Latest Research News and Events

April 13, 2018

Anne Salomon

A Simon Fraser University researcher will talk about tipping points in systems that connect humans with the ocean from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. Anne Salomon will present the 11th talk in the 2018 Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Seminar Series sponsored by the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Salomon’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 schedule can be found here.
April 9, 2018

<i>Photo by Jonny Armstrong</i><br /> A father and daughter observe sockeye salmon in the Bristol Bay region.

A new international Salmon Science Network recently launched an online portal to help improve access to salmon research and tackle emerging challenges in salmon conservation. The network, led by researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Washington and Simon Fraser University, was established in 2016 to enhance communication and access to research that is relevant to the conservation and management of salmon across the North Pacific Ocean. This is being accomplished by connecting the broader community of salmon researchers working on all aspects of salmon conservation and management. “The challenges facing salmon in the 21st century are complex. This demands creative solutions informed by the best available science... read more
April 6, 2018

A University of Alaska Anchorage scientist will talk about thermal riverscapes and conservation of freshwater resources from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. The Alaska Center for Conservation Science’s Leslie Jones will present the 10th talk in the 2018 Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Seminar Series sponsored by the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Jones’ 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 schedule can be... read more
March 30, 2018

A University of Alaska Fairbanks fisheries scientist will review how temperature affects the Gulf of Alaska ecosystem from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, on the Fairbanks campus. Mike Litzow, a temporary research faculty member at the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, will present the ninth talk in the 2018 Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Seminar Series sponsored by CFOS. Litzow’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 schedule can be found here.
March 27, 2018
Tribal organizations and mental health practitioners from across Alaska will meet with university researchers to discuss culturally relevant strategies to prevent suicides April 3-4 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The event is expected to draw more than 100 people from across Alaska. The first Statewide Gathering to Celebrate and Support Community Strengths will be hosted by UAF’s Alaska Native Collaborative Hub for Research on Resilience. “This gathering brings together agencies and individuals who are promoting positive change and well-being for all Alaskans,” said Carol Murphrey, ANCHRR’s outreach coordinator. “Through sharing our stories of strength and success, we can learn from each other what culturally relevant strategies... read more
March 26, 2018

Controlling greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades could substantially reduce the consequences of carbon releases from thawing permafrost during the next 300 years, according to a new paper published this week in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences. Conversely, climate policy that results in little or no effort to control greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide would likely result in a substantial release of carbon from the permafrost region by 2300, the study found. A. David McGuire, U.S. Geological Survey senior scientist and climate system modeling expert with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Institute of Arctic Biology, is lead author of the paper. Several other UAF researchers, along with scientists from about two... read more
March 23, 2018

<i>Photo courtesy of Scott Heppell</i><br /> Scott Heppell visits Cape Perpetua on the Oregon coast during an outreach trip with Oregon Sea Grant.

An Oregon State University researcher will talk about climate change and predator persistence in the eastern Bering Sea from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. OSU’s Scott Heppell will present the eighth talk in the 2018 Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Seminar Series sponsored by the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. This lecture is also part of the Frank and Marjorie Meek Seminars in Fisheries, which brings visiting scholars to UAF to spend a week or two discussing fisheries topics with students and the public. Heppell’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-... read more
March 22, 2018

<i>Photo courtesy IARC</i><br>Participants in the 2017 Climate Change and My Community course gather in front of the Akasofu Building, home of the International Arctic Research Center, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Alaska educators can learn how to help students work on climate change issues during a course offered June 18-22, 2018, through the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Applications for the course, Climate Change and My Community, are due by April 16. The course is open to formal and informal Alaska educators and community members. Participants will explore local ways of knowing and observing climate change through community elders, satellites and personal observations. They’ll apply methods used worldwide in the Global Observations and Learning to Benefit the Environment program, also known as GLOBE. During the course and the following year, participants and their students will collaborate with University of Alaska and NASA scientists. One... read more
March 22, 2018

<i>Photo by Jason Ching</i><br /> Sockeye salmon swim near a spawning location.

New research involving a University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist suggests that social behavior of salmon and other fish is an important puzzle piece that has been missing from fisheries conservation. Collective movement, which is the study of why and how animals move in groups, can explain many aspects of fish behavior. It may influence when juvenile salmon head out to the ocean or how fish travel in schools. But many of the concepts behind collective movement are not well understood. UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences professor Peter Westley is part of an international team of scientists that has been working to consolidate information on the topic and explore the implications of collective movement on the ecology, evolution... read more
March 21, 2018

<i>Geophysical Institute photo by LJ Evans</i><br /> Greg Shipman of the Geophysical Institute holds 3-D printed, one-third scale models of the broken (left) and unbroken femurs of a 12-year-old boy. The GI Machine Shop made the models for Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

“I never know what’s going to walk through that door,” said Greg Shipman, the shop manager of the Geophysical Institute’s Machine Shop. It’s not an understatement. Early last year, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital called, asking if the machinists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks shop could make a 3-D print of a broken bone by using MRI scans of a 12-year-old boy’s leg. Hospital staff said looking at the broken bone with conventional X-rays didn’t give the surgeon enough precision. Shipman agreed to the project, since it would give his crew experience using a new data source with the shop’s 3-D printers. “We were trying to determine if there was a subtle alignment problem with the broken femur,” said Keir Fowler, a radiologist at FMH. “... read more
March 14, 2018

<i>Photo courtesy of Katrin Iken</i><br /> Katrin Iken and her team deploy a remotely operated vehicle during the summer 2016 Chukchi Borderlands cruise.

Two University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers will discuss a recent exploratory cruise to the Chukchi Borderland undersea region from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, on the Fairbanks campus. College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences professors Katrin Iken and Russ Hopcroft will present the seventh talk in the 2018 Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Seminar Series sponsored by CFOS. The Chukchi Borderland, located about 600 miles north of the Bering Strait, is an area of underwater ridges and plateaus where waters from the Pacific and Atlantic oceans meet. The 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... read more
March 13, 2018

<i>Photo by Nic Gough</i><br /> Soft specimens in the invertebrate collection, such as these sea snail eggs, are preserved in jars. Labels record the specimens' names, as well as the dates and locations they were collected.

Download text and photo captions here. A few years ago, finding a sample in the University of Alaska Museum of the North invertebrate collection was like searching for a book in an unorganized library. The shelves of the museum’s collection rooms were bursting with thousands of large and small jars of formaldehyde-soaked creatures and their shells from all over Alaska, but there was no way to locate specific samples. Now, thanks to a dedicated research team from the museum and the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, that collection is organized and available for researchers around the world to explore and use. The museum has been building its marine invertebrate collection since the 1960s. But without... read more
March 5, 2018

A University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher will talk about different types of climate data, and describe the pros and cons of downscaling the data, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, on the Fairbanks campus. The International Arctic Research Center’s Peter Bieniek will present the sixth talk in the 2018 Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Seminar Series, sponsored by the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Bieniek’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
March 2, 2018

<i>Photo by Brooke Wright</i><br /> Salmon dry on a rack before being moved to a smokehouse along the Yukon River near Rampart, Alaska.

A new center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences will identify salmon-related issues in the state and work to develop solutions. “There are a lot of people at the university who are really interested in salmon and the importance of salmon to Alaska’s people and communities,” said Milo Adkison, a CFOS researcher and director of the new University of Alaska Center for Salmon and Society. “We wanted to create a framework for the university to address these issues in a more coordinated fashion.” The center’s three primary goals are engagement, research and education. To engage the public in salmon issues, the center will strive to raise awareness of issues facing salmon and will offer opportunities... read more
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