2018 Current Workshop Listings

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 AMSS2018 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 21st | All Day

You do not need to attend 2018 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 Chris Linder

January 22nd | 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. Join internationally acclaimed outdoor and conservation photographer, Chris Linder (http://www.chrislinder.com) as he will be leading a hands-on workshop that focuses on effective still and video imagery in the field, how to tell a story with science photography, and how to improve your images without breaking the budget. This workshop is free and space is not limited.

Understanding the Arctic through a co-production of knowledge
January 23-24 | 12:00 - 1:30pm | Endeavor room

The Arctic is changing at an accelerated rate due to climate change and increased anthropogenic activity. Given the rate of change, never has it been more important to work toward a holistic understanding of the Arctic’s interconnecting systems. A co-production of knowledge framework will provide the holistic view and comprehension needed to inform effective and adaptive policies and practices.  Co-production of knowledge is increasingly being recognized by the scientific community at-large. However, in many instances the concept is being incorrectly applied. In this workshop we will differentiate co-production of knowledge from a multi-disciplinary approach or multi-evidence based decision-making. We underscore the role and value of different knowledge systems with different methodologies and the need for collaborative approaches in identifying research questions. We hope that participants come away from this workshop with an understanding of some of the most important components that form a co-production of knowledge framework. We anticipate an open and respectful dialogue that builds on our collective experience in working with Indigenous communities and scientists in the Arctic. If you have any questions regarding the workshop content, please contact one of the organizers: Carolina Behe (carolina@iccalaska.org), Julie Raymond-Yakoubian (juliery@kawerak.org) or Raychelle Daniel (rdaniel@pewtrusts.org). No registration deadline, but those who register by January 12, 2018 will receive lunch both days of the workshop, provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts.*

Please click here to register.

*The Pew Charitable Trusts, a registered lobbyist in Alaska, makes every effort to comply with federal state and local government ethics rules, including when hosting events. Please make sure that your participation is consistent with applicable ethics rules. The value of the box lunch provided for those who register by January 12th is $18.

North Pacific Research Board: Special Session
January 23rd | 5:00 - 6:15PM | Ballroom

NPRB is working on updating our Core program proposal process to provide a more stable and flexible funding platform to our researchers. The Board’s preferred alternative is to move from the current fixed proposal deadline with one funding meeting a year to a rolling submissions approach with no deadline and funding decisions spread between two annual meetings. NPRB will host an information session at AMSS at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, in the main ballroom of the Captain Cook Hotel, to provide more details and solicit feedback from the community. After the session, additional information on the process will be posted on the NPRB website and comments will be accepted at nprb.org through March 12, 2018.

Ocean Educator Night
January 23rd | 5:00 - 7:00pm | Adventure Room

Educators and scientists - Please join us Tuesday, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Captain Cook Hotel for the second annual Ocean Educator Night, which will feature presentations by Mark Van Arsdale, Eagle River High School, and Kaare Erickson, Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation and Leslie Pierce, Department of Wildlife Management, Utqiagvik (Barrow).

Metadata Office Hours
January 24th & 25th | 3:00 - 5:00pm | Club I

An open session for metadata help and questions about data. There will be no formal session, just scheduled office hours staffed by Axiom Data Science.

Alaska climate integrated modeling (ACLIM) Project: Stakeholder workshop
January 24th | 5:00 - 7:00pm | Quadrant Room

North Pacific waters are warming. Come hear how the Alaska Climate Integrated Modeling (ACLIM) Project team is evaluating what a changing environment means for Bering Sea fisheries management. We will discuss current research and some of the lessons learned about how changing climate impacts marine populations in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, the Gulf of Alaska, and the US West Coast. We need your help and input! What are your concerns regarding climate change? What impacts do you anticipate? What scientific questions would you like answered? How will you adapt? How can management help ease the burden?

