From time to time, we brush up against these super scientists, thanks to our friends and neighbors, Anne and Will. Through them, we've met all sorts of science-y and scholarly types. The local newspaper recently congratulated the spring PhD students, with a list of their doctoral theses. Here is a sampling of the disciplines studied by "Nanooks" of UAF:
- Permafrost in a Warmer World: Net Ecosystem Carbon Imbalance
- Changes in Extreme Hydroclimate Events in Interior Alaskan Boreal Forest Watersheds
- Effects of Snowmobile Noise and Activity on a Boreal Ecosystem in Southcentral Alaska
- Examining the Role of Sea Ice and Meteorology in Arctic Boundary Layer Halogen Chemistry
The bulk of scientific activity is centered at the "GI." As newcomers to Fairbanks, we quickly learned these initials had nothing to do with the human digestive system but, rather, the university's Geophysical Institute. Among other things, the GI has a bunch of funky, Jetsons-like satellites doing all sorts of stuff, and is the best predictor of seeing the aurora borealis. Love the GI!