Summer Climate Program at UAF



Summer Program for Climate Scienists. 

This is a 9-day science intensive led by Katie Spellman PhD, Climate Scholar Fellow and IARC research assistant professor.  In small groups, students will study and learn about climate change in the Arctic, and seek to understand the broad spectrum of changes across their communities. 

This program launched from University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and Santa Ana Community College  (SACC) seeking to encourage scientists to work with first-generation  students interested in studying science, technology, engineering or math at a four-year college. Spellman replied, “Yes, and our team at IARC just got a grant to engage underserved communities in climate change learning and research.” 

The summer program is part of our Climate Scholar Program — an innovative and unique opportunity offered through UAF’s Honors College, and is designed as a full research experience for science, technology, engineering and math students. With funding from NASA, the program draws on both the agency’s research and protocols used in the ongoing Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment program. 



When: August 7-15, 2021 

Where: Bonanza Creek Long Term Ecological Research Sites with the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

How: The course will be taught in a hybrid online and in-the-field format. Student groups in Santa Ana, CA, and Fairbanks, AK meet for instruction, training, and collaborative work online through video conferences and complete comparative fieldwork in their two different ecosystems with the help of local scientist mentors on-location. Outdoor field worked will be conducted with the local students in each location in a manner adherent to an approved COVID19 safety plan. 

Who: This is a cooperative program through the Arctic and Earth SIGNs program of the International Arctic Research Center, Santa Ana College, UAF Climate Scholars Program, and NASA Science Activation.



We seek to understand how the Boreal Biome is responding to climate change and what are the local, regional, and global impacts of those responses.

Denali National Park in the fall with Denali in the background