Brian M. Barnes was named Director of the Institute of Arctic Biology (IAB) in August 2002 after serving for two years as Interim. He oversees infrastructure for cooperative research and more than 40 faculty and several Institute research programs ranging from ecology and ecosystems, wildlife biology, biomedicine and physiology, to molecular biology and genetics.
Major organized research programs at IAB include the USGS-funded Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, the NSF-funded Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research Program, the Center for Alaska Native Health Research, and the NIH-funded Alaska IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence, for which Barnes serves at the principal investigator and state-wide director. Research facilities at IAB include the Genomics Core Laboratory, IAB's Research Greenhouse, the Molecular Imaging Facility, and the Toolik Field Station, for which Barnes is co-Science Director.
Barnes' own research, sponsored by the NSF and NIH, including a Research Career Development Award, focuses on behavior, physiology, and genomics of hibernating mammals, including arctic ground squirrels and American black bears, biological rhythms and sleep, and overwintering biology of animals including insects. His B.S. in Biology is from the University of California, Riverside, and he earned a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Washington in 1983 and was an NIH-sponsored post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley before beginning as an Assistant Professor of Zoophysiology at UAF in 1986.
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