Alaska is on the front lines of climate change. Alaska and the Arctic are warming at twice the rate of the global average. The state’s tundra and boreal forest ecosystems are undergoing rapid change, with a potential for significant feedback to climate as sea ice melts and permafrost thaws. With the choice of one of four areas of concentration, Ecological Processes, Environmental Earth Science, Physical Processes, or Sustainability, UAF graduates will be part of the solution.
Students in the Earth System Science (ESS) graduate degree program will develop the tools needed to navigate cross-disciplinary problem solving using a systems approach. The program includes disciplinary concentrations in Sustainability, Ecosystems, Hydrology, Atmospheric and Climate Sciences, Cryosphere, Solid Earth Geophysics, Geoscience, and Geospatial Science .
Karsten Hueffer, professor of veterinary medicine, was named dean of the College of Natural Science and Mathematics in July 2023 after serving as interim dean.
The College of Natural Science & Mathematics has a stellar team that demonstrates a commitment to excellence by way of quality service and meaningful achievements.
Feb. 16, 2024
A University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher has launched a study of cognitive decline in older Alaska dogs.
Canine cognitive disorder, or CCD, presents similarly to Alzheimer's disease in humans, with symptoms including disorientation, failure to recognize family members, inability to retain control over basic bodily functions, and changes in personality.
Jan. 25, 2023
The 12th annual Alaska Interior Medical Education Summit will offer community members a way to explore an ever-expanding array of health careers and educational opportunities.
The summit will feature demonstrations, panel discussions and hands-on activities that will introduce attendees to various health care careers and education options. It will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, in the Murie Building at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Jan. 18, 2024
A recent study published in Ecological Informatics by a team of University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers has used artificial intelligence to further illuminate a habitat swap among short-billed gulls.
Typically gulls live along coastlines and near water sources such as rivers. They feed on bugs and other small mammals, fish or birds.
Dec. 10, 2023
This week, scientists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks are presenting their work alongside thousands of colleagues from around the world at the 2023 American Geophysical Union fall meeting Dec. 11-15 in San Francisco. More than 100 UAF researchers and graduate and undergraduate students are presenting at the event. Some of their discoveries are being featured in short science stories on the UAF news and information website, as well as in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Additional content highlighting UAF's presence at the AGU fall meeting is available by searching for #UAFxAGU on social media platforms.
Oct. 20, 2023
The great gray owl has long been thought of as a sentinel of the Alaska wilderness, keeping watch over snow-laden forests as far north as the Brooks Range, well away from human populations.
Oct. 11, 2023
The massive 2015 flooding of the Sagavanirktok River in northern Alaska had immediate impacts, including closure of the Dalton Highway for several days, but it also contributed to longer-term ground subsidence in the permafrost-rich region.
Oct. 3, 2023
The National Science Foundation will fund a $13.9 million program led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks to help multiple communities respond to coastal erosion, flooding, permafrost thaw and other hazards attributed to climate change.
The four years of funding, awarded earlier this month, is part of the foundation’s Navigating the New Arctic program.
September 15, 2023
Jeff and Jonathan learn about one of Alaska’s strangest animals in a fascinating conversation with Don Larson, Ph.D.
Welcome to our weekly podcast with longtime Anchorage Daily News garden writer and author Jeff Lowenfels and co-host Jonathan White. Think of it as a companion to Jeff’s weekly columns and his popular series of books.
Sept. 15, 2023
Mount Edgecumbe volcano in Southeast Alaska has become the latest addition to the Alaska Volcano Observatory’s ground-based monitoring network.
An observatory team in late August installed three seismic and Global Navigation Satellite System stations on the volcano and upgraded the only existing station in the vicinity, a temporary one on nearby Crater Ridge.
Sept. 11, 2023
Getting information about where wildfire smoke is headed in Alaska has become easy for the public, thanks to collaboration between the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Alaska Fire Service.
UAF researchers and data experts have worked with the Alaska Fire Service to add air quality information to the agency’s popular map and data website.
Aug. 31, 2023
New research by an international team of scientists explains what’s behind a stalled trend in Arctic Ocean sea ice loss since 2007. The findings indicate that stronger declines in sea ice will occur when an atmospheric feature known as the Arctic dipole reverses itself in its recurring cycle.
The many environmental responses to the Arctic dipole are described in a paper published online today in the journal Science. The analysis helps explain how North Atlantic water influences Arctic Ocean climate, a process scientists call "Atlantification."
Aug. 30, 2023
University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists will make several trips to Greenland over two years to study how meltwater and the ocean affect glacial ice loss.
The four-year research project, funded by a $565,000 National Science Foundation grant, will create a traveling museum exhibit about the drivers of Arctic climate change. The exhibit will appear first at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, likely in 2026.
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