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2013 Arctic Science Conference

The 2013 Arctic Science Conference will be held September 26th–28th in Kodiak, Alaska at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center. The conference theme is Fisheries and Watersheds: Food Security, Education and Sustainability.

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Conference Description

Fisheries and Watersheds: Food Security, Education and Sustainability
Future concerns about Alaska’s marine resources, particularly the fisheries, revolve around the status of research and education and our ability to wisely utilize this cornucopia. The 2013 Arctic Science Conference will feature a variety of sessions focusing on marine science, sustainability, circumpolar health, and interdisciplinary education.

Four plenary speakers are on the program. Six oral sessions are: Marine Biology; Fisheries; Seafood Science; Interdisciplinary, General and Applied Science; Sustainability; Science Education. Also, a workshop is being planned on Community Science, K-12 Interactions, and Teacher Trainings. A poster session rounds out the meeting.

All conference sessions are open to the public and the public is welcome to attend. The general admission fee for the public is $90.00 for the full conference, or $30 per day.

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Abstract Submissions

Abstracts for the 2013 Arctic Science Conference are now being accepted. Click here to submit an abstract.

The second call for abstract submissions is due August 16, 2013 at 5 p.m. Alaska time.

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Conference Schedule and Planned Sessions

All sessions will be held at the conference venue: Kodiak Harbor Convention Center.

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Time: Event Description:
5:00 - 6:00 pm Registration
6:00 - 8:00 pm Arctic AAAS Social (Kodiak Convention Center, no-host bar)

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Time: Event Description:
8:00 - 8:45 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45 - 9:00 am Borough/City Mayor Welcoming Talks
9:00 - 9:45 am

Keynote Address:

  • Marine Arctic 2020: At the Intersection of Science, Education, Policy and Environment
    Mike Castellini, SFOS Dean
9:45 - 10:00 am Coffee Break
10:00 - 10:45 am

Plenary Talk:

  • A Field Guide to the Age of Ecological Innocence: Lessons from Martha Brae, Palliser's Triangle, and Bristol Bay
    Todd Radenbaugh, Bristol Bay Campus
10:45 - 11:45 am

Technical Session:

Marine Biology
Chair, Bree Witteveen, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program - Kodiak

  • Trophic Ecology of Marine Birds of the Far Western Aleutian Islands, Douglas Causey, University of Alaska Anchorage, Dept. Biol. Sci.
  • Evidence of Climate Change Impacts on the Mercury Levels in Kodiak Sea Otters, Maribeth Murray et al., University of Alaska Fairbanks, Intl. Arctic Res. Ctr.
  • Alaska CamSled: High Resolution Benthic Imaging, Gregg Rosenkranz and Ric Shepard, Alaska Dept. Fish Game

11:45 - 1:30 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 - 2:30 pm

Technical Session:

Fisheries
Chair, Andy Seitz, SFOS-Fisheries Division

  • Kuk and Kugra River Fish and Aquatic Habitat Surveying, Bill Morris, Alaska Dept. Fish Game
  • Eulachon of the Chilkat and Chilkoot Rivers: Roles in Local and Indigenous Cultures, Allyson Olds and Megan McPhee, University of Alaska Fairbanks, SFOS
  • Dispersal of Adult Dolly Varden from the Wulik River, Alaska, Evaluated Using Satellite Telemetry, Andrew C. Seitz, University of Alaska Fairbanks, SFOS
2:30 - 3:20 pm

Coffee Break

3:20 - 4:00 pm

Technical Session:

Fisheries (continued)
Chair, Andy Seitz, SFOS-Fisheries Division

  • CFEC Salmon Set Gillnet Permits and DNR Shore Fishery Leases in Prince William Sound, Cook Inlet, Kodiak, Alaska Peninsula, and Bristol Bay 1975-2012, Marcus Gho, Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission
  • Fisheries Privatization, Social Transitions, and Well-being in Kodiak's Fisheries, Courtney Carothers and Jesse Coleman, University of Alaska Fairbanks, SFOS
4:00 - 4:40 pm

Technical Session:

Seafood Science
Chair, Brennan Smith, SFOS - Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center

  • Nutritional and Contaminant Analyses of Skates in the Gulf of Alaska: Shaping Future Skate Demand, Thomas J. Farrugia et al., University of Alaska Fairbanks, SFOS
  • Phthalate and PCB Contamination in Seabirds from the Western Aleutian Islands, Veronica M. Padula et al., University of Alaska Anchorage, Dept. Biol. Sci.
4:40 - 6:00 pm Poster Session, light refreshments
6:00 pm Dinner (on your own)
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Workshop:

  • Are You Really Communicating Your Science?
    Marilyn Sigman and Robin Dublin, Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence - Alaska

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Time: Event Description:
8:00 - 8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 9:20 am

Plenary Talk:

  • Bioeconomic Control Rules for Sustainable Management of Fisheries in a Nonstationary Environment
    Keith Criddle, SFOS Fisheries Division Director
9:20 - 10:00 am

Technical Session:

