The Arctic Ecology Program (AEP) at Grand Valley State University is housed in the Biology Department and is lead by Robert D. Hollister. The focus of the program is to examine the effects of global change on Arctic ecosystems. The two primary sources of global change examined are human disturbance and climate warming. The program does research in northern Alaska and extensive outreach activities. Grand Valley students are encouraged to get involved and do research. Students can apply for hire and/or do independent study for course credit. Members of the community are encouraged to contact Dr. Hollister to discuss polar and global change issues.