Coastal Archeological Sites
Rescue and Protect Irreplaceable Archeological Sites on Eroding Coasts at Two Parks
(NPS CA Number P15AC00503; $19,856; 07/01/15-09/30/16). PI Christopher Maio.
PI will conduct field schools, compile GIS data, and increase law enforcement ranger
aerial survey and boat capacity in parts of the Kenai Fjords National Park (KEFJ)
and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve (WRST). He will also assess coastal
vulnerability, and create a book from existing coastal archeological data collected
by the Smithsonian InstitutionÂ’s Arctic Studies Center for KEFJ. For more information
Middle East Air Quality Assessment
Analysis of Substrates Deployed in the Middle East by Measuring Deposited Aerosol
Concentration (US Army Research Laboratory; $43,528; awarded on 10/20/14; Duration
5 months). PI Christopher (Chris) Iceman.
PI will use X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy and Beta gauge techniques to analyze aerosol
samples collected using a cascade impactor unit placed and operated at military sites
in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. Air quality is of concern for health of US troops
and equipment operations in the Middle East. For more information contact email@example.com.
Partial Differential Equations and Hankel operators
Integrable PDEs and Hankel operators (NSF DMS 1411560; $213,000; 09/01/14-08/31/17). PI Alexei Rybkin.
PI and students will study inverse scattering transform (IST) for solving completely
integrable PDEs. IST can be extended to wider classes of initial data than currently
known. They will explore deep connections between soliton theory and the theory of
Hankel operators. Results can help to understand eg. rogue waves, soliton propagation,
tidal waves, propagation of coherent structures etc. For more information contact
PI at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vegetation of Ice Age Refugia
Vegetation of Ice Age Refugia in Southeast Alaska (National Geographic Society CRE;
$21,930; 08/24/2014 - 08/23/2015). PI Sarah Fowell. Other participants: Paul Wilcox, Dan Mann, James Baichtal (USDA).
This project will reconstruct Late Pleistocene and Holocene paleoenvironments in parts
of SE Alaska's Alexander archipelago through collection, radiocarbon dating, and sedimentalogical
and palynological analysis of lacustrice and peat cores. The study has the potential
to explain the arrivals on humans in S. America well after the last glacial maxima.
For more information contact PI at email@example.com.
Northern Fur Seals
Northern Fur Seals (Callorhinus ursinus) as Sentinels for Contaminant Exposure in the North Pacific Ocean (Colorado State
University; $9,399; 05/01/14 - 12/01/14). PI Todd O'Hara. Co-PI Lorrie Rea, Staff Maggie Castellini.
The team will characterize the nature and concentration of contaminants in Northern
Fur Seals (NFS) tissues collected during the Aleut community NFS harvest on St. Paul
Island, Alaska. Data and analysis results will contribute to an integrative health
monitoring program for the North Pacific Ocean. For more information contact PI at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lead and Antimony Speciation in Shooting Range Soils
Pb & Sb Speciation in Shooting Range Soils: Molecular Scale Analysis, Temporal Trends
& Mobility (DoDÂ–SERDP; $626,277; 03/01/14 - 02/29/16). PI Tom Trainor.
Bullets and ammunitions include lead (~90% in bullets), antimony, arsenic, bismuth,
silver, copper and nickel. Ammunition remains weather, oxidise, and release aqueous
metal(loid) species into soils, which can move into ground waters and cause public
health concern. This project will, among other things, investigate metal(loid) transport
and bioavailability in range soils, rates of oxidation, weathering, and dispersion.
Read more here or email email@example.com.
Susitna River: Paleoenvironment and Landscape
Holocene landscape and paleoenvironments of the Middle and Upper Susitna River (Northern
Landuse Research, Inc. (AEA); $113,314; 01/01/14 - 12/31/14). PI Nancy Bigelow.
The goal of this project is to reconstruct the Holocene landscapes and paleoenvironments
of the middle and upper Susitna River, especially as it relates to the humans living
there. The team will collect and analyze sediment cores from three to five lakes or
bogs as they continuously record changes in the surrounding landscape. Here is a 'must read' story about Nancy Bigelow and her research.
