Welcome to the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, where our world-class faculty educate future leaders in fisheries and marine science. Our research addresses pressing issues in aquatic ecosystems from the Arctic to Antarctica. We invite you to explore our website and welcome any questions you may have.

Becca Cates, M.S. student, Fisheries

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At the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, we challenge our students to explore academically, geographically and culturally. Our community of scholars provides opportunities for students to learn and conduct research in some of the most beautiful and pristine locations in the world.


  • Frankie Dillon displays a chum salmon caught in the Big Fish River, near Aklavik, Northwest Territories in 2023.

    'Open gates' in warming Arctic are expanding salmon range

    June 05, 2024

    New research has connected warming ocean temperatures to higher Pacific salmon abundance in the Canadian Arctic, an indicator that climate change is creating new corridors for the fish to expand their range.

  • Students prepare for a rescue exercise outside the Kasitsna Bay Laboratory facility in 2023.

    UAF scientific diving program marks 25 years

    June 03, 2024

    When Brenda Konar launched the first scientific diving course at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2000, there was some speculation that it could be a short-lived experiment. After all, how much demand could there really be for a class that combines cold-water diving and research skills?

  • An aerial image of Toolik Field Station

    UAF, Toolik Field Station join Arctic climate initiative

    May 17, 2024

    The University of Alaska Fairbanks will help host and support a new $15-million federal initiative to better understand the resilience of Arctic organisms and ecosystems amid rapid climate change. Bringing together experts from 14 institutions, the Evolving Meta-Ecosystems Institute will focus on improving scientific and public understanding of how Arctic ecosystems are responding -- and will continue to respond -- as their environment shifts.

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