Schlanger Fellowship supports research on Arctic climate change

karla knudson
Karla Knudson

Ocean sciences graduate student Karla Knudson has been awarded a 2012-2013 Schlanger Ocean Drilling Fellowship from the U.S. Science Support Program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.

Each year, the program awards $30,000 stipends to several outstanding graduate students who conduct research related to the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), an international marine research program dedicated to advancing scientific understanding of the Earth through drilling, coring, and monitoring the subseafloor.

Knudson is working with Christina Ravelo, professor of ocean sciences at UCSC, on efforts to reconstruct past changes in climate and ocean circulation in the Bering Sea. Ravelo led a 2009 IODP expedition to the Bering Sea that recovered long, continuous sediment cores from below the seafloor. These cores provide an unprecedented opportunity to study the history of changing environmental conditions in Arctic and sub-Arctic regions.

The Schlanger Fellowships are named after the late Seymour Schlanger, a renowned geologist and early leader in scientific ocean drilling. Fellows may use the award to cover the cost of tuition, research expenses, and travel to field expeditions and/or scientific meetings.

"As in years past, this cohort of Schlanger Fellows includes some of the most promising young leaders in the field today," said Jeff Schuffert, director of the U.S. Science Support Program.

Additional information about the 2012-2013 Schlanger Fellows is available online.