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 Strategic Plan or our 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.

EPSCOR awards WAISC funding

Congratulations to the following people, who were awarded EPSCoR travel funding to attend the 2015 Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference. This year’s conference took place April 15-17 in Bethel.

  • Shannon Busby, graduate student, UAF
  • Doug Causey, faculty, UAA
  • Bonita Dainowski, graduate student, UAF
  • McKenna Hanson, undergraduate student, UAA
  • Nicole Misarti, faculty, UAF
  • Veronica Padula, grad student, UAF
  • Evan Sterling, graduate student, UAF
  • Andrew Thomason, undergraduate student, UAS

EPSCoR students in the news

Joanna Young

EPSCoR students have been making headlines.

First, EPSCoR grad student Joanna Young recently appeared on Canadian national TV. Young was interviewed as part of a CBC feature on Camille Seaman, a photographer documenting climate change in the world's polar regions. Young appears at about 7:50 of the clip discussing glaciers and climate change. Young was also interviewed by an Australian women's surfing and outdoors website for her work with the Girls on Ice program.

Meanwhile, Kristin Timm, who worked with the Southeast Test Case before graduating from UAF with her M.S., received a National Science Foundation "Vizzie" award for her poster detailing how glaciers affect Alaska's coastal ecosystems. The poster was one of ten overall winners of the nationwide contest, taking home the People's Choice Award in the Posters and Graphics category. The poster will now be published in Popular Science.

And finally, UAA graduate student Molly McCarthy was featured in a recent issue of the UAA Green & Gold News. McCarthy was featured for her work with the Southcentral Test Case, for which she is using sediment cores from Kenai Peninsula lakes to estimate past levels of salmon abundance.

Program highlights



Prakash named Alaska EPSCoR Principal Investigator

Anupma Prakash

UAF Geophysical Institute professor Anupma Prakash has been named Alaska EPSCoR's new Principal Investigator. She replaces Mark Myers, who resigned from UAF to become Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

Prakash is Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Geosciences, Associate Dean of UAF’s College of Natural Science and Mathematics (CNSM), and Director of CNSM’s Division of Research. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Lucknow University in India, and her Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from the Indian Institute of Technology - Roorkee. Her research focuses on the use of remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) techniques to map earth surface composition and changes.

Southeast Test Case publications

EPSCoR’s Southeast Test Case researchers have been making news lately.

First, an article written by former EPSCoR graduate student Colin Shanley (and a number of current EPSCoR researchers) about the various effects of climate change on North America’s Northern coastal temperate rainforests was recently published in Climatic Change. The article also featured in a Nature Conservancy blog. The changes predicted range from increased flooding and reduced snowpack to forest expansion and shifts in salmon distribution.

Second, another former EPSCoR grad student, Ryan Kovach (along with several EPSCoR researchers), recently had an article published online in Global Change Biology describing divergent changes in Southeast Alaskan salmon migration timing brought on by climate change. The research was also featured in an article in Fishsens magazine.

Third, multiple Southeast Test Case researchers contributed to an article in Bioscience that synthesizes physical, chemical and biological linkages occuring in icefield-to-estuary systems across northern Pacific coastal temperate rainforests.

These articles are in addition to a recent study by SETC researcher Eran Hood in the journal Nature Geoscience (also featured in the Alaska Dispatch) 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.

New EPSCoR highlights online

Jiake Zhou

We've put four new PDF highlights up on the website:

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.

The Alaska Science and Technology Plan, which prioritizes the state's S&T activities, was crafted with extensive EPSCoR input.

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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