UAF scientist studies the rapidly changing Arctic

Hunters provide data for researchers like Olivia Lee by reporting their sightings of animals in the wild like walrus. This data will help researchers understand how declining sea ice will affect animal populations. Photo credit to Amos Oxereok. Josh Hartman/ Sun Star

Hunters provide data for researchers like Olivia Lee by reporting their sightings of animals in the wild like walrus. This data will help researchers understand how declining sea ice will affect animal populations. Photo credit to Amos Oxereok. Josh Hartman/ Sun Star

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Subsistence hunters and satellites work together to gather data on the changing sea ice habitat used by ice seals and walrus. Olivia Lee, a research assistant professor at the International Arctic Research Center, is using this data to understand how animals respond to this changing environment.

Lee will be giving a lecture on this research for the Science for Alaska series. The lecture is called “Home on the ice: sea ice change and arctic wildlife.” She was formerly a research associate at the Geophysical Institute.

Lee is presenting because sharing research is an important part of being University faculty, in addition to showing how collaborations with local communities helps build a better understanding of the Arctic, according to Lee

“Instead of focusing only on negative effects of reduced summer sea ice extent it is worthwhile to investigate how changes in behavior or life history strategies help to make people and animals more resilient,” Lee wrote.

The Science for Alaska Lecture series is a public outreach event sponsored by the Geophysical Institute.

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