Latest Research News and Events

UAF Research News
  • A fly with iridescent eyes and a body covered with orange, brown and black fuzzy hairs rests on a piece of black plastic.

    Moose flies flourish in high-summer Alaska

    July 22, 2024

    While boating down the Yukon River during the hottest summer recorded in Alaska (1915, when Fort Yukon reached 100 degrees Fahrenheit), missionary Hudson Stuck wrote about the wildlife that most bothered his party.

  • An expanse of yellow sand dunes abuts green forest and lakes in a picture taken from a small aircraft. The plane's wing struts and float are visible in the photo.

    Sand dunes a unique Alaska landscape

    July 15, 2024

    From a molded seat of sand dug into the western rim of a 5-mile oval of desert, I'm looking out over a sea of tan waves. Spruce spears stick up here and there through the sand.

  • From a foreground of mixed spruce and birch forest, an expanse of yellow sand stretches away into the distance. Patches of spruce dot the sand dunes. Rolling hills and mountains rise on the far horizon under a blue sky.

    Mystery of the glass tool kit in the sand

    July 04, 2024

    From space, the Nogahabara Dunes are a splotch of blond sand about six miles in diameter surrounded by green boreal forest. Located west of the Koyukuk River, the dunes are the site of an uncommon discovery.

  • A person wearing a pink shirt holds a bone in their two hands. Behind and below is an area of dirt marked off with string and strewn with archaeology tools, including plastic collection bags and a tape measure, trowel and notebook.

    Signs of ancient man's best friend on hilltop?

    June 27, 2024

    On this rock outcrop 30 feet above the gray Tanana River and green hayfields cleared from the forest below, archaeologists have possibly found evidence of the canine companions of early Alaskans.

  • A bumblebee sits near the peak of a raceme of water-beaded pink flowers atop a fireweed plant.

    Insects of Alaska forest humming along

    June 21, 2024

    Recent long-term studies revealed a three-quarters reduction of insects in parts of Germany and an 80 percent decline of pollinating flies at a field site in Greenland. What's going on with numbers of Alaska insects?

  • On a sunny day with a few wispy clouds, two people hike on a trail over a tundra-covered ridge with rolling hills and mountains in the background.

    Journey through a sub-Arctic summer night

    June 14, 2024

    We three friends riding together in a pickup had committed to join together for the AlaskAcross, a 50-mile jaunt on foot from Eagle Summit to the Chena Hot Springs Resort.

  • Two snowmachines, one pulling a wooden box sledge, sit on an expanse of snow-covered sea ice, some of which is jumbled into pressure ridges.

    Did sea ice help populate the Americas?

    June 07, 2024

    A team of scientists has proposed winter sea ice as a possible ephemeral highway through and around Alaska and into the New World.

  • Farm buildings, many painted red, sit on a hillside surrounded by fenced pens, fields and forests of aspen, birch and balsam poplar turned golden by the fall season.

    The gardening potential of the Last Frontier

    May 30, 2024

    More than 100 years ago, a man traveled north on a mission most people thought was ridiculous -- to see if crops would grow in the frozen wasteland known as the Territory of Alaska.

  • A woman holding a child stands in a depression in a forest while another child sits on a log suspended above the hole.

    A backyard science expedition, in diapers

    May 23, 2024

    A fist-size opening in the forest floor exhausted so much air this spring that it built its own chimney of frost. A university researcher -- and her kids -- helped investigate.

  • a musk ox calf lying down and looking at the camera

    LARS to host annual Birthday Bash for new calves

    May 23, 2024

    The University of Alaska Fairbanks' Large Animal Research Station will introduce its new reindeer and muskox calves at its annual Birthday Bash from noon-4 p.m. on June 1.

More UAF research news