The students will learn about the ecology of the arctic and boreal systems through daily lectures delivered by a variety of scientists, active participation in field sampling, and discussions of the relevant science literature. The course will span a broad range of disciplines, including local natural history, fire ecology, snow ecology, plant ecology, invertebrate and mammal biology, 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 useful to ecological field research.
The four-week, five-credit field course will be taught both at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska from 20 May to 13 June 2008. The course is limited to ten advanced undergraduate or starting graduate students. The cost of food at Toolik Field Station, lodging, and travel between the field sites will be covered, though students are expected to pay for in-state tuition and their travel to Fairbanks, Alaska. Students will need to bring all-weather clothing including winter jackets, rubber boots, and a warm sleeping bag.
Interested students should submit a current curriculum vitae and cover letter stating their experience and how the course would benefit them to:Anja Kade