Ned Rozell, UAF Geophysical Institute


Alaska Science Forum: The worst fire year we can remember

In a gorgeous warm May this year, we have not yet sniffed the bitter scent of flaming spruce. When we do, some of us will think back to a year that still haunts us. In summer 2004, a Vermont-sized patch of Alaska burned in wildfires. That hazy summer was the most extreme fire year in the half century people have kept score.

Alaska Science Forum: Awaiting river breakup on the Yukon

We had so much snow this year — knee deep on top of the river,” he said. “When that melted off, it laid on top of the ice and helped soften it up.” 

Alaska Science Forum: Live-trapping lynx in the far north

NORTH OF COLDFOOT — The lynx looks out from inside a chicken-wire cage. Despite its loss of freedom and the nearby squeaking of boots on cold snow, the wild cat looks calm, as if it might be resting while digesting a snowshoe hare. Knut Kielland, a professor with UAF’s Department of Biology and Wildlife, used to trap lynx for their fur. How he does for research.

In the crosshairs of an atmospheric river

Because of where Southeast Alaska sits — at the wetted lips of the planet’s widest expanse of blue — it is often soaked by atmospheric rivers, firehoses of moisture flowing up from the tropics. And even though the forests and muskegs of Southeast Alaska have evolved to drink up and shed stunning amounts of rain, sometimes it is too much.

Alaska Science Forum: Women may have advantage in the long run

Ned Rozell writes: Once again, I got “Shalaned.” This time was in a 55-mile multisport race held on snowmachine trails east of Fairbanks on March 5, 2022. Even though Shalane Frost started 15 minutes after I did and was on skis rather than the snow-bike I was riding, she passed me on the first big climb.

Alaska Science Forum: Dave Covey made the world a calmer place

When Dave Covey walked up with a smile, your day was about to become calmer. And then he fixed your irritating computer problem in 10 seconds. He left us last week — a quiet exit that was totally Dave. He died at 64 of cancer he told few people about.

Alaska Science Forum: Bird havens on a trans-continental journey

Right about now, songbirds in Brazil are shifting on their perches, feeling mysterious impulses that will soon make them leap off their branches and head toward Alaska.

Alaska Science Forum: Ninety below zero and the unfrozen beer

It is early February, about the date Glenn Shaw once noted as the first day at Fairbanks’ latitude you could feel the tickle of the sun on your cheek.
Signs of the American beaver in Alaska: A cut poplar tree on the upper Tanana River and a dam on Phelan Creek near Isabel Pass in the Alaska Range. Ned Rozell photos.

Beavers slapping tails on far-north waters

Animals the size of Labrador retrievers are changing the face of Alaska, creating new ponds visible from space.“These guys leave a mark,” UAF ecologist...
Chum salmon returning in November to spawn in the Delta River where it meets the Tanana River, about 10 miles north of the town of Delta Junction. Ned Rozell photos.

Salmon complete 1,000-mile journey, and life

MOUTH OF THE DELTA RIVER — On a morning with biting air in the single digits Fahrenheit, this river smells like sulfur and is...



Law & Order: June 13-19

The following is a summary of incidences that occurred or were reported to the Cordova Police Department June 13 through June 19, 2022. Defendant(s) are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
WP2Social Auto Publish Powered By :