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ISER studies implications of changing ocean environment for salmon fisheries and adaptation response

ISER researchers Tobias Schwörer, Kevin Berry and Marie Lowe are part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers looking at how increased ocean acidification (OA) may impact Alaska salmon fisheries and adaptation measures available to fisheries stakeholders and policymakers. Experts predict that Alaska will experience ocean acidification  faster and more intensely than other regions of the globe, mainly due to cold water’s ability to absorb more CO2 than warm water. Yet, little is known of the impact of OA on Alaska’s $5.8 million seafood industry and the people who rely upon healthy oceans for their livelihoods, subsistence, and nutrition. […]

March 18th, 2019|

Townsend and Hirshberg discuss education at Alaska Municipal League Legislative Meeting

ISER Director Ralph Townsend and ISER faculty Diane Hirshberg provided information on school funding and the retention and turnover of teachers in Alaska at the February Alaska Municipal League (AML) Winter Legislative Meeting in Juneau. AML is an organization of cities, boroughs, and unified municipalities representing over 97% of Alaska residents […]

March 12th, 2019|

Guettabi provides economic overview of governor’s budget to legislative finance committees

Mouhcine Guettabi provided an economic overview and answered questions concerning the impact of the governor’s proposed budget to members of the Alaska State Senate and House Finance Committees on Thursday, March 7. […]

March 8th, 2019|

CAEPR Director DeFeo presents at American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

ISER’s Center for Alaska Education Policy Research (CAEPR) Director Dayna DeFeo presented to a national audience of teacher educators, higher education administrators, and policymakers on innovative ways that Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT) survey data may be used to inform policy, practice, and cross-institutional collaboration. […]

March 4th, 2019|

Schmidt presents on technology and wood use in remote Alaska communities at Arctic Frontiers in Norway

ISER’s Jennifer Schmidt gave presentations at the recent Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromso, Norway on the role of technology in remote Arctic communities and how harvesting wood for fuel impacts subsistence. Arctic Frontiers brings together academic researchers along with government and business decision makers to promote responsible and sustainable development of the Arctic. […]

February 22nd, 2019|

PFD study shows little impact on crime, providing important research on universal income

Within the first few weeks after the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) is paid, substance-abuse incidents increase, while property crime decreases. On an annual basis, however, changes in criminal activity associated with the payment are small and estimated costs are a small portion of the total payment, according to a new analysis of the PFD by Brett Watson, Mouhcine Guettabi, and Matthew Reimer of the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER). In their recently accepted article, “Universal Cash and Crime,” by the Review of Economics and Statistics, Watson, Guettabi, and Reimer use their case study of the PFD and crime [...]

February 14th, 2019|
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