Summer Field Courses 2016

International Volcanology Field Schools

Katmai National Park, Alaska
June 4-17, 2016
Field Course Information


Kamchatka, Russia
August 16-29, 2016
Field Course Information

Arctic Alaska Environmental Change: Field Excursion to the North Slope

June 1-15, 2016

During this 15-day course, students will learn about Arctic vegetation, soils, landforms, permafrost, geology, wildlife and land-use along the incredible research transect from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay, which traverses boreal forest, alpine, and Arctic biomes. Plant species and vegetation will be studied in the context of environmental gradients.  Students will learn methods for vegetation sampling and description, and will undertake an independent research project of their choosing.  

Nine days will be spent camping at locations along the transect. We will also stay two nights at Toolik Field Station, a world-renowned Arctic research station.  Guest instructors will discuss Arctic ecology and landscape features in greater detail at key points along the travel route.



IMPORTANT: Do not use the red registration button in the upper right corner of this page. Instead:

  1. Obtain permission to register from Prof. D.A. Walker (
  2. Register using the Summer Sessions secure registration form. Students intending to receive undergraduate credit should register for BIOL F495 CRN 51629. If registering for graduate credit, indicate BIOL F695 CRN 51630.
  3. International Students: Submit the International Student Summer Application form and required documents to Summer Sessions by March 15, 2016. Visa and related document fees for entry into the U.S. are the responsibility of the student.
  4. Cost: Undergraduate (BIOL F495, CRN 51629): $3,340
                 Graduate (BIOL F695, CRN 51630): $3,964
         A $500 non-refundable deposit is required by April 15, 2016. The balance of the course payment is due May 15, 2016.

    The total course cost includes 3 credits of tuition and fees, transportation, tents and meals during field work, two nights at Toolik Field Station, accident insurance and up to six nights campus dorm housing. Students are responsible for transportation to and from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and meals during the four-day on-campus portion of the course prior to and after the field work.

This course is limited to twelve undergraduate and/or graduate students. Students will need to bring all-weather clothing including warm coats and rubber boots, and a warm sleeping bag (which can be rented locally). Tents will be provided.

A $2000 scholarship is available for one Alaska Native student or an indigenous student from a circumpolar nation. To apply for the scholarship, submit a one-page letter to Prof. D.A. Walker ( about how this course would advance your interest in Arctic science.

Students are encouraged to have health insurance coverage and to consider the purchase of travel insurance.

Please contact Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning at or by calling 907-474-7021 with any questions.

Meet the Instructors

Dr. Skip Walker


Dr. Amy Breen


Course Documents

2016 Preliminary Syllabus

2016 Field Equipment List

2016 Course Library    These references will be available during the course.

Contact Geobotany Center

Alaska Geobotany Center

Physical Location:

Mailing Address:

  • Institute of Arctic Biology
    311 Irving
    PO Box 757000
    Fairbanks, AK 99775

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