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Adapting to Change

Understanding gained through long-term research at BNZ suggests that traditional knowledge and ways of life will be important means by which Alaskan indigenous communities will adapt to changes in climate and fire regimes.

Chapin, F.S., III, Trainor, S.F., Huntington, O., Lovecraft, A.L., Zavaleta, E., Natcher, D.C., McGuire, A.D., Nelson, J.L., Ray, L., Calef, M., Fresco, N.L., Huntington, H., Rupp, T.S., DeWilde, L., and Naylor, R.L. 2008. Increasing wildfire in Alaska's boreal forest: Causes, consequences, and pathways to potential solutions of a wicked problem. Bioscience 58(6): 531-540.
Kofinas, G.P. F.S. Chapin, III, S. BurnSilver, J.I. Schmidt, N.L. Fresco, K. Kielland, S. Martin, A. Springsteen, and T.S. Rupp. 2010. Resilience of Athabascan subsistence systems to interior Alaska’s changing climate. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 40(7):1347-1359.
Maier, J.A.K., Ver Hoef, J., McGuire, A.D., Bowyer, R.T., Saperstein, L., and Maier, H.A. 2005. Distribution and density of moose in relation to landscape characteristics: Effects of scale. Can. J. For. Res. 35: 2233-2243.
Natcher, D. C., M. Calef, O. Huntington, S. Trainor, H. P. Huntington, L. DeWilde, S. Rupp, and F. S. Chapin, III. 2007. Factors contributing to the cultural and spatial variability of landscape burning by Native Peoples of Interior Alaska. Ecology and Society 12:
Dr. Gary P. Kofinas
Post docs Todd Brinkman and Shauna BurnSilver leading a focus group discussion with indigenous hunters in the village Venetie, Alaska to document local knowledge of changes to ecosystem services due to climate change.
Photo taken by Gary Kofinas



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