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About IMS

Researchers work with a CTD profiler. Photo by Bluhm/Gradinger, UAF.

Researchers work with a CTD profiler. Photo by Bluhm/Gradinger, UAF.

With an academic and research faculty of twenty and approximately fifty graduate students, the Institute of Marine Science conducts marine science studies in the world's oceans, with special emphasis on arctic and Pacific subarctic waters.

The faculty provide expertise in marine biology, biological oceanography, physical, chemical and geological oceanography. Instruction is carried out through the Graduate Program in Marine Sciences and Limnology in the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, where degrees are offered at the master's and doctoral levels in various fields of marine science.

The research efforts cover a wide range of disciplines, and some projects are components of large national and international cooperative programs. Institute of Marine Science researchers also participate actively in the broad marine science community, serving on a variety of national and international steering committees, boards, panels and advisory committees.

Some of the current Institute of Marine Science large research programs include: Virtual Tsunami Center; Alaska Natural Geography in Shore Areas (ANaGISA), Census of Marine Life; SALMON, Sea-Air-Land Modeling and Observing Network; GAK1, Gulf of Alaska CTD Time Series; GLOBEC, Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics; and NEWNET/ORION, a radiation and climatological monitoring program through autonomous stations at Fairbanks, Seward, Nome, Kotzebue, Point Hope and Barrow. Laboratories and specialists include the areas of: acoustics, algae, biological, chemical, fisheries, physical and geological oceanography, marine biology, mammals, pathology and ecosystems, remote sensing, seagrass studies, and underwater instrumentation.

The main offices, laboratories and computer facilities of IMS are located in the William A. O'Neill, Laurence Irving and Arctic Health Research buildings on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, among the complex of research institutes on the "West Ridge."