Understanding the response of Alaska's ecosystems to a changing climate to support resource managers and sustainable communities

 

The Special Issue: Translational ecology for December 2017 is now available online

AK CASC researcher Jeremy Littell contributed to:

The Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is offering a Ph.D. graduate research assistanship in stream fish ecology and a postdoctoral researcher position in freshwater ecology and habitat modeling. 

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship in Stream Fish Ecology

University of Alaska Fairbanks – Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

The Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative is pleased to announce the Alaska-Canada Boreal Science and Management Research Tool.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) was awarded a new 5-year cooperative agreement to host the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC) through 2022. UAF has served as the host institution for the Alaska CASC since its inception in 2010, with the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) as a consortium partner. In this new agreement, the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) has joined the Alaska CASC as a consortium partner to increase the capacity of climate science research in Alaska.

AK CASC's Alumna Fellow Yekaterina (Katia) Kontar has recently accepted a postdoctoral postion at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Katia's research has focused on mitigating and adjusting to the risks that natural disasters pose to Arctic and Subarctic communities.

Berries are extremely important to human and wildlife communities in Alaska, and in some locations abundance has decreased significantly in recent years.

Program manager of the Climate and Cryosphere Hazards Program (CCHP) at the Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS) Gabriel Wolken has been appointed as an Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (AK CASC) assistant research professor.

Wolken’s joint appointment marks the beginning of a partnership between CCHP and AK CASC that will further advance shared objectives through co-production on key issues that are high priority for Alaska.

Feb 28 2017

As part of the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center Webinar Series, the AK CASC EcoDrought Webinar will be on Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Location: 
Online
Date: 
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 11:00am to 01:00pm AKST
Modeling hydrological processes in the Alaskan sub-arctic is challenging because of the extreme spatial heterogeneity in soil properties and vegetation communities. However, modeling and predicting hydrological processes is critical in this region due to its vulnerability to the effects of climate change. Coarse spatial resolution datasets used in land surface modeling poised a new challenge in simulating the spatially distributed and basin integrated processes since these datasets do not adequately represent the small-scale hydrologic, thermal and ecological heterogeneity.

Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center’s (AK CASC) graduate fellow Joanna Young along with seventy-five other women were given the opportunity to travel where very few have on the three-week Homeward Bound expedition to Antarctica. 

“The trip itself was just stunning,” explains Young. “It’s an incredibly remote, isolated, and beautiful landscape.” 

Antarctica may seem desolate, but Young was surprised to witness so much life. 

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Amy Macpherson joins us as the SNAP and AK CASC Data Manager and Analyst.

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Research Highlight

Eran Hood is an Associate Professor at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) where he teaches undergraduate courses in environmental science, hydrology, and biogeochemistry. We talked about some of his projects and the upcoming field season.

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