2019 Workshop & Meetings

One of the advantages of the ALaska Marine Science Symposium is the ability to network throughout the week. Hotel Captain Cook, the North Pacific Research Board, and Alaska Ocean Observing System all have meeting room spaces of various sizes to meet your meeting/workshop needs. Collaborate, network, exchange—take advantage of AMSS2019 throughout the whole week!

Workshop registration requires a $100 registration fee. Organizations that host either a workshop or meeting will be responsible for their own audio/visual and catering.


American Geophysical Union
Communications Workshop

January 27th | All Day

You do not need to attend 2019 AMSS to attend this workshop. Limited to first 25 registrants.

This year, the Alaska Marine Science Symposium is partnering with the American Geophysical Union and their "Sharing Science" group to deliver a 1.5 day science communication workshop. Open to all scientists, science communicators, media, and other audiences. One-on-one consultation sessions will be available Monday morning for critque and evaluation of materials, products, and project ideas. Visit their website at: https://sharingscience.agu.org/

Communicating Ocean Sciences Workshop
Featuring Jude Isabella

January 28th | 9am-12pm | Ballroom

Each year, the Communicating Ocean Sciences Workshop provides practical information, great speakers and information on current best practices in education, outreach and media. In this hands-on workshop, Jude—author, editor-in-chief at Hakai Magazine—will focus on scientific writing, crafting compelling narrative, all the while paying particular attention to sentence structure. This workshop is free and space is not limited. Details to follow as the symposium draws closer.

jupyter notebook bootcamp

Jan. 29th | 1pm - 5pm | Quadrant Room

Join the Python gurus from Axiom Data Science for a 4-hour session designed to get you excited about using Jupyter notebooks for reproducible analysis in the Research Workspace and beyond. This workshop will include a hands-on example of how to create and write a notebook that analyzes a simple dataset and creates publication-ready plots, as well as everything you need to know to get up and running with Jupyter notebooks. No experience necessary, though familiarity with Python or R is suggested.

ocean educator night

January 29th | 5pm - 7pm | anchorage hilton

Educators and scientists - Please join us Tuesday, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel for the third annual Ocean Educator Night. Details to follow as the symposium draws closer.

metadata 411

Jan. 30th | 1pm - 5pm | Quadrant Room

This workshop will provide an overview of how to write metadata to describing scientific datasets. Presenters will demystify the content and scope of scientific metadata, describe its value to funders and scientists, and guide attendees on best practices for writing standards-compliant metadata. Attendees will gain a practical understanding of the information that makes up a metadata record while practicing by using the Research Workspace Metadata Editor. This workshop is aimed at scientists and technicians tasked with writing metadata or who want to better understand metadata and its creation. Attendees should bring a laptop and dataset of their own that they want to begin documenting. For more information, email your questions to metadata@axiomdatascience.


alaska marine isotope (AMI) working group

Jan. 30th | 2pm - 4pm | Whitby Room

Stable isotope techniques are widely applied to understanding organism and ecosystem-scale trophic and nutrient cycling processes. The increase in use of stable isotopes over 40 years in Alaska’s terrestrial and marine systems highlights the need for centralizing methods and results that can better support future studies and enhance collaborations to address larger-scale questions. We propose the Alaska Marine Isotope Working Group (AMI) to bring together all investigators using stable isotopes within Alaska's marine systems. The goals of AMI will be to discuss potential connections in current and future work, standardize methods and collections, and to develop a centralized repository of isotope data for past, current, and future studies. The first meeting of AMI will occur as a breakout session within the 2019 Alaska Marine Science Symposium.

harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the bering sea

Jan 30th | 5pm - 7pm | Endeavor Room

The workshop will convene active researchers, local community members, and interested public to present results of current findings of occurrence and effects of HABs on marine life, humans, and subsistence hunting in the Bering Sea region. We will plan to engage all participants in discussing what next steps for research and monitoring need to be taken.

