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G6941/335856-65504-Regional consequences of changing climate-disturbance interactions for the resilience of Alaska's boreal forest


December 2010 - January 2018


Our research program focuses on social-ecological resilience and response to change by
integrating four components. (1) Studying past and current direct effects of climate change on
ecosystems and key disturbance regimes (fire, permafrost thaw, insect/pathogen outbreaks) at local and
regional scales; (2) understanding mechanisms and consequences for how climate-disturbance
interactions drive changes in ecosystems and landscape structure and heterogeneity; (3) modeling the
effects of interactions among changes in climate, ecosystem structure and function, and disturbance
regimes on regional ecosystem dynamics and climate feedbacks (forest-atmosphere exchanges of
trace gases, water, and energy); and (4) studying how climate variability and change are affecting the
coupled social-ecological dynamics of rural Alaskan villages by understanding how changes in
ecosystem services are affecting community resilience and helping to identify opportunities for adaptation
and/or transformation of community practices.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 238

Phd Students: 144

Post Docs: 54

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 673

Scientific Publications: 1905

Presentations: 4235



Funding Agencies

  • DEB


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey