2012 Alaska Chapter of The Wildlife Society Meeting
Environment and Natural Resources Institute (ENRI) researchers and students are giving seven presentations at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Alaska Chapter of The Wildlife Society, held April 10-13 in Anchorage. Their presentations are the result of research projects which focus on a wide range of Alaskan birds and mammals—from tufted puffins to polar bears—and will highlight the exciting, state-of-the-art food web ecology research currently in progress at UAA.
Dr. Doug Causey (ENRI faculty fellow and professor
in the Department of Biological Sciences) and his graduate students and
collaborators will relate findings from several studies of Alaskan
Dr. Don Spalinger (ENRI faculty fellow and professor in the Department of Biological Sciences) and his collaborators and graduate student will give a presentation on the nutritional ecology of moose in an urban landscape.
Dr. Jeff Welker (ENRI director and professor in the
Department of Biological Sciences) and his collaborators and graduate
students will present findings from studies of tundra swans, gray
wolves, and polar bears:
39th Annual Pacific Seabird Group Meeting
ENRI researchers gave nine presentations at the 39th annual meeting of the Pacific Seabird Group (February 7-10, Turtle Bay, HI), and Dr. Douglas Causey (UAA Professor of Biological Sciences and ENRI Faculty Fellow) was convener of the contaminants paper session.
The international Pacific Seabird Group (PSG) was created in 1972 to link academic researchers and government agencies throughout the Pacific region. The PSG aims to promote seabird research, facilitate communication among researchers, identify and assess threats to seabird communities, and provide the best scientific data to government agencies.
Scientists and students affiliated with ENRI are conducting a number of seabird research projects which focus on a broad range of topics. Their presentations at the PSG meeting included the following:
2012 Alaska Marine Science Symposium
The UAA Environment and Natural Resources Institute (ENRI) was privileged to sponsor the 2012 Alaska Marine Science Symposium (AMSS), in which 17 ENRI researchers participated. The AMSS, held this year January 16-20 at Anchorage’s Hotel Captain Cook and Dena’ina Center, is an annual gathering of eminent scientists, students, and government agencies involved in marine research in Alaskan waters. ENRI scientists presented research findings on topics ranging from the impact of floating plastic debris on the marine environment to the relationship between deglaciation and the marine foodweb in the Gulf of Alaska.
ENRI research topics featured at the 2012 AMSS included the following:• The relationship of marine plastic debris to Persistent Organic Pollutants in the marine ecosystem
• Comparative isotopic studies as a method of studying the foodweb ecology of Low-Arctic (Aleutian) and High-Arctic (Greenland) seabirds
• Combining local knowledge and western scientific techniques to study freshwater seal populations in Lake Iliamna
• Distribution and ecology of zooplankton and juvenile pelagic fishes in the Copper River plume (Gulf of Alaska)
• Isotopic characteristics of Beaufort Sea polar bear tissues and diet: Food web ecology of a top predator
• Agent-based modeling of mammal-eating killer whales and their prey
AGU Fall 2011 Meeting
Fifteen UAA Environment and Natural Resources Institute (ENRI) faculty fellows, research scientists, and graduate student researchers provided twenty-two presentations at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2011 in San Francisco, California this past week. The AGU Fall Meeting is the largest conference of Earth and space scientists from around the world.
ENRI researchers presented their research discoveries and discussed their scientific findings with more than 20,000 of the world’s leading scientists. ENRI Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Adam Csank showcased his research findings from northwest Greenland, which indicate that there is seasonal variation in the source and age of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and particulate organic carbon (POC). ENRI Research Scientist Dr. Patrick Sullivan gave and participated in several oral presentations highlighting research findings from his work on treeline shifts in Arctic Alaska and factors affecting the Arctic carbon cycle. ENRI Faculty Fellow and Professor of Biological Sciences Dr. Bjartmar Sveinbjörnsson presented research findings which help to explain why treelines are expanding north in latitude and upward in elevation. ENRI Research Scientist Dr. Birgit Hagedorn presented research findings from studies of Greenland Ice Sheet and the ground ice in Beacon Valley, Antarctica. ENRI participation in the AGU Fall Meeting 2011 demonstrated the strong research program which ENRI is building at UAA; this research program benefits UAA, Alaska’s scientific community, its resource managers, and the public.ENRI's Fall 2011 AGU Presentations
UAA Graduate Studies and Research Summit
On April 8, 2011, the following ENRI graduate student researchers gave eleven oral presentations and seven poster presentations at the UAA Graduate Studies and Research Summit. The Summit was sponsored by the UAA Graduate Student Association, the UAA Environment and Natural Resources Institute (ENRI), and USUAA.Oral Presentations
• Elizabeth Sharp, UAA MS student in Biological Sciences:
• Becky Sawyer, UAA MS student in Biological Sciences:
• James Willacker, UAF/UAA PhD student in Biological Sciences/Biology and Wildlife:
• Cory Stantorf, UAA MS student in Biological Sciences:
• Wade Schock, UAA MS student in Biological Sciences:
• Aliza Segal, UAA MS student in Biological Sciences:
• Lisa Ebbs, UAA MS student in Biological Sciences:
• Emily Lescak, UAF/UAA PhD student in Fisheries:
• Kim Jochum, UAF/UAA PhD student in Biological Sciences/Biology and Wildlife:
• Kyle Shedd, UAA MS student in Biological Sciences:
• Lauren Caruso, UAA MS student in Biological Sciences:
• Andy Anderson-Smith, UAA MS student in Biological Sciences:
• Lisa Ebbs, UAA MS student in Biological Sciences:
• Leah Kenney, UAA MS student in Biological Sciences:
• Laurel McFadden, UAA MS student in Biological Sciences:
• Laura Schneller, UAA MS student in Biological Sciences:
• Ashley Stanek, UAA MS student in Biological Sciences:
• Tim Stevenson, UAA MS student in Biological Sciences:
For more information about the 2011 UAA Graduate Studies and Research Summit, go to: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/gsa/graduate-studies-and-research-summit.cfm