Ryan Choi, PhD student at Utah State University, managed Tutatoke research camp in Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta for three years.
“The Yukon Delta is a very vulnerable place. The Yukon Delta is at the forefront of climate change research. We are right here at ground zero. The ocean comes right to the doorstep here and we are at sea level. There have been times when the ocean has been on the land and any increase in sea level would flood out our weather port while we are living here.”
“This is the first project really looking specifically at how warming as well as the timing of grazing is affecting vegetation, carbon storage, nitrogen storage within the system. That’s the primary focus of the big experiment we have going on out here. In addition, we have experiments looking at different aspects. . .”