Welcome to Alaska EPSCoR
Alaska EPSCoR improves Alaska's scientific capacity by engaging in research projects supported through National Science Foundation and state funds. The organization is engaged in a project entitled "Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments," which examines the mechanisms by which communities adapt to environmental and social change. For more information please visit our Program Structure section or see the project's Strategic Plan, Midcourse Report or newsletters. Alaska EPSCoR also administers "The Modern Blanket Toss," a three-year educational project to excite high school students about science through experiments with unmanned aerial vehicles.
Science for Alaska lecture available online
Alaska NSF EPSCoR Principal Investigator Anupma Prakash's UA Geophysical Institute Science for Alaska lecture, entitled "How Do We Adapt to a Changing Environment?: Lessons from Alaska EPSCoR", is available for viewing online. The lecture was delivered in Fairbanks on February 7, 2017.
EPSCoR work featured in Fisheries journal
Two different EPSCoR researchers have recently shown up in the pages of Fisheries. UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences PhD student Jason Leppi made the cover of the June issue for his article about Broad Whitefish. And former EPSCoR grad student Jason McFarland was the subject of the magazine's April Photo Diary for his photogenic research into Arctic Grayling on the North Slope.
EPSCoR videos and PDFs
Alaska EPSCoR's YouTube site includes links to multiple new videos. First is a virtual flyover of the Kenai Peninsula, including imagery from the 1950's, 1980's and the present, put together by EPSCoR faculty Frank Witmer and UAA Planetarium head Omega Smith. Next are videos about biology grad student and balloon animal virtuouso Ben Meyer, and one about the 2016 Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference in Dillingham.
"Fire and Ice" proposal submitted
A team of University of Alaska researchers has submitted a proposal for the next phase of Alaska NSF EPSCoR research. "Fire and Ice: Navigating Variability in Boreal Wildfire Regimes and Subarctic Coastal Ecosystems" is a 5-year, $20 million effort to study changes to fire risk and behavior in Alaska’s boreal forest, and changes to physical and chemical variables impacting biological communities in the nearshore Gulf of Alaska. Check out this PDF for more information about this exciting proposal.
Letter from the PI
The July 2017 Letter from the Principal Investigator is now available.
Visualize This! Winners
Congratulations to all of the winners of our “Visualize This!” competition!
- 1st Place ($1,000): “Fairbanks, Alaska 1950-2016 daily precipitation” by Matthew Leonawicz
- 2nd Place ($500): “The Big Picture/It's the Little Things” by Jamie Smith
- 3rd Place ($250): “What are Tenrecs?” by Kathryn Everson
- 1st Place ($1,000): “Life in Infrared” by Jill Shipman, Peter Webley, Jonathan Dehn, Martin Harrild, Donavan Kienenberger, and Maya Salganek
- 2nd Place ($500): “Qungasvik, a community-driven, cultural model of prevention” by Dhara Shah, Stacy Rasmus, Billy Charles, Jim Allen, the Qungasvik project team, and the community of Alakanuk, Alaska
- 3rd Place ($250): “Mammals' migratory and feeding behavior due to noise pollution” by Hannah Foss and Olivia Lee
Honorable Mentions ($50 each):
- “Orange Peel World Map” by Nathan Belz
- “Observing Climate Change” by Stephen Cysewski, Margaret Cysewski, Matthew Sturm and Santosh Panda
- “Ice wedge degradation in the Arctic” by Ina Timling
- “Emerging hazards in Alaska’s glacierized landscapes" (image one, two and three) by Kristin Timm
- “Mycorrhizae” by Gail Priday
- “What is on a decomposing dress?” by Mary Beth Leigh, Ursel Schuette, Jennifer Moss, Devin Drown, and Stephanie Rae Dixon
- “Global web traffic data animation video for UAF SNAP web application usage” by Matthew Leonawicz
- “Discovery of environmental change in the Kenai watershed flyover” by Frank Witmer, Jamie Trammell, Jess Grunblatt and Omega Smith
- “How permafrost formed in Interior Alaska” by Margaret Cysewski and Louis Rudolf
- “World tree interactive map of life” by Eric Collins
Salmon 2050 website
The Southcentral Test Case has launched a web site for their “Salmon 2050” project, which has used a stakeholder-driven process of scenario planning to ask better questions about the future of salmon in the Kenai. The site centers around five “scenario narratives” that imagine different futures for the Kenai River watershed, and includes details on all of the narratives as well as summaries of Salmon 2050 workshops and other resources like maps, data sheets, environmental change “slider” images, and even videos. It’s comprehensive and well worth a look. The videos are also accessible on YouTube.
For more information
For more information on Alaska NSF EPSCoR, please see the below documents:
The Strategic Plan outlines Alaska EPSCoR's goals and methods for its current research project, which runs from 2012-18.
The Midcourse Report highlights the accomplishments and impacts of the first three years of the current research project.
The Alaska Science and Technology Plan, which prioritizes the state's S&T activities, was crafted with extensive EPSCoR input. The plan was written by the Alaska State Committee for Research, a panel of academic, political and business leaders charged with overseeing EPSCoR and advising on the state's research enterprise.
EPSCoR acknowledgement and logos
By our grant terms, any person receiving benefit from Alaska EPSCoR must acknowledge it in any publications, presentations, websites, newsletters, dissertations, theses, etc.
Please use the following language: "Acknowledgement to (or "Support from") Alaska EPSCoR NSF award #OIA-1208927 and the state of Alaska."