Anyone walking in the University of Alaska Fairbanks woods this spring might notice white plastic buckets hanging from trees. The buckets, which collect birch sap, are emptied daily, and in some cases, more frequently. “If it’s a real gusher, it’s twice a day,” said Jan Dawe, director of the university’s OneTree Alaska program.
Zooplankton, the tiny animals at the bottom of the food chain, are thriving in the Chukchi Sea, according to research by University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists. This is likely due to warming ocean temperatures and longer ice-free seasons.
The massive icefield that feeds Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier may be gone by 2200 if warming trend predictions hold true, according to University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers.
The best way to figure out how something is made is to take it apart and put it back together again. That is what Jessica Larsen and her students do at the Geophysical Institute’s Petrology Lab in order to understand active volcanoes in Alaska.
For decades, an old Webster-Chicago Electronic Memory recorder led a surprisingly anonymous existence in a corner of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Rasmuson Library archives. But it also came with a challenge — nobody knew whether it worked or how to use it.
Imagine exploring a wooded site along an Alaska stream or a lake for evidence of animals. Maybe you’ll see moose prints in the soil, or a bit of wolf fur in a berry bush. But some species don’t leave footprints. They still leave a clue. It’s their DNA.
A University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher has helped create the first map that shows how the Greenland Ice Sheet has moved over time. The map helps scientists understand the history of the Greenland Ice Sheet, providing context for present-day rapid changes.