2014 AMSS Agendaalaska with large marine ecosystems

The Symposium is built around regional themes -- Bering Sea, Arctic Ocean, and Gulf of Alaska.
Within each theme, we present talks on climate, oceanography, lower trophic levels, the benthos, fishes and invertebrates, seabirds, marine mammals, local and traditional knowledge, and socioeconomic research.
This map shows the geographic scope of talks for the Alaska Marine Science Symposium.


Click on a date to see that day's agenda.

Monday, January 20, 2014 - Open/Keynotes

Time

Title

Speaker

8:00 - 12:00

Communicating Ocean Sciences Workshop - Translating Science: Taking the Message Home

Abigail Enghirst

 

OPENING REMARKS

1:30 - 2:10

U.S. Senator Mark Begich

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski

Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell

 

 

KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS

2:10 - 2:50

Looking Back 25 years: EVOS in the rear view mirror

Dr. Robert Spies

2:50 - 3:30

The 1964 Great Alaska earthquake: lessons learned in the 50 years since the dawn of plate tectonics

Dr. Peter Haeussler

3:30 - 4:10

When the goal is to get the fishing industry NOT to catch fish:  Industry and government working together to reduce salmon bycatch in the Bering Sea pollock fishery

John Gauvin

4:00 - 4:50

Alaska's shelf seas: oceanographic habitats and linkages

Dr. Tom Weingartner

 

POSTER SESSIONS

6:00 - 7:15

Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands (Mammals Only)

First Wave

7:15 - 8:30

Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands (Mammals Only)

Second Wave

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - Arctic

Time

Section

Title

Speaker

8:00 - 8:15

Climate & Oceanography

High-resolution hydrography of the northeastern Chukchi Sea from AUV gliders and towed CTD surveys - a new look at the Alaska Coastal Current, upwelling and fronts

Peter Winsor

8:15 - 8:30

Climate & Oceanography

A revised view of the magnitude and drivers of sea-air CO2 fluxes in the Chukchi Sea

Claudine Hauri

8:30 - 8:45

Climate & Oceanography

An improved high-resolution sub-Arctic/Arctic river discharge model forcing field

Jonathan Whitefield

8:45 - 9:00

Climate & Oceanography

Downscaled climate model information for Alaskan coastal and offshore regions

John Walsh

9:00 - 9:15

Lower Trophic Levels

The Importance of Arctic Meiofauna and the Effects of Environmental and Biological Variables on Their Distribution and Density in the Northeastern Chukchi Sea

Marissa Hajduk

9:15 - 9:30

Lower Trophic Levels

An Alternate Mechanism for Macrobenthic Distributions in the Chukchi Sea

Arny Blanchard

9:30 - 10:00

COFFEE BREAK

 

10:00 - 10:15

Lower Trophic Levels

Toward a contemporary baseline for zooplankton communities in the American Beaufort Sea

Caitlin Smoot

10:15 - 10:30

Fish & Fish Habitat

Arctic SHELFZ (Shelf Habitat and EcoLogy of Fish and Zooplankton)

Leandra Sousa

10:30 - 10:45

Fish & Fish Habitat

Fish diets across the Chukchi and Beaufort seas

Benjamin Gray

10:45 - 11:00

Fish & Fish Habitat

Growth rates of juvenile Arctic cod (Boreogadus saida) and saffron cod (Eleginus gracilis) in a warming ocean

Benjamin Laurel

11:00 - 11:15

Fish & Fish Habitat

Dispersal patterns and summer oceanic distribution of adult Dolly Varden from the Wulik River, Alaska, evaluated using satellite telemetry

Michael Courtney

11:15 - 11:30

Seabirds

BROAD SCALE CLIMATIC INFLUENCES ARE STRONGER DRIVERS OF SURVIVAL THAN LOCAL IMPACTS FOR AN ARCTIC SEABIRD

Paul Lukacs

11:30 -1:00

Lunch Provided

 

1:00 - 1:15

Seabirds

SHIFTS IN THE SEABIRD COMMUNITY OF THE CHUKCHI SEA OVER FOUR DECADES: A SEA CHANGE IN STRUCTURE?

