United States Permafrost Association

President
Thomas Douglas
President Elect
Anna Liljedahl
Past President
Mark Waldrop
Secretary
Molly McGraw
Treasurer
Gerald Frost
Board Members
Mark Demitroff
Margaret Darrow
IPA Representative
Fritz Nelson
Thomas Krzewinski
PYRN Representative:
Daniel Vecellio

US Permafrost Association
PO Box 750141
Fairbanks, AK
99775-0141
Ph: 302-831-0852
Fax 302-831-6654


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USPA-PYRN Educational Fund (UPEF)

The USPA-PYRN Educational Fund (UPEF) was established to promote cooperative efforts between the USPA and the Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN). The purpose of the UPEF fund is to promote education on science and engineering issues related to permafrost. A focus of these activities is the promotion of students entering into fields of interest related to permafrost. The committee shall provide input and recommendations reflecting the views of USPA and PYRN members on the management and applications of the Educational Fund to the USPA BoD.The UPEF committee includes the PYRN representative of the USPA Board of Directors (BoD), an additional member of the USPA BoD, and one or two PYRN member(s) that is (are) neither a PYRN Executive Committee member nor a USPA BoD member.

The UPEF Fund provides support for the professional development of the next generation of permafrost researchers. Each year, UPEF provides merit-based opportunities for travel grants to AGU and other scientific conferences. UPEF also supports travel to International Conferences on Permafrost - most recently for TICOP in Salekhard, Russia. Scroll below to learn more about some past grant recipients.

2015 USPA-PYRN AGU Travel Grant Awards

Kelsey Nyland

Kelsey Nyland
Michigan State University

Presentation Title: Spatial Analysis of Cryoplanation Landforms in Beringian Uplands, Alaska, USA

Dr. Santosh Panda
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Presentation Title: Forecast of Permafrost Distribution, Temperature and Active Layer Thickness for Arctic National Parks of Alaska through 2100

Santosh Panda
Megan Behnke

Megan Behnke
St. Olaf College

Presentation Title: Photooxidation and Microbial Processing of Ancient and Modern Dissolved Organic Carbon in the Kolyma River, Siberia.

Neal Pastick
University of Minnesota

Presentation Title: Towards a better understanding of the sensitivity of permafrost and soil carbon to climate and disturbance

Neal Pastick
Andrew Balser

Dr. Andrew Balser
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Presentation Title: Drivers and Estimates of Terrain Suitability for Active Layer Detachment Slides and Retrogressive Thaw

Clayton Elder
University of California Irvine

Presentation Title: Holocene-Age Methane and Carbon Dioxide Dominate Northern Alaska Thaw Lake Emissions

Clayton Elder
Elchin Jafarov

Dr. Elchin Jafarov
University of Colorado Boulder

Presentation Title: Temperature Increase due to the Permafrost Carbon Feedback

Elaine Pegararo
Northern Arizona University

Presentation Title: Priming-induced changes in permafrost soil organic matter decomposition

Elaine Pegararo

 

2015 Early Career Grant Winners

Alison Hoyt

Alison Hoyt - Ph.D. Candidate in Hydrology, Department of Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Field Research: Understanding CH4 production and transport in permafrost peatlands.

Field Location: Igarka, Krasnoyark Krai, Russia; P.I. Melnikov Permafrost Institute

Matvey Debolskiy - Ph.D. Candidate in Geophysics, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Presentation Title: Assessing the role of glacier and permafrost on hydrology using water balance modeling

Conference: IGU regional conference, Aug. 17-21 2015, Moscow, Russia

Matvey Debolskiy
Clayton Elder

Clayton Elder - Ph.D. Candidate in Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine

Field Research: Understanding the fractional contribution of old, decaying organic carbon to whole-lake methane and carbon dioxide emissions.

Field Location: Thermokarst Lakes near Fairbanks, AK

 

Clayton Elder - Ph.D. Candidate in Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine
Field Research: Understanding the fractional contribution of old, decaying organic carbon to whole-lake methane and carbon dioxide emissions.
Field Location: Thermokarst Lakes near Fairbanks, AK

2014 American Geophysical Union Travel Grant Winners

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Kristine de Leon, University of Arizona

Presentation Title:
The Impact of Climate Change on Microbial Communities and Carbon Cycling in High Arctic Permafrost Soil from Spitsbergen, Northern Norway

Dr. Sandra Holden, University of California, Irvine

Presentation Title:
Shrub Expansion in Arctic Alaska Alters the Sources (14C) and Magnitudes of Ecosystem Respiration in the Continuous Permafrost Zone
Holden
Moira Hough
Moira Hough, University of Arizona

Presentation Title:
Can Plant Community Turnover Mitigate Permafrost Thaw Feedbacks to the Climate System?

Dr. Aram Kalhori, San Diego State University

Presentation Title:
Heterogeneity of CH4 and Net CO2 Fluxes Using Nested Chamber, Tower, Aircraft, Remote Sensing, and Modeling Approaches in Arctic Alaska (Dr. Kalhori, co-author)

Kalhori
Mauritz
Dr. Marguerite Mauritz, University of Florida

Presentation Title:
Ecosystem Carbon Dynamics in Response to Five Winters of Experimental Soil Warming and Permafrost Degradation
Seth Spawn, Woods Hole Research Center

Presentation Title:
Ebullition of CO2 and CH4 from and Upland Stream Network in Northeast Siberia
Spawn
Trubl
Gary Trubl, University of Arizona

Presentation Title:
Exploring Viral Mediated Carbon Cycling in Thawing Permafrost Microbial Communities

2014 Early Career Grant Winners
San Francisco, USA

Jennifer Frederick
Dr. Jennifer Frederick - Post-doc, Geohydrology
Desert Research Institute, Reno, NV

Presentation Title:
Effect of submarine groundwater discharge on relict Arctic submarine permafrost

European Conference on Permafrost
Évora, Portugal
June 2014

Louise Farquharson - Ph.D. Candidate
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Presentation Title:
Understanding coastal dynamics along a permafrost affected coastline in northwestern Alaska, USA

European Conference on Permafrost
Évora, Portugal
June 2014

Louise Fraquharson
Virginie Moreaux

Dr. Virginie Moreaux - Post-doc, Biology
San Diego State University

Field Research:
Impacts of near-surface permafrost evolution on carbon fluxes along a latitudinal gradient.

