Arctic Alaska Environmental Change

Field Excursion to the North Slope

Acrtic Veg Course Fieldwork
Students performing fieldwork in the Brooks Range, AK

During this 16-day course, students will learn about Arctic vegetation, soils, landforms, permafrost, geology, wildlife and land-use along the incredible 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 and methods for vegetation sampling and description will be taught. Students will undertake an independent research project of their choosing.  

Ten days will be spent camping at locations along the transect. We will also stay 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.

The course is limited to fifteen undergraduate or graduate students. The cost of meals, lodging and travel between the field sites is included in the course fee.  Students are expected to pay for their travel to Fairbanks and meals while in Fairbanks.  Students will need to bring all-weather clothing including winter jackets and rubber boots, a warm sleeping bag, and a tent.

All students must secure instructor permission to enroll in this class and register via the Summer Sessions secure registration form. This form will be available on February 23, 2015.

To attend the course, international students must mail the International Student Application form* to Summer Sessions by March 15th, 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.

*The International Student Application form will be available for download on December 8, 2014.

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

For further information, please see:

Meet the Instructors

Students camping enroute to Prudhoe Bay, AK

Dr. Skip Walker


Dr. Martha Raynolds


Dr. Amy Breen


Course Information

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Undergraduate: $3,281.20 - Graduate: $4,076.36

The total course cost includes tuition and required fees, transportation and meals during field work, one night at Toolik Field Station, accident insurance and five 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.

Students enrolled in 9 or more 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.

A $500 non-refundable deposit is required by May 1, 2015. Call Summer Sessions at +1-907-474-6881 to pay the deposit.  Students are encouraged to consider the purchase of travel insurance.

Course Documents:

2014 Syllabus

2014 Course and Assignment Schedule

2014 Field Equipment List

2015 documents will be posted by December 19, 2014.

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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