Agenda

The symposium is organized by region: Arctic Ocean (Tuesday, January 26th), Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands (Wednesday, January 27th), and Gulf of Alaska (Thursday, January 28th). Within each geographical region, talks are presented on on a variety of reserach themes including: climate and oceanography, lower trophic levels, fishes and fish habitats, seabirds, mammals, humans, ecosystem perspectives.

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Daily Schedule of Presentations

Monday, January 25 - Opening Day

         

8:00-12:00              

Communicating Ocean Sciences Workshop

1:00-1:30     Welcome         

1:30-2:15     Keynote         

Ambassador Mark Brzezinski, Executive Director of the U.S. Government's Arctic Executive Steering Committee

2:15-3:00     Keynote         

Dr. Emanuele Di Lorenzo

3:00-3:30     Keynote         

Dr. George Divoky

3:30-3:45     Coffee Break

3:45-4:30     Keynote        

Dr. Wallace J. Nichols

 4:30-5:15    Keynote       

Dr. Kristin Laidre and Maria Coryell-Martin 

 

Tuesday, January 26 - Arctic Ocean

Time

Section

Title

Speaker First

Speaker Last

8:00 - 8:15

Climate & Oceanography

Closing the Mass Budget between Bering Strait and the Arctic Basin: The Chukchi Slope Current

Robert

Pickart

8:15 - 8:30

Climate & Oceanography

Ocean Acidification in the Pacific-Arctic Boundary Regions

Jeremy

Mathis

8:30 - 8:45

Climate & Oceanography

Surface Currents on the Northeastern Chukchi and Western Beaufort Sea Shelves

Rachel

Potter

8:45 - 9:00

Climate & Oceanography

Time series of currents and water masses on the Chukchi Shelf

Carol

Ladd

9:00 - 9:15

Climate & Oceanography

Dissolved and Particulate Trace Metal Concentrations in Sea Ice at Oliktok Point, Alaska

Vincent

Domena *

9:15 - 9:30

Lower Trophic Levels

Variability of flow, nutrients and chlorophyll in the Chukchi Sea

Calvin

Mordy

9:30 - 10:00

COFFEE BREAK

10:00 - 10:15

Lower Trophic Levels

Biological Influence and Impact of Oil Spills in Ice Covered Waters

Kyle

Dilliplaine *

10:15 - 10:30

Lower Trophic Levels

What lies beneath the ice: using sea ice as a driver of benthic communities in the Alaska Arctic

Alexandra

Ravelo *

10:30 - 10:45

Lower Trophic Levels

Long-term changes in summer zooplankton communities of the western Chukchi Sea, 1945-2012

Elizaveta

Ershova *

10:45 - 11:00

Fishes & Fish Habitats

Juvenile growth and lipid dynamics of Arctic cod (Boreogadus saida) and other Alaskan gadids under variable environments

Benjamin

Laurel

11:00 - 11:15

Fishes & Fish Habitats

Plan for Monitoring Bottom Fish Communities in the Beaufort Sea

Brenda

Norcross

11:15 - 11:30

Fishes & Fish Habitats

Population dynamics of Arctic cod (Boreogadus saida) in the eastern Chukchi Sea

Jen

Marsh *

11:30 - 1:00

Lunch Provided

1:00 - 1:15

Fishes and Fish Habitats

Pink Salmon as Sentinels for Climate Change in the Arctic

Ed

Farley

1:15 - 1:30

Seabirds

Seabirds signal short-term patterns and long-term trends in oceanographic variability of the eastern Chukchi Sea

Adrian

Gall

1:30 - 1:45

Seabirds

Interannual variability in seabird communities with respect to prey and environmental properties in the northern Bering and Chukchi seas

A. Catherine

Pham *

1:45 - 2:00

Marine Mammals

Spring field metabolic rates and behaviors of adult female polar bears on the sea ice of the southern Beaufort Sea

Anthony

Pagano *

2:00 - 2:15

Marine Mammals

Unexpected presence of transient killer whales in Kotzebue Sound

Manuel

Castellote

2:15 - 2:30

Marine Mammals

Marine mammal distribution and habitat in the eastern Chukchi Sea observed from a Slocum ocean glider

Mark

Baumgartner

2:30 - 3:00

COFFEE BREAK

3:00 - 3:15

Marine Mammals

Oceanographic characteristics associated with bowhead behaviors in the Chukchi Sea

John

Citta

3:15 -3:30

Human Dimensions

Best Practices for Community-Based Monitoring: Observing Alaska's Coasts and Oceans

Marilyn

Sigman

3:30 - 3:45

Human Dimensions

The uncertainties of sea ice: Socio-legal dynamics in a changing Arctic ocean-scape

Kristen

Shake *

3:45 - 4:00

Ecosystem Perspectives

Predictable Wind Forced Upwelling Can Lead to a Favorable Feeding Environment for Bowhead Whales in Nearshore Waters near Barrow, Alaska- A Synthesis of Results from BOWFEST

Carin

Ashjian

4:00 - 4:15

Ecosystem Perspectives

AMBON – the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Observing Network

Katrin

Iken

4:15 - 4:30

Ecosystem Perspectives

The Arctic Marine Pulses Model: Linking Contiguous Domains in the Pacific Arctic Region

Sue

Moore

4:30 - 4:45

Ecosystem Perspectives

Interannual variability and change in an arctic ecosystem: can we separate a signal from the noise?

