Join Frontier Scientists studying animal physiology and the amazing ways animals have adapted to survive harsh conditions in Alaska and the Arctic.
From the magnificent grizzly bears of Alaska’s National Parks to Arctic ground squirrel long-term hibernators, dogs in dog mushing races, important prey fish species like Grayling, and amazing birds that make astounding migrations across continents to reach Alaska every year, you’ll find the capabilities of Arctic animals are of incredible interest to science.
Wildlife biologists track, tag, and monitor bears to ensure healthy bear populations. Biologists and rangers with Alaska’s National Parks work to promote safe interactions between park visitors and grizzly bears. Further afield, polar bear researchers analyze how changing sea ice conditions are impacting polar bear population health.
Migratory birds and fish rely on interconnected habitats. They navigate a changing world, dealing with extreme environments and facing extreme environmental changes. Scientists investigate how the species respond to changing conditions, and ask what they can do to help preserve and manage the populations.
Arctic ground squirrel researchers investigate how the hibernators survive the lowest body temperature of any vertebrate, and how the squirrels keep an exacting schedule of hibernation and wakefulness in Arctic darkness. What they learn can help defeat a whole host of human diseases.
Iditarod sled dog racers take advantage of their dogs’ amazing metabolic capabilities to push themselves and their team during the race. Join a real musher to investigate the capabilities of racing dogs and dog handlers in Alaska.