Welcome to Alaska NSF EPSCoR


Alaska NSF EPSCoR improves Alaska's scientific capacity by engaging in research projects supported through National Science Foundation and state funds. EPSCoR is in the third year of "Fire and Ice," a five-year project to study climate-driven changes to Alaskan wildfire regimes and coastal ecosystems. For more information check out our brochure and one-page summaries of each component of the program: Boreal Fires; Coastal Margins; and Diversity, Education and Workforce Development. You can also view posters, presentations and publications from Fire and ice researchers.

The national NSF EPSCoR organization also supports Alaska through other funding streams. Check out this poster for more information on the timeline and structure of NSF EPSCoR in Alaska.


 EPSCoR news


All Hands Meeting and private funding presentations

All of the slideshows from the 2020 All-Hands meeting are now available as PDFs, and the Boreal Fires presentation is also viewable online.

In addition, the private funding workshop held at the beginning of the All-Hands Meeting is also viewable online through Dec. 11.

Track-2 solicitation

The NSF has released a solicitationfor proposals for NSF EPSCoR “Track-2” collaborative research projects. Proposals must include Co-PIs from at least two of the 28 EPSCoR states and territories, and must be on the topic of “Advancing research towards Industries of the Future to ensure economic growth for EPSCoR jurisdictions.” Letters of intent are due December 18 and full proposals due January 25, 2021. UAA researchers interested in applying should contact Dr. Aaron Dotson, UAS researchers Dr. Thomas Thornton and UAF researchers Dr. Nettie LaBelle-Hamer. UA researchers are also encouraged to serve as Co-PI’s on projects at other jurisdictions.

STEM success stories

HughesEPSCoR is showcasing the unique characteristics that Alaskans bring to STEM by sharing a series of interviews with former University of Alaska students in successful STEM careers. The first interviews are with UAA graduate Liz Dennett, who works for Amazon Web Services, and UAF graduate Thomas Hughes, an engineer for the Alaska DOT.

New videos and highlights

fireOur video production team has been busy! We have four new videos up on our YouTube page:

"Fire & Ice Project Overview" is a brief animated introduction to the Fire & Ice project.

"The McKinley Fire: Rebuilding and Lessons Learned" is an overview of the 2019 McKinley Fire, which burned a 10-mile long swath alongside the Parks Highway. The video has been nominated for a Learnie Award.

"Fire & Ice Coastal Margins Research" is a thorough overview of our research on the Gulf of Alaska.

"Dev Space Development Tools" puts a hammer through the wringer to demonstrate some of the capabilities of the Dev Space facility.


We've put together a list of presentations, posters and panels by EPSCoR researchers at this year's American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. In addition, ARCUS has put together a list of AGU presentations on Arctic Indigenous/Traditional Knowledge. This year's Fall Meeting will be entirely virtual and will run from  December 1-17.

Seed Grant recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s EPSCoR faculty and student seed grants. This year we awarded grants of up to $20,000 each to 5 UA faculty members, and grants of up to $4,000 each to 6 graduate students. Details are on our awards page.

New faculty hires

We're pleased to announce the hire of two Coastal Margins faculty members.

SchramJulie Schram has been hired as an Assistant Professor of Biology at UAS. Schram joins us from a postdoc position at the University of Oregon; she’s also been a postdoc at the University of Washington, and holds a Ph.D and M.S in Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a B.S. from Western Washington University. Schram will serve as a co-PI of the Fire & Ice project and play a major role in Coastal Margins research efforts in Lynn Canal.

GlassJessica Glass has accepted a position as an assistant professor in the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Jessica completed her B.S. and Ph.D at Yale University and her M.S. at UAF. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity; she'll be based at the Fairbanks campus and her start date is May 2021.

Program brochure

We've printed out a brochure for the Fire & Ice project. Hard copies are available on campus; email Tom Moran to arrange a pickup or dropoff.

Research Workspace videos

We've posted 17 videos on our YouTube channel that explain how to use various facets of the Research Workspace, the depository for Fire and Ice data.