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UAS Students and Faculty Engage in EPSCoR Funded Research

“My project will involve collecting samples throughout SE Alaska to add to a larger database used to study how natural selection operates in the face of gene flow,” said Bergstrom.

Three UAS Juneau undergraduate students are in the process of specialized research with the help of generous grants through a partnership between the University of Alaska and the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Grants are $4,000-$8,000 each for the 2009-10 academic year through June, 2010.

Kari Dammerman, a UAS marine biology major graduating this spring, is conducting a genetic comparison of Western Alaskan and Glacier Bay coast-range sculpin populations. Yoko Kugo, a UAS social science major, is observing and interviewing Tlingit and Haida weavers in Southeast Alaska. Eric Keller, a UAS marine biology pre-major, examined the progression and development of bitter crab syndrome in Prince William Sound tanner crab populations.

New biology faculty Carolyn Bergstrom also received a 2010 Alaska EPSCoR Landscape Genetics Faculty Research Award to do work on the genetics and evolution of a marine flatfish, the starry flounder. Starry flounder exhibit a tremendous amount of variation in their body shape and asymmetry direction despite large amounts of gene flow. “My project will involve collecting samples throughout SE Alaska to add to a larger database used to study how natural selection operates in the face of gene flow,” said Bergstrom. Bergstrom’s grant is for $10,000.

UAS students and faculty are expected to attend the third annual Alaska EPSCoR All-Hands Meeting (AHM10) on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus in the Reichardt Building May 26-28, 2010. This final gathering of EPSCoR Phase III affiliates will highlight and summarize the accomplishments made under the current grant, “Resilience and Vulnerability in a Rapidly Changing North: The Integration of Physical, Biological and Social Processes”.

 
 

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