UAF Bristol Bay Environmental Science Lab
The Bristol Bay Environmental Science Lab (BBESL) is an education and student research lab that is part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. BBESL has been practicing place-based science and community outreach in southwest Alaska since 2006. The lab has two major focuses: ecosystem health and sustainable energy, and offers a variety of academic programs including occupational certificates, degrees, and internships. An objective of the lab is to educate and train the next generation of environmental science and sustainable energy students to develop solutions to the ecological and energy challenges facing the Bristol Bay region and beyond.
Bristol Bay is home to one of the world's last great sustainable salmon fisheries and is surrounded by millions of hectares of undeveloped wilderness. The pristine and remote Bristol Bay region is an ideal location for students to research environmental and renewable energy problems and apply cutting-edge solutions. BBESL offers place-based education in both the classroom and in the field so students can develop technical skills geared towards careers. By developing a network of citizen scientists the lab empowers rural communities to adapt to social, ecological, and economic pressures while enhancing their efficient use of local and imported resources.
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