C-Notes

C-Notes is the CFOS biweekly newsletter describing R/V Sikuliaq whereabouts, accomplishments, activities, news items, publications, and grants and contracts of the College.

September 13, 2021

Message from the Dean

Just over two years ago, CFOS established the Alaska Blue Economy Center (ABEC) to serve as a resource and support center for research, instruction, and outreach related to Alaska's vast aquatic resources and ecosystems. In this regard, and in partnership with the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, College of Business and Security Management, and Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization, it is a pleasure to convey that Justin Sternberg has been hired as the Director of ABEC. Justin brings a wealth of experience working to advance Alaska’s burgeoning blue economy sector and energy programs. He is in the process of relocating to Fairbanks, and his office will be located in the CFOS Dean’s Office. His email address is jcsternberg@alaska.edu. Please join me in congratulating Justin on his new appointment!

I hope you take time to enjoy the beautiful fall season colors.

R/V Sikuliaq

Sikuliaq continues to operate in the northern Chukchi Sea for Bernard Coakley’s (UAF/GI) Chukchi Edges II cruise.  They are halfway through the 45-day voyage to investigate the formation, composition and structure of the northern edge of the Chukchi Sea continental shelf. 

Activities and Accomplishments

Jeff Falke was selected as an Agency Coordinating Lead for the Alaska Chapter of the 5th National Climate Assessment.  

CFOS in the News

A UAF News article announced the first cohort of graduate students in CFOS’s new Tamamta program, which focuses on bridging Indigenous and Western sciences. 

Shannon Atkinson was featured in a NOAA Fisheries article about humpback whale research conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mat Wooller was featured in a Scientific American article regarding his work at the Alaska Stable Isotope Facility. 

Publications

Blanchard, A.L. and D.G. Shaw. 2021. Multivariate analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in sediments of Port Valdez, Alaska, 1989–2019. Marine Pollution Bulletin. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2021.112906

Callahan, M.W., A.H. Beaudreau, R.A. Heintz, F.J. Mueter, and M.C. Rogers. 2021. Temporal and age-based variation in juvenile sablefish diet composition and quality: Inferences from stomach contents and stable isotopes. Marine and Coastal Fisheries. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1002/mcf2.10173

Clawson, C.M., J.A. Falke, J. Rose, A. Prakash, A.E. Martin, and L.L. Bailey. 2021. High-resolution remote sensing and multistate occupancy estimation identify drivers of spawning site selection in fall chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) across a sub-Arctic riverscape. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjfas-2021-0013

Copping, A.E., L.G. Hemery, H. Viehman, A.C. Seitz,  G.J. Staines, and D.J. Hasselman. 2021. Are fish in danger? A review of environmental effects of marine renewable energy on fishes. Biological Conservation. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2021.109297 

Galloway A.W.E., A.H. Beaudreau, M.D. Thomas, B.L. Basnett, L.S. Lam,  S.L. Hamilton,  K.S. Andrews, J.B. Schram,  J. Watson, and J.F. Samhouri. 2021. Assessing prevalence and correlates of blue-colored flesh in lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus) across their geographic range. Marine Biology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-021-03936-6.https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-021-03936-6

Gorman, K.B., K.E. Ruck, T.D. Williams and W.R. Fraser. 2021. Advancing the Sea Ice Hypothesis: Trophic interactions among breeding Pygoscelis penguins with divergent population trends throughout the western Antarctic Peninsula. Frontiers in Marine Science. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2021.526092

Jalbert, C., J.A. Falke, J.A. Lopez, K.J. Dunker, A.J. Sepulveda, and P.A.H. Westley. 2021. Vulnerability of Pacific salmon to invasion of northern pike (Esox lucius) in Southcentral Alaska. PLoS ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0254097

Melica, V., S. Atkinson, J. Calambokidis, A. Lang, J. Scordino, and F. Mueter. 2021. Application of endocrine biomarkers to update information on reproductive physiology in gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus). PLoS ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0255368

Shackell, N.L., J.A.D. Fisher, C.E. den Heyer, D.R. Hennen, A.C. Seitz, A. Le Bris, D. Robert, M.E. Kersula, S.X. Cadrin, R.S. McBride, et al. 2021. Spatial ecology of Atlantic halibut across the Northwest Atlantic: A recovering species in an era of climate change. Reviews in Fisheries Science and Aquaculture. https://doi.org/10.1080/23308249.2021.1948502

Stratton, M.E., H. Finkle, J.A. Falke, and P.A.H. Westley. 2021. Assessing potential stock structure of adult Coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) in a small Alaska watershed: Quantifying run timing, spawning locations, and holding areas with radio telemetry. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. https://doi.org/10.1002/nafm.10658

Walther, E.J., M.S. Zimmerman, and P.A.H. Westley. 2021. Landscape attributes explain salmonid ecological neighbourhoods across a complex river network. Freshwater Biology. https://doi.org/10.1111/fwb.13801

Williamson E.R. and C.J. Sergeant. 2021. Independent validation of downscaled climate estimates from a coastal Alaska watershed using local historical weather journals. PeerJ. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.12055

Grants and Awards for August 2021 

New awards for CFOS researchers:

  • Grant G-14270 "Passive Acoustic Monitoring of Cook Inlet Belugas and Links to Salmon Availability" - Lara Horstmann (Sonia Kumar) - UA Foundation Northern Gulf of Alaska Applied Research Student Award - $6,404.00 (May 1, 2021)
  • Grant G-14282 "Understanding Spatial Dynamics and Movements of Pacific Halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) in the Northern Bering Sea" - Andrew Seitz - BOEM - $139,946.00 (August 12, 2021)
  • Grant G-14291 "Harnessing the power of eDNA as real-time assessment tool of nearshore Arctic marine communities" - Jessica Glass - BOEM - $200,766.00 (August 17, 2021)
  • Grant G-14299 "Annual cycle of upper ocean turbulence in the Nordic Seas: observations and models" - Harper Simmons - ONR - $551,931.00 (August 16, 2021)
  • Grant G-14309 "Dynamical downscaling of the submesoscale cascade of turbulence" - Harper Simmons - ONR - $60,109.00 (August 23, 2021)

Grants that received incremental funding:

  • Grant G-11653 "Coastal hydrographic physical dynamics and oceanography assessments" - Seth Danielson - NPS - Mod 3 - $62,444.00 (August 2, 2017)
  • Grant G-12127 "University of Alaska Fairbanks/Sikuliaq Oceanographic Technical Support Year 1 of 5" - Ethan Roth - NSF - Mod 9 - $513,498.00 (June 15, 2018)
  • Grant G-12178 "University of Alaska Fairbanks/Sikuliaq Ship Operations CY2018-2022" - Bradley Moran - NSF - Mod 10 - $2,758,304.00 (July 1, 2018)
  • Grant G-13328 "Telemetry and genetic identity of Chinook salmon in Alaska" - Andrew Seitz - Department of the Navy - Mod 5 - $278,347.00 (April 15, 2020)
  • Grant G-13562 "Lake Clark National Park & Preserve Oceanographic Assessment" - Tyler Hennon - NPS - Mod 1 - $105,296.00 (August 12, 2020)

Grants controlled by other departments:

  • Grant G-14032 "Material and Cost Efficient Modular Riverine Hydrokinetic Energy System" - Andrew Seitz - ACEP - Department of Energy - $71,533.00 (April 12, 2021)
  • Grant G-14290 "UAF Drivers and Diversity of Chinook Salmon Pop in the AYK Region" - Curry Cunningham - IARC - AK Dept. of Fish & Game - $129,962.00 (July 1, 2021)

Message from the Dean

As we kick off the fall semester, it is a pleasure to welcome our new and current students. While we continue to deal with challenging times due to the pandemic, our faculty and staff are ready to support your education, training and future success. In that regard, this afternoon we will welcome and celebrate our students with a meet and greet BBQ at our Fairbanks location. Many thanks to Christina Sutton and the Dean’s Office and Academic Programs staff for organizing this event.

Wishing everyone a safe and productive semester.

