Understanding the Arctic as a System

REU Site: Understanding the Arctic as a System

The Arctic climate is changing. Today, more than ever, an integrated cross-disciplinary approach is necessary to understand and explain changes in the Arctic and the implications of those changes. Responding to needs in innovative research and education for understanding high-latitude rapid climate change, researchers from UAF have established a new Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site, aiming to attract more undergraduates, including students from minority groups, to arctic sciences.

IARC welcomes the 8 undergraduates selected to participate in the REU program and work with some of IARC’s senior scientists to better understand the Arctic as a system.

Students of the 2017 REU Program

Jill Brooks is from the University of Vermont focusing on environmental studies and geography. Jill is interested in ecology and how natural systems affect social systems. She is working with Sarah Trainer on a project that focuses on creating a graphic of salmon distribution and run-timing along the Yukon River.

Giovanni Corti is from Reed College studying physics. Giovanni is interested in using is knowledge of physics in more applied ways and that focus more on the environment. He is working with Regine Hock on analyzing glacier mass changes in Alaska and investigating the climate linkages.

Austin Dabbs attends the University of Alaska Fairbanks studying mechanical engineering. Austin is interested in looking at how human disturbance effects different ecotypes and how changes to the environment can effect elements of engineering. He is working with Vladimir Romanovksy to collect permafrost temperature data and incorporating this data in modeling and model verification.

Ross Fischer attends the University of Colorado studying mechanical engineering. Ross is interested in applying his engineering skills to helping the environment. He is working with John Walsh to evaluate projected changes in the surface moisture budget for Alaska.

Christoph Funke attends Yale University studying applied math in geology and geophysics. Christoph is interested in applying his studies to environmental needs. He is working with Vladimir Alexeev on a project that assesses polar amplified (PA) warming in the Arctic.

Rachel Patteson attends the University of Missouri studying environmental science. She is interested in . She is working with Igor Polyakov to analyze regional warming rates starting from the 1950s in order to determine where ice cover will most likely remain most vulnerable in the future.

Jamie Ramsey attends Antioch College studying environmental science. She is working with Eugenie Euskirchen by obtaining various measurements in plants and soils to determine the impact that increasing permafrost degradation and growing season length will have on carbon, nitrogen water, and energy fluxes in tundra and boreal ecosystems.

Claire Simpson attends UCLA studying geography and environmental studies. Claire is interested in hydrology related research and has conducted undergraduate research focusing on streams in Greenland. She is working with Chris Arp to combine water level data from Arctic lakes with field mapping and geospatial analysis to show how these hydrologic regimes affect aquatic habitats.

Learn more about this REU site.