Welcome to Alaska NSF 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 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. We've also created a small poster that tracks the timeline and structure of NSF EPSCoR in Alaska. If you're looking for project data or related data please visit our data portal. Alaska EPSCoR also helps to administer "Teaching Through Technologies," a three-year educational project to excite high school students about science through experiments with unmanned aerial vehicles, 3-D printers and codeable digital devices. EPSCoR has also submitted a proposal to the NSF for "Fire and Ice," a five-year project to study changes to Alaskan wildfire regimes and coastal ecosystems.
Northern Test Case presentations available
On April 9-10, 2018, a group of Alaska NSF EPSCoR Northern Test Case researchers traveled to the village of Nuiqsut to discuss research findings with local residents. Eight presentations from that meeting are now available as PDFs. We've also posted PDFs of three more presentations from an earlier meeting, held in Fairbanks June 5-6, 2017.
Buma making news for adventurous Glacier Bay research
Southeast Test Case faculty (and Alaska NSF EPSCoR faculty hire) Brian Buma has garnered a lot of attention for his work in summer 2016 and '17 rediscovering the long-lost research plots of William Cooper, one of the founding fathers of ecology in the United States, to help track glacial succession and landscape change in the temperate rainforest. With funding from the National Geographic Society, Buma combed through archival data, old field notebooks, hand-drawn sketch maps from 1916, photographs from the 20’s and 30’s, and modern satellite imagery to identify rough plot locations, then led a team of four researchers into Glacier Bay armed with kayaks and a metal detector to locate the plots and reignite what is now believed to be the longest primary succession plot network in the world. Buma's work made the cover of Ecology and has been featured in National Geographic online, Atlas Obscura, a number of newspapers, KTOO, and NPR's Here and Now. More information and succession photos are also available on Buma's website.
EPSCoR videos and PDFs
Still from Stakeholder Engagement video
Alaska EPSCoR's YouTube site includes links to multiple new videos. First is a video about stakeholder engagement activities in all three test cases. Next is a virtual flyover of the Kenai Peninsula, including imagery from the 1950's, 1980's and the present, put together by EPSCoR faculty Frank Witmer and UAA Planetarium head Omega Smith. We also now host sound signatures of planes flying over the North Slope, courtesy of a Northern Test Case research project by UAF MS student Taylor Stinchcomb.
We have also published a number of new PDF highlights about EPSCoR research and outreach on this site. Subjects include research by Todd Brinkman and Ben Meyer, stakeholder engagement efforts by the Southeast, Southcentral and Northern test cases, DTN and DTN Mapathons, Geographic Information Network of Alaska intern Roberta Glenn, and the Teaching Through Technologies project.
Green, Aggarwal receive NSF CAREER awards
Two EPSCoR-affiliated faculty have recently received prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER awards.
UAF Assistant Professor of Graduate Education Carie Green (pictured) will receive $591,600 from the NSF for a five-year project entitled “A longitudinal study of the emotional and behavioral processes of Environmental Identity Development among rural and non-rural Alaskan children.” Green's research into environmental identity development in young children was supported by EPSCoR, both through direct support of an "Engaging Young Children as Active Researchers" project on the UAF campus and an Alaska Native Engagement Grant to study EID in the village of Unalakleet.
UAF Assistant Professor of Engineering (and Alaska EPSCoR faculty hire) Srijan Aggarwal received $508,000 for his proposal, "Fundamental Investigation of Biofilm Mechanical Properties in Drinking Water Distribution Systems." Aggarwal will research how bacteria form biofilms inside of drinking water pipes, how strong these films are, and how easily they can become detached from the pipe surfaces. This research will be used to develop strategies to remove biofilms to help ensure safe drinking water supplies.
NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards recognize early-career faculty who have a strong potential to show leadership in their field by integrating education and research.
EPSCoR work featured in Fisheries journal
Alaska NSF EPSCoR work continues to grace the pages of Fisheries. EPSCoR researcher Jim Powell has an article in the January 2018 issue about fishery management in the Kenai River as a model for adaptive governance. It comes on the heels of a sweeping article that summarizes Southcentral Test Case research into the impacts of climate and landscape change on Southcentral salmon populations and in turn on fishing communities. The piece was written by EPSCoR postdoc Erik Schoen with input from 15 researchers from across the test case. A centerpiece of the article is a new poster-sized graphic entitled "Changes Facing Salmon Ecosystems." The research earned a writeup in the Peninsula Clarion newspaper.
In addition, UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences PhD student Jason Leppi made the cover of the June issue for his article about Broad Whitefish. And former EPSCoR grad student Jason McFarland was the subject of the magazine's April Photo Diary for his photogenic research into Arctic Grayling on the North Slope.
For more information
For more information on Alaska NSF EPSCoR, please visit the below links:
The Strategic Plan outlines Alaska EPSCoR's goals and methods for its current research project, which runs from 2012-18.
The Midcourse Report highlights the accomplishments and impacts of the first three years of the current research project.
This poster gives an overview of the history of NSF EPSCoR in Alaska.
The Alaska EPSCoR data portal gives access to datasets generated by or related to EPSCoR research.
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 Alaska EPSCoR and advising on the state's research enterprise.
EPSCoR acknowledgement and logos
By our grant terms, any person receiving benefit from Alaska NSF EPSCoR must acknowledge it in any publications, presentations, websites, newsletters, dissertations, theses, etc. that result from Alaska NSF EPSCoR support.
Please use the following language: "Acknowledgement to (or "Support from") Alaska EPSCoR NSF award #OIA-1208927 and the state of Alaska."