When Mark Urban and his team of biologists arrived in the foothills of Alaska’s Brooks Range last May, for example, they were disconcerted to see tundra green and not the lingering snowfields of winter.
Lauren Culler is having a hard time finding anyone to work with her. Perhaps it’s because scientists, who travel to the remotest regions, braving the most bruising conditions to unravel almost any mystery, aren’t too keen on facing Culler’s chosen subject of research: the mosquito.
The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a large-scale project funded by the National Science Foundation to document ecological changes across the U.S. over the next three decades. We wanted to check in to learn more about NEON and the exciting work underway in Alaska.
Throughout Skip Walker’s 40 plus years of working in Arctic Alaska he’s kept his feet, and his research, firmly planted on and near the Dalton Highway. Walker, Director of the University of Alaska’s Alaska Geobotany Center, first visited Arctic Alaska in 1969 while working on an oil rig.
Flowers, garden vegetables, sunshine, and…summer science cargo. That’s what’s been on the minds of Sue Natali, Polaris Project Research Coordinator and Assistant Scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center, and John Schade, Polaris Project Education Coordinator.
Arctic ground squirrels may not be as flashy as some other inhabitants of the arctic ecosystem. But what they lack in charisma, they make up for with unique adaptations that help them survive and thrive in one of the toughest environments on Earth.
Associate Professor Jason Briner and Gifford Miller, Fellow and Associate Director of University of Colorado’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, are analyzing fossilized Arctic moss that has been buried under ice for thousands of years to garner clues about the region's climate history.
A new interdisciplinary collaborative funded by the National Science Foundation has put out a call for membership. The network, known as Arctic Frontiers of Sustainability (Arctic-FROST), is part of the Sustainability, Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainibility (SEES) network.
The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in western Alaska is the stage for a three-year experiment to explore the connections between a changing climate, an advancing growing season, migratory geese and the chemical processes that impact the broader ecosystem.
Arctic sea ice is teeming with life, much of which is a mystery. Scientists know a lot about organisms like glassy diatoms, chlorophyll-rich algae and whipping flagellates who call sea ice home. But little is known about another component of the icy microcosm: parasitic fungi.