Located just 200 miles (320 km) south of the Arctic Circle, the Fairbanks campus' unique location is well situated for arctic and northern research.
The value of scientific research includes direct investment in local economies and improvements in community life. Our research engages undergraduate and graduate students so they gain skills and knowledge to become tomorrow's leaders.
Read about some of the complex, necessary and innovative research we conduct at UAF.
UAF research entities
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A multi-instrument resource for Alaska specializing in surface and elemental analysis as well as electron microscopy. Supports and trains undergraduate and graduate students and provides technical support and facilities to researchers as well as local, state, federal, and private agencies.
Provides curriculum development, program development, workshops, research opportunities, K-12 outreach, and access to information assurance research resources. Provides an isolated networked computer environment suitable for information assurance and computer security education, research, and training.
Includes the Fairbanks Experiment Farm, the Matanuska Experiment Farm and the Delta Junction field research site. Georgeson Botanical Garden and the Reindeer Research Program herd are at the Fairbanks farm.
Seeks to expand, facilitate, and stimulate neuroscience research as part of the human health research initiative at the University of Alaska. Present research concentrates on circadian rhythms and thermoregulation, hibernation as a model of neuroprotection, and neuronal regeneration and survival with an emphasis on the role of reactive oxygen species.
Works to improve the ability of Alaskans to plan for and respond to a changing climate through innovative research methods, stakeholder engagement, and development and evaluation of decision support tools.
Focuses on research related to community and industry-scale power generation, transmission, heating, and transportation fuels. Tests small-grid and distributed generation scenarios and the performance of individual components of a power generating and transmission system. Lab is available to the industry and academia on a fee for use basis.
Focuses on small, unmanned aircraft systems. Assists with integration of unique payloads and supporting pathfinder missions within government and scientific communities, with emphasis on the Arctic.
Provides scientific information, tools, and techniques that managers and other parties interested in land, water, wildlife and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor and adapt to climate variability and climatic change.
Responds to inquiries concerning the meteorology and climatology of Alaska from public, private, and government agencies, and from researchers around the world. Archives digital climate records, develops climate statistics, and writes monthly weather summaries, which are published in newspapers around the state and in Weatherwise magazine.
Promotes research and graduate student training in the ecology and management of fish, wildlife and their habitats. Works to improve understanding the ecology of Alaska's fish and wildlife; evaluates impacts of land use and development on these resources. Relates effects of social and economic needs to production and harvest of natural populations.
Four out of five earthquakes, and nearly all of the nation’s tsunamis, originate in Alaska. AEIC tracks earthquakes in the state and provides 24/7 information to officials, the public, and emergency managers. Each year AEIC locates approximately 30,000 earthquakes statewide, and processes real time data from more than 600 sites.
Works to strengthen the link between fire science research and on-the-ground application by promoting communication between managers and scientists, providing an organized fire science delivery platform, and facilitating collaborative scientist-manager research development.
Works to understand northern ecosystems through the use of geographic information systems, remote sensing, field experiments, and other research. Vegetation classification, analysis of vegetation and landscape patterns, geobotanical mapping, snow ecology, appropriate land-use planning, and analysis of disturbance and recovery in northern regions.
Internationally known and recognized as the major center in the United States for the study of Eskimo and Northern Athabascan languages. Publishes its research in story collections, dictionaries, grammars, and research papers.
Improves Alaska's scientific capacity by engaging in research projects supported through National Science Foundation and state funds. Currently engaged in a five-year project entitled "Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments," which examines how communities adapt to environmental and social change.
Promotes interdisciplinary research and instruction in Quaternary science, the multi-disciplinary study of geological, biological, climatological and human systems of the past two million years (the Quaternary Period), and the evolution of these systems into present conditions on Earth.
Downloads, processes, archives, and distributes remote-sensing data to scientific users around the world.
Enhances wise use and conservation of Alaska’s marine, coastal, and watershed resources through research, education, and extension.
Improves cold region transportation through research, education, and technology transfer.
Assesses hazards, nature, timing, and likelihood of volcanic activity, including kinds of events, their effects, and areas at risk. Provides timely and accurate information on volcanic hazards, and warnings of impending dangerous activity to local, state, and federal officials and to the public Alaska Volcano Observatory.
The Animal Resources Center promotes excellence in biomedical, biological, and agricultural sciences by ensuring the highest standard of animal care following sound scientific and ethical principles.
A high-performance computing (HPC) research unit designed to meet the academic and research needs of university staff, faculty and students. Provides service in all aspects of high-performance computing, massive data storage and HPC network support.
Performs boreal forest research and monitoring at two sites near Fairbanks: the Bonanza Creek Experimental Forest and the Caribou Poker Creeks Research Watershed, with additional research infrastructure in boreal tundra near Healy, just north of Denali National Park and Preserve.
Embraces a collaborative research model while working with Alaska Native communities, organizations and individuals. Faculty and staff work with tribal groups and health care agencies to frame research questions, develop methodologies and procedures, and to interpret and apply data to prevention and treatment.
An interdisciplinary, globally informed group that mobilizes the historical dimensions of policy and the power of collaboration towards problem-solving based on evidence-based practices and a positive outlook toward the future of Alaska and the Arctic.
We work to improve educational and professional development opportunities for rural Alaskans by providing technical support and information to school districts, Native corporations, tribal governments, community organizations, and state and federal agencies serving Indigenous communities.
