News from IARC

What Alaskans should know about changing wildfires

By Heather McFarland | June 7, 2021

It’s heating up in Alaska—and we’re not just referring to the approaching summer. Over the past 20 years, Alaskans have seen a dramatic increase in wildfire activity across the state.…

Scientific evidence found of overwintering ‘zombie fires’

By Heather McFarland | May 19, 2021

New research provides the first scientific evidence of overwintering fires in Alaska and Canada boreal forests. Due to climate change, these “zombie fires” appear to be increasing in frequency. The…

Explore Alaska science at the Arctic Research Open House

By Heather McFarland | May 12, 2021

The International Arctic Research Center is pleased to be co-host of the annual UAF Arctic Research Open House, a free, four-day event with both in-person and virtual activities suitable for…

Mother, scientist and superhero

By Heather McFarland | May 9, 2021

Much of my childhood was defined by Freckles. Not the tiny brown spots on my nose, although I had those too, rather a golden eagle. My parents were both scientists,…

icebreaker on sea ice

Icebreaker’s cyclone encounter reveals faster sea ice decline

By Heather McFarland | April 29, 2021

In August 2016 a massive storm on par with a Category 2 hurricane churned in the Arctic Ocean. The cyclone led to the third-lowest sea ice extent ever recorded. But…