Robert

Day

4:45 - 5:00

Ecosystem Perspectives

A Northeastern Chukchi Shelf Ecosystem Observatory:  Year 1 Results and Year 2 Build-out

Seth

Danielson

Wednesday, January 27 - Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands

Time

Section

Title

Speaker First

Speaker Last

8:00 - 8:15

Climate & Oceanography

The status of the southern Bering Sea in 2015: Warm

Phyllis

Stabeno

8:15 - 8:30

Climate & Oceanography

Spatial prediction of changes in flood susceptibility and vegetation distribution due to sea-level rise on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta

Jon S.

Allen *

8:30 - 8:45

Climate & Oceanography

Surface mapping of the Bering Sea during seasonal ice retreat

Jessica

Cross

8:45 - 9:00

Climate & Oceanography

A 4D variational reanalysis of the Bering Sea circulation in 2007-2010

Gleb

Panteleev

9:00 - 9:15

Climate & Oceanography

Coastal Community Ocean Observers (C2O2): A network of community-driven coastal ocean observations

Peter

Winsor

9:15 - 9:30

Climate & Oceanography

 A High-Resolution Coupled Tide and Storm Surge Model for the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Chuckchi Sea, and Beaufort Sea

Brian

Joyce *

9:30 - 10:00

COFFEE BREAK

10:00 - 10:15

Fishes & Fish Habitats

Using species distribution models to define essential fish habitat in Alaska

Ned

Laman

10:15 - 10:30

Lower Trophic Levels

Seasonal phenology of zooplankton composition in the southeastern Bering Sea, 2008-2010

Lisa

Eisner

10:30 - 10:45

Fishes & Fish Habitats

Coherence in population dynamics of western Alaska Chinook salmon and relationships to environmental forcing over their life-cycle 

Daniel

Schindler

10:45 - 11:00

Fishes & Fish Habitats

Early Marine Ecology of Juvenile Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) on the Yukon Delta, Alaska

Katharine

Miller

11:00 - 11:15

Fishes & Fish Habitats

Bioeffects Assessment in Kvichak and Nushagak Bay, Alaska: Characterization of Soft Bottom Benthic Habitats, Fish Body Burdens and Contaminant Baseline

Ian

Hartwell

11:15 - 11:30

Fishes & Fish Habitats

Evaluating the freshwater and marine drivers of Yukon River Chinook survival with stage-structured life cycle models

Curry

Cunningham

11:30 - 1:00

Lunch ON YOUR OWN

1:00 - 1:15

Seabirds

Tracking the foraging movements of short-tailed shearwaters during the non-breeding period, using geo-location sensors

Natalie

Bool *

1:15 - 1:30

Seabirds

Groundwork for examining seabird responses to Bering Sea regime shifts.

Alexis

Will *

1:30 - 1:45

Seabirds

Application of a Scalable Change Detection Tool to Assess Climate Change Vulnerability for Important Bird Areas in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands

Melanie

Smith

1:45 - 2:00

Marine Mammals

Mixing it up in Alaska: habitat use of adult female Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) reveals a variety of foraging strategies

Michelle

Lander

2:00 - 2:15

Marine Mammals

Assessment of a Genetics Based Capture-Mark-Recapture Approach for Estimation of Abundance and Demographic Rates of Pacific Walruses

Patrick

Lemons

2:15 - 2:30

Marine Mammals

Integration of oceanographic data with fin whale calling presence in the Bering Sea

Srishti

Dasarathy *

2:30 - 2:45

COFFEE BREAK

2:45 - 3:15 Keynote One Year on Report From the Executive Director Ambassador Mark Brzezinski

3:15 - 3:30

Marine Mammals

Using vocal dialects to assess the population structure of Bigg’s killer whales in Alaska

Deborah

Sharpe *

3:30 - 3:45

Human Dimensions

Thinking Strategically in the Aleutian Archipelago

Douglas

Burn

3:45 - 4:00

Human Dimensions

Testing sociocultural impacts of declining Chinook salmon runs on Yukon River communities

Hillary

Hafner *

4:00 - 4:15

Human Dimensions

Broken links: How limited entry, markets, and family have transformed access to and participation in Bristol Bay’s commercial fisheries

