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!


Smith Lake

Instructor: Jennifer Guerard
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 summer!


Instructor: Ragen Davey
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!