Alaska

(Alan Vernon/flickr)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Ithaca College
HappyWhale, a website created in 2015, uses a unique algorithm to identify and track humpback whales. It relies on photographs from ordinary people to further scientific research.
SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry
In this sequel to “Coastal Degradation Through Fresh Eyes,” Amka and Suka meet a new friend who introduces them to the issue of melting glaciers and revitalizes them to get back on track with their environmental mission.
Slender fish handing from a line between wooden posts with large trees, mountains, and a body of water in the background.

Sun-dried candlefish, also known as hooligan, eulachon, and oolichan. (Brodie Guy/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

George Washington University
Today, petroleum is one of Alaska's main exports, but the use of oil in the region goes back thousands of years to the Tlingit people's harvesting of lipid-dense and flammable candlefish. Can this history illuminate a way to a green-fueled future?

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SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry
Storyfest 2022 winner Delaney Graham reflects on the scale of Alaska — and how that grand size helped put things into perspective.
Astonishing Alaska
Planet Forward
Alaska is often said to be on the "front lines of climate change" — particularly for the U.S., as it is warming faster than only any state.

(Jennifer Cuyuch/George Washington University)

George Washington University
Farzona Comnas, one of our 2022 Storyfest winners and travelers, shares her thoughts about the experience in Alaska, and her feelings about human impact.

(Halley Hughes/University of Arizona)

Planet Forward Correspondent | University of Arizona
Storyfest 2022 traveler Halley Hughes gives her thoughts on the trip to Alaska with Lindblad Expeditions, from wildlife to plant life — and what new inspirations she found.
A girl with long black hair, wearing a bright orange life jacket takes a photograph with an SLR camera. Behind her are light grey waters, a rocky coastline, and a stand of evergreens.

Jennifer Cuyuch takes a photo while aboard a zodiac boat in Alaska on the 2022 Storyfest trip with Lindbald Expeditions. (Delaney Graham/SUNY-ESF)

George Washington University
Jennifer Cuyuch, one of our 2022 Storyfest travelers, shares her thoughts about the experience aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion for a week with Lindblad Expeditions.
Sr. Editor & Education Lead, Planet Forward
Part of the Planet Forward team has been traveling in Alaska with our wonderful partners, Lindblad Expeditions, and our 2022 Storyfest winners. Here's a preview of what they experienced!
Planet Forward
What does it mean when ground that has long remained frozen begins to thaw? How can communities respond to the shifting of their very foundations? Research scientist Kelsey Nyland explained at the 2022 Summit.

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