Institute of Arctic Biology

The Institute of Arctic Biology, established by the Alaska Legislature and the University of Alaska Board of Regents in 1962, advances basic and applied knowledge of high-latitude biological systems through integration of research, student education and service to Alaska and the nation. IAB is Alaska's principal research and educational unit for investigating high-latitude biological systems and providing policy makers necessary knowledge to interpret, predict and manage biological systems.

IAB research focuses on wildlife, conservation biology, ecology, ecosystems, physiology, evolution, genetics, biomedicine and health science. IAB faculty deliver the entire curriculum for undergraduate biology majors, an ever-increasing component of chemistry/biochemistry majors' curricula, and offer wide-ranging, hands-on opportunities for undergraduates in field and laboratory research.

IAB is a world leader in arctic research, graduate education and is an academic gateway to study the circumpolar Arctic. IAB administers several specialized research programs and facilities. The Toolik Field Station is an internationally recognized arctic research station hosting hundreds of scientists from around the world each year and providing state-of-the-art GIS products and services. The Resilience and Adaptation Program prepares graduate students, scholars, policy-makers and managers to address issues of regional sustainability. The Center for Alaska Native Health Research investigates weight, nutrition and health in Alaska Natives. The Alaska Geobotany Center is dedicated to understanding northern ecosystems through the use of GIS, remote sensing and field experiments. The Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research program focuses on the long-term consequences of climate change and disturbance in Alaska boreal forests. The Robert G. White Large Animal Research Station maintains colonies of muskoxen, caribou and reindeer for research and public education. The Alaska Basic Neuroscience Program studies mechanisms of neuroprotective adaptations. The Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit promotes research and graduate student training in the ecology and management of fish and wildlife. The Spatial Ecology Lab provides state-of-the-art spatial analysis of ecological data and development, testing and application of spatially explicit ecological models. IAB's research greenhouse provides a year-round environment for research and education. The Core DNA Lab keeps UAF at the cutting edge of molecular analysis. IAB animal quarters provide holding and experiment facilities for small animals. For more information call 907-474-7649 or visit