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 second 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 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

Seed Grant Workshop video

On August 20 we held  our Seed Grants Methods and Approaches Workshop, which included information on the application process and discussion by project leads about which types of projects will fit best within Fire & Ice research. A recording of the event is now available online.

Coastal Margins video

Check out this great video of our Coastal Margins research, put together by Data Visualization Specialist Naomi Hutchquist. It's a thorough overview of our research on the Gulf of Alaska, replete with interviews across the project and some stunning footage (from underwater to drone.) 

2021 Seed Grant applications

Alaska NSF EPSCoR is pleased to announce the availability of seed grants for UA faculty and students to conduct research with the potential to expand the depth and breadth of Fire & Ice efforts. 2021 seed grants will be awarded in two categories: Faculty Research Seed Grants of up to $20,000 each, and Student Research Seed Grants of up to $4,000 each.

For more information see our award announcement or review our Seed Grants Methods and Approaches Workshop (see above). Application materials are available on our awards page. The deadline for 2021 awards is 5 PM AKST on October 12, 2020, and awards will be announced by October 30.


Solstice Game Jam winners
Our panel of judges have chosen winners for our Solstice Game Jam. Congratulations to the makers of first-place winner "Extended Care Unit Room 19B," second-place winner "Climatic," and third-place winner "Alaska DataQuest," which also took home the Fire & Ice theme award. Thanks to everyone who participated or volunteered. The games are all playable or downloadable from this link.
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. Videos include Exploring the Projects Tab; Help documents and feedback; How to manage users; The EPSCoR metadata template; and Using metadata templates.

EPSCoR videos and highlights

HyspexWe've been busy producing videos and PDF highlights about the Fire and Ice project. Recent videos include an overview of the "Girls on Water" program; an absorbing animated introduction to hyperspectral remote sensing (source of the image above); a 360-degree video tour of the Kasitsna Bay Lab; a sampler of some of our drone footage of this summer's fieldwork; and timelapse video of Grewingk Glacier Lake and the Jakalof River produced by our Coastal Margins "Stream Team."

We've also produced our first set of PDF highlights from the Fire and ice project.

September newsletter

Our September newsletter is available online, featuring an article about how our Coastal Margins researchers are coping with COVID-19, a personnel update from Pips Veazey, and opportunities and announcements.

New faculty hire

GlassWe're pleased to announce that Dr. Jessica 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. Her research interests are biological and physical drivers of evolution and sustainable management practices of commercially and recreationally important marine fishes. 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. Glass is the second faculty hire in the Fire & Ice project, following Gwenn Hennon, also with CFOS.

Coastal Margins postdoc

The EPSCoR Coastal Margins team is hiring a postdoc in Nearshore Marine Ecology. Responsibilities of the Juneau-based position include developing original research related to Coastal Margins objectives; integrating datasets across study sites of Lynn Canal and Kachemak Bay; and helping coordinate a field team to conduct ecological sampling at estuary sites along the Juneau road system.

Hammer time!

hammer timeWe put a hammer through the wringer in a new video to demonstrate some of the capabilities of the EPSCoR Dev Space facility. Check it out!

 "Phase 0" awardee receives further funding

Stephen Grabacki, who earlier this year received $5,000 in “Phase 0” grant funding from the Alaska Technology Research and Development Center (Alaska TREND), has now received $100,000 in "Phase 1" funding from the USDA. 

The initial TREND award enabled Grabacki to apply for the USDA funding, which will enable Grabacki and his company, GRAYSTAR Pacific Seafood, Ltd., to develop a business to produce and sell Deep Ocean Water (DOW) as a nutraceutical beverage in one or more coastal Alaska communities. DOW is seawater obtained at ocean depths of 250-1,500 meters; it has a low temperature, high purity, and high concentrations of beneficial mineral nutrients.

Logo GIFs

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Our Data Visualization Specialist Cassidy Phillips turned the Fire and Ice and Alaska EPSCoR logos into a pair of great GIFs. Feel free to download. He also made a GIF of the logos for Vis and Dev Space.