Dr. Stephen Sparrow, Interim Dean & Director
School of Natural Resources & Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station
SNRAS is the academic home of the Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, the northernmost agricultural experiment station in the United States.
Their combined mission is to provide programs in research, education and outreach that address the science and management of the natural resources of Alaska and the circumpolar North. Our programs include the biological and physical sciences as well as the social sciences. This unique combination lets us explore the sustainable management of natural resources from the ecological and human perspective.
Our degree programs allow students to pursue three options in natural resources management: forest sciences; high latitude agriculture and humans and the environment. Our B.A. in Geography and B.S. in Environmental Studies provide yet more options to pursue exciting careers related to natural resources. Our research focus is broad, as reflected by our faculty whose profiles you will find here. Their interests include basic and applied research in ecosystems, forest and soil science, traditional agriculture and forestry, horticulture, community development related to planning, policy, and economics and recreation management.
The range of clients who look to us for assistance is as broad as our research and education programs suggest. State and federal agencies that look to us for assistance include the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management. We also work with farmers and ranchers, foresters, recreation managers, school districts, community planners and the oil and gas industry in an extensive outreach program.
This website is designed not only to profile our school and research stations, but also to give you a bit of an introduction to the exciting state that is Alaska. Enjoy your trip!
Stephen Sparrow, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, School of Natural Resources & Agricultural Sciences
Interim Director, Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station