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.

Registration begins February 24, 2014 . To register, please see:

Scholarships are available.

To attend the course, international students must apply by March 15, 2014 and meet Summer Sessions 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. Apply here.

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: $2,852 - Graduate: $3,615

Course cost includes 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.

A $500 non-refundable deposit is required within one week of acceptance to the course. Students are encouraged to consider the purchase of travel insurance.

Course Documents:

2014 Syllabus

2014 Course and Assignment Schedule

2014 Field Equipment List

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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