Air, Water and Soil, Oh My! - Analyzing our Arctic Enviroment

Dates: July 23 - August 3, 2018
Cost: $700

Have you ever wondered what makes the arctic environment so different? During this module, you'll get the chance to explore the interactions of air, water and soil and find out the answer for yourselves! You'll have the chance to pick a topic that truly interests you about our arctic environment and conduct a research project over two weeks this summer. Ever wonder why water sometimes tastes different? We will conduct fieldwork and analyze water quality and water treatment with lots of fun instruments and techniques! What about those air quality alerts we see pop up on our phones every now and then? We will get to sample aerosols and explore why Fairbanks weather is special due to our inversion layer. What about that soil you're walking on? We can characterize the soil to see what it it contains and how soil layers vary. You can pick your own project and topic interest in order to answer your own questions about the arctic environment! Expect a fun two weeks full of trips to sample sites where you will collect your own samples and data, analyzing your data using university labs and exploring all things arctic! Come discover our arctic home and see what all it has in store for us! 

Apply here - Link only works during application period, February 1 through April 15



Meet your Instructors

Jennifer Guerard, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Hello! I’m Jenn Guerard, a faculty member in Environmental Chemistry at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. I have always been interested in the chemistry of the natural world and how chemistry affects environmental health. My group studies the intersection of water quality and the fate/transformation of contaminants in Arctic and sub-Arctic surface waters. Some of my favorite aspects of research are combining outdoor fieldwork with lots of cool instrumentation to explore the molecular makeup of environmental carbon. We are looking forward to exploring our unique environment with you this coming summer!

Ragen Davey, Masters of Science student in Chemistry, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Hi! I am Ragen Davey and I am an MS student here at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the Environmental Chemistry department. I am studying atmospheric aerosol formation in arctic regions and their effect on air quality. I grew up in Virginia and went to undergrad at East Carolina University, where I studied Chemistry. I am pursing a career in arctic climate change research and I am excited to show you what our arctic environment has to offer!


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