Education and Outreach
We heard from community members across the AAOKH network who would like their children to be involved in observing Arctic change. We give students and educators the tools and training to study the environment around them:
- Students learn more about their changing environment
- Students learn science by doing science
UAF student training and research
We have diverse opportunities for UAF students to contribute to AAOKH activities, including conducting independent research with local observations or data. We also support UAF graduate students to develop research projects in partnership with AAOKH communities.
Roberta Tuurraq Glenn
AAOKH graduate student Roberta Tuurraq Glenn is pursuing an M.S. (Master of Science) degree in Geosciences at UAF.
She's developing community focused techniques to monitor shoreline erosion in Bristol Bay and the North Slope. She will use community-based monitoring, coastal surveys and aerial imagery to help inform community planning, disaster preparedness and relocation efforts.
Mik’ (Elizabeth) Lindley
Mik’ (Elizabeth) Lindley is a new graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in Fisheries at UAF.
She is Yup’ik from Bethel and is very excited to be working with AAOKH. Growing up on the Kuskokwim River, salmon have always been a very important part of her life, which is partly why she's chosen to study salmon during her MS program. The Arctic, ranging from Alaska’s North Slope to Canada’s Northwest Arctic, is seeing more salmon than ever before. There are many questions about the increasing number of Alaskan salmon moving into Arctic waters, which is what her research focuses on.
Through her work with AAOKH, Mik' hopes to better understand salmon in Alaska’s Arctic, both in their ecology and how communities may perceive salmon trends. It’s important to her to shape her work in part by the values and priorities of communities that are experiencing Arctic changes first-hand.
Some communities may rely on salmon as a traditional subsistence species, and others may not—some communities may not really care for them. Whether or not salmon are an important species to you, Mik' would love to hear about your salmon observations and any questions or concerns you might have. This will help in getting a more holistic understanding of Alaska’s salmon and help her in capturing your values and priorities in her work.
Kimberly Kivvaq Pikok
Kimberly Kivvaq Pikok is a senior at UAF studying Wildlife Biology and Conservation. She loves to spend time at her family’s cabin up in Utqiaġvik because she enjoys learning about the land, vegetation, and wildlife from her dad and brother.
Her love for learning about natural processes made her interested in outreach and environmental education and hopes to encourage more Indigenous youth to be involved in STEM programs and careers.
Kimberly is excited to work with AAOKH and is thrilled to learn more about different Arctic coastal communities. With the observations gathered from Utqiaġvik and working with observers, she wants to create material that is easily accessible and convenient for community members to use.