Siberia. The impact destroyed both and encircled the globe with debris. While a close encounter had been predicted, the risk of an actual collision was considered insignificant. Calculating such risks is difficult because satellites... read more
February 5, 2019

For over 30 years, the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences has operated the RV Little Dipper out of Seward to facilitate nearby coastal research. CFOS is now replacing Little Dipper with a newly commissioned coastal research vessel. We are soliciting input to name the new vessel. Please consider the following guidelines when submitting names for the new coastal research vessel: 1) The vessel name should relate to Alaska’s coastal ecosystems, the college’s mission, and/or the operational area in the Gulf of Alaska. 2) Names should be no more than 18 letters and spaces. 3) Inflammatory, negative or obscene names will be removed from consideration. All nominations should be submitted to dean@cfos.uaf.edu by Friday, Feb. 22.
January 28, 2019

Science for Alaska lecture series flyer

The Geophysical Institute presents the 2019 Science for Alaska Lecture Series. On Tuesday, Feb. 5, Martin Stuefer will present “Alaska climate prospects: Some like it hot.” The presentation will take place from 7-8 p.m. at the Raven Landing Center, 1222 Cowles Street, in Fairbanks. Climate change is evident in Alaska communities. Widespread impacts are happening along Alaska’s coast due to shrinking sea ice and erosion; thawing permafrost causes damage to roads, airports and structures; glaciers are melting; and wildfires are increasing. Rising ocean temperatures and ocean acidification impact fisheries. The Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment was released in November 2018 by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. The assessment... read more
January 25, 2019

<i>Photo by Erin Pettit</i><br>The first Girls in Icy Fjords team gathers for a photo in 2017.

Inspiring Girls Expeditions is now accepting applications for 2019 expeditions. Applications to join this summer’s tuition-free, no-experience-necessary wilderness science education programs must be started by Friday, Feb. 1. The expeditions are open to 16- and 17-year-old girls passionate about science, art or wilderness exploration. Alaska-based applicants are encouraged to apply, as are girls who may not otherwise receive such an opportunity. Participants are selected through a competitive process. The program is run through the College of Natural Science and Mathematics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Alaska expeditions will explore the Gulkana Glacier and kayak in Kachemak Bay or Resurrection Bay. Additional expeditions will... read more
January 24, 2019

Matt Wooller

Professor Matthew Wooller will present “Happiness 101,” his story about working to develop an online class, as part of the Water and Environmental Research Center seminar series. Wooller is a UAF CITE fellow, the chair of the Department of Marine Biology at the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and director of the Alaska Stable Isotope Facility. The presentation is at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Engineering Learning and Innovation Facility Room 241. The presentation will describe Wooller’s ongoing work developing “The Science and Practice of Happiness and Wellbeing,” an online class at UAF. It will include science about specific actions that will help promote happiness and wellbeing among the challenges and adventures of living and... read more
January 22, 2019
Syun-Ichi Akasofu will give a presentation on his research philosophy Thursday, Jan. 24, from 1-2 p.m. in Akasofu 401. “My research begins when I find observed facts which are inconsistent, contradictory or wrong in well-established theories,” he said. A professor emeritus of physics, Akasofu was the director of the Geophysical Institute from 1986 to 1999 and the founding director of the International Arctic Research Center from its establishment in 1998 until January 2007. For more information email Heather MacFarland at hrmcfarland@alaska.edu.
January 22, 2019

The Science for Alaska Lecture Series will feature a new topic at 7 p.m. each Tuesday from Jan. 29-March 5.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute will host free public talks about topics ranging from Fairbanks’ air quality to climate change and space weather. The 2019 Science for Alaska Lecture Series begins Tuesday, Jan. 29. Talks start at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Raven Landing Center through March 5. For 27 years, the Geophysical Institute has hosted the lecture series as one of their largest public outreach efforts. The series brings current scientific research to Alaskans in an event that pools knowledge from scientists with expertise across the state. Lectures are offered live in Fairbanks and online, as well as on DVDs that are accessible through the Alaska library system. The 2019 lectures and dates are: Jan. 29: “The... read more
January 18, 2019

<i>Photos courtesy of Kristen Gorman</i><br>UAF researcher Kristen Gorman will discuss how many high-latitude species, such as these, respond to environmental variability.

A University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist will discuss how high-latitude marine predators respond to environmental variability from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, on the Fairbanks campus. Kristen Gorman, a research professor at the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, will present the first talk in the spring 2019 Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Seminar Series sponsored by CFOS. Gorman’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.
January 18, 2019
Unmanned aircraft will soon be deployed to test the feasibility of delivering emergency medical supplies across Alaska as a part of a national initiative from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the White House. The Federal Aviation Administration and DOT expanded the scope of the Alaska Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program’s efforts to include medical supply delivery in remote regions due to the life-saving potential of these operations across Alaska, with an initial test across Turnagain Arm fjord south of Anchorage. K2 Dronotics, Unmanned Systems Alaska LLC and the University of Alaska Fairbanks plan to conduct the first flights early in 2019. Unmanned Systems Alaska, in conjunction with Battlespace Inc. and UAF, is... read more