Savannah Sandy

A cruise brought researchers from universities around the country to the Bering and Chukchi seas last month to monitor ocean ecosystems. As KUAC’s Mary Auld reports, the annual trip went off later than normal due to the pandemic.

Melting, Mercury Threaten Salmon

Sep 30, 2020
Yukon River Fisheries Development Association

A recently released study says Yukon River salmon may become too contaminated to eat unless human greenhouse gas emissions slow significantly. KUAC’s Mary Auld reports.

Ocean acidity threatening the marine food web …  

Tim Ellis/KUAC

The Research Vessel Sikuliaq was officially commissioned Saturday in a ceremony at the boats’s home port in Seward. As KUAC’s Tim Ellis reports, the commissioning marked the end of decades of efforts to design and build it; and the beginning of its mission to research the Earth’s rapidly changing and increasingly important polar regions.

Study Shows Single Wolf Death Can Impact Entire Pack

Jul 9, 2014
Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Fairbanks, AK - A new study indicates that the death of a wolf has implications for the rest of the pack, depending on the size of the pack and the dead wolf's sex. The study is in response to the legal trapping of a breeding female that was part of a well known wolf pack that was frequently spotted in the Denali National Park.

The Air Force has agreed to delay its plans to demolish a $300 million research facility near Glennallen to allow more time to work out a deal to transfer ownership to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

International Arctic Research Center

The University of Alaska Board of Regents gave their formal approval for a $4.4 million project to repurpose the Syun-Ichi Akasofu Building on the campus of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks during a regular meeting last week.  The project comes after two Japanese agencies vacated the buildings.  Their absence means a loss of funding that would otherwise pay to maintain the building.  How the university will make up the deficit remains a mystery as the UA system continues to struggle with an anticipated $12 to $14 million budget shortfall in the coming year.

UAF Taking Possession Of Ice-Capable Ship Sikuliaq

Jun 6, 2014 / University of Alaska Fairbanks

If all goes according to plan, the University of Alaska Fairbanks will take possession of the Research Vessel Sikuliaq today. As KUAC’s Emily Schwing reports, it’s the next step in getting the giant ice-capable ship north to Alaska. 

The $200 million, ice-capable ship is the first of its kind funded by the National Science Foundation in more than 30 years. At the opening of a special exhibit feature the ship, UAF School of Fisheries Dean Mike Castellini likened taking over the ship to getting a new car.  Something he hasn’t done in years.

State Seeking Information From Dall Sheep Hunters

May 22, 2014
Alaska Department of Fish and Game

A researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is working with the state to find out more about Alaska’s Dall sheep. Complaints from hunters and guides have prompted the state to find out whether there is a problem with existing hunting regulations.  

UAF Scientist Wins Diving Award

Oct 24, 2013

Fairbanks, AK - The American Academy of Underwater Sciences hosts its annual symposium this week on the island of Curacao in the Caribbean Sea.  A scientist at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks Institute of Marine Science is there to accept an award for safety and leadership in underwater diving.