Recent news and events at ABR.
All around the Arctic from Norway to Russia to Alaska, arctic foxes (Vulpes lagopus) are finding themselves nose-to-nose with a new challenge: the bigger and more aggressive red fox (Vulpes vulpes). Evidence of this change is presented in 3 recent peer-reviewed articles co-authored by ABR biologists (Berteaux et al. 2017, Colson et al. 2017, Elmhagen et al. 2017).
On Saturday, 22 July 2017, a large contingent of ABR employees, past and present, attended Erin Johnson’s Celebration of Life in Chugiak, Alaska. It was a gorgeous sun-drenched day, and both the formal celebration ceremony and the gathering afterwards gave Erin’s family and friends an opportunity to remember her beautiful spirit and incredible life of love and accomplishment. Tears, hugs, and collective grieving were interspersed with music, dancing, laughter, and an overall sense that we all were privileged to have been part of Erin’s short but remarkable life.
A new paper co-authored by ABR Senior Scientists Brian A. Cooper and Robert H. Day illustrates conservation issues being faced by seabirds in the Hawaiian Islands. Populations of Hawaiian Petrels (Pterodroma sandwichensis) and Newell’s Shearwaters (Puffinus newlli) have been declining over the past 25 years, based on counts of both species on ornithological radar and on recoveries of newly fledged shearwaters in the island-wide “Save Our Shearwaters” (SOS) program.
Senior Scientist Dr. JJ Frost will moderate the Arctic Roundtable public event next Mon 8 May 2017 at the Blue Loon. The topic is "Arctic Seas in a Time of Change: Status, Trends, and Implications Within and Beyond the Arctic." Senior Scientist Dr. Adrian Gall is serving as an expert panelist along with University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) professors Dr. Tom Weingartner and Dr. Lawson Brigham. This event is organized by the Arctic Institute of North America, and co-sponsored by the Week of the Arctic which will be taking place at UAF next week. As an added enticement there are free hors d'oeuvres before the event. Come one, come all!