Sustainability
Chair, Todd Radenbaugh, Bristol Bay Campus

  • Protecting the Arctic by Running the World on Renewables: Alternatives for Transmission and Low-cost Firming Storage of Stranded Renewables as Hydrogen and Ammonia Fuels, William C. Leighty, The Leighty Foundation
  • Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments: Approaching Social-Ecological Dynamics on the Kenai Peninsula, Sarah Wandersee et al., University of Alaska Anchorage, Dept. Biol. Sci.
10:00 - 10:30 am

Coffee Break

10:30 - 11:30 am

Technical Session:

Sustainability (continued)
Chair, Todd Radenbaugh, Bristol Bay Campus

  • Net Zero Energy–Ready Home in Dillingham, Alaska, Tom Marsik and Kristin Donaldson, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bristol Bay Campus
  • What the Heck is Permaculture?, Cindee Karns
  • The Praxis of Fisheries as Culture: Successful Fishing Communities in Rural Alaksa, Davin Holen, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Dept. Anthropology
11:30 - 1:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Technical Session:

Interdisciplinary, General and Applied Science
Chair, Cindy Trussell, UAA-Kodiak College

  • Conceptualizing Subsistence: How Differing Beliefs about the Concept of Subsistence Could be Creating Misconceptions within Management Forums, Meredith Marchioni, Alaska Dept. Fish Game
  • Remote Sensing Imagery Resources for Multi-decadal Change Detection Analysis, Lisa Wirth et al., University of Alaska Fairbanks, Intl. Arctic Res. Ctr.
  • From Reach to Region: Core Steps to Advancing our Ability to Assess Climate Change Impacts on Freshwater Systems, Karen A. Murphy and Joel H. Reynolds, Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative
  • Alaska EPSCoR: Statewide, Place-based Research into Community Adaptive Capacity, Tom Moran, Alaska EPSCoR
3:00 - 3:30 pm

Coffee Break

3:30 - 5:00 pm

Technical Session:

Science Education
Chair, Marilyn Sigman, Alaska Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence

  • Using Google Apps for Education, Mobile Devices and Kodiak College’s Remote Environmental Learning Stations for Enhancing Online Science Labs, Cindy Trussell and Linda Himelbloom, University of Alaska Anchorage - Kodiak College
  • Community-infused STEM Collaborative of Alaska’s Professionals and Educators (C-SCAPE), Douglas Causey and Mike Mueller, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Waterways: a Film about Water, Language, and a Changing Way of Life, Jessica Cherry et al., University of Alaska Fairbanks, Intl. Arctic Res. Ctr.
5:00 pm Student Awards
After 5:30 pm Brewery Visit and Dinner (on your own)

 

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Time: Event Description:
8:00 - 8:30 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9:00 am

Plenary Talk:

  • Seafood: Health Risks vs. Benefits
    Charles Santerre, Purdue University

9:00 - 9:45 am

Plenary Talk:

  • Can preschool children consume more fish to improve diet quality and DHA intake?
    Sibylle Kranz, Purdue University
9:45 - 10:15 am Coffee Break
10:15 - 12:00 pm

Open discussion on needs for Community Science, K-12 Interactions, Teacher Training

Afternoon Tours, hikes and/or fishing (see DiscoverKodiak at http://www.kodiak.org/)

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Online Registration

Online registration is now available. The early registration deadline is August 15, 2013.

The early registration fee is $200 for the full conference or $75 per day. Each registration includes continental breakfast in the morning and coffee/tea during breaks. Please refer to the conference session schedule above for those considering registering for one or two days.

  • Students and the general public should enter the registration code aaas13student in the box below to receive the student/general public registration discount.
  • Teachers at K-12 schools should enter the registration code aaas13teacher to receive the K-12 discount.

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Alaska EPSCoR Travel Support

Alaska EPSCoR is pleased to be able to announce that will be providing competitive funding to a small number of presenters at the 2013 Arctic Science Conference.

  • Travel support will be available up to $1,500.
  • The online application can be found here.
  • To be considered for funding, applications must be submitted by August 16, 2013.
  • Decisions for funding will be communicated by August 22, 2013.

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Hotel Accommodations and Discount Code

Conference Hotel: Best Western Kodiak Inn
Discount Rates: $152 - 189.59 depending on room options
Discount Code: AAASARC
Website: http://www.kodiakinn.com/
Phone: 1-888-KODIAK4 (563-4254)
*Be sure to mention "AAASARC" to receive the conference discount rate.

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Alaska Airlines Discount Code

Travelers to the 2013 Arctic Science Conference can receive a 7% discount on Alaska Airlines airfare. The fare discount is valid for up to three days before the conference and up to three days post-conference (9.23.13 - 10.1.13). When making travel arrangements please use the travel code below:

Meeting Name: AAAS Arctic Division Fall Conference
Meeting Fare Code: ECMU663
Beginning Travel Date: September 23, 2013
Last Travel Date: October 01, 2013
Website: http://www.alaskaair.com/

(Note: This discount is not valid for flights departing from Mexico, Hawaii, or Prudhoe Bay.)

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Contact Information

For more information about the 2013 Arctic Science Conference please contact Brian Himelbloom at bhhimelbloom@alaska.edu or 907-486-1529.

For more information about the AAAS Arctic Division and division activities contact Larry Duffy, Executive Director of the AAAS Arctic Division at lkduffy@alaska.edu or 907-474-7525.

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