R/V Sikuliaq

In support of Bernard Coakley’s (UAF/GI) Chukchi Edges II cruise, Sikuliaq is sailing further north than ever before. The ship is currently at 79 degrees North latitude in the Arctic Ocean, which is about 475 miles northwest of Point Barrow. 

CFOS in the News

Graduate student Ellen Chenowith’s baleen whale research was featured in a Functional Ecologists article. 

Russ Hopcroft was quoted by the Anchorage Daily News and the Cordova Times regarding phytoplankton in the Gulf of Alaska. 

Mat Wooler’s research at the Alaska Stable Isotope Facility was featured by ScienceBlog and the Good News Network

Graduate Student Sonia Kumar was on the front page of the Anchorage Daily News as part of a story about the return of beluga whales to Turnagain Arm. 

Publications

Quintella, B.R., Clemens, B.J., Sutton, T., Lanca, M.J., Madenjian, C.P., Happel, A., and Harvey, C. 2021. At-sea feeding ecology of parasitic lampreys. Sea Lamprey International Symposium III, Journal of Great Lakes Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jglr.2021.07.008

Zinkann, A.C., Wooller, M.J., O'Brien, D., and Iken, K. 2021. Does feeding type matter? Contribution of organic matter sources to benthic invertebrates on the Arctic Chukchi Sea shelf. Food Webs. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fooweb.2021.e00205

Message from the Dean

CFOS benefits significantly from its state, federal, tribal, NGO, research and industry partners. In this regard, I recently visited the Kasitsna Bay Laboratory, which is owned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and co-managed with CFOS. K-Bay Lab Director Kris Holderied, staff and CFOS students led me on a tour of the research labs, classrooms, scientific diving capabilities and related infrastructure at this unique and picturesque shoreside facility located near Seldovia. K-Bay supports numerous research projects, including the current EPSCoR Fire and Ice project. This facility is a model for collaboration between the university and NOAA. It is a pleasure to thank Kris and her team and the wonderful staff and students for all their good work.

Congratulations to our summer 2021 graduates:

Talia Davia. BS Fisheries
Jesse Gordon. MS Fisheries, Major Advisor: Anne Beaudreau
Julia McMahon. MS Fisheries, Major Advisor: Peter Westley
Amy Darcie Neff. MS Fisheries, Major Advisor: Brenda Norcross
Patrick Barry. PhD Fisheries, Major Advisor: Tony Gharrett
Kelly Cates. PhD Fisheries, Major Advisor: Shannon Atkinson
Jason Leppi. PhD Fisheries, Major Advisor: Mark Wipfli and Daniel Rinella

R/V Sikuliaq

Sikuliaq is in Nome topping off the fuel tanks for Bernard Coakley’s (UAF/GI) cruise into the northern Chukchi Sea. Funded by NSF, the Chukchi Edges II cruise is a 45-day voyage to test hypotheses about formation, composition and structure of the northern edge of the Chukchi Sea continental shelf—aka, the Chukchi Borderland.  This is the longest research voyage ever conducted by Sikuliaq

Activities and Accomplishments

Will Burt was recognized for excellence in reviewing by the American Geophysical Union.

CFOS in the News

The Prince William Sound Science Center featured Kristen Gorman’s Copper River sockeye salmon migration study in their July newsletter.

Congratulations to Mat Wooller, whose research appeared on the cover of Science magazine and in The New York Times, The Daily Mail, CNN, Wired and many other media outlets.

Bernard Coakley’s current Sikuliaq cruise was featured by UAF News and Alaska Native News.

Reliable UK mentioned Peter Westley in a feature story about the impacts of salmon declines on Indigenous subsistence fishermen in Alaska.

Publications

Gonzalez, S., Horne, J.K., and Danielson, S.L. 2021. Multi-scale temporal variability in biological-physical associations in the NE Chukchi Sea. Polar Biology 44(4): 837–855. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-021-02844-1

Haenel, Q., Oke, K.B., Laurentino, T.G., Hendry, A.P., and Berner, D. 2021. Clinical genomic analysis reveals strong reproductive isolation across a steep habitat transition in stickleback fish. Nature Communications 12:4850. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-25039-y

Harke, M.J., Frischkorn, K.R., Hennon, G.M.M., Haley, S.T., Barone, B., Karl, D. M., and Dyhrman, S.T. 2021. Microbial community transcriptional patterns vary in response to mesoscale forcing in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. Environmental Microbiology. https://doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.15677

Jensen, L.T., Lanning, N.T., Marsay, C.M., Buck, C., Aguilar-Islas, A.M., Rember, R., Landing, W.M., Sherrell, R.M., and Fitzsimmons, J.N. 2021. Biogeochemical cycling of colloidal trace metals in the Arctic cryosphere. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 126(8). https://doi.org/10.1029/2021JC017394

Kandel, A., and Aguilar-Islas, A.M., 2021. Spatial and temporal variability of dissolved aluminum and manganese in surface waters of the northern Gulf of Alaska. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 189–190. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2021.104952

Khalsa, N.S., Gatt, K.P., Sutton, T.M., and Kelley, A.L. 2021. Characterization of the abiotic drivers of abundance of nearshore Arctic fishes. Ecology and Evolution 11(16): 11491–11506. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.7940

Krause, J.W., Lomas, M.W., and Danielson, S.L. 2021. Diatom growth, biogenic silica production, and grazing losses to microzooplankton during spring in the northern Bering and Chukchi Seas. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 104950. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2021.104950

Miller, C.A., and Kelley, A.L. 2021. Alkalinity cycling and carbonate chemistry decoupling in seagrass mystify processes of acidification mitigation. Scientific Reports 11:13500. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-92771-2

Miller, C.A., and Kelley, A.L. 2021. Seasonality and biological forcing modify the diel frequency of nearshore pH extremes in a subarctic Alaskan estuary. Limnology and Oceanography 66(4): 1475–1491. https://doi.org/10.1002/lno.11698

Miller, C. A., Bonsell, C., McTigue, N.D., and Kelley, A.L. 2021. The seasonal phases of an Arctic lagoon reveal the discontinuities of pH variability and CO₂ flux at the air–sea interface. Biogeosciences 18:1203–1221. https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-1203-2021

Vestfals C.D., Mueter F.J., Hedstrom K.S., Laurel B.J., Petrik C.M., Duffy-Anderson J.T., and Danielson S.L. 2021. Modeling the dispersal of polar cod (Boreogadus saida) and saffron cod (Eleginus gracilis) early life stages in the Pacific Arctic using a biophysical transport model. Progress in Oceanography 196:102571. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2021.102571

Wooller, M.J., C. Bataille, P. Druckenmiller, G. M. Erickson, P. Groves, N. Haubenstock, T. Howe, J. Irrgeher, D. Mann, K. Moon, B. A. Potter, T. Prohaska, J. Rasic, J. Reuther, B. Shapiro, K. J. Spaleta, and A. D. Willis. 2021. Lifetime mobility of an Arctic woolly mammoth. Science 373(6556): 806–808 https://doi.org/10.1126/science.abg1134

Grants and Awards for July 2021

New awards for CFOS researchers:

  • Grant G-14046 "Stock Assessment of a Valuable Groundfish Species: Lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus) in Prince William Sound" - Katja Berghaus (Trent Sutton) - UA Foundation NGOA - $8,298.00 (July 1, 2021)
  • Grant G-14155 "Gulf of Alaska Deep-Sea Zooplankton - Morphological and genetic analyses of zooplankton communities for nearshore to deep waters of the Gulf of Alaska" - Jennifer Questel - NPRB - $176,700.00 (July 1, 2021)
  • Grant G-14172 "Measuring the pulse of the Gulf of Alaska: Oceanographic observations along the Seward Line 2019-2024" - Russ Hopcroft - NPRB - $120,778.00 (July 1, 2021)
  • Grant G-14179 "MSE for Subsistence Fisheries of the Kuskokwim River Watershed" - Curry Cunningham - Bering Sea Fishermen's Association - $110,710.00 (July 1, 2021)
  • Grant G-14206 "Collaborative Research: Global eddy-driven transport estimated from in situ Lagrangian observations" - Harper Simmons - NSF - $48,256.00 (July 15, 2021)
  • Grant G-14207 "Collaborative Research: Taking the Pulse of the Arctic Ocean - A US Contribution to the International Synoptic Arctic Survey" - Seth Danielson - NSF - $246,814.00 (July 15, 2021)
  • Grant G-14210 "Second Generation consequences of hatchery enhancement of sockeye salmon in Auke Creek, Alaska" - Megan McPhee - Bering Sea Fishermen's Association - $10,735.00 (July 1, 2021)

