Research centers of the Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station are located on the UAF main campus and at Palmer in the Matanuska Valley. A plant materials center, established cooperatively by AFES and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, is located near Palmer. Agronomy research is conducted near Delta Junction and Point MacKenzie, and research to support Alaska's reindeer industry is underway near Nome. Forestry research is carried out in the Bonanza Creek Experimental Forest near Fairbanks in cooperation with scientists from the Institute of Northern Forestry, U.S. Forest Service.
UAF soil scientists, as part of an international team, are studying the carbon flux in arctic tundra soils as it affects global change.
AFES faculty have a leadership role in the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program funded by the National Science Foundation. This research is determining the structure and function of northern boreal forest ecosystems and forms the basis for sustainable forest management practices.
The Fairbanks research center of AFES faculty represent the disciplines of agronomy, animal science, economics, food science, forestry, horticulture, land use planning, outdoor recreation, plant pathology, resource policy and law and soil science. The Palmer research center has faculty in agronomy, animal science, horticulture, plant breeding, range science and soil science.