State of the Arctic - Circumpolar Biodiversity Marine Program progress
January 25th | 12:00 - 1:00pm | Endeavor Room

Come hear about accomplishments of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program. Since 2014 this international network brought together scientists, governments, Indigenous organizations and conservation groups to monitor Arctic changes. Endorsed by the Arctic Council, the CBMP is the biodiversity component of the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON). Don’t get lost in the acronyms – come learn about the program components (from plankton to marine mammals) and who is involved. A recent program accomplishment was completion of the State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Program. We will cover highlights of the report and preview program plans to facilitate rapid detection, communication and response to the biodiversity trends and pressures in the circumpolar Arctic. Share your thoughts on data and reporting; coordination and outreach; capacity building – help further our understanding and tracking of the rapidly changing Arctic. (see CAFF website for additional program information https://caff.is/marine)

Can We forecast copper river salmon run timing
January 25th | 12:00 - 2:00pm | whitby Room

This meeting will initiate conversation about the data, tools, and expertise necessary to forecast Copper River salmon run timing and may lead to the development of a pilot project. Interested individuals with data or expertise to contribute are welcome.

Arctic Research Planning Night
January 25th | 7:00 - 9:00pm | 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. We welcome everyone interested in discussing Arctic research. As with previous years, please either send in advance or bring a thumb drive with a few slides that outlines your research plans for 2018 and beyond. Please include vessel, location of study, duration of cruise, objectives, types of data to be collected, available bunk space, and length of contract. Onshore researchers are also welcome to share information. Slides may be sent to Sheyna Wisdom at Fairweather Science (sheyna.wisdom@fairweather.com). No RSVP is required and it is an open invitation. Beer/wine and appetizers will be provided by Fairweather Science. The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) will have a resource table at the event, with staff present to help you get better connected with the broader Arctic research community through communication, coordination, and collaboration.

Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center PI Symposium
January 26th | 7:00 - 5:00PM | Quadrant Room

The PCCRC PI Symposium features progress reports and project completion reports for current projects funded by the PCCRC. A schedule of presentations will be posted at PCCRC.org.

Circulation and Hydrography of the Northeastern Chukchi Sea
January 26th | 9:00 - 11:00am | Voyager Room

An intensive sampling program of the northeastern Chukchi Sea was conducted from 2009 to 2014 with BOEM and partner funding. Thomas Weingartner will present a synthesis of data collected during this program, along with that from other agencies, to develop an improved understanding of the physical oceanography of the northeastern Chukchi shelf, as well as exchanges between the Chukchi/Beaufort shelves and the adjacent basin.

Metadata 411
January 26th | 9:00 - 12:00pm | Club I

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.

Microplastics Contamination of the North Pacific and Bering Seas
January 26th | 9:00am - 12:00pm | Easter Island Room

Plastic debris, in general, is one of the most abundant and persistent contaminants in the marine environment.  The plastic debris that enters the Pacific Ocean eventually reaches the marine ecosystems of the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea.  The large plastic debris is unsightly, but the most problematic is what we cannot see: the "microplastics."  Plastics degrade through exposure to sunlight and the ocean, and quickly become microscopic.  Although unseen by us, the microplastics act as sponges and absorb numerous chemical contaminants, particularly endocrine-disrupting compounds like phthalates, PCBs, and other persistent organic pollutants (POPs).  Plastic and microplastic contamination has been observed in plankton as well as top predators such as marine mammals, seabirds, and fish.  The objective of this workship has three parts: 1) discuss the current state of research and knowledge on microplastics and plastic debris in the Beringian ecosystem, 2) gather insights from other research efforts and localities about plastics contamination in the region, and 3) provide information that can enable researchers and local people with better understanding of plastics contamination.

CMI Annual Research Review
January 26th | 9:00am - 4:00pm | Endeavor Room

This workshop presents updates on 15 current environmental research projects, including graduate student works, funded through the Coastal Marine Institute 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.

CANCELED! Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Management, Research, and Partnership Opportunities
January 26th | 8:30am - 5:00pm | Adventure 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 2018 Alaska Marine Science Symposium. This year, the National Marine Fisheries Service is partnering with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to host this session. The agenda includes conference-style presentations followed by a panel discussion to foster information sharing, collaboration, and improved partnership opportunities amongst groups. At the end of the day, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be offering an opportunity for the public to provide comments regarding Cook Inlet beluga whales. The session is scheduled for 8:30am-5pm on Friday January 26, 2018, in the Adventure Room of the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska.