Air, Water, soil, Oh My! Analyzing our Arctic Environment
Are you interested in learning about and preserving the environmental quality of Alaska?
In this ASRA module, you will spend two weeks examining the Environmental Chemistry of the Arctic. We will investigate both natural and anthropogenic processes occurring in the rapidly
changing Alaskan environment through hands-on research, including field-sampling and
water quality analysis of local surface waters in Fairbanks. You will get to design
and execute your own experiments to examine the reservoirs and fluxes of water, nutrients,
and contaminants between environmental compartments: air, soil, and water. You will
have the opportunity to collect data using sophisticated analytical laboratory instrumentation,
gain experience monitoring and modeling air quality, conduct a mock town hall style
meeting to debate current Alaskan issues, various career paths in the environmental
arena, and many other awesome and fun activities to discover the interrelationship
between chemistry, environmental quality, and society.
Come and join us and unlock your creative and scientific potential!
Instructor: Jennifer Guerard
Hello! I’m Jenn Guerard, a faculty member in Environmental Chemistry at the University
of Alaska Fairbanks. I have always been interested in the chemistry of the natural
world and how chemistry affects environmental health. My group studies the intersection
of water quality and the fate/transformation of contaminants in Arctic and sub-Arctic
surface waters. Some of my favorite aspects of research are combining outdoor fieldwork
with lots of cool instrumentation to explore the molecular makeup of environmental
carbon. We are looking forward to exploring our unique environment with you this coming
Instructor: Ragen Davey
Hi! I am Ragen Davey and I am an MS student here at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
in the Environmental Chemistry department. I am studying atmospheric aerosol formation
in arctic regions and their effect on air quality. I grew up in Virginia and went
to undergrad at East Carolina University, where I studied Chemistry. I am pursing
a career in arctic climate change research and I am excited to show you what our arctic
environment has to offer!