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…

Visiting Two National Parks in Southern New Mexico

BY ANNELIESE MOLL For the UAS Whalesong Over winter break I had an amazing opportunity to visit several National Parks in Southern New Mexico: White Sands National Monument and Carlsbad Caverns National Park. This was my first trip to anywhere like this. The desert is a fascinating place especially after spending most of your time…

Kelp and Global Climate Change

BY ANNELIESE MOLL For the UAS Whalesong Kelp forests are important for a wide variety of reasons. These amazing forests provide habitats for many species of marine organisms and are one of the most productive ecosystems in the world. They have a dramatic impact on the strength of currents within an area because of the…

A Cure for Chytrid?

BY ANNELIESE MOLL For the UAS Whalesong Eariler this semester I wrote an article about frogs. More specifically about some of the challenges frogs are currently facing. One of those challenges had to do with a disease called chytridiomycosis, a disease largely caused by the aquatic chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. The first case of chytridomycosis…

UAS Students Assist with Killer Whale Necropsy

BY ANNELIESE MOLL For the UAS Whalesong On Thursday, November 13, a killer whale was reported to have stranded near Bridget Cove. Several UAS students (Taylor Stumpf, Apple Aldana, Jonna Vachal, Mathew Stevens, Esteban Rivas, Holly Kelchner) were quick to jump at the opportunity to assist with a necropsy early the following morning. After racing…