Adrian Gall

1:15 - 1:30

Seabirds

FORAGE QUALITY FOR PRE-MIGRATORY SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS USING THREE RIVER DELTAS ON THE BEAUFORT SEA, ALASKA

Roy Churchwell

1:30 - 1:45

Marine Mammals

The effect of variable detectability on density assessments of bowhead whales during seismic survey operations in the Beaufort Sea, Alaska

Frances Robertson

1:45 - 2:00

Marine Mammals

Real-time detection of Arctic marine mammals from ocean gliders: a pilot study

Mark Baumgartner

2:00 - 2:15

Marine Mammals

Diving behavior and habitat use by two populations of beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) across variable habitats of the Pacific Arctic

Donna Hauser

2:15 - 2:30

Marine Mammals

Recent trends in Pacific walrus demographic rates

Rebecca Taylor

2:30 - 2:45

Marine Mammals

"IT'S A GOOD TIME TO BE A BOWHEAD": BODY CONDITION AND LINKS TO SUMMER SEA ICE AND UPWELLING IN THE BEAUFORT SEA

John George

2:45 - 3:00

Humans

COMDA: Impact Monitoring for Offshore Subsistence Hunting

Stephen Braund

3:00 - 3:15

Humans

Expanding the Toolbox: Integrating and Visualizing Arctic Data

Molly McCammon

3:15 - 3:30

Humans

Gauging Perceptions of Ocean Acidification in Alaska

Lauren Frisch

3:30 - 4:00

COFFEE BREAK 

 

4:00 - 4:10

Ecosystem Perspectives (panel speaker)

The Arctic Basins: An integrated physical and biological perspective

Bodil Bluhm

4:10 - 4:20

Ecosystem Perspectives (panel speaker)

The unique physical dynamics and biological seasonality of lagoon ecosystems along the eastern Alaska Beaufort Sea Coast: linkages to food webs and carbon resources

Ken Dunton

4:20 - 4:30

Ecosystem Perspectives (panel speaker)

SEASONAL AND SPATIAL PATTERNS OF MARINE-BIRD AND -MAMMAL DISTRIBUTIONS IN THE PACIFIC ARCTIC: A DELINEATION OF BIOLOGICALLY IMPORTANT MARINE AREAS

Kathy Kuletz

4:30 - 4:40

Ecosystem Perspectives (panel speaker)

The Hanna Shoal circulation field in the northeastern Chukchi Sea

Thomas Weingartner

4:40 - 4:50

Ecosystem Perspectives (panel speaker)

THE ECOLOGICAL STRUCTURE OF THE NORTHEASTERN CHUKCHI SEA: CSESP STUDIES, 2008-2012

Robert Day

4:50 - 5:00

Ecosystem Perspectives (panel speaker)

TRACKING PHYSICAL DRIVERS AND ECOSYSTEM RESPONSE IN THE PACIFIC ARCTIC THROUGH THE DISTRIBUTED BIOLOGICAL OBSERVATORY CHANGE DETECTION ARRAY

Jacqueline Grebmeier

5:00 - 5:10

Ecosystem Perspectives (panel speaker)

Results from the Pacific Marine Arctic Regional Synthesis (PacMARS)

Lee Cooper

5:10 - 6:00

Ecosystem Perspectives

PANEL-AUDIENCE DISCUSSION

POSTER SESSIONS

6:00 - 7:15

Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska

First Wave

7:15 - 8:30

Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska

Second Wave

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands

Time

Section

Title

Speaker

8:00 - 8:15

Climate & Oceanography

Coupled wind-forced controls of the Bering-Chukchi shelf circulation and the Bering Strait throughflow: Ekman transport, continental shelf waves, and variations of the Pacific-Arctic sea surface height gradient 

Seth Danielson

8:15 - 8:30

Climate & Oceanography

Mean Currents on the Bering Sea Middle Shelf- M2, M4, M5, M8

Phyllis Stabeno

8:30 - 8:45

Climate & Oceanography

Choosing and using climate model projections for an Aleutian-Bering Sea vulnerability assessment

Nick Bond

8:45 - 9:00

Climate & Oceanography

Acidification-induced carbonate mineral dissolution in the Eastern Bering Sea

Jessica Cross

9:00 - 9:15

Lower Trophic Levels

Primary production, physical drivers and potential impacts on fisheries in the eastern Bering Sea

Lisa Eisner

9:15 - 9:30

Lower Trophic Levels

The spatial distribution of euphausiids and walleye pollock in the eastern Bering Sea does not imply top-down control by predation

Patrick Ressler

9:30 - 10:00

COFFEE BREAK

 

10:00 - 10:15

Fish & Fish Habitat

Spatial and temporal analysis of dispersal pathways in slope-spawning flatfish in the eastern Bering Sea

Cathleen Vestfals

10:15 - 10:30

Fish & Fish Habitat

Eastern Bering Sea canyons: Unique Habitats?

