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2014 News Archive

Joan Braddock begins term as SFOS Interim Dean

23 December 2014
SFOS—Joan Braddock was selected as the interim dean for the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences in late November and begins her new role with the new year.

Fisheries degrees become more accessible to rural Alaskans

12 December 2014
Fisheries—Students across Alaska can now earn Bachelor of Arts degrees in fisheries at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

Symposium will address data-poor fish stocks

12 December 2014
ASG—Wakefield Fisheries Symposium will address data-poor fish stocks. Researchers interested in giving presentations can submit abstracts until Jan. 30.

Monitoring reveals warmer Gulf of Alaska waters

17 October 2014
IMS—Warmer than normal waters in the Gulf of Alaska surprised scientists who have studied the waters over the shelf south of Seward for the past 17 years. During a September cruise, Professor Russell Hopcroft and his team found the upper 300 feet to be 1 to 5 degrees warmer than the September averages of 55-57F. They also found warm-water species of plankton, a vital food for fish and other marine life, farther north than usual.

Katrin Iken to lead Arctic Marine Biodiversity Observing Network creation

15 October 2014
IMS—The University of Alaska Fairbanks will join a $6 million, multi-institutional research effort to expand understanding of the Arctic Ocean's marine ecosystem. Katrin Iken, professor of marine biology with UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, was selected to lead the creation of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Observing Network.

Juneau hatchery funds $1 million endowment for fisheries students

16 September 2014

Kasitsna Bay hosts divers after scientific diving symposium

15 September 2014
K-Bay—A handful of divers attending the American Academy of Underwater Sciences 2014 Diving for Science Symposium in Sitka rounded out their Alaska visit with a field trip to Kasitsna Bay for two days of diving.

Fisheries graduate student Stacy Vega receives AFS award

5 September 2014
Fisheries—Fisheries graduate student Stacy Vega attended the 145th annual American Fisheries Society meeting in August as one of 10 recipients of the 2014 John E. Skinner Memorial Fund Award.

Ocean acidification threatens Alaska fishing communities

30 July 2014
SFOS—Alaskas fishing communities are vulnerable to harm from changes in the ocean chemistry, according to a study published July 29 in the academic journal Progress in Oceanography.

Research Vessel Sikuliaq embarking on first saltwater voyage

19 July 2014
SIKULIAQ—The Research Vessel Sikuliaq will be getting its first sip of saltwater soon. The ship is expected leave the Great Lakes this weekend on its first voyage out to sea. Sikuliaq will travel from Cleveland, Ohio to the Atlantic Ocean via the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Researchers track glacial meltwater with drifters

15 July 2014
IMS—Researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Greenland Climate Research Centre have deployed several satellite-tracked surface drifters over the last three years to gather measurements from the top 15 meters of the Godthabsfjord in western Greenland. The scientists are studying how glacial meltwater interacts with the ocean.

Jennifer Reynolds new director of Institute of Marine Science

1 July 2014
IMS—Associate Professor Jennifer Reynolds has been named as the next director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Institute of Marine Science, effective July 1.

UAF takes delivery of Research Vessel Sikuliaq

6 June 2014
SIKULIAQ—The University of Alaska Fairbanks today took possession of the newest addition to the U. S. academic fleet, Research Vessel Sikuliaq. Today's delivery marks the end of the construction phase of the $200 million project and a shift in focus to operations. The ice-capable research ship is owned by the National Science Foundation and will be operated by UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

New marine advisory agent arrives in Dillingham

21 May 2014
MAP—Gabe Dunham, a new face at the Bristol Bay Campus, opened his office in Dillingham May 15 as the Marine Advisory Program agent for the Bristol Bay region.

SFOS celebrates 27 graduates in class of 2014

16 May 2014
SFOS—University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences graduated 27 students this year, with students participating in commencement ceremonies in Fairbanks and Juneau over the past two Sundays.

Juneau-Douglas team wins third at National Ocean Sciences Bowl

8 May 2014
SFOS—The Juneau-Douglas High School team representing Alaska in the 2014 National Ocean Sciences Bowl won third place in the national competition held in Seattle, Washington May 1-4.

New ocean acidification study launched in Prince William Sound

30 April 2014
IMS—Scientists will be using gliders and instrumentation installed on a glacier tour boat during a five-month monitoring program to measure ocean acidification in Prince William Sound this summer.

Pollock oil research yields new diet supplement

22 April 2014
KSMSC—A new process that purifies Alaska pollock liver oil has resulted in a commercially produced diet supplement. Alex Oliveira, associate professor with the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program in the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, developed the molecular distillation process.

Fisheries student Iris Fletcher featured speaker

16 April 2014
Fisheries—Iris Fletcher, a senior at the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, was one of two featured student speakers at the 2014 UAF Scholarship & Award breakfast April 15. Fletcher will be graduating with a double major in fisheries and biological sciences and a minor in marine sciences. She is the 2013-2014 recipient of the Mary Louise Rasmuson Undergraduate Fisheries Scholarship and the Al Tyler Memorial Scholarship.

Twentieth round of Rasmuson fellowship recipients announced

3 April 2014
SFOS—The Rasmuson Fisheries Research Center board members selected six fellowship recipients for the 2014-2015 academic year at their March 18 meeting. This marks the 20th year the center has awarded fellowships to UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences students.

Juneau-Douglas takes top honors at 2014 Tsunami Bowl

11 March 2014
SFOS—The Juneau-Douglas Caballers won first place at this year's Tsunami Bowl after beating some familiar opponents in the championship match - their classmates on the Juneau-Douglas Third Whale team.

Eric Collins to ski across Greenland to map microbes

7 March 2014
IMS—Eric Collins, assistant professor of oceanography at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, will ski the Greenland ice sheet collecting microbiological samples along the way.

Thomas Weingartner receives marine research award

31 January 2014
IMS—The Alaska SeaLife Center selected Thomas Weingartner as the recipient of this year's Alaska Ocean Leadership Award for Alaska Marine Research.

Students win awards at Alaska Marine Science Symposium

24 January 2014
SFOS—Three School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences students earned awards at the 2014 Alaska Marine Science Symposium in Anchorage. Fisheries graduate students Thomas Farrugia and Michael Courtney won awards for their oral presentations and Marine Biology graduate student Dana Wright won an award for her poster presentation.