Barrow, Atqasuk, and Ivotuk, Alaska
Summer 2014

2013 American Geophysical Union Travel Grant Winners
San Francisco, USA

Mark Demitroff

Mark Demitroff
University of Delaware

Presentation Title:
Pleistocene wind-action and periglacial phenomena in sandy terrain, New Jersey Pine Barrens

Jessica Ernakovich
Colorado State University

Presentation Title:
The temperature sensitivity of microbial respiration after permafrost thaw under oxic and anoxic conditions

Jessica Ernakovich
Louise Farquharson

Louise Farquharson
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Presentation Title:
Spatial distribution of thermokarst landforms across Arctic Alaska

Santonu Goswami
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Presentation Title:
Spectral characterization of disturbance gradients inpermafrost landscapes using ground-based remote sensing and satellite imagery: Initial results from the central Seward Peninsula, Alaska

Santonu Goswami
Sarah Ludwig

Sarah Ludwig
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Presentation Title:
Fire Effects on Microbial Dynamics and C, N, and P Cycling in Larch Forests of the Siberian Arctic

Caitlin Rushlow
Idaho State University

Presentation Title:
Arctic hillslope hydrologic response to changing water storage conditions

Caitlin Rushlow

Elizabeth Webb

Elizabeth Webb
University of Florida

Presentation Title:
Wintertime ecosystem respiration shifts tundra from carbon sink to carbon source at tundra warming experiment


2012 American Geophysical Union Travel Grant Winners
San Francisco, USA

AGUAmanda Barker
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Presentation Title:
Influence of Permafrost Active Layer Dynamics on Trace Metals in Two Small Alaskan Arctic Rivers

Katherine Barnhart
University of Colorado

Presentation Title:
Relationship between environmental conditions and rates of coastal erosion in Arctic Alaska


Jessica ErnakovichJessica Ernakovich
Colorado State University

Presentation Titles:

1) Responses of arctic and alpine ecosystems to altered seasonality under climate change (Invited)

2) The relationship between species and functional diversity for permafrost and active layer Arctic microorganisms: implications for decomposition in response to warming (Invited)

 


Carmel JohnsonCarmel Johnston
Montana State University

Presentation Title:
Methane Emission through Diffusion and Ebullition in Thaw Wetlands in Interior Alaska

 

 

 

 

 

Erica LambErica Lamb
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Presentation Title:
An initial assessment of suspended sediment transport on rivers in interior Arctic Alaska

 

 

 

 

 

Hanna Lee
National Center for Atmospheric Research

Presentation Titles:

1) Modeling excess ice and thermokarst in the Community Land Model

2) Temperature sensitivity of CO2, CH4, CO, and H2 release during photodegradation of organic material (Invited)

Hanna Lee


Christina SchaelChristina Schaedel
University of Florida

Presentation Title:

Pan-arctic permafrost C quality and vulnerability over time: A synthesis of long-term incubation studies (Invited)


 

Eva Stephani
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Presentation Title:

Cryofacies evidences of a Yedoma (?) development during the last glacial maximum in Yukon (Canada) along the current Alaska border


TICOP - Tenth International Conference on Permafrost
Salekhard, Russia
June 2012

Ben AbbottBen Abbott
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Presentation Title:
An integrated assessment of the influences of upland thermo-erosional features on landscape structure and function in the foothills of the Brooks Range, Alaska

 


 

 

 

Gerald FrostGerald "J.J." Frost
University of Virginia

Presentation Title:
Linkages between patterned ground, alder shrubland development, and active layer temperature in the northwest Siberian Low Arctic


 

Burke Minsley
U. S. Geological Survey

Presentation Title:
Airborne electromagnetic mapping of the 3-D distribution of permafrost in the Yukon Basin, Alaska


Kelsey Nyland

Kelsey Nyland
George Washington University

Presentation Title:
Effect of vegetation on soil-surface temperatures in northern Alaska

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santosh PandaSantosh Panda
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Presentation Title:
Application of electromagnetic (EM) resistivity data for near-surface permafrost mapping in a pilot study area, Interior Alaska

Dmitry Streletskiy
George Washington University

Presentation Title:
Infrastructure and a changing climate in the Russian Arctic: a geographic impact assessment

Xiaozhen Xiong
National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service

Presentation Title:
Atmospheric methane in the high northern hemisphere and its relationship to permafrost

TICOP Group Picture

PEEP Travel Grant Winners

TICOP - Tenth International Conference on Permafrost
Salekhard, Russia
June 2012

Demi MixonDemi Mixon
Texas A & M

Presentation Title:
Characteristics of active-layer temperature profiles related to Arctic transportation management on the North Slope, Alaska

 

 

Kerri LathropKerri Lathrop
Tanana village school, Tanana, Alaska

Presentation Title:
Teaching science in rural Alaska