Reef temperature wrangler

OCT 16, 2017     BRANDON ARAUJO Photo: wildcoast.net Coral reefs often go unnoticed because they’re underwater; but even though we don’t regularly pay much attention to them, they’re an extremely important part of our everyday lives. Coral reefs have been estimated to provide support for over a quarter of all marine species and this extreme biodiversity makes … Continue reading Reef temperature wrangler

Climate change and infrastructure impacts

OCT 2, 2017     ETHAN COFFEL Photo: Toni Klemm Our infrastructure is designed for the climate in which it was developed; engineering standards and logistical procedures are based on historical weather patterns, and as environmental conditions change, some of these systems may need to be re-configured. In aviation, aircraft takeoff performance depends on temperature. This is because … Continue reading Climate change and infrastructure impacts

Studying Berries in Bear Country

AUG 14, 2017     LINDSEY PARKINSON Photo: http://www.arkive.org/american-black-bear/ursus-americanus/ Summer ‘tis the season of studies from geology to ornithology and everything in between. I study wild berry species to try to find what environmental factors have the strongest influence on berry productivity. With no other wild fruits in Alaska, berries are an important natural and cultural resource, one that … Continue reading Studying Berries in Bear Country

Notes from the field: Summer Undergraduate Internship on Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge

JUL 24, 2017     RACHEL BRATTON A newly hatched Guillemot chick about to be measured and weighed (pre-manicure!). Photo: R. Bratton. This summer, I spent two weeks on a seabird research island as part of my internship with the Northeast Climate Science Center, Five College Coastal & Marine Sciences Program, and Audubon Project Puffin. Project Puffin, based out of Bremen, … Continue reading Notes from the field: Summer Undergraduate Internship on Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge

Lessons from an early-career social scientist

MAY 15, 2017     TYLER BEETON My interest in understanding the biological, cultural, and historical context of the human experience started at a very young age, and continues to this day. I am an environmental anthropologist, and currently an NC CSC fellow and PhD student in Ecology at Colorado State University. My training has been broad, and … Continue reading Lessons from an early-career social scientist

Out of the Lab and Into the Light, Why Scientists are Marching

MAR 20, 2017     GIL OUELLETTE Photo credit: Bryan Francis (March for Science) “Science” is a word that means many things to many people. If you were to ask a practicing scientist how they define science, you might receive one of myriad responses. How each of us conceptualizes science may be unique, but most scientists recognize a … Continue reading Out of the Lab and Into the Light, Why Scientists are Marching

Climate and Communication: Takeaways from the Alan Alda Communication Center Workshop

MAR 6, 2017     NIGEL GOLDEN Photo credit: http://villains.wikia.com/wiki/Khan_Noonien_Singh Many of us have taken up the noble cause of communicating our science to nonscientists. Casting ourselves as the heroes, it’s important to remember, however, that even the best of intentions sometimes have a way of resulting in unintended consequences. In the original Star Trek, a young Captain Kirk … Continue reading Climate and Communication: Takeaways from the Alan Alda Communication Center Workshop

Setting Reasonable Goals For Yourself and Meeting Them

FEB 21, 2017     WINSLOW HANSEN I like a good goal. I like checking off the old box when something has been completed. Learning how to set goals can help us strive to get to the next level, increase our proficiency, get a paper submitted for publication, learn new statistical approaches. But goals can also be our … Continue reading Setting Reasonable Goals For Yourself and Meeting Them

The Existential Crisis of Being a Graduate Student

FEB 6, 2017     LINDSEY PARKINSON So, we’re in graduate school, ready to throw ourselves into a new chapter of life as “early career scientists.” Now what? We’re in a new world with endless possibilities and unknown limits - where do we even begin? My first year in Fairbanks, AK I worked as a technician at the … Continue reading The Existential Crisis of Being a Graduate Student