Frontier Scientists TV season 2, Science Wednesdays


Enjoy FRONTIER SCIENTISTS: SEASON 2 on Alaska Public Media KAKM–TV. From polar bears to grayling, engage in the Artic’s newest discoveries with Frontier Scientists.The series airs Wednesdays at 8pm beginning June 15th 2016. Alaska PBS Programming is available in the state of Alaska. Episodes are scheduled 8pm Alaska time on PBS KAKM Science Wednesday.

A series sharing the Arctic’s newest discoveries. The series visits Alaska’s living laboratories and highlights the work of modern scientists, bringing their findings to your screen.



ARCTIC GRAYLING: Groups of migrating Arctic grayling fish— yes, fish populations can migrate— travel the Kuparuk river. Scientists Heidi Golden and Jeff Adams describe graylings’ unusual patterned lives. Using novel techniques both in icy Alaskan winter and in flighty summer, Golden tracks the fish along the North-flowing river to understand where changeable river conditions, fish genetics, and habitat needs will lead this species.



BearsPolar_ProjectSpreadTrekWaitWalkPOLAR BEARS: Often, polar bears seem to disappear in their frozen environment. Other times they’re among a crowd ravaging a whale bone pile. Polar bear behavior continues to astound scientists Karyn Rode, George Durner, Todd Atwood, Tony Pagano, Jeff Welker, and Matt Rogers. Learn how they discovered the 400 mile non-stop swim of one bear and hear from the scientists what’s already known, and yet to be learned, about the plight of the mighty polar bear.



SEA ICE: Scientists Andy Mahoney and Jeremy Kasper enjoy the sensation of standing on the Beaufort Sea. Drilling cores, measuring the salinity of ice, looking back at historical records of ice depth, and talking to Barrow locals all help measure the diminishing Arctic sea ice and track its changes. The 30-below temperatures challenge all aspects of the research.



FROM SNOWSCAPES TO ICE CRYSTALS, THE ARCTIC IS WHITE: Snow can define the Arctic, but snow conditions can be intensely diverse depending on where you stand. Scientist Matt Sturm knows snow from his cross continent trek, from studying magnified ice crystals and from conducting the longest study of snow melt in the Arctic at Imnavait Creek. Alessio Gusmeroli explains snow melt’s changeable characteristics at Imnavait.



UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE RESEARCH: In this program learn how UAVs have been flight tested in the Aleutians— where it is really windy, up in Barrow— where it is really cold, and over otters— who are really cute animals. Scientists Gregory Walker, David Giessel, Eyal Saiet, Dyre Oliver Dammann, Brenda Konar, Dan Monson, and Benjamin Weitzman share their passion for the technology. Ro Bailey explains the ACUASI program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.


Frontier Scientists: presenting scientific discovery in the Arctic and beyond