Recent news and events at ABR.
Sally Kieper from UAF's School of Education invited ABR Senior Scientist Dr. JJ Frost to come with her to Unalakleet, AK as a visiting scientist to speak with classes K-12 about environmental science and change. Rather than drone on and on about Science, he thought it would be cool to have students explore changes in their own community and surrounding landscape.
The goal of the National Park Service (NPS)’s Inventory & Monitoring Program is to improve park management though greater reliance on scientific information. ABR is proud to be a partner in this program by collecting and analyzing data for use by NPS. In August 2016, ABR's Ecological Land Survey (ELS) team conducted fieldwork for a soils inventory of Katmai National Park & Preserve (KATM). The objective of the inventory is to gain a better understanding of how soils contribute to the richness and character of the park by identifying local-scale ecosystems and soil types and mapping their distribution.
This July, a field team led by ABR Senior Scientist Gerald "JJ" Frost completed the first field season for a multi-disciplinary study of environmental change on the Yukon-Kuskokwim (Y-K) Delta, western Alaska.This study is funded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) and integrates information from the satellite record, a network of long-term ecological field plots, and traditional ecological knowledge contributed by Y-K Delta residents to understand the biophysical drivers and ecosystem impacts of environmental change on the YK.
ABR, Inc. is honored to receive the 2016 Alaska Philanthropy Day award for Outstanding Small Business. This award, given by the Alaska Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, recognizes ABR’s long-term commitment to supporting non-profits through financial, in-kind, and volunteer donations. We have contributed $750,000 over the past 10 years to a range of organizations from local ones such as Fairbanks Counseling and Adoption to international organizations such as Doctors Without Borders.
The American Ornithologists' Union (AOU) is welcoming its new Fellows, including ABR's own Dr. Robert Day, at the 134th stated meeting in Washington, DC on 16-20 August 2016. Fellows are selected by their peers for their exceptional and sustained contributions to ornithology and/or service to the AOU. Bob's long publication record and active engagement in seabird research have earned him this great honor.