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Stephen Jewett

June 2013
UAF Research Professor Stephen Jewett has been awarded the 2013 Conrad Limbaugh Memorial Award for Scientific Diving Leadership, an award presented annually by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences to an individual who has made a significant contribution in diving safety and diving leadership on behalf of the scientific diving community.
For nearly 40 years he has been conducting research on benthic ecology, trophic interactions, benthic impact assessments, Arctic ecosystems, pollution/contamination monitoring, and teaching scuba techniques for scientific diving. Stephen has conducted much of his research in the Arctic utilizing cold-water science diving techniques.
His work has led to the discoveries of 19 new species, with several more descriptions underway. Half of his published work was accomplished using science diving techniques, i.e., 45 of 90 peer-reviewed publications. Stephen began diving in 1967 in Maine (YMCA) where he grew up, and his past 46 years of diving have been mainly carried out in dry suits. He was instrumental in the formation of the UA Scientific Diving Program and for UA becoming an organizational member of AAUS in 1990. His dedication to advancing the UA science diving program is demonstrated through his service as UA's "full-time" DSO over the past 25 years with ≤ one-quarter time funding. His support of AAUS includes individual member since 1985, coauthored eight articles in AAUS symposia proceedings, holding committee appointments, as well as the Co-Chairman of the 2001 AAUS Diving for Science Symposium, a meeting that focused on cold-water diving.

January 2011
Jeremy Mathis, assistant professor of chemical oceanography, has received the Alaska Ocean Leadership Award for Marine Research. The award was given by the Alaska SeaLife Center at the Alaska Marine Gala on Sunday, Jan. 16.  Read more...

January 2011
SFOS students Mandy Keogh, Shiway Wang and Wesley Strasburger won the best student poster awards at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium last week in Anchorage. SFOS students earned three out of the four awards.  Read more...

January 2011
Elizaveta Ershova, a Ph.D. student in marine biology at the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, has been selected as an Encyclopedia of Life Rubenstein Fellow.  Read more...

Jason Neuswanger

Ernestine Ahgeak

November 2010
Jason Neuswanger and Jamie McKellar win best student paper, best student poster awards at American Fisheries Society Alaska Chapter meeting in Juneau, Alaska.  Casey McConnell, a bachelor of science student in fisheries, received the 2010 Molly Ahlgren Scholarship Award. Ernestine Ahgeak, a bachelor of science in fisheries student, and Elena Fernandez, a master’s degree student in oceanography with advisor Jeremy Mathis, both won the Cultural Diversity Travel Award.   Read more...

April 2010
Thomas Weingartner, professor of oceanography, received the 2010 Emil Usibelli Distinguished Award for Research. The Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching, Research and Public Service Awards are considered one of the university's most prestigious awards. Each year, a committee that includes members from the faculty, the student body and a member of the UA Foundation Board of Trustees evaluates the nominees. Each of the winners receives a cash award of $10,000. Read more...

March 2010
Reid Brewer was the recipient of Unalaska's Home Town Hero Award this year. This award is meant to celebrate a Unalaska Hero whose commitment to Unalaska and to others is exemplary. Read more...

January 2010
UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences students have won four out of the six student awards for best posters and presentations at the 2010 Alaska Marine Science Symposium.  Jill-Marie Seymour, master's student in marine biology, won best poster award for a master's degree student.  Nathan Stewart, Ph.D. student in marine biology, received the best poster award for a Ph.D. student.  Mayumi Arimitsu, master's degree student in fisheries, won a best oral presentation award for a master's degree student and Elizabeth Siddon, Ph.D. student in fisheries, won best oral presentation for a Ph.D. student.  Read more...

January 2010
Vera Alexander, former School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences dean and professor emeritus, and Gordon Kruse, professor of fisheries, received the Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards during at the first Alaska Marine Gala held last week in Anchorage. The awards were established by the Alaska SeaLife Center. Read more...

November 2009
Terrance Quinn, professor of fisheries at SFOS in Juneau, has won the Wally Noerenberg Award for Fishery Excellence, the highest award given by the American Fisheries Society’s Alaska Chapter. The award was presented to Quinn via the Internet at the AFS Alaska Chapter meeting in November 2009. Read more...

October 2009
Dr. Charles Crapo, Professor of Seafood Science and MAP received the McFee Award. The award was presented in absentia to Dr. Crapo during the 3rd Joint Trans-Atlantic Fisheries Technology Conference (TAFT) and WEFTA held from 15-18 September 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark. Read more...

