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The Cooperative Institute for Alaska Research (CIFAR)


University of Alaska Fairbanks
P.O. Box 757740
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7740
(907) 474-5818


Dr. Uma Bhatt

Research Themes

  • Ecosystem Function – improving our understanding of the structure and function of marine ecosystems in Alaskan waters through analysis of the response of marine organisms to natural and anthropogenic forcing. Projects may utilize the comparative approach and ecosystem modeling to assess the resilience of Alaskan ecosystems to external pressures including fishing
  • Coastal Hazards – societal and biological trade-offs associated with management of natural resources and communities within the coastal regions of Alaska. Studies would include response scenarios to address natural and anthropogenic factors that potentially impact the Alaska coasts including: tsunamis, severe storms, chemical spills, coastal erosion, and shoreline and sea level changes.
  • Climate Change and Variability – causes and effects of climate change and variability that affect Alaska, including its ecosystems, and the effects of Arctic climate processes on the northern hemisphere and global regions

Award Details

First 5-Year Award Second 5-Year Award
Award Number NA08OAR4320751 NA13OAR4320056
Award Period July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2013 July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2018
Award Amount $24,810,000 $24,974,142
Performance Progress Reports July 2008 - March 2009
April 2009 - March 2010
April 2010 - March 2011
April 2011 - March 2012
April 2012 - March 2013
April 2013 - March 2014*
April 2014 - December 2014*
July 2013 - March 2014
April 2014 - March 2015
April 2015 - March 2016
April 2016 - March 2017
April 2017 - March 2018
April 2018 - March 2019
April 2019 - March 2020^
CI Review by SAB August 2011

* CIFAR received a no-cost extension through December 2014.
^ CIFAR received a no-cost extension through June 30, 2019. They are currently operating under their second no-cost extension, which will expire June 30, 2020.

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