So what does the Alaska “lab” have to Offer?
Studying the arctic and subarctic atmospheres has captured the attention of many scientists as they try to figure out how climate change and the melting of sea ice will affect the cycling of chemicals and elements. Scientist also study the aurora borealis and the other different levels of the atmosphere.
Biology & Wildlife
For students interested in wildlife ecology and natural resource management, Alaska has it all. It has vast stretches of wilderness, charismatic megafauna like polar bears and a variety of habitats. Students can learn about animal behavior or explore the Alaska on the microscopic scale. In terms of health sciences, we have several professors who are studying health in rural communities and how the health of people, the planet and wildlife all interrelate.
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Since all of Alaska and the people living in it are made of elements, it stands to reason that the whole of Alaska provides a large scientific playground for chemists. We have professors who are studying Alaska’s chemistry through mineral extraction, in how carbon moves through the environment and in how mercury is deposited from the atmosphere
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematicians and statisticians are also connected to Alaska. Many work with national parks or other federal and state natural resource agencies to help them understand and interpret their data. In fact a student studying statistics has a great opportunity to land a job in Alaska at a natural resource agency.
Veterinary students have an opportunity to study in a state with unique wildlife and communities that still subsist on the land and depend on hunting and fishing as a major supplement to their food. Veterinary students interested in going into research can work with veterinary professors who study environmental toxicity and wildlife disease.