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 (edubbs.jirp@gmail.com)
  • Dr. Matthew Beedle, Director of Academics and Research (matt.jirp@gmail.com)
  • Deb Gregoire, Program Manager (deb.jirp@gmail.com)

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!


Pre-JIRP Readings

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:


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:


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.


Science Communication

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!

JIRP 2016 Science Communication: A letter from Annie Boucher

Please encourage friends, family and colleagues to follow along during the summer on The JIRP Blog.