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Alaska Quaternary Center • (907) 474-7810
The Alaska Quaternary Center, established in 1982, is a focal point for interdisciplinary Quaternary studies and research at UAF. The Quaternary period spans the past two million years, a time of glacial-interglacial climate oscillations, floral and fauna migrations, mammalian extinctions and human evolution. Quaternary studies thus encompass scientific investigations of geologic, climatic, biologic and human systems of the past and present. AQC comprises researchers in the anthropology, biology and wildlife, and geology and geophysics departments, the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, the Institute of Marine Science, the Institute of Arctic Biology and the Geophysical Institute.
AQC is housed within the Department of Geology and Geophysics and the College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics. The center sponsors seminars and workshops and hosts visiting speakers from countries throughout the world. Quaternary scholars from UAF regularly collaborate with Canadian, Russian and European colleagues. They conduct research in regions from Alaska, Siberia, and the Yukon to Africa, Mongolia and western Europe. AQC plays an important role in the organization of northern science during this time of increasing interest and support for studies of global change, biodiversity and other aspects of arctic climates and ecosystems.