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 see the project's info sheet and Strategic Plan. 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.

Abstracts being accepted for WAISC

The 2015 Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference is now accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations and for workshops. The current deadline for submissions is February 2.

WAISC is an annual event that rotates among Western Alaska towns, bringing together researchers and local residents to learn from each other. The 2015 event will be hosted by the UAF Kuskokwim Campus and held at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel on April 15-17; the theme will be "Networks: From Nature to Society." For more information about the conference email Rose Meier or call (907) 474-6935. 

Alaska EPSCoR will competitively award travel funding to the conference; for more information email Tara Borland or call (907) 474-5536.

Witmer is newest EPSCoR faculty hire

Alaska EPSCoR is pleased to announce its newest faculty hire. Frank Witmer has recently begun a position as an assistant professor in UAA’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering, where he will specialize in computational social science and assist the efforts of the EPSCoR CIS Group.

Witmer received his B.S. from Tufts University and his M.A. and Ph.D in Geography from the University  of Colorado, where his dissertation addressed “The Effects of War on Land-Use/Land-Cover Change: An Analysis of Landsat Imagery for Northeast Bosnia.” Prior to coming to UAA he worked as research associate  or assistant on a number of projects at the University of Colorado, many of which involved his chief research interest of human-environment geography, with an emphasis on quantifying how human activity affects environmental conditions at local and regional scales.

Witmer is the fifth faculty hire in Alaska EPSCoR’s current research project. He joins UAS Assistant Professor of Forest Ecosystem Ecology Brian Buma, UAF Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Srijan Aggarwal, UAF Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology Todd Brinkman, and UAF Assistant Professor of Social-Ecological Systems Sustainability Sarah Trainor.

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Hood research featured in Nature Geoscience

Eran Hood

Eran Hood, a researcher in Alaska EPSCoR's Southeast Test Case, is lead author of a new study that estimates the amount of carbon to be dumped into the world's oceans by glacial melt, which could have major effects on marine ecosystems.

Hood and his colleagues determined that by 2050, 48 million metric tons of organic carbon - 1.5 times the amount of annual carbon runoff from the Amazon River - will be dumped into the ocean through glacial melt. About a third of this will be attributable to a warming climate accelerating melting. This increase in carbon runoff has many potential impacts, from the accelerated acidification of nearshore waters to changes to marine food webs.

The research by Hood, a Associate Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Alaska Southeast, was published in the journal Nature Geoscience and also featured in the Alaska Dispatch.

New EPSCoR videos online

Jiake Zhou

We've put five new videos up on our YouTube site. The newest one highlights Jiake Zhou, a graduate student in the Northern Test Case who took a 3-week raft trip through the North Slope to gather data on shrubs and herbivores. Another video deals with the challenge of integrating data across EPSCoR's test cases, and a third details EPSCoR's project to build visualizations of salmon populations on the Kenai Peninsula.

Two more are about the Southcentral Test Case, which examines the adaptive capacity of communities on the Kenai Peninsula. One is a short introduction to the Test Case, the other an overview of the test case's annual meeting.

Alaska State Science and Technology Plan

The Alaska State Science and Technology Plan is now available for viewing and download.

The plan, which sets out the state's research priorities and policy goals, was prepared by the State Committee on Research with the aid of Alaska EPSCoR and was a key part of the current Alaska EPSCoR proposal to the National Science Foundation.


For more information

For more information on Alaska 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.

Members of the Alaska State Committee on Research provide oversight and direction to Alaska EPSCoR efforts. The committee oversaw the creation of the Alaska Science and Technology Plan, which prioritizes the state's S&T activities.

The 2014 External Evaluators' Report contains analysis and recommendations by EPSCoR external evaluators Julia Melkers and Eric Welch.

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."

EPSCoR logos for use in posters and other presentations are available here as EPS, JPEG and TIFF files.

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