Research


Research at SNRE includes work on climate adaptation; secure, healthy, local food; sustainable and renewable energy; and stable economies and communities. Here are just a few of the projects our researchers explore.

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Facilities

Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (AFES)
AFES includes the Fairbanks Experiment Farm, the Matanuska Experiment Farm, the Palmer Center for Sustainable Living, and the Delta Junction and the Point MacKenzie field research sites. The Georgeson Botanical Garden and the Reindeer Research Program herd are at the Fairbanks farm.

Climate & Tree-Ring Laboratory (CTRL)
The CTRL conducts state-of-the-art tree ring studies at UAF. 

Controlled Environment Agriculture Laboratory (CEAL)
Ongoing research at the CEAL investigates plant requirements, varieties, and treatments to maximize productivity for growers.

Fairbanks Experiment Farm
The Fairbanks Experiment Farm houses the Controlled Environment Agriculture Laboratory (CEAL), the Georgeson Botanical Garden, the Reindeer Research Program's primary research herd, and research plots and fields for agronomic and forestry crops.

Georgeson Botanical Garden
The Georgeson Botanical Garden northernmost botanical garden in North America and is dedicated to high latitude horticulture.

Matanuska Experiment Farm (MEF)
The Palmer Center for Sustainable Living houses the Matanuska Experiment Farm, the Biomass Energy Research and Development Laboratory (BERDL), and the Wood Utilization Research program.

Programs

Alaska Resident Statistics Program
The Alaska Residents Statistics Program seeks to identify common recreation management information needs among federal and state agencies in Alaska and to develop a survey to gather such information.

Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER)
The Bonanza Creek LTER conducts ecological research at the Bonanza Creek site and Caribou-Poker Creeks Research Watershed sites.

Boreal Alaska — Learning, Adaptation, and Production (BAKLAP)
A partnership between the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Divison of Forestry and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Natural Resources and Extension and Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. 

Forest Growth and Yield Program
This program provides the people of Alaska with scientifically accurate information by monitoring the growth and change of the northern forests. With a goal of best-practice forest management, UAF researchers in this program seek to provide the best scientific information to help land managers and owners with decision-making.

Forest Products Program
The long-term objective of the Forest Products Program is to help Alaska become competitive in the value-added forest products inducstry by providing specific technical, business, and marketing assistance. Proposals for new markets and new value-added products must take into account such economic factors as high costs of labor and transportation. Program research can potentially increase the volume of wood and nontimber forest products produced and marketed from Alaska's forests.

Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE)
GLOBE promotes and supports students, teachers, and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the dynamics of the Earth system. 

MapTEACH
MapTEACH is a culturally responsive geoscience education program for middle- and high-school students in Alaska that emphasizes hands-on experience with the geosciences and spatial technology (GPS, GIS, and remote sensing imagery).

OneTree
OneTree, a community outreach and research project coordinated by the UAF Forest Products Program, explores art and science through connections to a single tree. OneTree is based on an earlier project by the same name which got its start in 1998, when a single large oak was felled in the National Trust estate of Tatton Park in Cheshire, England. The OneTree project aims to show the unique value of woodlands and wood products by demonstrating the volume and quality of work that can be made from one tree. By focusing on a common goal—full utilization of a single tree—OneTree unleashes the breadth of creativity in its participants.

Peace Corps Fellows Program
The Peace Corps Fellows program advances the Peace Corps' third goal "to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans," by developing and maintaining educational partnerships that place returned Peace Corps volunteers in internships in underserved U.S. communities. 

Peace Corps Master's International Program
The Peace Corps Master's International Program combines UAF graduate study with Peace Corps volunteer service for an exciting option for a M.S. degree in Natural Resources.

Reindeer Research Program
The Reindeer Research Program has been conducting research to help develop and promote Alaska's reindeer herding industry since 1981.

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