Check out the latest AAOKH Newsletter!

The latest AAOKH News is headed to mailbox holders in AAOKH communities – read it here first!

Learn more about:

  • key observations over the past winter and spring
  • participate in a survey about fish in your community to help Mik’aq Lindley’s graduate research about how fish are changing in northern coastal Alaska
  • see a summary of recent weather and climate patterns
  • check out a new tool to summarize observations
  • hear more from Carla SimsKayotuk in Kaktovik in our Observer’s Corner
  • hear the latest updates from our students (including big congrats to Kimberly Kivvaq Pikok!!)
  • join the discussion about AAOKH’s future
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We’re hiring! New Post Doctoral Position!

The Alaska Arctic Observatory and Knowledge Hub (AAOKH) at the International Arctic Research Center and University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) seeks a Post Doctoral Fellow interested in applied transdisciplinary data science. We are searching for early career researchers interested in collaborative approaches to improve the relevance and usefulness of community-based environmental observations across coastal Arctic Alaska. AAOKH is a sustained and year-round community-based monitoring network established in 2016, following on a predecessor program called the Seasonal Ice Zone Observing Network that was founded in 2007.  A foundational goal is to develop partnerships with residents of Arctic Alaska to facilitate knowledge Read full story

Congratulations UAF graduate Kimberly Kivvaq Pikok!!

This past weekend was graduation at UAF. Congratulations and Aarigaa to Kimberly Kivvaq Pikok on her graduation!!! Kim received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology & Wildlife from UAF, and we have been so lucky to have her on our AAOKH team for the past year. We’re excited to have her continue to work with us as she transitions to a new graduate program at UAF. You’re a superstar, Kim, and we can’t wait to see all the great things you do next! Read full story

Congrats to Roberta, Mik’, and Kim on recent student presentations!!

One of our goals at AAOKH is to create STEM opportunities for research and engagement for Alaska Native students, and our current AAOKH-affiliated students certainly make us proud! Check out these recent student-led scientific presentations.

Check out a copy of Roberta Turraaq Glenn’s recent presentation at Arctic Science Summit Week, where she was also a convener on a special session called ‘Use and Usability of Data and Information within Arctic Community-Driven Research.’ Kudos Roberta, and quyanaqpak for sharing your research!!

Roberta, Elizabeth Mik’aq Lindley, and Kimberly Kivvaq Pikok also co-created a poster about their AAOKH Read full story

Winter 2020 AAOKH Newsletter published online and in the mail!

We’re excited to share the latest edition of the AAOKH newsletter, which should also soon be arriving in the mailboxes of AAOKH communities!

Learn more about summer-fall observations and environmental conditions, new student and staff additions to our team, perspectives from our observers, and other great features.

Read it online here!

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AAOKH presents info about Utqiaġvik ice trail mapping project at AGU conference

AAOKH’s Joshua Jones leads the presentation of a virtual poster at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall 2020 Meeting, online Dec. 1-17.

This poster describes AAOKH’s ice trail mapping project, which involves co-observing sea ice at Utqiaġvik in collaboration with Matthew Druckenmiller at the National Snow & Ice Data Center, and Craig George at the North Slope Borough. The ice trail surveys improve safety of whalers & provide a record of local shorefast ice conditions.

The full poster, for those registered for the meeting, can be viewed here: https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm20/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/765453 Read full story

New students join the AAOKH team

We are thrilled that new UAF students recently joined our AAOKH team this summer and fall! Welcome and quyana/quyanaq to Mik’ (Elizabeth) Lindley and Kim Kivvaq Pikok!!

Mik’ (Elizabeth) Lindley is a new Master’s student in Fisheries at UAF. She is Yup’ik from Bethel. Growing up on the Kuskokwim River, she says “salmon have always been a very important part of my life, which is partly why I’ve chosen to study salmon during my MS program.”
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
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“The environment is changing and our people are intimately familiar with that change” – Roberta Tuurraq Glenn and Rick Thoman share their perspectives with ABC News

Roberta Glenn

“The environment is changing and our people are intimately familiar with that change, our livelihoods depend on being able to navigate these changes every day. And that’s what we do and that’s what we’re going to continue to do,” Roberta Tuurraq Glenn shared in a recent interview with ABC News.

AAOKH-affiliated UAF graduate student and Roberta Tuurraq Glenn and climatologist Rick Thoman helped turn a spotlight on Arctic sea ice loss and implications for Alaska’s coastal communities in this recent ABC News video and full online story.

Quyanaqpak Roberta and Rick! Read full story

“Global warming is happening. It is affecting different villages in different ways” – Tikiġaq observer Guy Omnik shares his perspective with Native America Calling

“Global warming is happening. It is affecting different villages in different ways”
“Our ice takes longer to form… [and] disappears faster…ice is not as thick…[these changes] impact our whaling, our hunting…more animal migrations are coming earlier and earlier.”

“I also collect observation data [with AAOKH]…this is an important tool we can use for the future.”


Taikuu Guy Omnik (AAOKH Observer from Tikiġaq/Point Hope) for sharing these and other on-the-ground observations and perspectives on Alaska’s changing environment on yesterday’s Native America Calling radio show, along with other guests Vera Metcalf from the Eskimo Walrus Commission and Walt Meier from the National Read full story

AAOKH contributes article to ARCUS Witness Community Highlights

Alaska Arctic communities are the “first responders” to experience and detect changes in the environment given their deep connections to place and integral reliance on traditional resources. Here’s how we are working together to track changes: a story we provided to ARCUS for the Witness Community Highlights series.

Quyanaqpak and Taikuu to our authors: Donna D.W. Hauser (UAF); Joshua Jones (UAF); Robert (Bobby) Puya Schaeffer, AAOKH Observer, Kotzebue, Alaska; Billy Adams, AAOKH Observer, Utqiaġvik, Alaska; Matthew L. Druckenmiller (University of Colorado Boulder); Roberta Tuurraq Glenn (graduate student in Geography at UAF); Elena Bautista Sparrow (UAF); and Hajo Eicken (UAF). Read full story