IAB News Release
Flagship U.S. Arctic research facilities seek EU scientists
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
21 April 2014
FAIRBANKS, Alaska —
To foster collaborations among international arctic scientists, the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Institute of Arctic Biology is participating in an open call for European Union researchers interested in conducting research on Alaska’s North Slope at IAB’s Toolik Field Station and the Barrow Environmental Observatory.
“This open call is an opportunity to increase international participation and capacities for scientific exchange, access to international data, and opportunities for synthesis of arctic-related research,” said Syndonia “Donie” Bret-Harte, principal investigator administering the Toolik Field Station and a plant ecologist at IAB.
The competitive, open-call program is hosted by INTERACT, the International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic, an EU-funded infrastructure project linking 59 circumarctic field research facilities, of which the Toolik Field station and Barrow Environmental Observatory are partners. Both facilities offer year-round scientific access.
“With the participation of the U.S.’s two flagship terrestrial Arctic observatories, INTERACT can now provide enhanced international access throughout the circumarctic,” said Craig Tweedie, science liaison in the Barrow area and associate professor at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Research at Toolik Field Station includes studies on the structure and function of terrestrial and aquatic arctic ecosystems, effects of climate change in the region, feedbacks to global climate change through gas and hydrological fluxes, adaptations of plant and animals to the Arctic and population-level changes in phenologies and distributions. The station is located 210 kilometers/130 miles south of Deadhorse, Alaska, allowing scientists’ access to the Brooks Range, arctic foothills and the Arctic Coastal Plain.
The Barrow Environmental Observatory includes tundra, lakes and wetlands reserved for long-term environmental monitoring and habitat manipulation experiments. Barrow is located at the northern tip of Alaska on the Arctic Coastal Plain on the coast of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas.
The Toolik Field Station and Barrow Environmental Observatory, with support from the National Science Foundation, will provide 30 person-days for research, which includes access to research sites, room and board, and a maximum of $9,000 for project related travel and freight costs to successful applicants.
One of the goals of the INTERACT program is to promote training of young scientists and encourage collaboration across international boundaries. At present, the United States does not offer transnational access, and U.S. researchers are not eligible to participate in transnational access funded through INTERACT unless they are part of a research group led by Europeans.
“Because of NSF’s support, we are able to offer access to U.S. research facilities,” said Bret-Harte. “If this trial is successful, we hope it will make it possible for U.S. field stations to fully participate in transnational access under the renewal of the INTERACT project.”
Applicants will be notified of grant decisions by June 3, 2014.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Toolik Field Station: toolik.alaska.edu
Institute of Arctic Biology: www.iab.uaf.edu
Toolik Field Station is operated and managed by the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks with cooperative agreement support from the National Science Foundation, Division of Polar Programs, Directorate for Geosciences.
INTERACT Open call: http://www.eu-interact.org/transnational-access/grants-to-us/
Barrow Environmental Observatory: http://www.eu-interact.org/field-sites/alaska-2/barrow/
Marion Syndonia “Donie” Bret-Harte, 907-474-5434. email@example.com.
Craig Tweedie, 915-747-8448, firstname.lastname@example.org
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