Grant set up on assumption:

  • Grant G-14241 "Bio-physical drivers of bowhead whale distribution on the Alaskan Beaufort Shelf During a Period of Rapid Environmental Change" - Stephen Okkonen - BOEM - $2,747,838.00 (once awarded) (July 1, 2021)

Grants that received incremental funding:

  • Grant G-8633 "Rasmuson Fisheries Research Center Fellowships" - Bradley Moran - UA Foundation - $250,000.00 (April 1, 2013)
  • Grant G-11709 "LTER: Resilience in the Environmental Mosaic of the Northern Gulf of Alaska (NGA) Shelf Ecosystem" - Russ Hopcroft - NSF - Mod 4 - $1,127,000.00 (September 1, 2017)
  • Grant G-11557 "CAREER: Imaging the global distribution and drivers of the ocean's biological carbon pump" - Andrew McDonnell - NSF - Mod 7 - $79,100.00 (July 1, 2017)
  • Grant G-12178 "University of Alaska Fairbanks/Sikuliaq Ship Operations CY2018-2022" - Bradley Moran - NSF - Mod 9 - $2,157,779.00 (July 1, 2018)
  • Grant G-12804 "CMI Program Administration--Kumar Student Award" - Sonia Kumar (Lara Horstmann) - $25,000.00 (July 1, 2021)
  • Grant G-12804 "CMI Program Admin--Stadler Student Award" - Lindsey Stadler (Katrin Iken) - $12,175.00 (July 1, 2021)
  • Grant G-12819 "Cooperative Training and Research for Alaska Fisheries Science" - Alexei Pinchuk - NOAA - Mod 3 - $180,000.00 (July 1, 2019)
  • Grant G-12819 "Cooperative Training and Research for Alaska Fisheries Science" - Alexei Pinchuk - NOAA - Mod 4 - $75,000.00 (July 1, 2019)
  • Grant G-12935 "Collaborative Research: Characterization of Subduction Channel Processes - Borehole Sampling at Active Serpentinite Mud Volcanoes on the Mariana Forearc" - Geoff Wheat - NSF - Mod 2 - $94,007.00 (September 1, 2019)
  • Grant G-13397 "Subtidal Habitat Mapping in the Cook Inlet Lease Area for Current and Predictive Sea Otter Associations with Habitat" - Elizabeth Hasan - Oil Spill Recovery Institute - Mod 2 - $30,000.00 (April 1, 2020)

Message from the Dean

As recently communicated by UA Interim President Pitney, and consistent with recent changes in CDC guidance in response to an increase in the Delta variant of the virus, today marks a return to wearing face masks on campus for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Please ensure that you comply with this updated university policy to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, and thank you for your cooperation as we look forward to the start of the fall semester this month.

A priority for CFOS is to support the growth of our graduate programs and to foster graduate student research. In this regard, a new strategic investment for the college is the CFOS Dean’s Graduate Student Research Assistantship, with the first assistantship being offered in the coming academic year. Details of this competitive research assistantship were recently conveyed by Associate Dean for Academic Programs Trent Sutton, including the application deadline of August 16, 2019. In addition, each of our department chairs was allocated funds to help support graduate student tuition and related scholarly activities for the upcoming academic year. Despite the continued state budget challenges, going forward my goal is to continue to prioritize the success of our students.

It is a great pleasure to convey that Schery Umanzor has accepted an appointment as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Marine Biology. Based at our Lena Point facility, Schery's research and teaching focus on kelp mariculture represents a key opportunity for the university and Alaska in the burgeoning Blue Economy. Please join me in congratulating Schery on her tenure-track faculty appointment!

Finally, after many years working at UAF and CFOS, today is Carol Kaynor's last day working as our web editor. Please join me in thanking Carol for the incredible work she has accomplished in managing the CFOS website and for her expert editorial work. She will continue to provide assistance on a limited basis to address questions and website issues. Please direct future web-related requests and updates to web@cfos.uaf.edu.

R/V Sikuliaq

Sikuliaq is in Seward preparing for Bernard Coakley’s (UAF/GI) Chukchi Edges II cruise in the northern Chukchi Sea. The purpose of the cruise is to test hypotheses about formation, composition and structure of the northern edge of the Chukchi Sea continental shelf.

Activities and Accomplishments

R/V Nanuq supported Amy Bishop and her team for drone surveys of bird colonies in the Chiswell Islands and Cape Resurrection. Natalie Monacci will use Nanuq to maintain the GAKOA buoy in Sunny Cove.

CFOS in the News

Shannon Atkinson and Heidi Pearson were featured in a NOAA Fisheries story about humpback whale research in Juneau.

Publications

Larsen Tempel, J.T., S. Wise, T.Q. Osborne, K. Sparks, and S. Atkinson. 2021. Life without ice: Perceptions of environmental impacts on marine resources and subsistence users of St. Lawrence Island. Ocean and Coastal Management 212:105819. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2021.105819

Pickett, B.M., J.R. Glass, P.G. Ridge, and J.S.K. Kauwe. 2021. De novo genome assembly of the marine teleost, bluefin trevally (Caranx melampygus). G3 Genes|Genomes|Genetics. https://doi.org/10.1093/g3journal/jkab229

Walther, E.J., M. Zimmerman, and P.AH. Westley. 2021. Landscape attributes explain salmonid ecological neighbourhoods across a complex river network. Freshwater Biology 00:1–19. https://doi.org/10.1111/fwb.13801

Wright T., R. Davis , H. Pearson, M. Murray, and M. Sheffield-Moore. 2021. Skeletal muscle thermogenesis enables aquatic life in the smallest marine mammal. Science 373:223225. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.abf4557

Message from the Dean

With the start of fall semester now just weeks away, we will soon welcome back many new and current students to our college. We can be proud that, despite the challenges, enrollment has continued to tick up over the past few years, reaching an all-time high last year, and we anticipate another solid enrollment for the coming academic year. We also welcome our new tenure-track faculty hire, Jessica Glass, who will start her first academic year in the Department of Fisheries.

Plans are underway to host the fall meeting of the CFOS Advisory Council, which will be held in person on the Fairbanks campus on Tuesday, September 28. This will be a full-day meeting, and will include meetings with our students, staff and faculty. Please stay tuned for details.

The Dean’s Office and Dean’s Advisory Committee are starting to plan the third all-hands faculty retreat. At this time, we plan to host the retreat for a full day at the Captain Cook Hotel on Sunday, January 23, preceding the start of the 2022 Alaska Marine Science Symposium. The retreat agenda will be developed with input from faculty and staff.

Thank you all for your continued dedication to our mission to deliver excellence in fisheries and ocean sciences research, education and outreach for the benefit of Alaska and the nation.

R/V Sikuliaq

Sikuliaq is underway for Kris Newhall’s (WHOI) OOI Papa cruise, which will recover, service and redeploy moorings and gliders at Ocean Station Papa in the North Pacific Ocean.

Activities and Accomplishments

Mark Johnson gave the talk “Opening of the Arctic for Shipping and Resource Extraction and the Role that Alaska Will Play” as part of UAF’s Discover Alaska series.

Gwenn Hennon gave the talk "Diatoms on thin ice: sensitivity and resiliency to anthropogenic change in the Alaskan Arctic" at the Molecular Life of Diatoms 6 conference held July 12–14, 2021.

CFOS in the News

Will Burt, Curry Cunningham and the Tamamta program were mentioned in a UAF News announcement about NASA funding for oceanographic research in the Gulf of Alaska.

The summer edition of UAF’s Aurora magazine highlights CFOS research about warm water in the Arctic, Chinook salmon size, and sea urchins in the Aleutian Islands. The issue also features Mat Wooller’s research at the Alaska Stable Isotope Facility.

