Golden V kelp. Photo by Max Hoberg.
Faculty and Staff News
Alex de Oliveira. Photo by Stuart Thomas.
Brenda Konar's graduate student Martin Schuster on a cruise in the Aleutians. Photo by Brenda Konar.
• Matthew Wooller was the conference co-chair for the 7th International Conference on Applications of Stable Isotope Techniques to Ecological Studies conference held in August in Fairbanks.
• Max Hoberg's photo of a new species of kelp, called golden V kelp (Aureophycus aleuticus), was selected by the Census of Marine Life as one of 50 "iconic images" produced during the 10-year Census of Marine Life.
• Courtney Carothers led a session called Human Dimensions and Socioeconomics at the American Fisheries Society meeting in Pittsburgh in early September. She also gave a talk entitled "Climate change and subsistence fisheries in northern Alaska."
• Arny Blanchard completed the 40th year of biological sampling in Port Valdez. Sampling in the region began with Howard Feder in 1971.
• Stephen Jewett, Heloise Chenelot and Max Hoberg coauthored a paper in the Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research journal called "The nearshore benthic community of Kasatochi Island, one year after the 2008 volcanic eruption."
• In July, Alexandra de Oliveira was recognized by the Institute of Food Technologists Aquatic Food Products Division as Outstanding Volunteer at a meeting in Chicago. Oliveira, Chuck Crapo, Peter Bechtel and Quentin Fong co-authored a manuscript published in the July issue of the Journal of Food Science that reported the development of a process to produce freeze-dried Alaska salmon.
• Keith Criddle traveled to Helsinki, Finland, in June to participate in the 2010 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling. The conference was organized by the Resource Modeling Association and featured 30 speakers from around the world. Criddle presented "Management of coupled nonstationary dynamic bioeconomic systems" and began a two-year term as president of the Resource Modeling Association.
• Lori Polasek received funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to study walruses. The project title is "Pacific walrus haulout attendance and disturbance." Polasek will use still cameras to monitor five terrestrial haulouts, three in Bristol Bay and two on the coast of the North Slope.
• In June, Brenda Konar took three graduate students and two undergraduates on a NSF-funded cruise in the Aleutians where they conducted dive surveys of sea otter habitat.
• Chuck Crapo gave a talk at the Institute of Food Technologists meeting about "Sustainability and the responsible harvest of fish stocks in Alaska."
• Izetta Chambers presented a talk on fish waste composting at the Bristol Bay Native Corporation Village Leadership Workshop. She gave a similar presentation at the Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference in Dutch Harbor this spring. Chambers also gave a talk about the Marine Advisory Program to Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation liaisons in King Salmon.
Greetings from the Dean
It has been an amazing summer for SFOS with many changes, advances and new and exciting opportunities. In late spring, we learned that Dean Denis Wiesenburg was going to be leaving us at the end of May to become the Vice President for Research at the University of Southern Mississippi.
UAF establishes Ocean Acidification Research Center
UAF has created a new research center dedicated to studying ocean acidification in Alaska. Jeremy Mathis, assistant professor of chemical oceanography and an ocean acidification expert, is the director of the center.
New sea star species named after Howard Feder
One of the new species discovered by Stephen Jewett, Heloise Chenelot and Max Hoberg in the Aleutian Islands in 2006-2007 has been named after SFOS professor emeritus Howard Feder.
Weingartner wins Usibelli award for research
In April, Tom Weingartner, professor of oceanography at SFOS, received the 2010 Usibelli Distinguished Research Award.
New energy device to power oceanographic equipment
After two years of design and development, oceanographers at UAF have installed a new alternative energy device along the arctic coast of Alaska.
Cordova Marine Advisory agent recalls trip to Louisiana oil spill
by Doug Schneider
In 1989, Torie Baker was a commercial salmon fisherman in Cordova, Alaska, when the supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, spilling 11 million gallons of heavy Alaskan crude oil onto some 1,500 miles of Alaska beaches.
Hollmen named interim science director at Alaska SeaLife Center
Tuula Hollmen, research associate professor at SFOS, has been appointed the interim science director for the Alaska SeaLife Center. Hollmen has worked as an SFOS faculty member at the Alaska SeaLife Center for eight years.
John Kelley retires after 40 years at UAF
John Kelley, professor of chemical oceanography at SFOS, has retired after 40 years of teaching, research and service at the University of Alaska.
SFOS remembers Senator Ted Stevens
by Michael Castellini, Interim Dean
We at the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences were saddened to learn of the death of former Senator Ted Stevens in August. It is difficult to enumerate the many contributions Senator Stevens has made over the years to fisheries and fisheries science in Alaska.
FEATURED FACULTY – Franz Mueter, Assistant Professor of Fisheries
Franz Mueter has been an assistant professor of fisheries at SFOS in Juneau since 2008. He received his Ph.D. in fisheries oceanography from UAF, where he studied changes in the groundfish communities in the Gulf of Alaska over time. He also received master's degrees in statistics and biological oceanography from UAF.
SFOS faculty to participate in Census of Marine Life final celebration
It has been a "decade of discovery" for the Census of Marine Life and several SFOS faculty who have worked on various Census projects over the years.
Marine Advisory Program secures funding
by Doug Schneider
Five Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program offices that faced an uncertain future earlier this year will stay open, and a sixth position will be filled, since Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell signed the state's 2011 operating budget.
FACILITY SPOTLIGHT – Freshwater fisheries lab opens in Fairbanks
In July, UAF celebrated a ribbon-cutting for a new fisheries laboratory complex in the west wing of the Arctic Health Research Building.
DEVELOPMENT – Why Give, How You Can Make a Difference, and How to Go about Giving
by Teresa Thompson, Development Officer
Crowley donates $20,000 to SFOS, UAF for scholarships
Crowley Maritime Corporation has donated $20,000 to the University of Alaska Foundation to fund four $5,000 scholarships.
Gliders pass test in Southeast Alaska, make history in the Chukchi Sea
Underwater gliders may change how scientists track fish.
Scientist says Chatanika whitefish are making a comeback
Humpback whitefish in the Chatanika River are recovering from a population crash in the 1980s, according to a scientist at UAF.
R/V Sikuliaq Update
by Daniel Oliver, Director, Seward Marine Center
FEATURED STUDENT – Miranda Westphal, M.S. Fisheries
by Tara Borland, Proposal Coordinator
Miranda is a fisheries student working toward her master's degree in fisheries. Miranda earned a bachelor's degree in marine science at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. She came up to Alaska in 2008 to research juvenile red king crabs.
STANDOUTS - Student News
MESAS and SELMR students, faculty hold retreat.
FEATURED ALUMNUS – John Hilsinger
by Tracy Kalytiak
Nearly 40 years ago, John Hilsinger listened as one of his friends talked about how he wanted to attend graduate school in UAF's fisheries program. John Hilsinger is the director of the Alaska Department of Fish & Game's Commercial Fisheries Division.
Graduate students Jesse Coleman and Christine Woll work in the field on the Kulukak River in southwest Alaska. Coleman and Woll are collaborating on a juvenile salmon habitat mapping project while working towards their master's degrees in fisheries with advisor Trent Sutton. Photo Courtesy of Jesse Coleman.
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