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Goals of the USGS Changing Arctic Ecosystem Initiative

ANSEP Summer Bridge Program - Deena and Meg Fowler in Molecular Ecology Lab in AnchorageAlaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP)

USGS is an active partner with ANSEP in providing science training for students and exposure to careers in the sciences with federal agencies.  USGS is actively engaging middle school, high school, undergraduate, and post-graduates of ANSEP in the CAE Initiative by providing class room activities on developing scientific questions, study designs, and research directions, offering summer internship opportunities for high school and undergraduate students interested in the sciences, and graduate and employment opportunities for alumni of ANSEP.

2015 ANSEP Summer Interns at USGS Supported by the USGS Changing Arctic Ecosystems Initiative:

2014 ANSEP Summer Interns at USGS Supported by the USGS Changing Arctic Ecosystems Initiative:

Highlights related to ANSEP and USGS Changing Arctic Ecosystems Initiative:

New Publication on Changing Berry Harvests in Alaska
Wild berries are a valued traditional food throughout Alaska and their consumption contributes to a healthy diet in rural areas. Yet little was known regarding which species were important to communities and whether recent environmental change had affected berry harvests. USGS Alaska Science Center scientist Jerry Hupp and student employee Kira Wilkinson with the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) at the University of Alaska Anchorage, collaborated with coauthors at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to query local environmental observers across Alaska about berries that were important to their communities and whether berry harvests had changed over time. The researchers found that important species of berries differed among ecological regions of Alaska. Most (67 percent) observers perceived that harvests of important berries had declined or become more variable in the past decade. The study is an example of how observer networks can report on the effects of environmental change to wild resources in rural Alaska and help to identify future research questions. The paper can be accessed at:http://www.circumpolarhealthjournal.net/index.php/ijch/article/view/28704.
Contact: Jerry Hupp Anchorage, AK, (907) 786-7096

Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) Students Complete USGS Summer Internships
Three ANSEP students will complete their Summer Bridge Internships with the USGS Alaska Science Center on July 31st. Tvetene Carlson's internship focused on understanding environmental processes that affect Arctic lake water, heat, and chemistry. Jannelle Trowbridge joined a research cruise in the Chukchi Sea to assist with benthic and walrus surveys. Nathan Doss gained experience working with the extensive satellite network of USGS stream-gaging stations in the state which form the backbone of flood-warning systems, and provide current stream stage and streamflow, water-quality, and groundwater levels for over 100 sites in Alaska. The students are part of the ANSEP Summer Bridge program which focuses on preparing recently graduated Alaska Native and rural high school students for college and STEM careers.
Contact: Durelle Smith Anchorage, AK, (907) 786-7104

USGS Provides STEM Presentation for Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program
On June 15 and August 3, Alaska Science Center research wildlife biologist William Beatty will present to 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students at the Middle School Academy for the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP). Beatty will discuss the career of wildlife biology to inspire students to consider as an academic pathway in college. The presentation will consist of three 45 minute sessions with rotating groups of students demonstrating how math and statistics are used in wildlife biology.
Contact: William Beatty Anchorage, AK, (907) 786-7419

USGS Teaches Short Course on Disease to ANSEP Students
USGS Alaska Science Center scientists John Pearce, Andy Ramey, and Andy Reeves will teach a short class on May 29th and July 22nd on avian influenza to high school students participating in the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) Acceleration Academy. This program exposes high school students from across Alaska to a 5-week program in engineering, math and science. At USGS, the students will learn about why the USGS is conducting research on wildlife diseases, what is being learned and how the information is used, the different careers that are involved in wildlife disease research, and the college skills these career paths require.
Contact: John Pearce Anchorage, AK, (907) 786-7094

