Alzheimer’s: History and Current Research

BY ANNELIESE MOLL For the UAS Whalesong The human brain is a complex organ containing roughly 100 billion neurons. In humans, the brain continues to develop until the age of 25. Yearly, more than 3 million cases of Alzheimer’s disease are reported. Within the next few decades that number is expected to rise to over…

Climate Change: Effects and Awareness

BY ANNELIESE MOLL For the UAS Whalesong We live in a greenhouse. The life we see around us depends on the energy we receive from the sun. Only about half of the light from the sun that reaches the Earth passes through the atmosphere. Once it’s through it’s absorbed and radiated back up in the…

Sea Turtle Conservation

BY ANNELIESE MOLL For the UAS Whalesong Within any fishery, there is bycatch. Bycatch are fish or other marine species that are caught   unintentionally. It can consist of the target species, but the wrong sex or size. However, some species that are often bycatch are dolphins, marine turtles, and seabirds. Modern fishing equipment is extremely,…

Professor Spotlight: Dr. Heidi Pearson

BY ANNELIESE MOLL For the UAS Whalesong Dr. Pearson is an Assistant Professor of Marine Biology at UAS and also an Assistant Professor for the School of Fisheries and Ocean Science with UAF. She was born in Iowa and had her first encounter with the ocean at the age of 12 while on a family…

Invasive Species: What to Look For

BY ANNELIESE MOLL For the UAS Whalesong Invasive species are everywhere. They can be plants, fungi, pathogen, or an animal species that is not native to a specific area. These invaders can often spread to a level that can greatly impact the lives of the native species, who often cannot out compete them. Within Alaska…

Genetics: Key to Survival

BY ANNELIESE MOLL For the UAS Whalesong In 2011 a study involving several groups of researchers from the United States, Canada, Germany, and Mexico who had been working on a study replicating ecological speciation the Atlantic molly (Poecilia Mexicana) and in P. sulphuraria (Poeciliidae) was published in the journal of Molecular Biology and Evolution. These…

SB 174: Deregulating Guns on Campus

BY ANNELIESE MOLL For the UAS Whalesong On February 8, 2016, SB0174 was introduced to the legislature by Senator Pete Kelly. Senator Mike Dunleavy, the chair of the Senate Education Committee, is a co-sponsor of the bill, as is the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Lesil McGuire. This bill is an Act relating…

Laboratory Grown Corals Helping Reefs

BY ANNELIESE MOLL For the UAS Whalesong Coral reefs everywhere are facing huge threats from several fronts: overfishing, pollution, and climate change. Over the last couple of years, scientists from all over the world have been searching for ways to help coral reefs recover.

ANSEP Celebrates 21 Years

BY ANNELIESE MOLL For the UAS Whalesong The Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) started in 1995 as a scholarship program for  University of Alaska students. ANSEP has grown over the last 20 years into a program that has students starting in the sixth grade and has the ability to follow the student through…

First Litter of Puppies Born of IVF

By ANNELIESE MOLL for the UAS Whalesong On December 9, 2015 Cornell University published a study in which they were able to successfully sire a litter of puppies by in vitro fertilization. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a pretty complex process that is utilized when treating individuals with genetic or fertility trouble. During the procedure…