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Liz is a media artist and wannabe scientist who loves the Alaskan frontier.

 

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Matcharak II Archaeology released

Posted 21 June 2016 by Liz O´Connell

Enjoy FRONTIER SCIENTISTS: SEASON 2 on Alaska Public Media KAKM–TV. From polar bears to grayling, engage in the Artic’s newest discoveries with Frontier Scientists. The series airs Wednesdays at 8pm beginning June 15th. Alaska PBS Programming is available in the state of Alaska. Episodes are scheduled 8pm Alaska time on PBS KAKM Science Wednesday. The series visits Alaska’s living laboratories and highlights the work of modern scientists, bringing their findings to your screen. On FrontierScientists.com watch Matcharak Lake videos .... Read more

Frontier Scientists TV season 2, Science Wednesdays

Posted 14 June 2016 by Liz O´Connell

FRONTIER SCIENTISTS: SEASON 2 on KAKM’s Science Wednesday Enjoy FRONTIER SCIENTISTS: SEASON 2 on Alaska Public Media KAKM–TV. From polar bears to grayling, engage in the Artic’s newest discoveries with Frontier Scientists.The series airs Wednesdays at 8pm beginning June 15th 2016. Alaska PBS Programming is available in the state of Alaska. Episodes are scheduled 8pm Alaska time on PBS KAKM Science Wednesday. A series sharing the Arctic’s newest discoveries. The series visits Alaska’s living laboratories and highlights the work of... Read more

Anchorage event “Bears of the World” 2016

Posted 13 June 2016 by Liz O´Connell

If you're in beautiful Anchorage, Alaska visit Frontier Scientists at the International Conference on Bear Research and Management. The International Association for Bear Research and Management promotes conservation of bear species based on science-based best practice. “Bears of the World” 2016 isn’t just for scientists; attend engaging public lectures and outreach events. Look for Frontier Scientists outside the Dena'ina Center public lectures on bears at 600 W 7th Ave, Downtown Anchorage, 6-9pm June 13, 14, & 15 2016. Elizabeth O'Connell... Read more

Tough little birds face Alaska’s ice

Posted 9 June 2016 by Liz O´Connell

Conditions at the northern end of the Rock Sandpiper's range in upper Cook Inlet, Alaska, latitude 61°N, are the coldest experienced by any shorebird species. The Pribilof Rock Sandpiper survives there all winter long. "Rock Sandpipers, as far as shorebirds go, are fairly nondescript. They are about the size of a robin, they weight 80 grams, they fit nicely in your hand," described Dan Ruthrauff, wildlife biologist with USGS Alaska Science Center. "I’ve been studying shorebirds here in Alaska coming... Read more

Buffet for birds at Cook Inlet ice scour tracks

Posted 2 June 2016 by Liz O´Connell

"This is when shorebirds are supposed to be in Mexico and Panama." Dan Ruthrauff, wildlife biologist with USGS Alaska Science Center, researches Pribilof Rock Sandpipers (C. p. ptilocnemis). These amazing birds are unique; unlike other migratory shorebirds in the North Pacific they do not fly south for the winter. Instead they overwinter at high latitudes in the ice and cold of upper Cook Inlet near Anchorage, Alaska. The USGS Newsroom reported: upper Cook Inlet is the world's coldest site that... Read more

Animal ambassador shorebirds travel worldwide

Posted 27 May 2016 by Liz O´Connell

"Alaska is home to many many millions of breeding shorebirds during the summertime." Dan Ruthrauff, wildlife biologist with USGS, Alaska Science Center, said "They are all Alaska’s birds but they are shared with the world." Video: International Bird Ambassadors Animal ambassador shorebirds travel worldwide Shorebirds perform astounding feats. The bar-tailed godwit migrates for ten days nonstop– ten days of hard travel without sleep– covering 11,000 kilometers [6835 miles] between New Zealand or Australia and breeding grounds in Alaska. Without a... Read more

Rock sandpipers in Alaska videos

Posted 15 May 2016 by Liz O´Connell

“Typically when a bird gets any ice on their body it’s game over.” But not for rock sandpipers overwintering on the mudflats of Cook Inlet, Alaska. Watch new videos about rock sandpipers on FrontierScientists.com featuring science about avian puffballs surviving and thriving despite enduring ice on feathers and feet. Rock sandpipers in Alaska In Cook Inlet “You can see the mud flat flash-freezing as the tide drops,” described Dan Ruthrauff, wildlife biologist with USGS, Alaska Science Center. Temperatures might be... Read more

Boreal Forest Growth videos

Posted 18 April 2016 by Liz O´Connell

On FrontierScientists.com, watch new videos featuring Boreal Forest Research in Alaska: 'Why So Small?', 'How Tree Needles Age', and 'What Are Stomata?'. "It isn’t just the climate impacting the vegetation but the vegetation impacting the climate," Bjartmar Sveinbjornsson explained. "As the globe warms up are the forests going to spread and are they going to to amplify the problem or counteract the problem? Are they going to lead to cooling or are they going to lead to warming? We don’t... Read more

Arctic UAVs game app

Posted 29 March 2016 by Liz O´Connell

Up for a hands-on game challenge? Navigate a flying quadcopter during stormy Alaska weather, catch the perfect aerial shot of rare wildlife, and uncover trails through rough sea ice, all in the new mobile app game Arctic UAVs. Arctic UAVs is available for download now in the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store. Unmanned aerial vehicles are high-tech flying technological tools. UAVs are on the cutting edge of science. Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/arctic-uavs/id1090492329 Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.frontierScientists.arcticUAVs “One of the things I... Read more

Sea otter UAV health checkup

Posted 22 March 2016 by Liz O´Connell

Spying on sea otter activities lets biologists measure populations of other species in the otters' habitat. "It’s just a lot of work to get densities of clams and marine species like that," described wildlife biologist Daniel Monson. To get a better idea of ecosystem health, scientists can use Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology to take a look at what sea otters are eating. Otters explore the sea floor for available food before surfacing to eat their prey. "If the otters... Read more