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three photos of: a sea nettle by Stephen Jewett; student Jessica Johnson holding a salmon and urchins, clams, crabs by Bluhm/Gradinger

The Marine Ecosystem Sustainability in the Arctic and Subarctic Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks educates future leaders in ecosystem-based management and sustainable use of living marine resources.

This interdisciplinary graduate program uses case studies, courses, and seminars to teach the fundamental principles and analytical tools of fisheries science, oceanography, ecology, economics, management, marine policy, and anthropology to broadly train students in ecosystem-based approaches to living marine resources.

  • Students collaborate on research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries.
  • They learn to address the unique challenges of ecosystem-based management and to understand its implications for society.
  • The program challenges students to develop innovative approaches to pressing real-world problems.
  • Students gain career-developing experience through research, teaching, and internships.
  • Students have opportunities to mentor Alaska Native and rural Alaskan undergraduates.

Ecosystem-based public management of marine resources, now being required under law and regulation, will have broad societal effects nationwide. We are no longer recruiting students for NSF fellowships. University-sponsored fellowships may be available in the future.

Program Activity Calendar

MESAS students and faculty during the August 2012 retreat in Sitka, Alaska.
Photo by Megan Peterson.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 0801720. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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