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January 28, 2008

Fisheries students sweep four of six awards at Alaska Marine Science Symposium

Joel Webb, Cindy Tribuzio, Lisa Kamin and Katie Palof each won $250 for best student presentations and posters. Photo by Carin Bailey Stephens.

Anchorage—At last week's Alaska Marine Science Symposium in Anchorage, more than 600 state, national and international scientists gathered to share their knowledge of marine issues in Alaska waters. There were nearly 100 presentations given at the Symposium, with sixteen given by students.

All student presentations and posters were entered into a Symposium-wide contest for the best student presentation and best student poster. Alaska Sea Grant provided $250 each for the winning master's student and Ph.D. student poster. The North Pacific Research Board offered $250 each for the best two master's level and best two Ph.D. level oral presentations.

Four of the six award winners are graduate students studying fisheries at the UAF SFOS Juneau Center.

Katie Palof, a master's degree student studying the genetics of Pacific Ocean perch with Tony Gharrett, received an award for her presentation on her thesis work.

Lisa Kamin is also a master's degree student studying the genetics of Pacific Ocean perch with Tony Gharrett. Kamin earned the award for best poster for a master's level student. View Kamin's winning poster here.

Joel Webb earned an award for his poster on developing biological reference points for easter Bering Sea crab. Webb is a Ph.D. student working with Ginny Eckert and Gordon Kruse. View Webb's winning poster here.

Cindy Tribuzio is working on her Ph.D. with Gordon Kruse. She is studying spiny dogfish and received an award for Ph.D. level oral presentation.

One of the remaining awards was received by Steffen Oppel, a Ph.D. student in UAF's Department of Biology and Wildlife.

Many SFOS faculty, staff and students participated in the Symposium, as attendees, presenters or as poster presenters. SFOS presenters at the Symposium included:

Oral Presentations- SFOS Faculty and Staff

Stephen Jewett
Tom Weingartner
Jeremy Mathis
Lisa Eisner
David Tallmon
Georgina Gibson

Oral Presentations- SFOS Students

Tracie Merrill
Erin Steiner
Gayle Neufeld
Sue Hazlett
Jenefer Bell
Cindy Tribuzio
Alexander Andrews
Katie Palof

Posters- SFOS Faculty and Staff

Bodil Bluhm (2)
Stephen Okkonen
Alan Springer
Arny Blanchard
Kenneth Coyle
Brian Himelbloom
Russ Hopcroft
Mark Johnson
Brenda Konar
Trent Sutton
David Tallmon
Patricia Rivera

Posters- SFOS Students

Markus Janout
Jennifer Marsh
Lisa Kamin
Melissa Deiman
Caroline Jezierski
Paige Drobny
Seth Danielson (2)
Ed Farley
Jeremy Mull
Rebekka Federer
Haixue Shen
Joel Webb
William Bechtol
Jamie Womble (2)
Gayle Neufeld

The UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences conducts world-class marine and fisheries research, education and outreach across Alaska, the Arctic and Antarctic. More than 60 faculty scientists and 160 graduate and undergraduate students are engaged in building knowledge about Alaska and the world's coastal and marine ecosystems. SFOS is headquartered at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and serves the state from facilities located in Seward, Juneau, Anchorage and Kodiak.

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