Monthly Archives: January 2016

Burgeoning sea otter population in southern Southeast Alaska depletes commercial fishery species

By Lauren Frisch Sea otters enjoy feeding on sea cucumbers, sea urchins, Dungeness crabs and geoducks. Unfortunately, so do people. In southern Southeast Alaska, commercial fisheries for these invertebrate species provide income for local economies. At the same time, a … Continue reading

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Welcome Dean Moran

Dr. S. Bradley Moran started his position as the new dean of the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences on January 11, 2016. “This is an exciting time for the future of SFOS,” said Moran. “The changes occurring in Alaska’s … Continue reading

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Using unmanned aerial vehicles to monitor otter feeding

by Brenda Konar SFOS Faculty Brenda Konar worked with USGS researchers and UAF’s ACUASI team (The Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration) to explore the possibilities of using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to determine what sea otters are feeding … Continue reading

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Expected changes in delivery of trace nutrients may affect ocean phytoplankton

By Lauren Frisch Phytoplankton and sea ice algae, the tiny photosynthetic organisms that make up the base of the food web, rely on trace elements for nutrients. Projected sea ice changes could affect the distribution of these trace elements in … Continue reading

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Student Spotlight: Alex Ravelo

Alexandra (Alex) Ravelo has wanted to be a scientist for as long as she can remember. She says her parents, who are researchers in the fields of agricultural botany and climate, were a big influence, and from an early age … Continue reading

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