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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.

Faculty Focus

It’s no surprise that Tuula Hollmen, a marine ecologist with a soft spot for eiders and other marine birds, does what she does—and loves it. Originally from Finland, Tuula says her family’s summer house was on an island in the Baltic Sea, and that as a child she was always playing in the water, counting things and observing what animals were doing.  Read Tuula'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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Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-7220

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Research 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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