University of Alaska Fairbanks graduate students share research stories

Published: Feb. 15, 2021 at 4:14 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute’s free Science for Alaska Lecture Series continues Tuesday, featuring the work of several graduate students.

This Science for Alaska lecture will be a compilation of short, eight-minute long flash-talks from five UAF graduate student researchers. They will present on research topics ranging from oceanography to the exploration of the planet Venus.

One of these talks will be presented by Ph.D. student Skye Kushner on his work measuring gases from Alaska volcanoes. “Right now a lot of the gas measurements that we take of the volcanoes that we have in Alaska happen, give or take, once every year or whenever we can. So really what this is gonna let us do is take more frequent measurements - once every 10 minutes assuming the conditions are good”, said Kushner.

Another flash talk will be hosted by Christopher Smith, a Master of Science student who’s work involves using satellite imagery to understand the behavior of wildfires. Smith explained, “I’m gonna be presenting on using satellite imagery to assess burn severity, and the two fires I’ve been looking at are the Shovel Creek fire, and the Nugget Creek fire from 2019. This is kind of important because with these new burn severity products that we’re able to create, fire managers can use these to further understand how fire’s gonna behave and try to predict further areas of high risk.”

The talks will be held via Zoom Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. and will be shared live over the UAF and Geophysical Institute Facebook pages. There will be an opportunity for viewers to ask questions after each presentation.

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