The polar regions are the most rapidly warming regions on Earth. Faculty and students
in the Biology and Wildlife Department are at the forefront of research investigating
the capacity of polar organisms to withstand a changing climate. Toolik Field station,
located above the Arctic Circle in the Brooks Range, provides outstanding support
for field-based studies on high-latitude organisms. Current research in polar physiology
includes studies aimed at understanding the stress response of seabirds, thermal tolerance
of Antarctic fishes, and hibernation physiology in Arctic ground squirrels and bears.
Faculty doing research in this area: