McGraw to serve on Permafrost Association Board

Contact: Rene Abadie
Date: 3/29/12


     HAMMOND – Molly McGraw, associate professor of geography at Southeastern Louisiana University, has been asked to serve on the board of directors of the U.S. Permafrost Association (USPA).

     A member of the Southeastern faculty since 2005, McGraw had been conducting geomorphologic research in the Colville River delta located in the Alaskan arctic with LSU Professor Jesse Walker of LSU for over a decade. McGraw will serve a one-year term on the board.

     The USPA is an organization focused on scientific and engineering research of permafrost, i.e. permanently frozen ground, in both the United States and abroad. Permafrost is found in higher latitudes and higher elevations worldwide and is at the fore front of climate change and associated global warming. Headquartered in Fairbanks, Alaska, the organization is comprised largely of scientists, engineers, and students working in fields related to the cryosphere. The association was organized in 2001 and works closely with the International Permafrost Association in hosting an international conference, which will be held in June in Salekhard, Yamal-Nenets autonomous district, Russia. McGraw is attending and presenting a paper at the conference.


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