Slider photo credits: Adam Haberski (Slide 1), JR Ancheta (Slides 2, 3,& 5), Peter Mather (Slide 4)



in the Classroom


Margaret Murie Life Science Building LobbyThe Biology and Wildlife Department is located in the Margaret Murie Building with state-of-the art classrooms and laboratories where students engage in inquiry-based learning and are challenged to pursue their own research passion in a capstone experience. 

We have online courses too!

in the Field


Field work with snowshoe haresUAF is America’s Arctic University. Students and faculty in the Biology and Wildlife Department are at the forefront of documenting and understanding the changing Arctic – its people, plants, animals, and landscape.  

in the Community


Handing out hand lenses in ShishmarefTeaching and research in the Biology and Wildlife Department are intertwined and embedded within the Alaskan communities where we work. Faculty and students endeavor to improve the lives of Alaskans – from developing diet interventions to minimize chronic disease, to understanding how climate change is impacting subsistence resources.


UAF is Alaska’s premier research university and the only PhD-granting institution in the state.  Research in the Department of Biology and Wildlife spans the breadth of the biological sciences, from molecular biology to ecosystem science.  Investigating emerging viral pathogens, microbes that detoxify environmental contaminants, the molecular genetics of obesity and diabetes, impacts of climate change on polar organisms and ecosystems, and more, our faculty work alongside graduate, undergraduate and high school students to address key issues of vital interest to Alaska and beyond.




  • A Healthy Spring Semester

    January 4, 2022

    The highly contagious Omicron variant will likely surge in Fairbanks during the spring 2022 semester. Although much is still unknown, it appears Omicron may be less virulent but more contagious than the current dominant Delta variant. Because transmissibility of the Omicron variant is so high and because only just over 50% of the Fairbanks North Star Borough has been fully vaccinated, local hospitals may see another large influx of COVID-19 patients, which will strain their resources and ability to provide timely care. 

    Those who are not vaccinated are at high risk of contracting and spreading the disease, and at much higher risk of severe and protracted illness than those who have been vaccinated and boosted. We all share the responsibility to keep our community safe, inside and outside the Murie Building. Here are some things you can do to help yourself and others:

    • If you are not yet vaccinated, start the vaccination series as soon as possible.
    • If you are vaccinated but not boosted, get your booster shot as soon as possible.
    • Do not take in-person classes if you are not vaccinated; especially those with labs. There are many online biology course options available.
    • Upgrade your mask. N95 and KN95, are excellent choices. But even an N95 will not be effective if the fit is not well adjusted. The air should enter and exit through the mask, not beside your face.
    • Distance consistently to the extent possible.
    • Be as responsible and careful off campus as on campus.
    • If you have symptoms, get tested and stay at home.
    • Make plans for quarantine and isolation. Even fully vaccinated individuals may contract COVID-19 this semester.
  • COVID-19 Student Vaccination Requirements for Spring 2022

    November 30, 2021

    Are you enrolled in In-Person classes for the Spring 2022 semester? If so, you may be required to submit verification of your vaccination status. For more info, and instructions on how to verify your vaccination status, visit the B&W Student Vaccination page. 

  • Outstanding biology and wildlife undergraduates announced

    March 24, 2021

    Congratulations to our 2021 Outstanding Undergraduate Students!

    Sage Robine - Biological Sciences

    Alexandria Sletten - Wildlife Biology and Conservation

Murie Building
Sunrise reflected in the Margaret Murie Life Science Building. Photo credit: Diane Wagner 2014