Home/Tag: natural resources

Air and Water Violations in Alaska: 2011-2019

Alaskans care about their environment. Whenever we discuss development and conservation proposals, there is always a discussion about whether our water and air are being protected and whether some industries have a good record protecting our air and water. Or not. Read more about > Air and Water Violations in Alaska: 2011-2019

2020-06-23T13:25:15-08:00May 7th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Navigating the Ferry Cutbacks

In March 2020, as the first warm rays of sun hit Orca Inlet, Cordova started to emerge from a ferry-less winter. The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) is used by 30 communities for reliable and affordable year-round transportation. But, following the passage of the FY 2020 budget, the Alaska Legislature cut funding for the AMHS by $44 million dollars, a 31% reduction from previous fiscal years.  As a result, according to the Alaska Municipal League, many coastal communities, including Cordova (Figure 1), spent six to eight months with no ferry service during the 2019/2020 winter. Additional funding for the AMHS is included in the FY21 state budget, but Cordova will likely have to wait until July 2020 for the first ferry of the year. By that time, Cordova will have been without ferry service for 9.5 months. Read more about > Navigating the Ferry Cutbacks

2020-04-30T10:37:27-08:00April 30th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Jen Schmidt Talks MicroFEWs Project

The Institute of Social and Economic Research’s (ISER) Dr. Jen Schmidt, alongside co-author Dr. Erin Whitney (Alaska Center for Energy and Power), have an article featured in the recent edition of the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States’ (ARCUS) Witness Community Highlights. The article, “MicroFEWs": Exploring the Impacts of Local Renewable Energy Projects on Remote Arctic Community Security and Resilience, summarized the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded MicroFEWs project which “aims to explore the impact of local and renewable energy projects on FEW security and resilience in the remote Arctic communities,” as, “little research has been done to understand the linkage of Food/Energy/Water (FEW) systems in remote Arctic systems.” Read more about > Jen Schmidt Talks MicroFEWs Project

2020-06-23T13:49:28-08:00March 10th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Dr. Jen Schmidt Presents Fuel Meter Data Collection Results in Tanana

ISER’s Dr. Jen Schmidt traveled to Tanana this past October to discuss the results of an ongoing fuel meter data collection project alongside Alaska Center for Energy and Power’s (ACEP) Alana Vilagi and Baxter Bond.Read more about > Dr. Jen Schmidt Presents Fuel Meter Data Collection Results […]

2020-01-14T16:33:03-09:00January 14th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , |

New research finds that elodea, Alaska’s first aquatic invasive weed, will negatively affect the recreation experiences of Alaska’s floatplane pilots

The Institute of Social and Economic Research’s Dr. Tobias Schwoerer, Dr. Jennifer Schmidt, and Kyle Borash alongside the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Dr. Joseph Little, published a new article, “Hitchhikers on floats to Arctic freshwater: Private aviation and recreation loss from aquatic invasion”, in the latest issue of Ambio. […]

2019-12-10T16:01:06-09:00December 10th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Visualizing Economic Connections among Fisheries: A New Tool for Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management

Anyone who has seen a food web of a marine ecosystem has seen a model in which little fish eat plankton, medium-sized fish eat little fish, and the biggest fish eat everything else. A food web is a familiar way to conceptualize the ecological connectivity of marine species. In a paper titled “Defining the Economic Scope for Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management”, and published this year in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, we pose and examine the question: could a parallel model be used to conceptualize economic connectivity and explore the management implications of policy choices? Read more about > Visualizing Economic Connections among Fisheries: A New Tool for Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management

2019-11-15T16:19:24-09:00November 15th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Prof. Kevin Berry Investigator on Project Awarded $1.5 Million by NSF

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced it would award $18.3 million across 16 projects to researchers funded by the National Science Foundation’s Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems (CNH2) program. The NSF explains, “CNH2 supports research that advances a basic scientific understanding of integrated socio-environmental systems and the complex interactions […]

2019-11-14T11:22:40-09:00November 14th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Director Ralph Townsend discusses fisheries management in the United Kingdom

Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) and Professor of Economics, Dr. Ralph Townsend, recently presented three invited talks on fisheries management in the United Kingdom. The first, “Lessons from International Experiences in Fisheries Self-governance” at the Future of Inshore Fisheries Conference in London, attracted 150 people […]

2019-10-30T12:19:33-08:00October 30th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Jennifer Schmidt Talks Wildfire Risk in Bloomberg Law News

The Institute of Social and Economic Research’s (ISER) Assistant Professor of Natural Resources Management, Dr. Jennifer Schmidt, was recently published in Bloomberg Law News discussing the rising wildfire risk in Alaska. In the article, Dr. Schmidt explains the impact of climate and society on risk in the wildland […]

2019-10-31T09:58:30-08:00October 25th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , |
Load More Posts