Throughout 2022, the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center strengthened their connection to Alaska agencies, Tribes, and communities through partnerships, actionable research, and effective communication. More details are now available in the 2022 Annual Report.
In its second year, the Alaska Tribal Resilience Learning Network has expanded its capacity to support Alaska Native Tribes and Indigenous communities. This included hiring former Alaska Fellow Megan Pittas as a Research Associate and Assistant Coordinator and an additional Tribal Liaison, Justin Leon, through a host agreement with the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society. The Network hosted a variety of events including two immersive workshops and seven climate adaptation informational sessions, with participation from 42 Alaska Native Tribes, and 11 Alaska Native Tribal regional non-profit organizations.
Led by Deputy University Director Jessica Garron, the center’s Fellows Program has become a community of co-learning established for early career researchers to dive into questions about coproduction, research integrity, and professional development. The Fellows Program supports specific training objectives, identified by the Fellows, through invited speakers, workshops, and resources.
The Climate Adaptation Science Center is home to several outstanding science communication and outreach programs in Alaska. The Alaska Voices podcast, which records and shares stories among Alaskans about the environment, is developing a second season to follow their widely popular series in 2020 and 2021. The Inspiring Girls Expeditions of Alaska navigated a successful return to hosting in-person immersive field science and art-based backcountry expeditions for girls and gender-expansive youth, including 27 participants from communities across Alaska.
Read the full Annual report with more detailed stories and highlights from this year on the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center website.