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.

Decision Theater North website

Alaska EPSCoR's Decision Theater North visualization facility now has a separate website. Check it out!

Alaska Native Engagement Grants

Alaska EPSCoR is pleased to announce the recipients of its Alaska Native Engagement Grants. These $20,000 grants are awarded to UA faculty and affiliates with proposals to better engage Alaska Natives in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields:

  • Olivia Lee, UAF Institute of Social and Economic Research, will work with high school and community collaborators in Barrow to produce outreach materials to encourage discussion and exchange of information on sea ice change.
  • Carie Green, UAF Department of Education, will work with 60 children at the Unalakleet Elementary School to study how the children relate to and make meaning of their natural environment.
  • Dan Rinella, UAA Department of Biological Sciences, will work with the Kenai’tze Tribe to create a “Decision Library” that will include traditional Dena’ina language, knowledge, and place name maps as well as collected social-ecological EPSCoR research.
  • Charlene Stern and Jessica Black, UAF College of Rural and Community Development, will conduct interviews and focus groups with Gwich’in leaders to document adaptive capacity and perceptions of change.
  • Matthew Sturm, UAF Geophysical Institute, will create a Story Map, photo book and museum exhibit based on observations of local landscape change by Nuiqsut residents.  
  • Molly Tedesche, UAF College of Engineering and Mines, will examine receding Arctic snowfields and their effects on caribou, and will also conduct a science camp, public information meeting, and a citizen science workshop, all in the village of Anaktuvuk Pass.
  • Shannon Atkinson, UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, will continue and expand the DEM BONES project, which uses the articulation of marine mammal skeletons as a teaching tool for high school students.

Kenai Peninsula lifestyle and opinions survey

Southcentral Test Case researchers have created a nifty interactive website to explore results of their 2014 survey of Kenai Peninsula residents. Check it out and explore the views of Peninsula residents on the environment, recration, fisheries, and their values.

"From Icefield to Ocean" poster

The Southeast Test Case's award-winning "From Icefield to Ocean" poster is now available on this site. The test case has provided the poster to tour guides throughout Juneau for use as an educational tool. It's also the centerpiece of the "From Icefield to Ocean" pamphlet that is also being provided to tour guides and provides a good overview of the test case's mission. The pamphlet is also available on Issuu.

New EPSCoR videos and PDFs online

Still from Northern Test Case video

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:

We've also just posted six new PDF's detailing Alaska EPSCoR outreach efforts on our Highlights page, including items 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. 

Program highlights



Letter from the PI

The August Letter from the Principal Investigator is now available. We've also archived all of the previous letters.

New Test Case Publications

Northern Test Case lead Gary Kofinas has published a mammoth report on sharing networks in Alaska Native villages entitled "Subsistence Sharing Networks and Cooperation: Kaktovik, Wainwright, and Venetie, Alaska" that directly ties to EPSCoR research.

Also, a large chunk of the Southcentral Test Case's stakeholder research methodology has been summarized in a new article by researcher Meagan Krupa, entitled "Who's who in the Kenai River Fishery SES: A streamlined method for stakeholder identification and investment analysis." The article is in the September edition of Marine Policy magazine.

Research Seed Grants

Congratulations to the following UA faculty teams, which have been awarded 2016 Seed Grants. The $30,000 grants fund innovative projects with the potential to create new lines of research connected to EPSCoR's test cases.

  • Sonia Nagorski, UAS Department of Natural Sciences, for “Black carbon deposition onto the Juneau Icefield,” connected to the Southeast Test Case.
  • Shannon Atkinson, UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, for “Changing glacial ice habitats and their impact on harbor seals in Southeast Alaska,” connected to the Southeast Test Case.
  • Jennifer Schmidt, UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research, for “Informed decision-making: Effects of management scenarios on sportfishing in the Kenai River,” connected to the Southcentral Test Case.
  • Peter Westley, UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, for “Rapid adaptation and the biological invasion of Northern pike (Esox Lucius) in Southcentral Alaska,” connected to the Southcentral Test Case.
  • Santosh Panda, UAF Geophysical Institute, for “Sixty-five years of Colville River dynamics and its impact on present river navigability near Nuiqsut, North Slope of Alaska,” connected to the Northern Test Case.
  • Nathan Kettle, Alaska Center for Climate Adaptation and Policy, for “Evaluating the North Slope Borough-Shell Baseline Studies Program,” connected to the Northern Test Case.
  • Nicole Misarti, UAF Water and Engineering Research Center, for “Investigating the resilience of an important subsistence resource, the Pacific walrus, to changing climates,” connected to the Northern Test Case.
  • Vladimir Alexeev, UAF International Arctic Research Center, for “Large-scale controls of hydrometeorologic conditions on the North Slope,” connected to the Northern Test Case.
  • Peter Bieniek, UAF International Arctic Research Center, for "Climate drivers of Alaska summer stream temperatures," connected to the Coordination, Integration and Synthesis (CIS) Group.
  • Peter Webley, UAF Geophysical Institute, for “Building tabletop exercises for airborne hazards: Volcanic eruptions and wildfires,” connected to the CIS Group.
  • Jordi Cristobal Rossello, UAF Geophysical Institute, for “Surface temperature retrieval for the Kenai Peninsula from 1984 to 2011 in support of salmon habitat modeling and integrated SES studies in the ACE test case areas,” connected to the CIS Group.

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.

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."

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

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