USGS Intern Speaks at Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program Meeting
Alaska Science Center Student Intern Gelsey Carmichael spoke at the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) meeting Friday, September 5th and reported on the USGS projects she worked on during the summer and shared her experience with other students in the ANSEP program. Over 100 University of Alaska Anchorage science and engineering students attended the presentation, which introduced the history of the USGS and the agency's current goals and work opportunities. The Alaska Science Center has had a close relationship with ANSEP for many years, providing educational learning experiences for middle, high school, and undergraduate students interested in the sciences. Gelsey, an ANSEP student herself, is currently working with scientists who are involved in research investigating the health of the Alaska nearshore ecosystem and one of its sentinel species, the sea otter.
Contact: Gelsey Carmichael Anchorage, AK, (907) 786-7000

On August 4, Havan Shaginoff, an Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) student with the USGS Alaska Science Center, was featured in a U.S News and World Report story highlighting the ANSEP program, a STEM program that is working to increase the numbers of Indigenous Americans with science and engineering degrees. Havan’s position in the research genetics laboratory and her work examining genetic samples of the bristle-thighed curlew was highlighted. The full article can be read here:http://www.usnews.com/news/stem-solutions/articles/2014/08/04/alternative-stem-programs-offer-early-career-preparation-for-students
Contact: Durelle Smith Anchorage, AK, (907) 786-7104

ANSEP Students in the Alaska Region  Six Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program students (ANSEP) are working at science centers in the Alaska Region this summer. ANSEP is a program that increases the number of indigenous American students in STEM degrees, and summer positions with USGS providing mentoring, training, and hands-on experience that are crucial in the development of critical skills needed for the USGS scientific workforce. At the Alaska Science Center Jesse Klejka is working on projects that use molecular techniques to investigate avian health and disease. Zoe Rhodes is studying the change in Alaska's glaciers and potential impacts to the ecosystems of the Gulf of Alaska. Vanessa Muhlenbruch is analyzing the archive of polar bear blood samples for urea and creatinine to track long-term patterns in fasting behavior which will then allow the relationship between polar bear fasting behavior and sea ice conditions over several decades to be explored. Gelsey Carmichael is involved in the investigations of the nearshore ecosystem health of Alaska and one of its sentinel species, the sea otter. Havan Shaginoff is working in the molecular genetics laboratory genotyping migratory bird samples. At the Volcano Science Center's Alaska Volcano Observatory Solomon Klein is assisting with field and lab analysis of volcanic deposits and hazards. Contact: Durelle Smith Anchorage, AK, (907) 786-7104

USGS Presents on Walrus Studies at the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program  On June 9th, Alaska Science Center Biologist Anthony Fischbach presented a class to high school students in the Acceleration Academy at the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP). Fischbach presented a three hour class that included the USGS video on tracking the Pacific Walrus (http://gallery.usgs.gov/videos/600); a multi-media presentation on how USGS draws on numerous biological disciplines in a structured science plan to forecast how the Pacific walrus will fare in a world with continuing sea ice loss; and a set of hands-on GIS exercises that challenged students to draw their own understanding of how Pacific walruses may interact with a variety of human activities in the Arctic. The GIS exercise guided students to discover and perform GIS overlay operations with multiple data sources. Students were challenged to consider possible biases in the data sources and to work through primary literature to identify biases. USGS is an active partner with ANSEP in providing science training for students and exposure to careers in the sciences with federal agencies.
Contact: Anthony Fischbach Anchorage, AK, (907) 786-7145

USGS Presents at the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program  On June 2nd, Alaska Science Center Supervisory Biologist John Pearce presented the kick-off lecture to high school students in the Acceleration Academy at the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) on the campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). The Acceleration Academy is a six-week program for high school students from across Alaska. During the program, students will hear from a wide range of scientists on topics such as GIS, bioenergetics, microbiology, wildlife tracking, hydrology and geology. Students also take college prep science classes at the UAA. Pearce's talk, entitled "On Being a Good Scientist" focused on how scientists make observations, design research questions around these observations, and interpret and present their findings. USGS is an active partner with ANSEP in providing science training for students and exposure to careers in the sciences with federal agencies.
Contact: John Pearce Anchorage, AK, (907) 786-7094

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