Arctic Alaska Environmental Change

June 10-30, 2015

Field Excursion to the North Slope

During this 21-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.  

Twelve days will be spent camping at locations along the transect. We will also stay three 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 52034. If registering for graduate credit, indicate BIOL F695 CRN 52042.
  3. International Students: Submit the International Student Application form and required documents to Summer Sessions by March 15, 2015 and meet guidelines for attending school in the United States. Visa and related document fees for entry into the U.S. are the responsibility of the student.
  4. Payment: A $500 non-refundable deposit is required by April 1, 2015. The balance of the course payment is due May 15, 2015.
    Undergraduate (BIOL F495, CRN 52034): $3,210
    Graduate (BIOL F695, CRN 52042): $4,006

    The total course cost includes tuition and required fees, transportation and meals during field work, three 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 on-campus portion of the course prior to and after the field work.

The course is limited to fifteen 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.

Students enrolled in nine or more summer credits and all international students with F-1 and J-1 visas must have health insurance coverage. Health insurance is available to purchase from UAF for $563 for the summer. Students are encouraged to consider the purchase of travel insurance.

Please contact Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning at or by calling +1-907-474-7021 with any questions.

Meet the Instructors

Students camping enroute to Prudhoe Bay, AK

Dr. Skip Walker


Dr. Martha Raynolds


Dr. Amy Breen


Course Documents

2015 Preliminary Syllabus

2015 Field Equipment List

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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