Monthly Archives: October 2014

Monitoring reveals warmer Gulf of Alaska waters

Warmer than normal waters in the Gulf of Alaska surprised scientists who have studied the waters over the shelf south of Seward for the past 17 years. During a September cruise, Professor Russell Hopcroft and his team found the upper 300 feet to be 1 to 5 degrees warmer than the September averages of 55-57°F. They also found warm-water species of plankton, a vital food for fish and other marine life, farther north than usual. Continue reading

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Katrin Iken to lead Arctic Marine Biodiversity Observing Network creation

The University of Alaska Fairbanks will join a $6 million, multi-institutional research effort to expand understanding of the Arctic Ocean’s marine ecosystem. Katrin Iken, professor of marine biology with UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, was selected to lead the creation of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Observing Network. Continue reading

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