KDLG radio in Dillingham ran a story about Milo Adkison’s summer field course in fisheries management.

Amanda Kelley and graduate students Shelby Bacus and Marina Washburn were featured in a video produced by AOOS about the impacts of ocean acidification on juvenile pink salmon.

Publications

Chenoweth, E.M., K.M. Boswell, A.S. Friedlaender, M.V. McPhee, J.A. Burrows, R.A. Heintz, and J.M. Straley. 2021. Confronting assumptions about prey selection by lunge‐feeding whales using a process‐based model. Functional Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.13852

Jalbert, C.S. J.A. Falke, J.A. López, K.J. Dunker, A.J. Sepulveda, and P.A.H. Westley. 2021. Vulnerability of Pacific salmon to invasion of northern pike (Esox lucius) in Southcentral Alaska. PLoS ONE 16(7): e0254097.>https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0254097

Melica, V., S. Atkinson, D. Gendron, J. Calambokidis, and F. Mueter. 2021. Blubber endocrine profiles provide insights into reproductive biology in blue whales from the eastern North Pacific Ocean. General and Comparative Endocrinology 310:113830. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ygcen.2021.113830

Phelps, S.R., G.M.M. Hennon, S.T. Dyhrman, M.D.H. Limón, O.M. Williamson, and P.J. Polissar. 2021. Carbon isotope fractionation in Noelaerhabdaceae algae in culture and a critical evaluation of the alkenone paleobarometer. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 22(7): e2021GC009657. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021GC009657

Siegel, D., et al. [authors include A.M.P. McDonnell]. 2021. An operational overview of the EXport Processes in the Ocean from RemoTe Sensing (EXPORTS) Northeast Pacific field deployment. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene 9(1): 00107. https://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.2020.00107

van Putten, I., R. Kelly, R.D. Cavanagh, E.J. Murphy, A. Breckwoldt, S. Brodie, C. Cvitanovic, M. Dickey-Collas, L. Maddison, J. Melbourne-Thomas, H. Arrizabalaga, K. Azetsu-Scott, L.E. Beckley, R. Bellerby, A.J. Constable, G. Cowie, K. Evans, M. Glaser, J. Hall, A.J. Hobday, N.M. Johnston, J.K. Llopiz, F. Mueter, F.E. Muller-Karger, K.C. Weng, D. Wolf-Gladrow, and J.C. Xavier. 2021. A decade of incorporating social sciences in the Integrated Marine Biosphere Research Project (IMBeR): Much done, much to do? Frontiers in Marine Science 8:662350. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2021.662350

Message from the Dean

As we have now closed out the first half of the year, it is worth reflecting on some of our key milestones and accomplishments to date. Since January, we held the first CFOS Advisory Council meeting, established a new CFOS Diversity Committee, continued to expand our course delivery through asynchronous modality, are developing a new Master of Marine Policy degree jointly with our colleagues at UAS, appointed the first Frank and Marjorie Meek Chair in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, and welcomed new faculty, staff and students to the college.

There is much to be proud of at CFOS, and the recognition of our high-quality academic and research programs and operation of national facilities is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our faculty, staff and students. Thank you for all your good work.

Wishing everyone a safe and relaxing Fourth of July holiday weekend.

R/V Sikuliaq

Sikuliaq is underway for Russ Hopcroft’s (UAF/CFOS) Northern Gulf of Alaska Long-Term Ecological Research (NGA LTER) project.

Activities and Accomplishments

Andy Seitz gave the talk “Can clean energy and fish co-exist?” as part of UAF’s Discover Alaska series.

R/V Nanuq was used to test how unmanned aerial systems might help monitor populations of seabirds in the Gulf of Alaska.

CFOS in the News

KNOM radio featured a story on Robert Mason’s (UCONN) recent Sikuliaq cruise, which explored how climate change may increase levels of mercury in the Arctic Ocean and affect marine mammals and fish.

Publications

Ulaski, B.P., and B. Konar. 2021. Direct release of embryonic sporophytes from adult Nereocystis luetkeana (Laminariales, Ochrophyta) in a high latitude estuary. Algae 36(2): 147–154. https://doi.org/10.4490/algae.2021.36.5.10

Umanzor, S., J.M. Sandoval-Gil, M. Sanchez-Barredo, L.B. Ladah, M.-M. Ramirez-García, and J.A. Zertuche-González. 2021. Short-term stress responses and recovery of giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera, Laminariales, Phaeophyceae) juvenile sporophytes to a simulated marine heatwave and nitrate scarcity. Journal of Phycology. https://doi.org/10.1111/jpy.13189

Grants and Awards for June 2021

New awards for CFOS researchers:

  • Grant G-14101 "Tactical Naval Sensing: Regional 3D Oceanic Conditions" - Harper Simmons - University of California, San Diego - $80,000.00 (June 1, 2021)
  • Grant G-14117 "Relaxed Selection in Salmon Hatcheries - Year 2" - Milo Adkison - Pacific Salmon Commission - $112,000.00 (May 15, 2021)

Grants that received incremental funding:

  • Grant G-11744 "Synthesizing Optically-and Carbon Export-Relevant Particle Size Distributions for the EXPORTS Field Campaign" - Andrew McDonnell - University of California Santa Barbara - Mod 4 - $105,116.00 (September 15, 2017)

Grants controlled by another department:

  • Grant G-14145 "PR643395: Tanana River Test Site Use and Support" - Andrew Seitz - AK Center for Energy and Power - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory PNNL - $5,430.00 (June 1, 2021)
Message from the Dean

Last Friday was Juneteenth, a date commemorating the end of slavery in our nation—and now an official federal holiday. I again encourage everyone to stand together against all forms of racism.

Please join me in welcoming CFOS fisheries student Katja Berghaus as the Dean’s Office front desk assistant, replacing Mikayla Grunin.

Finally, summer solstice has now passed, which is all the more reason to spend time outside and enjoy the Alaska summer.

R/V Sikuliaq

Sikuliaq is in Seward for repairs on the port thruster and to get ready for Dr. Russ Hopcroft’s (UAF/CFOS) Northern Gulf of Alaska Long-Term Ecological Research project. The NGA LTER voyage is scheduled to depart Seward on Sunday, June 27.

Activities and Accomplishments

Ph.D. student Katja Berghaus was awarded the highly competitive Kathryn E. and John P. Doyle Scholarship, which supports female students studying science at the University of Alaska.

Professor Andy Seitz has been appointed the first Frank and Marjorie Meek Endowed Chair in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Congratulations, Andy!

CFOS in the News

KTUU and the Nome Nugget featured Harper Simmons’ research on ocean warming in the Arctic.

Natalie Monacci was recognized in the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network’s Pier Review newsletter for her work mentoring the Nigerian Maritime University Ocean Acidification Team through the Pier2Peer Network.

Publications

Abernethy, E.F., J.D. Muehlbauer, T.A. Kennedy, J.D. Tonkin, R. Van Driesche and D.A. Lytle. 2021. Hydropeaking intensity and dam proximity limit aquatic invertebrate diversity in the Colorado River Basin. Ecosphere 12(6): e03559. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.3559

Jiang, L.-Q., R.A. Feely, R. Wanninkhof, D. Greeley, L. Barbero, S. Alin, B.R. Carter, D. Pierrot, C. Featherstone, J. Hooper, C. Melrose, N. Monacci, et al. 2021. Coastal Ocean Data Analysis Product in North America (CODAP-NA)—an internally consistent data product for discrete inorganic carbon, oxygen, and nutrients on the North American ocean margins. Earth System Science Data 13(6): 2777–2799. https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-13-2777-2021

Message from the Dean

At the request of UA Interim President Pitney and UAS Chancellor Carey, CFOS and the University of Alaska Southeast have been working together to develop a proposal for a new Master of Marine Policy (MMP) degree program. Keith Criddle, the UAF Ted Stevens Distinguished Professor of Marine Policy, has been leading the CFOS effort in conjunction with faculty at UAS. In the coming days, we will solicit input on the draft program from CFOS and UAS faculty, as well as provide an update to the president and Chancellor Carey. While there is still a ways to go in defining the final program and garnering final approval from UA senior leadership and the Board of Regents, our goal is to have this new degree program offered jointly by UAF/CFOS and UAS and open to enrollment by the 2022 fall semester. This is another example of CFOS and UAS faculty and staff working toward a common goal in support of fisheries and marine science research and education for the benefit of Alaska.

