Summer Opportunities 2017
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Opportunities funded outside of URSA
Soil and Ecology of the Arctic foothills and North Slope at Toolik Field Station
Seeking 1 student, junior or senior in the fall of 2017 for 12 days of field work at Toolik Field Station in July (exact dates TBD).
As part of a digital soil mapping project along the Dalton Highway corridor, we are conducting field sampling of soils and vegetation in summer 2017. Applicants should have an interest in soil science, permafrost, and arctic ecology.
Applicants should be in excellent physical condition and fit for difficult manual labor. Expect work to be very strenuous and include hiking across tundra with up to 50lb packs, digging pits in permafrost soils with hand tools, and working up to 12 hours per day.
Arctic climate change research opportunities for 8 students
Eight positions are available to work with UAF faculty on a number of research projects related to Arctic climate change.
Arctic Amplification, Arctic Lakes, Arctic Ocean, Future Arctic - Wet or Dry? Glaciers in Alaska, Invasive Species, Permafrost, Science Communication and Terrestrial Ecosystems.
Stipend, room and board provided.
Remote wildlife research in Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve
Seeking 2 highly-motivated applicants with a positive attitude for intensive remote research examining wildlife-habitat dynamics
- Two float trips to examine variable factors in shrub dynamics and encroachment on Dall Sheep habitat within its Arctic range conducted during Arctic growing season (~June 5 – Aug 15). 10-week summer commitment including all field research and data entry.
- Work well with variable personalities in remote mountainous setting
- Validate remote sensing findings from current UAF research
- Perform field techniques in support of baseline vegetative composition determination
- Collection and catalog of Dall Sheep fecal pellets for variable lab analyses with aerial support
- Project prep 2x monthly to engage concepts and theory behind research
- Must be a UAF undergraduate, preference given to rising juniors and seniors (current seniors welcome)
- Positive attitude and strong work ethic
- Capable of floating remote rivers to access study sites, fly in small aircraft for ingress/egress, and hiking for long periods of time in inclement weather
- Ability to commit summer to field work
- Flexibility with schedule (flight support will happen when conditions permit, that means being prepared to fly one day with the possibility of no flight)
- Ability to adhere to directions completely
- Ability to present findings at UAF Research Day (2017 or 2018, dependent on project and student status)
- 10-week summer commitment centered around June 5 – Aug 15 + 1 week in May = $3000.00
- Paid monthly during semester for biweekly meetings
- Receive all the training seasonal employees for Gates of the Arctic receive (CPR & First Aid, Firearms, TBD)
- Food stipend provided by National Park Service
- Network opportunity with multiple agencies, including: National Park Service, NASA-AboVE, and UAF
- Potential for lab work Fall 2017 semester, (dependent on funding)
- Extreme, remote research experience in Arctic mountainous environment with a focus on one of Alaska’s most iconic wildlife species
- Experience presenting research to experts, contemporaries, and the general public
How to Apply:
Submit 1 PDF with a 1-page cover letter, resume/CV, and 1-2 references titled “LastName_GatesApplicant2017” to MTMelham@alaska.edu.
Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Deadline: February 10th, 2017
Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis of forest cover and climate data in Interior Alaska
Seeking 2 students, any year of study, willing to learn and work on GIS, climate and wildlife data.
This project provides opportunities for students to explore and work-up specific forestry and climate GIS data for birds and habitats in Interior Alaska.
Students will gain experience in learning geographic information systems (GIS, ArcGIS or QGIS), insights into landscape ecology, bird, habitat and climate management issues, and digital data skills for Alaska. Office space, hardware and software provided.
R skills would ideal, or at least a willingness to learn
None provided. Students would need to seek funding from URSA Summer Research and Creative Project application or find another source if they require funding. Project coordinator would help with the process.
Spring Semester Opportunities 2017
Plant Genetics and Hybridization
Associate Professor of Botany and Curator of the Herbarium (ALA), UA Museum
This study will expand our understanding of the role of glacial cycles in producing genetic and taxonomic diversity by untangling the complex network of divergences and hybridization events that have generated diversity in a Beringian polyploid complex. Learn state-of-the art
molecular sequencing techniques to better understand plant biodiversity in Alaska and visit some amazing field sites in the Aleutians.
317 Akasofu Building
Implementation of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solver oriented to unmanned aircraft systems development. CFD codes are used to numerically solve the fluid the around wings and aircraft body to compute lifting, drag and momentum in dynamic flying conditions and control. Familiarity with C language and Python is preferred. Students from Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mathematics and Physics are encourage to apply.
Entrepreneurialism - Science and Engineering Technology Development
UAF’s office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization (OIPC)
- Encourage invention and innovation at UAF. Protect the Intellectual Property (IP) rights of UAF by patent, copyright, or other means. Transfer the results of UAF research to the public by bringing researchers and the business community together in a relationship of mutual advantage.
- Generate income for future research and education.
- Contribute to local, state, regional and national business competitiveness and economic development.