Director, Institute of Arctic Biology - Brian Barnes
Barnes oversees more than 50 faculty and Institute research programs ranging from ecology and ecosystems to molecular biology and genetics and research infrastructure that include field stations, small- and large-animal facilities, core laboratories for geographic information systems (GIS), genomics and proteomics. Major Institute programs include the Center for Alaska Native Health Research, Alaska Basic Neuroscience Program, Human Dimensions of Arctic Systems, and the Center for Molecular Genetic Studies of Hibernation. Barnes' own research, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health, focuses on the physiological ecology and endocrinology of hibernating mammals, biological rhythms and sleep, and overwintering biology of animals including insects and the behavioral mechanisms by which animals cope with high-latitude winter and summer environments. Barnes is a professor of zoophysiology in the UAF Department of Biology and Wildlife; the Science Director of IAB's Toolik Field Station and is the Research Focus Leader of the NSF EPSCoR program in Integrative Approaches to Environmental Physiology. Barnes earned a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Washington in 1983 and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.