2nd Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference and Forum 2009

"Energizing our Future"

April 7–9, 2009
Nome, Alaska
Hosted by University of Alaska Fairbanks Northwest Campus and Bering Strait Development Council (ARDOR)

The first conference of this type, held in April 2008 in Dillingham, Alaska, brought together 120 scientists, educators, rural leaders, and subsistence hunters and gatherers to discuss science and issues relevant to western Alaska. The conference will highlight regional scientific efforts and traditional knowledge that provide an interdisciplinary approach to scientific inquiry and resource management. In addition to scientific sessions, the conference will include several workshops addressing topics relevant to life in rural western Alaska. Organizers welcome submissions from all individuals and organizations collecting data in western Alaska.

Don't forget the banquet!

Thursday, April 9, 6–9 p.m.
WAISC Banquet with Eskimo Dancing and Keynote Address by George Noongwook, Savoonga Whaling Captain at the Mini Convention Center.

Scientific session and workshop topics

Fisheries • Science Education in Rural Alaska • Mining in Western Alaska • Waste Management and Disposal • Energy • Freshwater Quality and Watersheds • Subsistence and Traditional Ecological Knowledge • Public Health • Reindeer Herding • Ecology and Wildlife • Beringia • Small Business

Abstract submission for scientific presentations or workshops

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations or workshops are invited and should be submitted before March 1, 2009. For full details, view the 2nd call for papers.

Travel funding available

Limited travel funding for presenters is available.  Please contact the following sources:

UAF Northwest shirt design

Got shirts?

Beautiful UAF Northwest Campus shirts sporting this design will be available for only $15. Get yours at the conference!


Claudia Ihl
Assistant Professor of Biology
UAF Northwest Campus, Nome
ftci@uaf.edu Tel. 907-443-8417