Welcome to Alaska EPSCoR
Alaska EPSCoR improves Alaska's scientific capacity by engaging in research projects supported through National Science Foundation and state funds. The organization is engaged in a five-year project entitled "Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments," which examines the mechanisms by which communities adapt to environmental and social change. For more information please visit our Program Structure section or see the project's Strategic Plan, Midcourse Report or newsletters. Alaska EPSCoR also administers "The Modern Blanket Toss," a three-year educational project to excite high school students about science through experiments with unmanned aerial vehicles.
Northern Test Case looking for postdoc
Alaska EPSCoR's Northern Test Case is looking for a postdoctoral research fellow for a one-year appointment to focus on integration and synthesis of project findings. Their major effort will involve contributing to academic publications and engaging stakeholders at UAF's Decision Theater North visualization facility to discuss the implications of study results.
The postdoc will be based at the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus and employed for a one-year period. Start date is negotiable, but work should commence by June 2016.
If you have questions please contact Gary Kofinas. For more details on the position and how to apply see: www.uakjobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=88815.
New EPSCoR videos and PDFs online
EPSCoR partially funded a new video, "Conversations about Environmental Change in Southeast Alaska," documenting local observations of change in six Southeast communities.
In addition, we've put new videos up on our YouTube site:
- "Decision Theater North construction" is a fast time-lapse trip through the conversion of a conference room into our new decision theater.
- "Studying Humpback Whales and Tour Vessels" is an overview of a project by EPSCoR-affiliated faculty Heisi Pearson to monitor interactions between whales and whale-watching boats near Juneau.
- "The Northern Test Case: Impacts of Change on Alaska's North Slope" introduces the work EPSCoR is doing in and around the Arctic village of Nuiqsut.
- "The Suicide Basin Outburst Flood Project" discusses Eran Hood's research into potential flooding from a basin above Juneau's Mendenhall Glacier.
- "The Arctic Adaptation Exchange" is an animation that explains the international data portal EPSCoR is hosting for the Arctic Council.
- "The Effects of Spawning Salmon on Stream Ecosystems" describes Eran Hood and Sonia Nagorski's research into the effects of spawning salmon on streams' levels of dissolved oxygen and contaminants.
- "Tracking Yellow Cedar Decline" details Brian Buma's efforts to document yellow cedar's shrinking extent in Southeast Alaska.
We've also just posted six new PDF's detailing Alaska EPSCoR outreach efforts on our Highlights page, including iteams on our EOD component, Adventure Learning workshop, Nuiqsut MapTEACH program, Southeast Test Case stakeholder workshop, Kachemak Bay Research Reserve Discovery Days, and Interior Alaska Hackathon.
RAP Internship Recipients
Congratulations to the recipients of EPSCoR's 2016 UAF Resilience and Adaptation Program internships. These five PhD students get $4,000 each to support their summer research efforts:
- Biosciences student Casey Brown will continue study into the effects of fire on moose harvests near Delta Junction.
- Anthropology student Odin Miller will work with the Midnite Sun Reindeer Ranch and members of the Nome Eskimo Community with the goal of understanding how redeveloping reindeer herding around Nome could impact local food systems.
- Anthropology student Emilie Springer will undertake a variety of writing and outreach projects in conjunction with her thesis, a nonfiction exploration of the Cordova fishery based on oral histories.
- Natural Resources Management student Stefan Tangen will partner with the village of Shaktoolik's planning committee on a project related to its climate adaptation plan.
- Engineering student Molly Tedesche will continue research on how receding snowfields are impacting caribou in Gates of the Arctic National Park.
Major publications from Northern Test Case
A pair of publications by Northern Test Case researchers have been making headlines over the last month.
In April, Ken Tape, an Assistant Professor with the UAF Water and Environmental Research Center (WERC), was lead author on "Range Expansion of Moose in Arctic Alaska Linked to Warming and Increased Shrub Habitat" in the journal PloS One. The article was covered by BBC News, among others.
In March, Anna Liljedahl, a Research Assistant Professor with WERC, was lead author on "Pan-Arctic ice-wedge degradation in warming permafrost and its influence on tundra hydrology" in the journal Nature Geoscience. Read coverage in the Washington Post.
"Letters from the PI" now available online
For the past year, Alaska EPSCoR Principal Investigator Anupma Prakash has been sending out regular updates on EPSCOR progress via our listserv. Those letters are now archived online as PDFs.
Midnight Sun Science Symposium
Congratulations to the winners at the 2016 Midnight Sun Science Symposium, put on by the UAF Biology Graduate Student Association. EPSCoR contributed prize money to the event, enabling the winners to walk off with $100 to $300 each for their efforts.
- Best oral presentations: Don Larson, Alex Wenninger and Audrey Mutschlencer
- Best poster presentations: Janelle Badger and Malabika Maulik
- Best overall undergraduate: Viktorija Podlutskaya
- People's choice awards: Logan Mullen and Krysta Yancey
For more information
For more information on Alaska NSF EPSCoR, please see the below documents:
The Strategic Plan outlines Alaska EPSCoR's goals and methods for its current research project, which runs from 2012-17.
The Midcourse Report highlights the accomplishments and impacts of the first three years of the current research project.
The Alaska Science and Technology Plan, which prioritizes the state's S&T activities, was crafted with extensive EPSCoR input. The plan was written by the Alaska State Committee for Research, a panel of academic, political and business leaders charged with overseeing EPSCoR and advising on the state's research enterprise.
EPSCoR acknowledgement and logos
By our grant terms, any person receiving benefit from Alaska EPSCoR must acknowledge it in any publications, presentations, websites, newsletters, dissertations, theses, etc.
Please use the following language: "Acknowledgement to (or "Support from") Alaska EPSCoR NSF award #OIA-1208927 and the state of Alaska."