Gerald Hoff

10:30 - 10:45

Fish & Fish Habitat

Effects of Ocean Acidification on Embryo Development and Fecundity in Tanner Crab, Chionoecetes bairdi.

William Long

10:45 - 11:00

Fish & Fish Habitat

Cooperative research to develop new trawl footrope designs to reduce mortality of Tanner and snow crabs (Chionoecetes bairdi and C. opilio) incidental to Bering Sea bottom trawl fisheries

Carwyn Hammond

11:00 - 11:15

Fish & Fish Habitat

Size-selective survival of Kvichak River, Bristol Bay, Alaska sockeye smolts in relation to smolt characteristics, ocean conditions, and sockeye productivity

Greg Ruggerone

11:15 - 11:30

Seabirds

Seabird indicators of Alaskan ecosystems: regionalization and the use of reverse inference to predict forage fish abundance

William Sydeman

11:30 - 1:00

Lunch ON YOUR OWN

 

1:00 - 1:15

Seabirds

Living on the edge- a seabird odyssey among four Alaska marine ecosystems

John Piatt

1:15 - 1:30

Seabirds

Preliminary results of of an experimental study of geolocation tag-effects on Parakeet and Whiskered auklets

Carley Schacter

1:30 - 1:45

Seabirds

Overlapping shipping traffic and seabirds in the Aleutian Archipelago: A seasonal risk analysis

Martin Renner

1:45 - 2:00

Marine Mammals

Bering-Okhotsk Seal Surveys (BOSS): Joint US-Russian Aerial Surveys for Ice-Associated Seals,  Spring 2012 and 2013.

Michael Cameron

2:00 - 2:15

Marine Mammals

Cost-benefit ratios of foraging trips for Northern fur seals

Tiphaine Jeanniard du Dot

2:15 - 2:30

Marine Mammals

A little SNP of this, a little SNP of that:  development of SNP chip array to enable rapid identification of individual Pacific walrus

Geoffrey Cook

2:30 - 3:00

COFFEE BREAK

 

3:00 - 3:15

Humans

Combining community-based observations and satellite imagery to describe the local and regional-scale sea ice conditions relevant to bearded seals and walrus in the Bering and Chukchi Seas

Olivia Lee

3:15 - 3:30

Humans

Costs incurred by Alaskan sablefish, Pacific halibut and Greenland turbot longliners due to killer whale depredation

Megan Peterson

3:30 - 3:45

Humans

Using vessel monitoring system (VMS) data to estimate spatial effort in Bering Sea fisheries for unobserved trips

Jordan Watson

3:45 - 4:00

Ecosystem Perspectives

Ocean Acidification:  Perceptions, Risks and Uncertainties

Jeremy Mathis

4:00 - 4:15

Ecosystem Perspectives

Spatial match-mismatch explains walleye pollock recruitment variability across contrasting climate conditions in the eastern Bering Sea

Elizabeth Siddon

4:15 - 4:30

Ecosystem Perspectives

Top predators partition the Bering Sea

Andrew Trites

4:30 - 5:00

Ecosystem Perspectives

What controls trophic interconnectivity in the eastern Bering Sea?

