Life Sciences Seminar Series
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|Name:||Donald "Skip" Walker, Martha Raynolds, Yuri Shur, Mikhail Kanevskiy|
Professor; Research Scientist II; Professor; Research Assistant Professor
|Affiliation:||Institute of Arctic Biology, UAF; Institute of Arctic Biology, UAF; Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering and Mines, UAF; Institute of Northern Engineering, UAF|
|Title:||Cumulative Impacts of Infrastructure and Climate Change in the Prudhoe Bay Oilfield|
|Date:||Friday, 25 April 2014|
|Location:||Murie Life Science Bldg, Murie Auditorium.|
|Host:||Donald "Skip" Walker|
About the Speaker:
Donald "Skip" Walker has done research in the Arctic Alaska since 1971. His Ph.D. thesis described the vegetation and environmental gradients of the Pruhoe Bay region. He worked with numerous government agencies and the oil industry mapping vegetation in northern Alaska. His early research focused on examining the response and recovery of vegetation from numerous types of disturbance. His research now focuses on pan-Arctic response of vegetation and ecosystems to climate change. He is currently leading an effort to develop an Circumpolar Arctic Vegetation Archive in order to classify Arctic vegetation, examine biodiversity changes, and provide a framework for climate change modeling.
Martha Raynolds has been studying arctic vegetation for the past 30 years. She received her undergraduate degree in Geography from Dartmouth College, followed by a master’s degree in Botany from Virginia Tech. She came to Alaska in 1982 for the summer, and has lived here since. She has worked for private consulting firms, the federal government and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She recently completed her PhD at UAF in 2009, on the geobotany of arctic vegetation. Her work has taken her to the North Slope of Alaska, the Canadian Arctic Islands, Yakutia in Siberia, and Iceland.
Yuri Shur has been studied permafrost as a part of ecosystems. It led to development of classification (with Torre Jorgenson) of permafrost in relation to climate and ecosystems. He showed that accumulation of organic on the soil surface is responsible for specific properties of the upper permafrost. He has been studied formation of permafrost cryostructure and development of patterned grounds, thermokarst and thermal erosion. He conducted intensive field work in West Siberia, Northern Yakutia, and Alaska. He has also been working in the area of frozen ground engineering and developed predictive methods of permafrost thawing beneath buildings and pipelines.
Mikhail Kanevskiy graduated from the Moscow State University in 1985. He was involved in permafrost studies in Siberia since 1983 and completed his PhD in 2004. He came to the University of Alaska Fairbanks as a postdoc in 2005 to continue his studies of ground ice. He has been working in various parts of Alaska, including the Prudhoe Bay area. His current research interests include permafrost structure and properties, origin and distribution of ground ice, and permafrost related hazards.
Browse Life Sciences SeminarsBeginning in 1966 and continuing today, IAB hosts a weekly seminar for faculty, students, staff and the public during the academic year. The series attracts life scientists from Alaska and around the world.
If you wish to meet with a particular speaker, please contact the IAB director's office at 907-474-7649.
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