Wishing everyone a happy National Ocean Month and World Oceans Day tomorrow.

R/V Sikuliaq

Sikuliaq is underway in support of Dr. Robert Mason’s (UCONN) mercury cycling study, which consists of a transect from open water through the marginal ice zone and into ice-covered regions in the Bering and Chukchi Seas. The voyage is scheduled to end in Seward on June 14.

Activities and Accomplishments

Russ Hopcroft was awarded Alaska Sikuliaq Program funding for Sikuliaq ship-time in support of Northern Gulf of Alaska Long-term Ecological Research program cruises in 2022.

Last Thursday, Dean Moran gave a “Did You Know” presentation to the UA Board of Regents that highlighted CFOS academic and research programs and major facilities, which was part of a larger presentation on Alaska’s Blue Economy. The presentation included a recorded interview with NOAA director and CFOS alum Dr. Robert Foy.

UAF’s underwater glider Shackleton was the first glider to transit from Prince William Sound to Resurrection Bay. After the 20-day journey, the glider was successfully recovered by CFOS’s vessel R/V Nanuq last week.

Graduate student Lauren Sutton was awarded the highly competitive Kathryn E. and John P. Doyle Scholarship. Each year two undergraduate and two graduate students receive the award, which supports female students studying science at the University of Alaska.

CFOS in the News

Lara Horstmann was mentioned in a Fairbanks Daily News-Miner feature story about a bowhead whale skeleton suspended at the University of Alaska Museum of the North.

The Mountain Research Initiative featured Gwenn Hennon in a photo essay about the receding Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska.

Katrin Iken was featured in a story published by the Austrian Polar Research Institute regarding her recent paper about the ecology of the Chukchi Borderland marine region.

In their newsletter Ocean News Weekly, the Consortium of Ocean Leadership highlighted Franz Mueter and CFOS alum Casey Clark’s work to enable scientists to better gauge how centuries of fossil fuel emissions could be skewing data collected from the marine environment.

UAF News ran a story on Brenda Konar’s appointment as the new principal investigator and project director of NSF’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) “Fire and Ice” research project.

Harper Simmons talked about ocean warming in the Arctic on KYUK radio.

Publications

Hinkle, E., and N.B. Ford. 2021. Reproductive traits of North American Cajun dwarf crayfish (Cambarellus shufeldtii) from the Neches River National Wildlife Refuge. The Southwestern Naturalist 65(1): 56–60. https://doi.org/10.1894/0038-4909-65.1.56

Moran, S.B. 2021. Workforce development and leadership training for the new blue economy. In: L. Hotaling and R. Spinrad, eds. Preparing the Workforce for the New Blue Economy: People, Products and Policies. Elsevier, pp. 407–416. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-821431-2.00002-0

Vershinina, A.O., P.D. Heintzman, D.G. Froese, G. Zazula, M. Cassatt-Johnstone, L. Dalén, C. Der Sarkissian, S.G. Dunn, L. Ermini, C. Gamba, P. Groves, J.D. Kapp, D.H. Mann, A. Seguin-Orlando, J. Southon, M. Stiller, M.J. Wooller, et al. 2021. Ancient horse genomes reveal the timing and extent of dispersals across the Bering Land Bridge. Molecular Ecology. http://doi.org/10.1111/mec.15977

Zhulay, I., B.A. Bluhm, P.E. Renaud, R. Degen, and K. Iken. 2021. Functional pattern of benthic epifauna in the Chukchi Borderland, Arctic deep sea. Frontiers in Marine Science 8:609956. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2021.609956

Grants and Awards for May 2021

New awards for CFOS researchers:

  • Grant G-14081 "Large Payload Delivery AUV Study" - C. Geoff Wheat - ONR - $199,055.00 (May 11, 2021)
  • Grant G-14099 "Life History, variability and mixed-stock analysis of Dolly Varden in the Noatak River FY21" - Andrew Seitz - ADFG - $7,634.00 (April 1, 2020)

Grants that received incremental funding:

  • Grant G-2218 "Administration of PCCRC" - Keith Criddle - UA Foundation PCCRC - $42,000.00 (January 1, 2005)
  • Grant G-3163 "Ted Stevens Distinguished Professor of Marine Policy" - Keith Criddle - UA Foundation - $220,000.00 (April 1, 2006)
  • Grant G-12114 "Inertial and Turbulent Processes in the Iceland Basin: A Proposal to the Near Inertial Shear and Kinetic Energy in the North Atlantic Experiment (NISKINE) Departmental Research Initiative" - Harper Simmons - ONR - Mod 4 - $207,035.00 (April 15, 2018)
  • Grant G-13303 "Collaborative Research: A High Resolution Multi-Tracer Biogeochemical Study of the Pacific Arctic" - Dean Stockwell - NSF - Mod 1 - $44,325.00 (April 1, 2020)
  • Grant G-13353 "Spatiotemporal dynamics of chum salmon bycatch in the Bering Sea" - Megan McPhee - UA Foundation PCCRC - $47,551.00 (May 1, 2020)
  • Grant G-13354 "Nutritional consequences of changes in phytoplankton community structure" - Sarah Mincks - UA Foundation PCCRC - $35,775.00 (April 1, 2020)
  • Grant G-13545 "Evaluation of Spatio-temporal Methods for Standardizing Data from Multiple Fishery-Independent Surveys in the GOA and BSAI" - Curry Cunningham - UA Foundation PCCRC - $78,066.00 (August 1, 2020)
Message from the Dean

On June 3, CFOS will be featured as part of the Did You Know series of presentations to the UA Board of Regents. As part of this Regents’ meeting, it will be my pleasure to interview one of our outstanding alumni, Bob Foy, Science and Research Director of the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center. This will be followed by presentations focused on the Blue Economy by CFOS, UAS and Alaska Sea Grant, showcasing the depth and diversity of our collective academic, research and outreach programs that bring significant benefits to Alaska and the nation.

Effective June 30, Brenda Konar will step down as associate dean for research and director of the Institute of Marine Science (IMS) and the Coastal Marine Institute (CMI), and will begin work as the project director and lead PI for EPSCoR Fire and Ice. Brenda has served as associate dean for nearly 7 years, providing support for our research enterprise and major facilities. In addition to her own robust research and teaching programs as professor in the department of marine biology, Brenda has played a key role in fostering collaborative research initiatives, securing funding for a new research faculty position in mariculture, recruiting other new research faculty, and working with the National Science Foundation and the university to develop the Community and Environmental Compliance Standard Operating Procedures (CECSOP) for Sikuliaq research operations. Brenda will remain a faculty member in CFOS, and we look forward to her continued success. Please join me in thanking Brenda for her outstanding university service.

I am pleased to announce that Jennifer Reynolds has agreed to serve a one-year term as interim associate dean for research and director of IMS and CMI. Jennifer brings significant experience in research administration as a former director of NURP and IMS. Please join me in congratulating Jennifer on her new appointment.

Finally, it is a pleasure to announce that Laura Frisone is the new CFOS HR coordinator. As a former university employee in the Office of Information and Technology, she brings experience in university and HR operations. Today is her first day on the job. Please join me in welcoming Laura to the CFOS team.

R/V Sikuliaq

Tyler Hennon’s (UAF/CFOS) Bering and Aleutian Internal Tide Mixing (BAIT MIX) cruise, which was supported by the Alaska Sikuliaq Program, has been completed. Sikuliaq is currently underway in support of Dr. Robert Mason’s (UCONN) project, which is investigating how changes in sea-ice conditions are impacting the role of mercury and methylmercury in the Arctic Ocean food web.