Mike Sigler

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - Gulf of Alaska

Time

Section

Title

Speaker

8:00 - 8:15

Climate & Oceanography

Freshwater Discharge into the Gulf of Alaska - High Resolution Modeling and Practical Tools

David Hill

8:15 - 8:30

Climate & Oceanography

Variability indeed: the meaning of multiple consecutive anomalous years reflected by Glacier Bay oceanography

Lewis Sharman

8:30 - 8:45

Climate & Oceanography

Measuring the pulse of the Gulf of Alaska: 16 years of oceanographic observations along Seward Line, and within Prince William Sound

Russell Hopcroft

8:45 - 9:00

Lower Trophic Levels

Spatio-Temporal distribution of euphausiids in the Gulf of Alaska: a key component to understanding ecosystem processes

Kirsten Simonsen

9:00 - 9:15

Lower Trophic Levels

Early life history phenology among Gulf of Alaska fish species: ecological patterns and implications for environmental impacts during early ontogeny

Miriam Doyle

9:15 - 9:30

Fish & Fish Habitat

Responses of Alaskan groundfishes to ocean acidification

Thomas Hurst

9:30 - 10:00

COFFEE BREAK

 

10:00 - 10:15

Fish & Fish Habitat

Movement & Survival of Cook Inlet Sockeye & Chinook Salmon Measured Using a Marine Telemetry Array

David Welch

10:15 - 10:30

Fish & Fish Habitat

Spatial associations and trophic relationships of skates in the western Gulf of Alaska

Joseph Bizzaro

10:30 - 10:45

Fish & Fish Habitat

Nutritional and Contaminant Analysis of Skates in the Gulf of Alaska: Shaping Future Skate Demand

Thomas Farrugia

10:45  - 11:00

Fish & Fish Habitat

Burrowing behavior, morphology, and habitat of the Pacific sand lance, Ammodytes personatus

Adam Summers

11:00 - 11:15

Fish & Fish Habitat

Seafloor Characterization for Trawlability Using Simrad ME70 Multibeam Acoustic Data Collected Opportunistically in the Gulf of Alaska

Jodi Pirtle

11:15 - 11:30

Fish & Fish Habitat

Spatiotemporal variation in benthic community composition on weathervane scallop beds in Shelikof Strait

Jessica Glass

11:30 - 1:00

Lunch Provided

 

1:00 - 1:15

Seabirds

Geographic structure of ocean food webs along 4000 km of Alaskan coast: Implications for marine predators

Mayumi Arimitsu

1:15 - 1:30

Seabirds

Linking Seabird Parental Foraging and Offspring Condition to Environmental Variability in the Gulf of Alaska.

Alexis Will

1:30 - 1:45

Marine Mammals

Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Diet Using δ13C and δ15N values of Bone and Teeth

Mark Nelson

1:45 - 2:00

Marine Mammals

Viability and Resilience of small populations: genetic studies of Cook Inlet and Yakutat Bay beluga whales and Lake Iliamna seals

Gregory O'Corry-Crowe

2:00 - 2:15

Marine Mammals

Baby it's cold outside: The effect of water temperature on nutritionally stressed northern fur seals and Steller sea lions

David Rosen

2:15 - 2:30

Humans

Understanding conflict in the context of sustability in Cook Inlet salmon fisheries.

Hannah Harrison

2:30 - 2:45

Humans

A Tribal Initiative to Promote Collaborative Research and Restore Marine Invertebrates in Port Graham Bay, Alaska

Glenn Seaman

2:45 - 3:15

COFFEE BREAK

 

3:15 - 3:30

Ecosystem Perspectives

Volunteers Complete 24th Year of Rocky Intertidal Photo Time Series in Western Prince William Sound 

Alan Mearns

3:30 - 3:45

Ecosystem Perspectives

25 Years After the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: Recovery TImelines of Harlequin Duck and Sea Otter Populations

Dan Esler

3:45 - 4:00

Ecosystem Perspectives

Sea otters and shellfisheries in southern Southeast Alaska

Ginny Eckert

4:00 - 4:15

Ecosystem Perspectives

Ecological interactions between forage fish, rorquals, and fisheries in a Northeast Pacific ecosystem

Szymon Surma

4:15 - 4:30

Ecosystem Perspectives

GOAIERP: broad-scale investigations of the Gulf of Alaska ecosystem

Olav Ormseth

4:30 - 4:45

Ecosystem Perspectives

Gulf Watch Alaska - Ecosystem monitoring highlights from the 2013 season

Kris Holderied

4:45 - 5:00

Best Student Oral Presentations Winners Announced

 

5:00 - 5:15

CLOSING REMARKS

 

Friday, January 24, 2014 - Workshops

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