JIRP 2016 Academics and Research
Welcome to JIRP 2016!
We are excited to launch the JIRP 2016 academic program with a number of pre-JIRP readings that we hope will provide you with an understanding of the scope of JIRP and some background on the core disciplines and research areas. Please review the following content in order; more general content comes first, and increases in specificity.
As you review this content prior to your departure for Juneau, please don't hesitate to be in touch with any questions:
- Dr. Erin Whitney, Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Dr. Matthew Beedle, Director of Academics and Research (email@example.com)
- Deb Gregoire, Program Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We are thrilled that you will be a member of the 2016 JIRP expedition and hope you enjoy getting acquainted with the academic program.
Before you dive into the pre-JIRP readings, watch this video for a bit of background on JIRP history and science (mass-balance focus):
Welcome to the JIRP 2016 expedition!
Please spend some time familiarizing yourself with the recommended pre-JIRP content below. Some of the suggested readings are scientific papers, while others are blog posts or articles online. First is the JIRP 2016 syllabus and course outline with three general readings. This is followed by one-page overviews of each of the six core research project areas, each of which includes one to two suggested readings. Finally, the pre-JIRP suggested readings concludes with a letter from the leader of our Science Communication curriculum and a few more suggested posts from the JIRP blog.
First, however, have a quick look at the following content on reading scientific papers . . .
Reading Scientific Papers
Don’t be discouraged if these readings are your first foray into the world of academic literature. These papers can be daunting, even for experts in the field! As part of JIRP we will discuss and have sessions on reading scientific literature within the science communication portion of our curriculum. As an intro, however, and as a nice review before digging in to the pre-JIRP readings, please review these:
- How to Read a Scientific Paper: A humorous take on the wild world of academic writing
- Infographic: How to read a scientific paper: We suggest that you start with step 1 (Skim, get the "big picture") for each of the papers below, then read the papers (particularly those of greatest interest) in more detail.
1. JIRP 2016 Syllabus and Course Outline:
Please begin your review of the 2016 academic program by reading the syllabus and course outline
Included in the syllabus are three more general, pre-JIRP suggested readings, listed here in preferred order:
Field, W. O. and Miller, M. M. 1950. The Juneau Ice Field Research Project. Geographical Review, 40, 2, 179-190. *The link is to JSTOR where you can read the paper online for free once you've made an account and/or logged in.
O’Neel, S., et al. 2015. Icefield-to-Ocean Linkages across the Northern Pacific Coastal Temperate Rainforest Ecosystem, BioScience, 65, 5, 499-512.
Barry, R. 2006. The status of research on glaciers and global glacier recession: a review. Progress in Physical Geography, 30, 3, 285-306.
2. Six Overviews of 2016 Research Project Areas:
Each of the six core research areas are outlined in one-page overviews below in no particular order. Associated with each are one or two suggested readings. Please click on the hyperlink to access a PDF of the associated document or website.
- Glacier Mass Balance
- GPS Surveying
Keenan, E., Hughes-Allen, L. and Mackie, M. 2015. GPS Surveys to Monitor Glacier Health, The JIRP Blog.
- McGee, S. 2016. GPS science on the Juneau Icefield, Alaska, Crevasse Zone. *Long-time JIRPer Scott McGee manages CrevasseZone.org, a site dedicated to JIRP GPS science. Please peruse the content here to gain an understanding of JIRP GPS Surveying and JIRP in general.
Caldwell, W. 2005. Gravity and Seismic Investigation of a Portion of the Taku Glacier, Alaska. Bachelors thesis, Princeton.
The online content prepared by JIRP 2016 faculty member Lucas Beem:
- Geobotany and Ecology
Slavin, B. 2013. The Secret Natives of the Juneau Icefield, The JIRP Blog.
- Eigenbrod, F., Gonzalez, P., Dash, J. and Steyl, I. 2015. Vulnerability of ecosystems to climate change moderated by habitat intactness. Global Change Biology, 21: 275-286.
- Isotope Geochemistry
Hopkins-LeCheminant, J. 2015. Stable Water Isotope Science on the Juneau Icefield, The JIRP Blog.
- Gat, J. R. 1996. Oxygen and hydrogen isotopes in the hydrologic cycle, Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 24, 1, 225-262.
Fortner, S. K., et al. 2011. Elevated stream trace and minor element concentrations in the foreland of receding tropical glaciers. Applied Geochemistry, 26, 11, 1792-1801.
Finally, we will conclude the suggested pre-JIRP content with a letter from the leader of our science communication curriculum in 2016 (Annie Boucher) and links to a number of selected JIRP blogs from 2015. We hope you enjoy the JIRP blog and we look forward to the stories you will tell in 2016!
Please encourage friends, family and colleagues to follow along during the summer on The JIRP Blog.
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