Activities and Accomplishments

CFOS researchers presented flash talks at UAF’s Arctic Research Open House, which was hosted by the International Arctic Research Center. A Facebook Live video recording of the event is available, and UAF’s YouTube channel has a playlist of talks by participating researchers, including Shelby Bacus, Katrin Iken, Mark Johnson, Erika King, Brenda Konar, Natalie Monacci and Lindsey Stadler.

Graduate student Brain Ulaski recently presented an overview of projects conducted at the Kasitsna Bay Laboratory to Lathrop High School.

Gwenn Hennon participated in Joy Elementary School's Earth Week with a presentation and student activity, “The hidden world within sea ice,” which was developed with support from the Coastal Marine Institute.

CFOS in the News

EurekaAlerts and UAF News mentioned Franz Mueter and CFOS alumni Casey Clark in a press release about a new tool that will allow scientists to better gauge how centuries of fossil fuel emissions could be skewing the data they collect from marine environments.

A recent study by Alexei Pinchuk that includes visualizations of how warming waters impact Alaska’s marine ecosystem was featured in Golden Software, Inc.

Mat Wooller’s research was mentioned in a NOAA feature story about information that seal whiskers provide to scientists.

Trent Sutton, CFOS graduate students Kyle Gatt and Carolyn Hamman, and alumni Justin Priest and Duncan Green were featured in the American Fisheries Society Alaska Chapter’s newsletter, Oncorhynchus, regarding the Beaufort Sea Long-Term Nearshore Fish Monitoring Program.

Peter Westley was quoted in a story by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner about food retailers that are changing guidelines because of shrinking salmon sizes.

Harper Simmons appeared in a Fairbanks Daily News-Miner story about the importance of warm Pacific water in melting sea ice in the Arctic.

Publications

Bucklin, A., K.T.C.A. Peijnenburg, K.N. Kosobokova, T.D. O'Brien, L. Blanco-Bercial, A. Cornils, T. Falkenhaug, R.R. Hopcroft, A. Hosia, S. Laakmann, C. Li, L. Martell, J.M. Questel, D. Wall-Palmer, M. Wang, P.H. Wiebe, and A. Weydmann-Zwolicka. 2021. Toward a global reference database of COI barcodes for marine zooplankton. Marine Biology 168:78. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-021-03887-y

Clark, C.T., M.R. Cape, M.D. Shapley, F.J. Mueter, B.P. Finney, and N. Misarti. 2021. SuessR: Regional corrections for the effects of anthropogenic CO2 on δ13C data from marine organisms. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.13622

Message from the Dean

It is a pleasure to recognize the CFOS staff members who were honored last week at the annual UAF Staff Recognition event. These individuals and all of our hardworking staff help to ensure that CFOS operates efficiently and effectively. Please join me in congratulating the following employees for their dedicated service to CFOS and to the university: Caitlin Smoot, Jonathan Pierce, Paul St. Onge and Sarah Spanos (5 years of service); John Pender (10 years of service).

Spring is here with warmer temps and trees budding—I hope everyone is able to safely enjoy some of our spectacular outdoors.

R/V Sikuliaq

Sikuliaq is underway for Tyler Hennon’s (UAF/CFOS) Bering and Aleutian Internal Tide Mixing (BAIT MIX) project, a pilot study on the bottom-up and top-down controls on fish populations in order to ensure the health and sustainability of fisheries.

Activities and Accomplishments

The underwater glider Shackleton, part of the UAF glider fleet, was deployed in Cordova and is currently performing the first crossing of the Gulf of Alaska. Hank Statscewich will retrieve it using R/V Nanuq.

Graduate student Courtney Hart was selected as a Goering Family Fellowship recipient with a $1,000 scholarship for the 2021–2022 academic year.

Samuel May has received Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean and Ecosystem Studies funding to join CFOS and the lab of Peter Westley as a postdoctoral researcher to work on modeling the reproductive success of hatchery and wild salmon.

CFOS in the News

KOTZ radio and the Nome Nugget featured Harper Simmons in a story about warm water melting sea ice in the Arctic. Simmons, Seth Danielson and Thilo Klenz were mentioned in UAF News and Arctic Sounder stories about the research.

Bloomberg Green quoted Peter Westley in an article about how shrinking salmon body sizes have impacted the food industry.

Shannon Atkinson was mentioned in an Eos article about the lingering effects of the Pacific marine heatwave from 2014 to 2016 in the Gulf of Alaska.

The Bulletin of Marine Science featured a paper by Jessica Glass about predatory trevally in the Indo-Pacific.

Publications

Alabia, I.D., J. García Molinos, T. Hirata, F.J. Mueter, T. Hirawake, and S.-I. Saitoh. 2021. Marine biodiversity refugia in a climate-sensitive subarctic shelf. Global Change Biology. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.15632

Courtney, M.B., M. Evans, K.R. Shedd, and A.C. Seitz. 2021. Understanding the behavior and ecology of Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) on an important feeding ground in the Gulf of Alaska. Environmental Biology of Fishes 104:357–373. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10641-021-01083-x

Glass, J.R., S.R. Santos, J.S.K. Kauwe, and B.D. Pickett. 2021. Phylogeography of two marine predators, giant trevally (Caranx ignobilis) and bluefin trevally (Caranx melampygus), across the Indo-Pacific. Bulletin of Marine Science 97(2): 257–280. https://doi.org/10.5343/bms.2019.0114

Johnson, M.A., A.V. Marchenko, D.O. Dammann, and A.R. Mahoney. 2021. Observing wind-forced flexural-gravity waves in the Beaufort Sea and their relationship to sea ice mechanics. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 9(5): 471. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse9050471

Smith, A.N., G.M.M. Hennon, E.R. Zinser, B.C. Calfee, J.W. Chandler, and A.D. Barton. 2021. Comparing Prochlorococcus temperature niches in the lab and across ocean basins. Limnology and Oceanography. https://doi.org/10.1002/lno.11777

Vestfals, C.D., F.J. Mueter, K.S. Hedstrom, B.J. Laurel, C.M. Petrik, J.T. Duffy-Anderson, and S.L. Danielson. 2021. Modeling the dispersal of polar cod (Boreogadus saida) and saffron cod (Eleginus gracilis) early life stages in the Pacific Arctic using a biophysical transport model. Progress in Oceanography 102571. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2021.102571

Grants and Awards for April 2021

New awards:

  • Grant G-13997 "US Science Support Program Office associated with the International Ocean Discovery Program (USSSP-IDOP)" - Geoff Wheat - Columbia University - $79,816.00 (April 1, 2021)
  • Grant G-14007 "2021 NGOA Award for Lee" - Peter Westley (Madeline Lee) - UA Foundation - $11,000.00 (March 1, 2021)
  • Grant G-14016 "Evaluating Factors Adult Mortality CRSS" - Kristen Gorman - Alaska Department of Fish & Game - $64,999.00 (March 1, 2021)
  • Grant G-14031 "Hilcorp Arctic Fisheries Study 2022" - Trent Sutton - Hilcorp Alaska LLC - $41,560.00 (January 1, 2021)
  • Grant G-14040 "Shifting the Baseline for Salmon Escapement Goals: Causes and Solutions" - Milo Adkison - Alaska Department of Fish & Game - $74,648.00 (March 1, 2021)

Grants that received incremental funding:

  • Grant G-11400 "Long Term Monitoring: Ecological Communities in Kachemak Bay, Phase 2" - Katrin Iken - Prince William Sound Science Center - Mod 4 - $52.930.00 (February 1, 2017)
  • Grant G-11408 "Environmental Drivers: Seward Line" - Russ Hopcroft - Prince William Sound Science Center - Mod 4 - $134,400.00 (February 1, 2017)
  • Grant G-11485 "Long-Term Monitoring of the Alaska Coastal Current" - Seth Danielson - Prince William Sound Science Center - Mod 4 - $116,900.00 (February 1, 2017)
  • Grant G-11625 "Modeling of Near Surface Stratification Processes in the Bay of Bengal: A proposal to the MISO-DRI" - Harper Simmons - Office of Naval Research - $114,055.00 (August 1, 2017)
  • Grant G-12804 "Coastal Marine Institute Program Administration 2019-2024" - Brenda Konar - BOEM - Mod 2 - $89,702.00 (May 1, 2019)
  • Grant G-12127 "University of Alaska Fairbanks/Sikuliaq Oceanographic Technical Support - Year 1 of 5" - Ethan Roth - NSF - Mod 8 - $863,401.00 (June 15, 2018)
  • Grant G-13193 "CY2019 Navy-funded cruises on R/V Sikuliaq" - Douglas Baird Jr. - Office of Naval Research - Mod 2 - $2,294,800.00 (August 5, 2019)
  • Grant G-13323 "University of Alaska Fairbanks/Sikuliaq Oceanographic Instrumentation" - Ethan Roth - Mod 1 - $340,000.00 (April 1, 2020)