Works to create new knowledge that reduces uncertainty in decision making; provide world leading education and research opportunities; train the next generation of emergency managers, responders and policy makers; and improve resilience should a disaster occur.
Studies coastal topics associated with the development of natural gas, oil, and minerals on Alaska's outer continental shelf.
Promotes disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, and scholarly activities by providing the infrastructure facilities, resources, and administrative support required to be competitive, and to build strong and sustainable programs in established and emerging areas of research.
Provides nucleic acid sample analysis services as well as maintenance, support, and training for molecular biology and analytical chemistry instrumentation. Facilitates learning through training workshops and seminars, so students, faculty, and staff can learn to use available equipment.
Research center for sharing data and technical capacity among Alaska, Arctic, and world communities. Works to increase community-wide participation in the discovery and use of geospatial data by providing products and services that expand the range of available analysis capabilities.
Studies geophysical processes in action from the center of the Earth to the surface of the sun and beyond. Turns data and observations into information useful for state and national needs.
A nationally recognized botanical garden and a member of a network of educational and research institutions dedicated to plant culture and conservation.
Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of General Medical Sciences, whose Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program is intended to broaden the geographic distribution of NIH funding for biomedical and behavioral research by serving rural and medically underserved communities.
Advances knowledge of high-latitude biological systems through integration of research, student education and service to the nation and state of Alaska. Supports faculty and post-doctoral research and graduate education in the life sciences of wildlife, physiology, genetics and evolutionary biology, ecology and ecosystems, biomedicine, and bioinformatics and computational biology.
Provides a reliable, computer-controlled environment ideal for performing research and educational projects in plant genetics, physiology, ecology, evolution and systematics. Facilities include four separate computer controlled (QCom) zones housing research projects and plant collections, and three climate-controlled (Conviron) growth chambers.
Researches regional oceanography of the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Chukchi Sea, and Beaufort Sea. Maintains long-term climate and ecosystem monitoring stations in the North Pacific and the western Arctic.
Provides research and engineering solutions for the world’s cold regions and beyond. INE conducts research in civil and environmental, petroleum, mining, geological, electrical, computer, and mechanical engineering. Fosters opportunities for faculty, post-doctoral researchers, and students to tackle these engineering challenges.
Fosters Arctic research in an international setting, in order to help the nation and the international community understand, prepare for, and adapt to the pan-Arctic impacts of climate change.
Located near Seldovia, this marine research and teaching facility focuses on marine and coastal ecosystems, with potential for year-round development and testing of new instrumentation for harsh conditions. Home to UAF’s cold-water scientific diving program.
Excellence in research and education in high-latitude biology. Provides facilities for and expertise in maintaining colonies of large animals, coordinating educational opportunities, and conducting community outreach in support of the UAF mission.
Supports development, production, processing, refining and transportation related to mineral and energy resources of Alaska and elsewhere. Beneficiation and hydrometallurgy of ores, geotechnical engineering (including frozen ground), impact of cold climate on mine ventilation, systems engineering, mineral economics, and computational intelligence for mine operations.
Seeks to establish nationally recognized leadership training and development program and research through partnering with business, academic, and political leaders in a diverse environment.
Researches ocean acidification (OA), particularly in Alaska waters, to determine the intensity, duration, and extent of OA around the state. Provides access to data, trains students and citizen scientists, and accepts seawater samples to be run at cost.
UAF conducts approximately $120 million per year in research. Much of this research can lead to commercial products, licenses, technologies, software codes, new plant varieties, and other intellectual property that, if licensed or sold to business, could provide competitive business advantage and create jobs. Come see us if you are interested in commercializing your technology.
Conducts research in reservoir characterization, modeling, and simulation; enhanced oil recovery; and fluid characterization, drilling, and production. Assists Alaska petroleum industry and state & federal agencies in efforts to use these resources under stable and healthy environmental conditions. Explores ways to keep fuel production and transport economical and safe.
Provides facilities for rocket launching and testing, and aurora research, over sparsely populated tundra hundreds of miles north of the Alaska range, with special permission from federal, state and tribal landowners.
Works to improve knowledge about the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea through research and education, focusing on the commercial fisheries of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.
One of the most advanced university research vessels in the world. This oceanographic research ship, able to break ice up to 2.5 feet thick, conducts multidisciplinary studies and supports the collection of sediment samples from the seafloor and remotely operated vehicles. Uses a flexible suite of winches to raise and lower scientific equipment, and surveys throughout the water column and sea bottom using an extensive set of research instrumentation.
Bridges information gaps in our understanding of long-term trends in a changing climate. Produces local and statewide projections of future conditions that are linked to present and past conditions, objective interpretations of these scenarios, and explanations of underlying methods and assumptions. Data are available to all.
Supports year round research and education that creates greater scientific understanding of the Arctic in relationship to the global environment. Located in the northern foothills of the Brooks Range in Alaska on the southeast shore of Toolik Lake, 254 km north of the Arctic Circle. The location allows scientists access to the Brooks Range, the arctic foothills and the arctic coastal plain.
The only research and teaching museum in Alaska. Has 1.4 million artifacts and specimens that represent millions of years of biological diversity and thousands of years of cultural traditions in the North. Premier repository for artifacts and specimens collected on public lands in Alaska, and a leader in northern natural and cultural history research.
Works to improve understanding of arctic and subarctic environments by researching water and environmental resources, training graduate students at master's and PhD levels in this field, and disseminating pertinent research information to the public.