Institute of Arctic Biology

The Institute of Arctic Biology is Alaska's principal research and educational unit for investigating high-latitude biological systems and providing policymakers necessary knowledge to interpret, predict and manage biological systems through integration of research, student education and service to Alaska and the nation.

Scientific research by IAB faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students focuses on wildlife, including caribou, moose, waterfowl, game birds and polar bears; conservation biology addressing shorebirds; ecology, biogeochemistry, ecosystems and modeling of boreal, stream and arctic landscapes; climate change; physiology, including hibernation and thermogenesis; evolutionary biology; human, plant and animal genetics; toxicology and infectious diseases; plant-animal interactions; and biomedicine, human health disparities, nutrition and physical activity in a community-based, participatory approach.

IAB, established by the Alaska Legislature and the UA Board of Regents in 1962, is a world leader in arctic research and is an academic gateway to study of 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. The Center for Alaska Native Health Research investigates weight, nutrition and health in Alaska Natives. The Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, part of the U.S. Geological Survey, promotes research and graduate student training in the ecology and management of fish and wildlife. The Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research program focuses on the long-term consequences of climate change and disturbance in Alaska boreal forests. The Alaska Geobotany Center is dedicated to understanding northern ecosystems through the use of GIS, remote sensing and field experiments.

The Alaska Basic Neuroscience Program studies mechanisms of neuroprotective adaptations. 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.

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