What Are They Doing?

A view of the beach from downtown Barrow, Alaska
A view of the beach from downtown Barrow, Alaska
Applied Research in Environmental Sciences Nonprofit, Inc., ARIES, the Barrow Arctic Science Consortium, BASC, the North Slope Borough of Risk Management, and Cooperative Extension of Ilisgavik College are collaborating to plan, develop and implement a historical ecology model for the North Slope Coastal Region of Alaska. Historical ecology is an applied research program that focuses on interactions of people and their environments. Research applications involve studying and understanding this relationship in both time and space to gain a full picture of all of its accumulated effects. The research program can be applied to understanding changes among community landscapes that can assist strategies for the future. For this proposal the emphases align with the ARIES mission of research, education and community engagement, the Inupiaq Learning Framework of the North Slope School District, and the eco-heritage indicator of the CRIOS model (Cumulative Regional Integrated Operability Scores). Read more at the project website here.

The project emphases are 1) a bibliographic database of relevant historical resources, 2) an examination of the shoreline to provide a long time-series baseline, 3) simulation models to demonstrate socio-natural cycles of change for the North Slope shoreline, 4) the historical ecology study of the shoreline, interactive mapping and database available as a web based resource to assist academia, industry, regional government and local communities for socio-natural risk management (e.g., Barrow Area Information Database, 5) an integrated team of researchers, corporations, community planners, and Risk Management of the North Slope Borough to extract data and provide simulation models that apply to current studies and hazards of the region, especially mitigation tools for community decisions, and 6) provide a variety of eco-heritage opportunities that include community participation in research, educational products, age level appropriate activities and outreaches for community service learning, such as Teen CERT for the Next Generations and PolarTREC.

Where Are They?

Welcome to Barrow, Alaska
Welcome to Barrow, Alaska
The team was in Barrow, Alaska on the North Slope Borough Coast. Barrow is the economic, transportation and administrative center for the North Slope Borough. Located on the Chukchi Sea coast, Barrow is the northernmost community in the United States. The community is traditionally known as Ukpeagvik, "place where snowy owls are hunted". Learn more from the City of Barrow Website

The land is vast and remote; and while seemingly rugged, is remarkably fragile. The ancient cultural traditions practiced today by Iñupiat Eskimos have survived in one of the world's harshest climates through their ability to adapt. They adapted to the discovery of oil in their traditional homeland by forming the North Slope Borough which offers residents a chance to help manage the lands, participate in the benefits of the oil boom while at the same time protect subsistence values, especially whaling. Learn more about the North Slope of Alaska.

Latest Journals

Goodbye everyone, After a month in Barrow it is time for me to say goodbye and to thank the people who helped me on my expedition. Graduate student Mike Brady, and my researchers Dr. Anne Garland and Dr. Kathleen Fischer who taught me about historical ecology, risk management, coastal erosion…
Hello Everyone, Did you know that NOAA has an Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL), part of the Global Monitoring Division, just outside of Barrow, Alaska? The Global Monitoring Division conducts observations and research related to the ozone layer, air quality, and climate change. Barrow is…
Hello Everyone, Understanding the weather is important no matter where you are. But up in the Arctic it can be life or death. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) Alaska Region provides weather, hydrologic, climate forecasts and volcanic ash…
Hello everyone, Beaches are fun to visit no matter where you are in the world, including the Arctic. So I hit the Barrow beach with oceanographer Dr. Kathleen Fischer to see what we could learn. Barrow's beach is very different from the tan colored, sandy beaches I am use to back home. The beach…
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Barrow, AK
Project Funded Title
Historical Ecology for Risk Management: Youth Sustainability (HERMYS)
Sian Proctor - Teacher
Teacher
South Mountain Community College

Sian Proctor is a geology professor at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Arizona. Throughout her adult life she has pushed herself to take on new challenges and to learn new things that she can bring back to her students. She has a BS in environmental science, MS in geology, and a PhD in science education. Both her master's and doctoral research involved the use of technology to understand how individuals learn. She is continually developing new ways to engage her students and to present scientific information. She has a strong curriculum development background, teaches both hybrid and online classes, and has traveled and taught around the world. She was a finalist for the 2009 NASA Astronaut Program, was on the Discovery Channel reality TV show called The Colony, and was the Education Outreach Officer on the 4-month NASA funded Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation 2013 Mission (hi-seas.org). Sian's experiences on The Colony and the HI-SEAS mission have taught her how to live in unique environments. She believes in life-long learning and tries to encourage this philosophy with her students. She loves traveling, playing sports, photography, and cooking.

Anne Garland - Researcher
Researcher
Applied Research in Environmental Sciences Nonprofit, Inc.

Anne is interested in applying natural science and social science research to assist community based decision making in the areas of Historical Ecology, Public Archaeology, Museum Education, Culture Contact Studies, Applied Anthropology for Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation. You can see her ARIES website here.

Kathleen Fischer - Treasurer
Treasurer
Applied Research in Environmental Sciences Nonprofit, Inc.

Following completion of her B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Illinois - Chicago, Kathleen worked in industry as an engineer and research chemist prior to attending graduate school. After completing her Ph.D. in oceanography (geochemistry) at Oregon State University, she worked for the Navy as a civilian scientist (oceanographer). Kathleen also completed a J.D. degree at Willamette University College of Law. She taught marine science and coastal management full time at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. She has been the Corporate Treasurer of Applied Research in Environmental Sciences Nonprofit, Inc. for the past 6 years, also teaching earth science and oceanography courses as an adjunct at a community college until a few years ago. Her interests are in coastal management, both regulatory, policy, and scientific aspects, and near-shore processes affecting coastal erosion. She is the author or co-author of several published papers.

Historical Ecology for Risk Management 2014 Resources

Lesson
Arctic
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High school and Up
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The report is written by teacher participants upon return from their field expedition portion of the PolarTREC program. It summarizes the benefit of the expedition to the teacher, a description of activities, and a summary of how teachers plan to link this experience in classrooms and communities.

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Arctic
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This one hour webinar is a great look at the PolarTREC 2014 Arctic expeditions. Each teacher presents a little about the research projects, implementation in the classroom, and outreach into communities.

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Arctic
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