Offshore Oil/Gas Wastewater Study
Alaska Monitoring and Assessment Program (AKMAP) Offshore Oil/Gas Wastewater Study
(ADEC; $323,508; 07/01/13-06/30/16). PI Doug Dasher.
This research focus is on conducting an assessment to provide information to improve
marine science information for use in ocean discharge criteria necessary for permitting
offshore oil and gas exploratory activities in the Beaufort Sea. Data is being collected
to evaluate the fate and effect of pollutants by sampling ambient waters, sediment
and biology in targeted areas near facilities with oil and gas wastewater permits.
For more information contact PI at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collaborative Research: Project STEAM: Integrating Art with Science to Build Science
Identities Among Girls (NSF DRL-1224020; $1,222,382; 9/12-8/16). PI Laura Conner, Co-PIs Mareca Guthrie, Stephen Pompea, Carrie Tzou.
This project, also popularly known as colors of nature, researches how our arts-based
approach supports girls in forming science identities. Besides other activities, the
project offers summer science academies, and a popular series of science cafes. Learn
more at http://www.colorsofnature.org/.
Exploring Intrasite Variability at Upward Sun River
Exploring Intrasite Variability at Upward Sun River (Xaasaa Na'), a terminal Pleistocene
site in central Alaska: foraging behaviors and paleoenvironmental contexts (NSF PLR
1223119; $456,856 with CDR portion being $17,053; 12/15/2012 to 08/31/2015). PI Ben
Potter; Co-PI Nancy Bigelow.
This project consists of exploration of Upward Sun River, a deeply buried site in
central Alaska, associated with the earliest human remains and residential structure
in the Arctic or Subarctic of North America (~11,500 years old). Photo credit: Ben
Potter. See more pictures on his personal webpage.
Understanding Hg Variability in Alaska Halibut
Understanding Hg Variability in Alaska Halibut (ADEC; $300,000; 07/01/12-06/30/15). PI Todd O'Hara.
The Alaska Dept of Environmental Conservation is interested in contaminants concentrations
(especially mercury) and why they vary in Alaska halibut. The research team is assessing
mercury in the fish samples related to measures of chemical feeding ecology, age (size),
and location harvested. Recently, the project was extended to include fish from Oregon
and Washington. For more information contact PI at email@example.com.
Alaska Pinnipeds Contaminants Ecology
Alaska Pinnipeds Contaminants Ecology (ADFG, Division of Wildlife Conservation Steller
Sea Lion Research Program; $116,541; 09/01/11-06/30/16). PI Todd O'Hara, Collaborator Lorrie Rea.
The project is to study the chemical feeding ecology and exposure to mercury in Steller
sea lions and it supports student training. This research continues and expands on
preliminary studies that indicated relatively high concentrations of Hg in Steller
sea lions pups in portions of the Aleutian Islands. For more information contact PI
Girls on Ice
Girls on Ice: Using Immersion to Teach Fluency in Science (NSF PLR- 1063649; $299,870;
01/11-12/14). PI Erin Pettit, project evaluator Laura Conner.
The project uses an innovative "science immersion" approach by taking a group of about
18 teenage girls per year to glacial sites in the Cascades and Alaska. Evaluation
results show that participating girls undergo increases in physical self-confidence,
interest in science, interest in stewarding the Earth, and leadership self-confidence.
Learn more at http://girlsonice.org/.
Changing Alaska Science Education (CASE)
New GK-12 program: The CASE (Changing Alaska Science Education) for enhancing understanding
of climate change (NSF DGE-0948029; $2,814,698; 4/10-3/15). PI Laura Conner, Co-PIs Richard Boone, Kevin Winker.
This project continues to support UAF graduate students (40 thus far) who incorporate
inquiry-based and hands-on science activities into K12 schools (38 local and 2 rural
thus far). Learn more at http://www.uaf.edu/case/.