Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Alaska Marine Science Symposium Opens Jan. 27 in Anchorage

The annual Alaska Marine Science Symposium, which brings together scientists, educators, resource managers and others, opens Jan. 27, with presentations about the latest research in Alaska’s marine ecosystems.

The conference, presented at the Captain Cook Hotel, will open with presentations by four keynote speakers, followed by three days of meetings focused on the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands and the Arctic respectively. Research topics on the agenda range from ocean physics, fishes and invertebrates to seabirds, marine mammals and local traditional knowledge. The event is sponsored by the North Pacific Research Board.

This year’s keynote speakers include Western Arctic Parklands superintendent Maija Katak Lukin; Cisco Werner, chief science advisor to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Sebastien de Halleux, chief operations officer of Saildrone; and Andrew Pietruszka, an underwater archaeologist with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

A workshop on the opening day of the symposium will be led by Brian Brettschneider, an expert on climate science in Alaska who generates seasonal sea ice forecasts for the International Arctic Research Center. His presentation will focus on how to effectively use social media to deliver scientific content. Brettschneider, one of Alaska’s esteemed climatologists, has a social media following of over 16,000 people. His workshop is free and space is not limited. It will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the Captain Cook.

NOAA Fisheries research biologist Steve Barbeaux, will talk about heatwaves and their impact on Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska during the Tuesday afternoon session.

Also, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, the symposium will sponsor an ocean acidification town hall, with five-minute updates from ocean acidification researchers ranging from open ocean and nearshore monitoring to species response in the lab. A question and answer session will follow.

The agenda and abstract book for all four days is now posted online at

Today is the deadline for online registration. You can find the form at

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