2013 Alaska Marine Science Symposium


The audience for the 2013 AMSS keynote talks

Alaska Marine Science Symposium: Day 4 – Thursday, Jan. 24

Thursday’s talks at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium highlighted research from the Gulf of Alaska.

In the morning, UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences professor Russell Hopcroft presented a talk entitled “Measuring the Pulse of the Gulf of Alaska: Oceanographic Observations along the Seward Line, and in Prince William Sound 1997 – 2012.” He was followed by one of his students, Ayla Doubleday, whose talk was entitled “Seasonal and Inter-Annual Patterns of Pteropod and Larvacean Estimates in the Coastal Gulf of Alaska.”

In the afternoon sessions, SFOS students Raphaelle Descoteaux and Thomas Farrugia both spoke during the fish and fish habitat section. Descoteaux talked about “Effects of Ocean Acidification on Development of Alaskan Crab Larvae” and Farrugia talked about “Movement Patterns of Skates in the Gulf of Alaska and Implications for the Management of a Skate Fishery.”

Briana Witteveen was the last SFOS faculty member to speak at the symposium. Her talk was called “Using Acoustic Assessment of Pelagic Backscatter to Assess Prey Use and Niche Separation of Fin and Humpback Whales Near Kodiak Island, Alaska.”

Megan Peterson receiving an AMSS student award.

The best student oral presentation awards were given to Daniel Cushing, of Oregon State University, in the master’s category and SFOS student Megan Peterson in the doctorate category. Peterson’s presentation was entitled “Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) Depredation Effects on Catch Rates of Six Groundfish Species: Implications for Commercial Longline Fisheries in Alaska.”

The symposium closed today, but there are several workshops scheduled for Friday at the Captain Cook, including the remainder of the Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center project presentations, which will run from 9 – 11:45.

Check here for podcasts of the AMSS talks now that the conference is over.


Alaska Marine Science Symposium: Day 3 – Wednesday, Jan. 23

The Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands were the focus on Wednesday at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium.

SFOS student Jessica Cross speaks at the 2013 AMSS.

No UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences faculty members were on the program as speakers, however two SFOS students presented talks. Jessica Cross gave a talk entitled “Integrated Assessment of the Carbon Budget in the Southeastern Bering Sea: from the Atmosphere to the Sediment” in the climate and oceanography section Wednesday morning.

SFOS student Megan Peterson gave the last talk of the day during the mammals section entitled “Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) Depredation Effects on Catch Rates of Six Groundfish Species: Implications for Commercial Longline Fisheries in Alaska.”

SFOS student Megan Peterson speaks at the 2013 AMSS

SFOS student Jennifer Dushane won the Best Student Poster Presentation in the doctorate level on Wednesday afternoon for her poster, “30 years of data from stranded and hunter-harvested Cook Inlet beluga whales: creation of a web-based database.” Top honors in the master’s level went to Oregon State University student Amelia O’Connor.

Coming up on Thursday, the plenary session will move on to research in the Gulf of Alaska. SFOS faculty members Russ Hopcroft and Briana Witteveen will speak as well as three more SFOS graduate students. The Best Student Oral Presentation winners will be announced at the end of the day.

On Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, the Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center will be holding the 2013 annual review, including several presentations by SFOS students. The project presentations will be held at the Captain Cook in the Adventure Room beginning at 12:30 on Thursday.

Alaska Marine Science Symposium: Day 2 – Tuesday, Jan. 22

The Alaska Marine Science Symposium has three plenary sessions over three days divided by geographic region. The first full day of symposium talks Tuesday highlighted research projects in the Arctic.

Peter Winsor speaking at the 2013 AMSS.

Four of Tuesday’s speakers were from the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. In the climate and oceanography section, Seth Danielson presented a talk titled, “Modeling Ice and Circulation in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas” and Peter Winsor spoke about “High-Resolution Observations of Hydrography and Circulation of the Chukchi Sea.”

In the fish and fish habitat section, Franz Mueter shared information about “The Arctic Ecosystem Integrated Survey (Arctic EIS)” and Andrew Seitz presented the talk, “Dispersal of Adult Dolly Varden from the Wulik River, Alaska, Evaluated Using Satellite Telemetry.”

A second round of poster sessions was held Tuesday evening at Egan Convention Center. Tuesday night’s posters highlighted research in the Bering Sea/Aleutians and the Gulf of Alaska. A gallery of photos from the poster sessions can be found on the Facebook page for the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

Reid Brewer, Ph.D. student and Marine Advisory Program agent, presented a poster Tuesday night.

Coming up on Wednesday, the plenary session will shift focus to the Bering Sea & Aleutian Islands and the first SFOS students will give oral presentations. Also, the Best Student Poster Presentation winners will be announced.




Alaska Marine Science Symposium: Day 1 – Monday, Jan. 21

AMSS keynote speaker Jeremy Mathis

The annual Alaska Marine Science Symposium opened Monday afternoon with a well-rounded list of keynote speakers. Organizers selected speakers to address a handful of the high profiles issues impacting Alaska waters: ocean acidification, tsunami marine debris, Chinook salmon and technologies for ocean studies.

Jeremy Mathis, who wears multiple hats as an affiliate faculty member at University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and director of the UAF Ocean Acidification Research Center as well as an oceanographer with the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, presented information on the continued threat of ocean acidification for Alaska coastal waters. Mathis will begin deploying an expanded network of monitoring buoys in waters around the state in February. He and his team are also developing an ocean acidification vulnerability index that determines the areas of the state that will be impacted the most as Alaska waters continue to absorb higher levels of carbon dioxide. Mathis anticipates publishing the index in a couple of months.

Other keynote speakers included Jessica A. Miller, of Oregon State University, who presented the talk, “Testing the Invasive Process: Survival, Dispersal, Genetic Characterization, and Attenuation of Marine Biota on the 2011 Japanese Tsunami Debris Field.” Edward Farley, of the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center gave a talk entitled “Chinook salmon and the marine environment” and Judith Connor from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute presented “Technologies for ocean studies.”

Podcasts of the talks from AMSS will be available after the conference concludes here.

UAF SFOS student Alexandra Ravelo presents her poster Monday evening.

After the afternoon talks, symposium attendees headed over to the Egan Convention Center for the first evening of poster presentations. Monday night’s posters focused on the Arctic and Bering Sea/Aleutians.

Photos by Sharice Walker.

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