FAIRBANKS — University of Alaska Fairbanks marine geophysicist Bernard Coakley will be the 2014-2015 U.S. Fulbright arctic chair in Norway, the U.S.-Norway Fulbright Foundation announced.

Coakley received a grant to collaborate and share his expertise on reconstructing the Arctic Ocean’s geologic history with four of Norway’s top research and education institutions. He will work with scientists at the University of Oslo’s Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics to develop an international program for detailed mapping of the Alpha-Mendeleev Ridge, a major feature of the Arctic Ocean. 

Coakley has been a professor in UAF’s Department of Geosciences since 2002. This summer marks his sixth visit to the North Pole. After traveling to Norway during the fall, Coakley will return to UAF to teach for the spring semester.