The Nabesna Glacier in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
Glaciers, Sea-Ice and Permafrost

UAF's high latitude location creates an ideal environment for cryospheric research. Department faculty are engaged in research focused on the role of snow, ice, and permafrost in the shaping of the landscape, and their influence on climate and impact on the biosphere.


Gold ore in a quartz rock
Economic Geology

A wide range of student investigations in economic geology have been undertaken at UAF, representing a considerable spectrum of ore deposit types, including massive sulfide, greisen, vein, skarn, porphyry, PGE, placer, and epithermal prospects.


Archaeology of the Forty-mile River Drainage

Paleontological research at UAF spans the globe, but focuses on Alaskan fossils. Department faculty and students specialize in the reconstruction of ancient ecosystems and climates through identification of pollen and spores and in vertebrate paleontology, particularly of Alaskan dinosaurs and Mesozoic marine reptiles, such as ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs.


Map from GINA
Remote Sensing and GIS

Remote sensing faculty and students span a broad range of diverse research interests including: volcanology, forest fires, sea ice, permafrost, evapotranspiration processes, and geothermal prospects.

Boreal forest mountain ridge and river valley somewhere north of Fairbanks in early September.
Tectonics and Sedimentation

Tectonics & Sedimentation research at UAF conducts research in an exciting corner of the globe - where the Pacific, North American and Eurasian plates meet in Alaska and the adjacent regions of the circumpolar North. Alaska provides an exciting natural laboratory for research reconstructing the processes of Earth's history over a variety of time scales.


Earthquake map from the Earthquake center
Seismology and Geodesy

Seismology and Geodesy faculty and students at UAF pursue research on earthquakes in the solid Earth and glaciers, crustal and mantle structure, active tectonics and deformation of the Earth. Research targets span the globe, and yet are directly linked with the extremely dynamic Alaskan tectonic landscape.


Katmai volcano

With approximately 52 active and potentially hazardous volcanoes, Alaska is well-known for diverse research in volcanology. UAF is home to a thriving volcano research community, spread across several reesarch disciplines, including Volcanology, Seismology, and Remote Sensing.