October 2009
Dr. Charles Crapo, Professor of Seafood Science and MAP received the International Association of Fish Inspectors Award. Each biennium, the International Association of Fish Inspectors honors individuals for career contributions to the profession of seafood inspection, science and technology and, related fields, in industry, academia, government, and/or related organizations. Read more...

August 2009
At the 2009 American Fisheries Society meeting in Nashville, Joseph Margraf, SFOS professor of fisheries, received the Meritorious Service Award for his loyalty, dedication and service to AFS and for exceptional commitment to AFS programs, objectives and goals.

August 2009
Associate Dean Michael Castellini was honored as the William S. Hoar Memorial Lecturer for 2009-2010 by the Department of Zoology at the University of British Columbia. [more info]

July 2009
Dana Hanselman, an affiliate professor at the Juneau Fisheries Center, has been honored with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by President Barack Obama. [more info] Dana earned his Ph.D. at University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2004.

May 2009
C. Geoff Wheat nominated Geological Society of America Fellow because of his remarkable record of grants and publications in marine geochemistry, his expertise in design and deployment of borehole observatories (CORKs, osmotic fluid samplers), and his numerous contributions to scientific ocean drilling, including the Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment.

January 2009
Markus Janout won an award for best oral presentation by a Ph.D. student at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium for his talk on "Temperature controlling processes and the recent cooling of the northern Gulf of Alaska." [more info]

Michael Castellini

John Kelley

January 2009
Mayumi Arimitsu won the best M.S. student poster award at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium for her work on "The influence of glacial features on oceanographic gradients in Kenai Fjords, Alaska: A closer look at Kittlitz's murrelet foraging habitat." [more info]

January 2009
Nathan Stewart, a Ph.D. student studying sea otters with advisor Brenda Konar won the best Ph.D. student poster award at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium for "Patterns in sea otter resource selection in Kachemak Bay, Alaska." [more info]

December 2008
Michael Castellini of the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, for his distinguished contributions as a marine biologist and as an outstanding mentor of young scientists. [more info]

December 2008
John Kelley of the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, for his lifetime dedication as a mentor and teacher and for outstanding service to Alaskan, arctic and national organizations. [more info]

August 2008
Harold Geiger, a Ph.D. student in fisheries, Anthony Gharrett, professor of fisheries at UAF's fisheries program in Juneau, and Bill Smoker, director of the fisheries program, received the Stevan R. Phelps Award for the Best Genetics Paper published in an American Fisheries Society Journal in the year 2007. The paper is called "What causes variability in pink salmon family size."

June 2008
Mary Bozza, Celeste Leroux, and Erin Steiner named Dean John A. Knauss fellows. The Knauss Fellowship provides highly qualified graduate students one year of paid experience with Congressional staff or with an Executive Branch agency working on marine issues. [more info]

June 2008
John Kelley earns Usibelli Distinguished Public Service Award. Read more...

January 2008
Katie Palof received an award for her presentation on her thesis work (genetics of Pacific Ocean perch) at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium. [more info]

January 2008
Lisa Kamin earned the award for best poster for a master's level student at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium. The project studies the population structure of Pacific ocean perch. [more info]

January 2008
Joel Webb earned an award at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium for his poster on developing biological reference points for eastern Bering Sea crab. [more info]

January 2008
Cindy Tribuzio received an award for Ph.D. level oral presentation at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium. Her research is focused on the biology of the spiny dogfish shark in the Gulf of Alaska. [more info]

June 2007
Seanbob Kelly chosen as the National Sea Grant Knauss fellow. In both 2004 and 2005, Kelly was selected as UAF's outstanding fisheries undergraduate student. [more info]

September 2007
At the 2007 American Fisheries Society meeting in San Francisco, Trent Sutton, SFOS undergraduate fisheries coordinator, received an award recognizing his personal contributions to the AFS Education Section.

May 2006
Zygmunt Kowalik, a professor of physical oceanography at the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, has received the 2006 Tsunami Society Award for his three decades of work in numerical modeling of tsunamis. [more info]

May 2006
A. J. (Tony) Gharrett , professor of fisheries, was the recipient of the 2006 Emil Usibelli Distinguished Research Award. Tony is an internationally recognized leader in his field of genetics. During his 30-year career at UAF, Tony's research has focused on Alaska fish, primarily salmon and rockfish, and genetic markers within their populations. He and his colleagues recently discovered that the rougheye rockfish, which is commonly caught in commercial fisheries, includes two genetically distinct species.