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At the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, we challenge our students to explore academically, geographically and culturally. We are a community of scholars that provide opportunities for students to learn and conduct research in some of the most beautiful and pristine locations in the world.

Student Spotlight

Like most graduate students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Jonathan Whitefield found his way here from somewhere else. And he’s seen quite a bit of the rest of the world as well, thanks to some words of wisdom from his father, who told him “you won’t win the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket!” Jonathan says that advice has encouraged him to “take risks on things, especially on the jobs that I have applied for, and it has paid off, landing me in several amazing locations all around the world.”  Read Jonathan's full profile

Research Spotlight
Wind powered radars make remote data collection possible

University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers have developed the first wind- and solar-powered radar battery. The remote power module delivers energy to operate high frequency radar systems that collect data in regions where research was previously impossible.

High frequency radars are used all over the United States to map surface ocean currents, predict the flow of oil spills, help with Coast Guard search and rescue missions and increase maritime domain awareness. UAF radar systems use a frequency of 5 megahertz to detect currents up to about 200 kilometers offshore. But in Alaska, radar installation locations that are ideal for collecting ocean data rarely line up with the stable power sources found in coastal villages. Radar systems require a renewable power source to operate without interruption.

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PO Box 757220
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-7220

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E-mail: info@sfos.uaf.edu

Climate Change Spotlight
Researchers seek ways to minimize future Chinook salmon declines
Salmon experts participating in a research initiative are seeking ways to predict and reduce future declines in Chinook salmon populations.

Chinook numbers have declined in the last fifteen years in many of Alaska’s rivers, particularly in western Alaska. Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are leading several simultaneous research projects under the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Chinook Salmon Research Initiative.

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