Skaggs Alaska Foundation supports Scientist in Residency Fellowship

The Sitka Sound Science Center is thrilled to announce that the Skaggs Alaska Foundation is supporting a new Scientist in Residency Fellowship Program at the Sitka Sound Science Center. The fellowship will support one scientist per year in a mini-sabbatical in Sitka.  Mid-career scientists working in terrestrial or interdisciplinary sciences may apply for this one month fellowship located in Sitka, Alaska. Through his foundation, Skaggs has a long history of involvement in the Sitka community and making positive investments around the region.  “Being on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, Sitka is bathed daily in rich nutrients brought in by currents and semi-diurnal tide changes,” says Skaggs, “This fellowship supports the human tide of intellectual excellence and exchange.”

Scientists who are awarded the Skaggs Alaska SIRF Fellowship will spend three weeks conducting research, preparing for publication, writing or collaborating with a colleague, and one week participating in informal science education with Sitkans. The Skaggs Alaska Fellow will be given unique outreach and education opportunities that will help the community learn about scientific research and foster science engagement in this small, well-informed, natural resource-dependent, coastal community.  Applicants will be selected based on their passion and ability to communicate science to a variety of audiences and research relevant to Alaska and field of interest. The successful candidate will be provided with travel expenses, housing, office space and an honorarium. This Fellowship is available to international scientists.

The Sitka Sound Science Center is honored by the generosity of the Skaggs Foundation. This Fellowship expands on the National Science Foundation-funded Scientist in Residency Fellowship program that has a focus on Ocean Sciences. “With Sam’s support we are excited that we can expand the reach of this unique and highly successful program to scientists working beyond the marine environment,” said Victoria O’Connell, Research Director.

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Application close date April 30th 2014

SKAGGS SIRF Fellowship letter and application updated


Nancy Huntly, Utah State University Awarded First Skaggs Scientist in Residency Fellowship

NancyHuntly_HiResNancy Huntly is a professor in the Department of Biology and Director of the Ecology Center at Utah State University in Logan UT.  She grew up in rural Michigan and graduated from Kalamazoo College with a BA in Biology. She earned a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from University of Arizona, where she studied how small plant-eating mammals (pikas, pocket gophers, voles) affected the diversity and species of plant communities, especially in subalpine meadows. She was a post-doctoral researcher at University of Minnesota with a Long Term Ecological Research project, then joined the faculty of Idaho State University, where she was a founder of the Center for Ecological Research and Education. Her research is on ecological diversity and, more recently, human ecology and the ways in people have influenced landscapes and biological diversity. She has studied the ecology and diversity of sagebrush steppe, deserts, old-fields, alpine, subalpine, and montane areas and, since 2004, the human ecology of the northern Gulf of Alaska region. Her interests in Alaska are particularly in landscape legacies, food webs, and sustainable resource use. Nancy also is interested in the use of ecology in land, water, fish, and wildlife management, and served on the Independent Scientific Review Panel and Independent Science Advisory Board for the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, NOAA Fisheries, and the Columbia River Tribes for 16 years.

Dr. Huntly will be in residence from late August through late September. For scheduling Dr. Huntly, please call Tory O’Connell, SIRF Director, 907-747-8868.