Jesse

Coleman *

4:15 - 4:30

Ecosystem Perspectives

Carbon sources of ice seals during recent environmental shifts in the Bering Sea

Shiway

Wang

4:30 - 4:45

Ecosystem Perspectives

Jellyfish - fish trophic interactions in the Bering Sea: ecosystem impacts of jellyfish population fluctuations

Ric

Brodeur

4:45 - 5:00

Ecosystem Perspectives

Early warning indicators to track resilience in the Bering Sea ecosystem

Mike

Litzow

5:00 - 5:15 Student Poster Presentation Award       

Thursday, January 28 - Gulf of Alaska

8:00 - 8:15 Climate & Oceanography More Robust Projections of Freshwater Fluxes into the Gulf of Alaska Under Climate Change: An Intercomparison of Coupled Hydrologic-Cryosphere Models Thomas Mosier*

8:15 - 8:30

Climate & Oceanography

Climate Change Impacts on Alaskan Hydrology and Freshwater Discharge

Jordan

Beamer *

8:30 - 8:45

Climate & Oceanography

An OA Lighthouse for the Shellfish Aquaculture Industry in the State of Alaska: Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery

Wiley

Evans

8:45 - 9:00

Climate & Oceanography

Surface layer and bloom dynamics in Prince William Sound

Robert

Campbell

9:00 - 9:15

Lower Trophic Levels

The effects of the anomalous warming on lower trophic levels in the Gulf of Alaska from Continuous Plankton Recorder sampling.

Sonia

Batten

9:15 - 9:30

Lower Trophic Levels

Early life history ecology for five commercially and ecologically important  fish species in the eastern and western Gulf of Alaska in 2011 and 2013

Elizabeth

Siddon

9:30 - 10:00

COFFEE BREAK

10:00 - 10:15

Fishes & Fish Habitats

Can fishing explain declines in size-at-age of Pacific halibut?

Jane

Sullivan *

10:15 - 10:30

Fishes & Fish Habitats

Pre-settlement processes of northern rock sole (Lepidopsetta polyxystra) in relation to interannual variability in the Gulf of Alaska

Erin

Fedewa *

10:30 - 10:45

Fishes & Fish Habitats

How does release density affect enhancement success for hatchery-reared red king crab?

William

Long

10:45 - 11:00

Fishes & Fish Habitats

Ecological Factors Influencing the Overwinter Survival of Age-0 Herring in Prince William Sound, Alaska

Ron

Heintz

11:00 - 11:15

Seabirds

The influence of ocean productivity on stress and parental investment in a long-lived seabird

Anne

Schaefer

11:15 - 11:30

Seabirds

Does the warm water blob explain seabird die-offs and low reproductive success in 2015?

Heather

Renner

11:30 - 1:00

Lunch Provided

1:00 - 1:15

Seabirds

Non-breeding distributions and spatial ecology of rhinoceros auklets from colonies in Alaska and British Columbia, with implications for management

Katharine

Studholme *

1:15 - 1:30

Seabirds

Using remote techniques to identify factors influencing annual productivity of a colony of black-legged kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla) in the northern Gulf of Alaska

Sarah

Tanedo *

1:30 - 1:45

Marine Mammals

Expanding their range and the depredation problem, sperm whales enter new habitat in Chatham Strait, inside waters of Southeast Alaska

Russel

Andrews

1:45 - 2:00

Marine Mammals

Seasonal Distribution and Foraging Behavior of Cook Inlet Beluga Whales

Robert

Small

2:00 - 2:15

Marine Mammals

Where Science Meets Policy: Protected Species Permitting and Take Estimation

Sarah

Courbis

2:15 - 2:30

Marine Mammals

Filling in the blanks: multidisciplinary approaches for addressing critical data gaps in our understanding of the structure of Southeast Alaska harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocena).

Kim

Parsons

2:30 - 3:00

COFFEE BREAK (2:15pm Plenary by Davidson CANCELLED)

3:00 - 3:15

Human Dimensions

Graying of the Fleet in Kodiak’s Fisheries: Defining the Problem and Assessing Solutions

Rachel 

Donkersloot

3:15 - 3:30

Ecosystem Perspectives

Examining the effects of herring fishing strategies on a Northeast Pacific ecosystem

Szymon

Surma *

3:30 - 3:45

Ecosystem Perspectives

The effects of rising sea surface temperature and decreasing salinity on kelp forest ecosystems

Alyssa

Lind *

3:45 - 4:15

Ecosystem Perspectives

Gulf Watch Alaska in Hot Water!  Ecological Patterns in the Northern Gulf of Alaska under the Pacific 2014-2015 Warm Anomaly.

Tammy

Hoem Neher

4:15 - 4:45

Ecosystem Perspectives

Gulf of Alaska Project: The Gauntlet Games - Final Showdown

Russell

Hopcroft

4:45 - 5:00

Best Student Oral Presentations Winners Announced

5:00 - 5:15

CLOSING REMARKS

Friday, January 29 - Workshops

Workshop Public/Private Time Room