Arctic Research Planning Night

Jan. 30th | 7pm - 9pm | Quarter Deck

Fairweather Science is hosting the annual Arctic Research Planning Night at the Quarterdeck. This event is held to facilitate collaboration, networking, and knowledge sharing among Arctic researchers. Please either send in advance or bring a thumb drive with a few slides that outline your research plans for 2019 and beyond. Include research platform (vessel, aircraft, etc), location of study, duration, objectives, types of data to be collected, available space, and length of contract. Send slides to Sheyna Wisdom at Fairweather Science (sheyna.wisdom@ fairweather.com). The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) will have a resource table at the event.


30th anniversary of the exxon valdez oil spill

Jan. 30th 7pm - 8pm | fore deck

This year marks 30 years since the Exxon Valdez ran aground and the Alaska Marine Sciences Symposium is perhaps it’s greatest legacy. Presenters at this session will examine how these observations informed damage assessments following two other major spills: the 2007 Hebei Spirit spill near Taean National Park, South Korea and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

metadata 411: office hours

Jan. 31st | 1pm - 5pm | Library

An open session for help writing metadata and preparing data to be archived. This is a BYOD (bring your own dataset) session with no formal instruction. Bring your laptop, your data, and your questions, and spend some time working on your metadata with some of the nerds from Axiom Data Science.

National Geographic Society Early Career Grants Program

Jan 31 | 11:30am - 1:00pm | Quadrant Room

The National Geographic Society invites current graduate students and recent graduates to attend a presentation on the National Geographic Grants Program, which provides grants to early career scientists, conservationists, storytellers, technologists, and educators. This presentation will provide an introduction to our grants and the application process, as well as share a unique opportunity for funding for Early Career Grant projects in Alaska. Following the presentation, there will be time to discuss questions, projects, and ideas with a National Geographic Grants Program Officer.


Canceled due to shutdown
Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Management, Research, and Partnership Opportunities

Feb. 1st | 8am - 5pm | Endeavor Room

Does your work involve studying, monitoring, managing, permitting, or funding projects related to Cook Inlet beluga whales? Do you want to share your knowledge, collaborate with, or develop partnerships with others conducting similar activities? If so, consider participating in the Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Management, Research, and Partnership Opportunities session during the 2019 Alaska Marine Science Symposium. This year, the Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Recovery Implementation Task Force will also meet during this session and will share progress to date. The session is scheduled for 8:30am-4pm on Friday February 21st, 2019.

PCCRC PI Symposium

Feb. 1st | 8am - 5pm | Adventure Room

Principle investigators and their graduate students will give 30 minute presentations on the status of research projects funded by the Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center.

Arctic integrated ecosystem research program (IERP)

Feb. 1st | 9:30am - 12:30pm | Aft Deck

We invite you to join us to learn about the preliminary results of the Arctic Integrated Ecosystem Research Program and to discuss your ideas for new collaboration opportunities. We anticipate approximately one hour of presentations and plenty of time for collaborative discussions.


alaska coastal marine institute, annual studies review

Feb. 1st | 12pm - 4pm | Quadrant Room

This workshop presents updates on 10 current environmental research projects, including graduate student works, funded through the CMI Program. The CMI, a collaboration between the University of Alaska, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and the State of Alaska, works to inform management of petroleum resources in Alaska's Outer Continental Shelf regions. The public is encouraged to attend and participate in learning about ongoing research programming.

Geofences & watchdogs: tools for monitoring and measuring vessel traffic

Feb. 1st | 12:30pm - 1:30pm | Resolution Room

On any given day, there are 100-400 large vessels operating within the Alaskan Arctic. As sea ice continues to retreat for longer periods each year, managers and communities are increasingly interested in understanding traffic patterns. This project is funded by the Arctic Domain Awareness Center and is a collaboration between the: Alaska Maritime Prevention and Response Network; Marine Exchange of Alaska; the Aleutian and Bering Initiative ("ABSI"); and the University of Alaska, Anchorage. We are developing a watchdog tool to report on vessel movements to parties who want to better understand large vessel traffic in particular areas. We are also developing another tool to create virtual fencing or “geofences” that can automatically send 'alerts' when large ships enter sensitive areas like waters around marine mammal haulouts. Please come offer your insights on how these tools can be designed to meet the needs of managers and communities working in Alaska's Arctic.