Latest Research News and Events
Long-term study hopes to unlock secrets of Gulf of Alaska ecosystem
June 07, 2023
After more than a month apart, Gretel and Shackleton began their reunion with a slow dance. The autonomous underwater vehicles circled each other in the Gulf of Alaska in April, gathering data about ocean conditions: temperature, light, salinity, chlorophyll, fluorescence, and even acoustically determined densities of fish and zooplankton.
Arctic ground squirrel hibernation trend could affect mating
June 02, 2023
As soils in Arctic Alaska become warmer and freeze for shorter periods in winter, mating conditions for arctic ground squirrels are changing.
Polar bears of the past survived warmth
June 01, 2023
In a recent paper, scientists wrote that a small population of polar bears living off Greenland and Arctic Canada increased by 1.6 times when they compared the numbers from the 1990s to 2013 and 2014. They concluded that lighter sea ice might have benefited the animals.
Feltleaf willows: Alaska's most abundant tree
May 25, 2023
Imagine being a moose in late May: You have just survived 200 days of cold and darkness by munching the equivalent of a large garbage bag full of frozen twigs each day. Now, billions of salad greens are unfolding from those same woody plants, providing a scent and texture savored for an instant before one sweep of the moose's head strips a wispy branch.
UAF scientists to hunt for clues about Arctic Ocean glaciation
May 19, 2023
Evidence indicates a thick ice sheet, not annual sea ice and icebergs, covered the Arctic Ocean at some point during the last 140,000 years. Now, University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists will be looking for more geologic proof of the ice sheet's existence, sources, behavior and extent.
When river breakup came to Eagle
May 18, 2023
EAGLE -- As the late evening sunshine poured in from the northwest, a dozen residents of Alaska's farthest upstream town on the Yukon River watched their winter race past. Floating chunks of ice spun by in lazy turns, like memories of January.
Arctic Research Open House to surprise and delight on May 18
May 12, 2023
Built and launched a rocket! Watched bacteria grow in real time! Wrestle your way into an Arctic survival suit! Experience these and other unique activities at the 2023 Arctic Research Open House from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, May 18, along the West Ridge of the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Troth Yeddha' Campus.
May 11, 2023
A scientist from Ohio once pondered why moose have such big noses.
Long after run to glory, Balto lives on
May 04, 2023
A dog that pulled his way into history has given scientists insight into what makes Alaska sled dogs and other working breeds unique.
Alaskans: Submit ice photos to help predict flooding
May 02, 2023
Fresh Eyes on Ice, a University of Alaska Fairbanks citizen science project, is urging Alaskans to send in photos to help predict flooding in the state.