Aerial view of the UAF campus. Photo by Todd Paris, UAF Marketing and Communications.
The Fairbanks campus is located on a ridge with a panoramic view of the Tanana River Valley and the Alaska Mountain Range and Mt. McKinley to the south. Fishery and Marine Science Students will attend classes and work with faculty in Juneau and/or Fairbanks. University of Alaska Fairbanks is 4 miles from downtown Fairbanks, on 2250 acres. Fairbanks is located in the Interior of Alaska about 130 miles from the Arctic Circle. Fairbanks’ geographic location is advantageous for the study of interior Alaska aquatic habitats. Numerous subarctic streams and lakes are within easy reach of the campus. Main access to the marine environment from the Fairbanks campus is in Prince William Sound (362 miles), Seward (360 miles), or Homer (584 miles).
The Lena Point Fisheries Building in Juneau.
The Juneau Center is a state of the art facility located in the Tongass National Rainforest, overlooking the Inside Passsage waters of Lena Cove near Auke Bay in Juneau, Alaska. This region encompasses 1,000 islands, 15000 miles of shoreline, thousands of coves and is a wonderful place to study marine organisms and fisheries. Completed in october of 2008, the Center is nestled at the foot of the glacier-rich coastal mountains. The Center is co-located with NOAA’s Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute, where scientists and students can continue and expand a long tradition of collaboration with NOAA. The Juneau center is equipped with freshwater and seawater wet labs and computer labs. There is access to both marine and freshwater habitats.
Seward Marine Center
Located 130 miles from Anchorage at the head of Resurrection Bay, the Seward Marine Center is the primary coastal facility operated by the Institute of Marine Science. This facility provides access to salt water laboratories and the coastal environment. There are excellent laboratories, constant temperature chambers and a running seawater system. There is also a 4-plex apartment unit for visiting scientists and students.
Alaska SeaLife Center
Located in Seward, Alaska, the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) occupies a seven acre waterfront site adjacent to the Institute of Marine Science. It is in close proximity to numerous seabird colonies, marine mammal concentrations, and salmon streams in Resurrection Bay and the adjacent Kenai Fjords National Park and Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. The Center is dedicated to understanding and maintaining the integrity of the marine ecosystem of Alaska through research, rehabilitation and public education. The ASLC provides a high level of infrastructure and staff support to research activities on invertebrates, fish, birds and mammals, including veterinary and husbandry care, project logistics, life support. The Center also serves as a regional stranding center, equipped to rehabilitate sick, stray, and injured marine birds, pinnipeds, sea otter and small cetaceans. The ASLC facilities include six dry laboratories, two wet laboratories, nine outdoor in-ground and four pens.
Kasitsna Bay is a unique resource for marine research and teaching. The Laboratory is located on 15 wooded acres overlooking Kasitsna Bay, a scenic embayment protected by McDonald Spit. The bay is on the south side of the much larger Kachemak Bay. The laboratory is nine miles by road from the nearest town, Seldovia. Seldovia, which is located on the Kenai Peninsula, is accessible by the state ferry system and air service. Kasitsna Bay laboratory include living accommodations for up to 18 people, laboratories, a maintenance shop, storage, running seawater system, animal holding tanks, boats and a dock. With one of the most productive marine ecosystems in the world, Kasitsna Bay is one of the best locations for marine research and teaching.
Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center
UAF’s Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center (KSMSC) is located on the Trident Basin in Kodiak, Alaska. KSMSC works year-round to discover better methods to harvest, preserve, process, and package Alaska’s rich ocean bounty. With state-of-the-art seafood research and development facility, KSMSC has research kitchens, biochemistry labs and food labs with experimental seafood processing equipment researchers use to test production techniques and develop new seafood products. KSMSC staff work closely with the industry to convey research results and provide educational opportunities that help seafood workers improve efficiency and the quality of their products.