The Arctic is experiencing an unprecedented change in climate. How will arctic ecosystems respond to the changes that are occurring and what are the potential feedbacks to global climate? Find out, and experience these ecosystems first-hand through the intensive "Field Course in Arctic Science," offered through Summer Sessions at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. This 4-week, 5-credit course will be taught at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the remote Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska from 18 May - 11 June 2010.

Students will learn about the ecology of arctic and boreal ecosystems through daily lectures delivered by a variety of scientists and guest faculty, active participation in field sampling, and discussions of the relevant science literature. The field course will span a broad range of disciplines, including natural history, fire ecology, vegetation description, animal biology, patterned-ground forms, carbon budgets, and the implications of a warming climate. The students will gain a firm background in the structure and function of the ecosystems in northern Alaska and become familiar with the tools and techniques used to measure the ecological impacts of climate change.

The course is limited to ten finishing undergraduate or starting graduate students. The cost of food, lodging, and travel between the field sites will be covered. Students are expected to pay for their round-trip travel to Fairbanks, Alaska, tuition at the University of Alaska (summer tuition is at the in-state rate) and their food when based in Fairbanks. Students will need to bring all-weather clothing including winter jackets, rubber boots, and a warm sleeping bag.

Interested students should submit a current resume and a cover letter stating how the course would benefit them t Anja Kade ( by Sunday, 7 March 2010.

Application Deadline: Sunday, 7 March 2010

For more information or to apply, please contact:
Anja Kade