Grant and grant fund controlled by another department:

  • Grant G-12834 "Alaska INBRE-4 One Health" - Amanda Kelley - AK INBRE CD Award - $46,500.00 (March 1, 2021)
  • Grant G-13079 "Landfast Ice Climatology within the Arctic OCS" - Seth Danielson - GI - BOEM - Mod 2 - $127,226.00 (September 24, 2019)
Message from the Dean

As we conclude the spring 2021 semester, I would like to reiterate my appreciation to our dedicated students, staff and faculty for your perseverance and collective energy in advancing the mission of CFOS. Please note that on Thursday, April 29, CFOS will host a virtual graduation celebration. Details on how to connect to the CFOS event have been shared and are available from Christina Sutton.

I am delighted to convey that Stephanie Madsen has accepted Chancellor White’s appointment to the CFOS Advisory Council. As executive director of the At-sea Processors Association and an elected director serving on the board of the UA Foundation, Stephanie has been an ardent supporter of the university and of the diverse research and education programs in CFOS, particularly in fisheries. Please join me in congratulating Stephanie on her recent appointment.

Last, please join me in congratulating associate professor Seth Danielson on being awarded tenure, and Alexei Pinchuk on his promotion to research professor.

2021 Dean’s Recognition Awards

Outstanding Advisor: Katrin Iken
Outstanding Instructor: Courtney Carothers
Outstanding Public Service: Peter Westley
Outstanding Researcher: Russ Hopcroft
Outstanding Staff: Hank Statscewich
Outstanding R/V Sikuliaq Crew Member: Christoph Gabaldo
Outstanding Graduate: Eric Walther
Outstanding Undergraduate: Brian Zhang

Spring 2021 graduates

Ashley Bolwerk. MS Fisheries, Major Advisor: Ginny Eckert
Kyle Gatt. MS Fisheries, Major Advisor: Trent Sutton
Sonia Ibarra. PhD Fisheries, Major Advisor: Ginny Eckert
Nina Lundstrom. MS Fisheries, Major Advisor: Anne Beaudreau
Eric Walther. MS Fisheries, Major Advisor: Peter Westley
Christopher Latty. PhD Marine Biology, Major Advisor: Tuula Hollmen
Mary (Katie) McCabe. MS Marine Biology, Major Advisor: Brenda Konar
Channing Bolt. PhD Oceanography, Major Advisor: Ana Aguilar-Islas
Dmitry Brazhnikov. PhD Oceanography, Major Advisor: Harper Simmons
Hanna Hellen. BS Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
Nana Matsui. BS Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
Robert (Eric) Rowe. BS Fisheries
Tazia Wagner. BS Fisheries

Student awards

Outstanding overall student/Dean's Choice Award: Brian Zhang
Leadership Award: Feyne Elmore
Outstanding Senior: Sadie Oswald
Outstanding Junior: Kortney Birch
Outstanding Sophomore: Kyleigh McArthur
Outstanding Freshman: Shelby Thompson

R/V Sikuliaq

Sikuliaq is underway for Dr. Russ Hopcroft’s (UAF/CFOS) Northern Gulf of Alaska Long-Term Ecological Research (NGA LTER) spring research voyage. This is the first of two NGA LTER voyages aboard Sikuliaq in 2021. The second is scheduled for late June to mid-July.

Activities and Accomplishments

Kristen Gorman gave a presentation to the Marine Biology class at Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, discussing her work on Copper River sockeye salmon migration energetics.

Olivia Edwards won best MS oral presentation at the recent Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society meeting.

Chris Sergeant was chosen to be in the 2021 cohort of Wilburforce Leaders in Conservation Science.

CFOS in the News

Footage from R/V Sikuliaq was featured in a University of California San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography video showing how warm water enters the Arctic and melts ice from below.

Greenwave featured Schery Umanzor’s research on nutrient extraction by farmed kelp.

Andy Seitz and Peter Westley were featured in a KYUK article about how marine predation may affect the body size of spawning Yukon River Chinook salmon.

Publications

Callahan, M.W., A.H. Beaudreau, R. Heintz, and F. Mueter. 2021. First winter energy allocation in juvenile sablefish Anoplopoma fimbria, a fast growing marine piscivore. Marine Ecology Progress Series 663:145–156. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps13641

Kelly, A., J.H. Miller, M.J. Wooller, C.T. Seaton, P. Druckenmiller, and L. DeSantis. 2021. Dietary paleoecology of bison and horses on the mammoth steppe of eastern Beringia based on dental microwear and mesowear analyses. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 572:110394. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2021.110394

MacKinnon, J.A., H.L. Simmons, J. Hargrove, J. Thomson, T. Peacock, M.H. Alford, B.I. Barton, S. Boury, S.D. Brenner, N. Couto, S.L. Danielson, E.C. Fine, H.C. Graber, J. Guthrie, J.E. Hopkins, S.R. Jayne, C. Jeon, T. Klenz, C.M. Lee, Y-D Lenn, A.J. Lucas, B. Lund, C. Mahaffey, L. Norman, L. Rainville, M.M. Smith, L.N. Thomas, S. Torres-Valdés, and K.R. Wood. 2021. A warm jet in a cold ocean. Nature Communications 12:2418. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-22505-5

Williams, B.C., K.R. Criddle, and G.H. Kruse. 2021. An agent-based model to optimize transboundary management for the walleye pollock (Gadus chalcogrammus) fishery in the Gulf of Alaska. Natural Resource Modeling. https://doi.org/10.1111/nrm.12305

Message from the Dean

For those residing in Fairbanks, I hope that you have shoveled out, still have a roof overhead, and have otherwise returned to normalcy after the Snowmageddon event on Easter weekend. At the least the Fairbanks ski season has been extended!

Beginning in 2015, the state of Alaska has provided $500,000 annually to support research and education programs conducted by UAF-based researchers and collaborators aboard Sikuliaq. As operator of Sikuliaq, CFOS facilitates the allocation of these state funds through the competitive Alaska Sikuliaq Program (ASP). The deadline for the CY2022 proposal submission is April 30.

Finally, it is a pleasure to welcome Mikayla Grunin as our new Front Desk Assistant in the Dean’s Office—welcome aboard, Mikayla!

R/V Sikuliaq

Sikuliaq is currently transiting from Newport, Oregon, to Seward. After the ship arrives in Seward, preparations will begin for the first of two Northern Gulf of Alaska Long-Term Ecological Research voyages for Russ Hopcroft (UAF/CFOS).

Activities and Accomplishments

CFOS students presented posters at the 2021 Research and Creative Activity Days Award Ceremony to share research supported by UAF’s Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity (URSA) program.

