Working in the New Arctic

The Arctic CoLab represents a research initiative leveraging existing expertise from across the University and a network of collaborators, to conduct research on the coupled human and natural components of Arctic systems. Faculty from fields including Environmental Science, Architecture, and Engineering and Applied Science are all part of the research team. To discover intersections between these fields, the team is hosting a series of Research Dialogues, to bring together faculty and students from across grounds. The CoLab’s work is enhancing our understanding of the interactions among natural, infrastructure, cultural, and socio-economic components of these Arctic systems. The integrated approach to arctic research is expected to provide insights that can be used to develop strategies for promoting and ensuring the long-term resilience of these coupled human-natural systems, and potentially more complex communities and cities in other climate zones around the globe.

About the speaker

Dr. Martha Raynolds is an arctic vegetation mapper and plant ecologist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). She got her MS at Virginia Tech and her PhD from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has worked in the Arctic for over 30 years, for consulting firms, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and for UAF research projects. She works mostly with remote sensing in the winter, and in the tundra in the summer.  She has studied the effects of oil development in the Prudhoe Bay area, and of seismic exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Martha was a co-author of the Circumpolar Arctic Vegetation Map, a baseline tool used by arctic scientists throughout the world. She is currently working on a Baffin Island project.

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