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NSF NRT Graduate Training Program in Systems Approaches to Understanding & Navigating the New Arctic (SAUNNA)

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Academic Level:
Graduate Students (Masters)
Graduate Students (PhD)

The University of Maine is seeking outstanding applicants for a new graduate training program focused on fostering systems perspectives to address the challenges of complex socio-environmental changes in the Arctic. This program is designed to provide the next generation of Arctic system scientists with new competencies and skills to advance understanding of the new Arctic and support improved outcomes in the Arctic and beyond.

This program will include Ph.D., Master’s, and J.D. students in anthropology, earth sciences, freshwater ecology, economics, law, and marine sciences.

We aim to prepare the next generation of Arctic systems scientists to: 1) advance understanding of Arctic/sub-Arctic changes and their local & global effects; 2) conduct solutions-driven research focused on socio-environmental systems and their dynamics; 3) apply models, theories, and visualization tools to integrate across systems and provide transparent access to data and interpretations; 4) develop cross-cultural, indigenous science & cross-disciplinary perspectives on emerging environmental, economic, and cultural issues; 5) develop and conduct interdisciplinary, collaborative research with stakeholders to foster resilience of Arctic/sub-Arctic systems; 6) inform future Arctic policy; 7) effectively & rapidly communicate results geared to different audiences.

The larger system of southwest Greenland, the Arctic-North Atlantic, & Maine is the focus of research and training activities in this NRT; all students will have the opportunity to travel to the Arctic for program activities.

Students in this program will receive an annual stipend plus tuition, fees, and health insurance coverage. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to receive NRT support.

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 • Note: currently funded through NSF

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Maine (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Anthropology & Archaeology
Aquatic & Fisheries Sciences
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Sciences
Geological Sciences
Law & Government
Marine Sciences & Oceanography

Arctic Research
Climate Change
Polar Science
Systems Science

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 2/17/2023
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