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Scientists from all over the state will be in Kodiak to teach the importance of fisheries science and how it is widely connected to Alaskas marine resources, mainly our fisheries. The American Association for the Advancement of Science is holding its  2013 Arctic Science Conference for the second time ever in Kodiaks at the Harbor Convention Center starting on Thursday with about thirty presentations.

“The title of the conference is Fisheries and Watersheds, Education and Sustainability.”

Brian Himelbloom is a microbiologist and faculty member at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center. He is organizing the event this year.


“So It covers a wide variety of topics and we are hoping that the local community would come out and see these various talks.”

The two and a half day conference is filled with many presentations.


“The six sessions are divided into things such as: marine biology, fisheries seafood science, sustain ability, interdisciplinary, general and applied science, and science education.”

A few guest speakers presenting are, the Dean of the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences discussing the Marine Arctic 2020 , Keith Criddle, SFOS Fisheries Division Director talking about sustainable management of fisheries, and Kodiak ‘s Department of Fish and Game biologists Gregg Rosenkranz and Ric Shepard presenting the Alaska Cam Sled.


“I like to think of it as a really dumb robot that takes really good pictures”. 


With Rosenkranz and Shepard’s underwater camera presentation and the slew of many other scientists there will be  plenty to learn.


“It’s kind of a sprinkling of information from various areas and hopefully as a package it gives people a idea of what’s happening regarding science, primarily with fisheries and some off shoots of that.”

For registration information and links about the Arctic Science Conference this week visit our website

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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Time: Event Description:
5:00 – 6:00 pm Registration
6:00 – 8:00 pm Arctic AAAS Social (Kodiak Convention Center, no-host bar)

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Time: Event Description:
8:00 – 8:45 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45 – 9:00 am Borough/City Mayor Welcoming Talks
9:00 – 9:45 am Keynote Address:

  • Marine Arctic 2020: At the Intersection of Science, Education, Policy and Environment
    Mike Castellini, SFOS Dean
9:45 – 10:00 am Coffee Break
10:00 – 10:45 am Plenary Talk:

  • A Field Guide to the Age of Ecological Innocence: Lessons from Martha Brae, Palliser’s Triangle, and Bristol Bay
    Todd Radenbaugh, Bristol Bay Campus
10:45 – 11:45 am Technical Session:

Marine Biology
Chair, Bree Witteveen, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program – Kodiak

  • Trophic Ecology of Marine Birds of the Far Western Aleutian Islands, Douglas Causey, University of Alaska Anchorage, Dept. Biol. Sci.
  • Evidence of Climate Change Impacts on the Mercury Levels in Kodiak Sea Otters, Maribeth Murray et al., University of Alaska Fairbanks, Intl. Arctic Res. Ctr.
  • Alaska CamSled: High Resolution Benthic Imaging, Gregg Rosenkranz and Ric Shepard, Alaska Dept. Fish Game
11:45 – 1:30 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 – 2:30 pm Technical Session:

Chair, Andy Seitz, SFOS-Fisheries Division

  • Kuk and Kugra River Fish and Aquatic Habitat Surveying, Bill Morris, Alaska Dept. Fish Game
  • Eulachon of the Chilkat and Chilkoot Rivers: Roles in Local and Indigenous Cultures, Allyson Olds and Megan McPhee, University of Alaska Fairbanks, SFOS
  • Dispersal of Adult Dolly Varden from the Wulik River, Alaska, Evaluated Using Satellite Telemetry, Andrew C. Seitz, University of Alaska Fairbanks, SFOS
2:30 – 3:20 pm Coffee Break
3:20 – 4:00 pm Technical Session:

Fisheries (continued)
Chair, Andy Seitz, SFOS-Fisheries Division

  • CFEC Salmon Set Gillnet Permits and DNR Shore Fishery Leases in Prince William Sound, Cook Inlet, Kodiak, Alaska Peninsula, and Bristol Bay 1975-2012, Marcus Gho, Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission
  • Fisheries Privatization, Social Transitions, and Well-being in Kodiak’s Fisheries, Courtney Carothers and Jesse Coleman, University of Alaska Fairbanks, SFOS
4:00 – 4:40 pm Technical Session:

Seafood Science
Chair, Brennan Smith, SFOS – Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center

  • Nutritional and Contaminant Analyses of Skates in the Gulf of Alaska: Shaping Future Skate Demand, Thomas J. Farrugia et al., University of Alaska Fairbanks, SFOS
  • Phthalate and PCB Contamination in Seabirds from the Western Aleutian Islands, Veronica M. Padula et al., University of Alaska Anchorage, Dept. Biol. Sci.
4:40 – 6:00 pm Poster Session, light refreshments
6:00 pm Dinner (on your own)
6:30 – 8:00 pm Workshop:

  • Are You Really Communicating Your Science?
    Marilyn Sigman and Robin Dublin, Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence – Alaska

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Time: Event Description:
8:00 – 8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 9:20 am Plenary Talk:

  • Bioeconomic Control Rules for Sustainable Management of Fisheries in a Nonstationary Environment
    Keith Criddle, SFOS Fisheries Division Director
9:20 – 10:00 am Technical Session:

Chair, Todd Radenbaugh, Bristol Bay Campus

  • Protecting the Arctic by Running the World on Renewables: Alternatives for Transmission and Low-cost Firming Storage of Stranded Renewables as Hydrogen and Ammonia Fuels, William C. Leighty, The Leighty Foundation
  • Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments: Approaching Social-Ecological Dynamics on the Kenai Peninsula, Sarah Wandersee et al., University of Alaska Anchorage, Dept. Biol. Sci.
10:00 – 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 – 11:30 am Technical Session:

Sustainability (continued)
Chair, Todd Radenbaugh, Bristol Bay Campus

  • Net Zero Energy–Ready Home in Dillingham, Alaska, Tom Marsik and Kristin Donaldson, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bristol Bay Campus
  • What the Heck is Permaculture?, Cindee Karns
  • The Praxis of Fisheries as Culture: Successful Fishing Communities in Rural Alaksa, Davin Holen, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Dept. Anthropology
11:30 – 1:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 3:00 pm Technical Session:

Interdisciplinary, General and Applied Science
Chair, Cindy Trussell, UAA-Kodiak College

  • Conceptualizing Subsistence: How Differing Beliefs about the Concept of Subsistence Could be Creating Misconceptions within Management Forums, Meredith Marchioni, Alaska Dept. Fish Game
  • Remote Sensing Imagery Resources for Multi-decadal Change Detection Analysis, Lisa Wirth et al., University of Alaska Fairbanks, Intl. Arctic Res. Ctr.
  • From Reach to Region: Core Steps to Advancing our Ability to Assess Climate Change Impacts on Freshwater Systems, Karen A. Murphy and Joel H. Reynolds, Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative
  • Alaska EPSCoR: Statewide, Place-based Research into Community Adaptive Capacity, Tom Moran, Alaska EPSCoR
3:00 – 3:30 pm Coffee Break
3:30 – 5:00 pm Technical Session:

Science Education
Chair, Marilyn Sigman, Alaska Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence

  • Using Google Apps for Education, Mobile Devices and Kodiak College’s Remote Environmental Learning Stations for Enhancing Online Science Labs, Cindy Trussell and Linda Himelbloom, University of Alaska Anchorage – Kodiak College
  • Community-infused STEM Collaborative of Alaska’s Professionals and Educators (C-SCAPE), Douglas Causey and Mike Mueller, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Waterways: a Film about Water, Language, and a Changing Way of Life, Jessica Cherry et al., University of Alaska Fairbanks, Intl. Arctic Res. Ctr.
5:00 pm Student Awards
After 5:30 pm Brewery Visit and Dinner (on your own)


Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Time: Event Description:
8:00 – 8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 am Plenary Talk:

  • Seafood: Health Risks vs. Benefits
    Charles Santerre, Purdue University
9:00 – 9:45 am Plenary Talk:

  • Can preschool children consume more fish to improve diet quality and DHA intake?
    Sibylle Kranz, Purdue University
9:45 – 10:15 am Coffee Break
10:15 – 12:00 pm Open discussion on needs for Community Science, K-12 Interactions, Teacher Training
Afternoon Tours, hikes and/or fishing (see DiscoverKodiak at