  • Talia Davis: “Ocean water and blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) samples create baseline for climate change and pollution indicators and strengthen data sovereignty for the Tlingit community of Kake, Alaska” (CFOS Dean’s Choice Honorable Mention)
  • Feyne Elmore: “Effects of salinity and minerals on zooplankton abundance and structure in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska”
  • Amanda Franz: “The influence of acclimation temperatures on the mRNA expression driving thermotolerance in broad whitefish Coregonus nasus
  • Hanna Hellen: “Differences in stable isotope signatures between Chukchi Sea and Southern Beaufort Sea polar bears”
  • Thomas House: “Differences in isotopic signatures among Arctic grayling in the Yukon River Watershed”
  • Molly Piscoya and Roger Maldonado: “Histological analyses of male lingcod reproductive tissues in Prince William Sound”
  • Will Samuel: “Analysis of the Cripple Creek project: Assessing the effects of fish passage improvements and habitat enhancement” (CFOS Dean’s Choice Award)
  • Emily Williamson: “Phytoplankton diversity and abundance along a glacial gradient in Kachemak Bay, Alaska”

At the recent Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society meeting, the following CFOS students received the highest scores for their presentations:

  • Undergraduate oral presentation: Will Samuel, “Analysis of the Cripple Creek project: Assessing the effects of fish passage improvements and habitat enhancement”
  • MS poster presentation: Carolyn Hamman, “Detection of Arctic cod Boreogadus saida using eDNA in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska”
  • PhD poster presentation: Chris Sergeant, “How will Pacific salmon in Alaska respond to changes in streamflow and water temperature?”
CFOS in the News

Andy Seitz and Peter Westley spoke on a KYUK radio show about their research on late-stage marine mortality of Yukon River Chinook salmon.

CFOS, the Seward Marine Center, Gillian Braver and Amanda Kelley were mentioned in an article in the Seward Journal about the success of the 2021 Tsunami Bowl. The event was also mentioned by UAF News and the Juneau Empire.

Feyne Elmore was mentioned in UAF News for receiving a 2021 Barry Goldwater Scholarship.

Publications

Jones, B.R., A.L. Kelley, and S.L. Mincks. 2021. Changes to benthic community structure may impact organic matter consumption on Pacific Arctic shelves. Conservation Physiology 9(1): coab007. https://doi.org/10.1093/conphys/coab007

McIntosh Marcek, H.A., L.F.W. Lesack, B.N. Orcutt, C.G. Wheat, S.R. Dallimore, K. Geeves, and L.L. Lapham. 2021. Continuous dynamics of dissolved methane over two years and its carbon isotopes (δ13C, Δ14C) in a small Arctic lake in the Mackenzie Delta. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 126(3): e2020JG006038. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020JG006038

Meyer, K.A., L.V. Chiaramonte, and J.B. Reynolds. 2021. The 100-watt method: A protocol for backpack electrofishing in small streams. Fisheries 46(3):125–130. https://doi.org/10.1002/fsh.10535

Weitzman, B., and B. Konar. 2021. Biological correlates of sea urchin recruitment in kelp forest and urchin barren habitats. Marine Ecology Progress Series 663:115–125. https://doi.org/663:115-125

Grants and Awards for March 2021

New awards:

  • Grant G-13919 "The Student Observing Sikuliaq Information (SOSSI) Program" - Will Burt - NPRB - $19,997.00 (March 1, 2021)
  • Grant G-13964 "Cooperative Institute for Modeling the Earth System" - Seth Danielson - Princeton University - $100,000.00 (October 1, 2020)
  • Grant G-13970 "2021 BWT Bottom Sampling Support, Analyses, and Report" - Arny Blanchard - Alyeska Pipeline Service Company - $69,854.00 (January 1, 2021)
  • Grant G-13993 "University of Alaska Fairbanks/Sikuliaq Oceanographic Instrumentation - 2021" - Ethan Roth - NSF - $89,615.00 (March 15, 2021)
  • Grant G-13994 "University of Alaska Fairbanks/Sikuliaq Shipboard Scientific Equipment (SSSE) 2021" - Ethan Roth - NSF - $24,972.00 (March 15, 2021)

Grants that received incremental funding during March:

  • Grant G-12333 "ASGARD: Arctic Shelf Growth, Advection, Respiration and Deposition Rate Experiments" - Seth Danielson - NRPB - Mod 2 - $50,000.00 (July 1, 2018)
  • Grant G-12726 "Investigating microbial biodegradation of crude oil in Arctic marine sediments via shotgun metagenomics and compound-specific hydrocarbon analyses" - Alexis Walker - Oil Spill Recovery Institute - Mod 2 - $23,900.00 (April 1, 2019)

Grant funds controlled by another department:

  • Grant G-13295 "Alaska Space Grant Program FY20-24" - Denice Thorsen (GI) - NASA:
    • Higher Ed Mini Grant - Sonia Kumar (Lara Horstmann) - $21,937.00 (March 1, 2021)
    • Higher Ed Mini Grant - Ben Lowin (Will Burt) - $22,436.00 (March 1, 2021)
Message from the Dean

Last week the CFOS Advisory Council (AC) met for the first time to hear from Chancellor White, members of our leadership team, and our student representatives regarding CFOS academic departments and programs, research activities and major facilities. I want to thank Molly McCammon for agreeing to serve as chair. Next steps include addressing the council directive and priorities, as well as specific topics of interest to members, including industry partnerships and advocacy; research priorities; and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in the college. I look forward to working with the AC as we strive to meet the needs of our students, our community and industry partners, and the state of Alaska.

R/V Sikuliaq

Sikuliaq is underway for Dr. Ed Dever’s (OSU) Ocean Observatory Initiative (OOI) Endurance Array maintenance cruise off the coasts of Oregon and Washington. The Endurance Array is part of a regional observatory network that includes OOI, Station Papa, and Ocean Networks Canada. This observing network captures the variability of ocean properties across a range of temporal and spatial scales, allowing researchers to examine ocean health issues such as hypoxia, ocean acidification, and harmful algal blooms.

Activities and Accomplishments

The Seward Marine Center hosted the 24th annual Tsunami Bowl, themed Plunging into our Polar Seas, which was held online this year due to the pandemic. The Juneau-Douglas High School “New Squids on the Dock” team was the overall winner of the Tsunami Bowl and will proceed to the national competition. Other awards are listed on the Tsunami Bowl Facebook page.

R/V Sikuliaq Science Operations Manager Ethan Roth presented a virtual tour of the ship to Tsunami Bowl teams using video footage provided by Sikuliaq marine technician Bern McKiernan.

The journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry recognized a paper coauthored by Matthew Wooller, Dried blood spot sampling of landlocked Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus) for estimating mercury exposure and stable carbon isotope fingerprinting of essential amino acids, as one of its Top 10 Exceptional Papers of 2020.

The Alaska SeaLife Center announced that Seth Danielson is the recipient of the 2021 Marine Research Award. This honor is part of the center’s Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards given annually to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the awareness and sustainability of Alaska’s marine resources. Congratulations, Seth!

Feyne Elmore, an undergraduate student in the Fisheries and Marine Sciences program, was selected as a prestigious 2021 Barry Goldwater Scholar. This federally endowed award recognizes outstanding undergraduate students pursuing research careers in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics. For 2021, there were 410 awardees selected from more than 5,000 nominations by colleges and universities across the nation. Congratulations, Feyne!

Fisheries graduate students Elizabeth Mik'aq Lindley and Madeline Lee were awarded Honorable Mentions in the 2021 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

CFOS in the News

Curry Cunningham, Andy Seitz, Peter Westley and CFOS alumna Kaitlyn Manishin were featured by UAF News and the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in a story about the role that late-stage ocean mortality may play in Yukon River Chinook salmon declines.

The three University of Alaska chancellors noted the UAS–UAF joint undergraduate fisheries program in a Fairbanks Daily News-Miner article.

Recent CFOS alumna Lauren Wild was featured in a KCAW radio story about a necropsy conducted on a humpback whale that washed ashore near Sitka.

Trent Sutton and graduate student Carolyn Hamman were featured in the Western Division of the American Fisheries Society’s Tributary newsletter regarding their research on synthetic chemicals and mercury found in coastal Beaufort Sea fishes of subsistence importance.

Publications

Kosobokova, K.N., and R.R. Hopcroft. 2021. Population structure, vertical distribution and fecundity of Eukrohnia hamata (Chaetognatha) in the Arctic Ocean during summer. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers 169:103454. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr.2020.103454

Raymond, W.W., B.B. Hughes, T.A. Stephens, C.R. Mattson, A.T. Bolwerk, and G.L. Eckert. 2021. Testing the generality of sea otter‐mediated trophic cascades in seagrass meadows. Oikos. https://doi.org/10.1111/oik.07681

Suryan, R.M., M.L. Arimitsu, H.A. Coletti, R.R. Hopcroft, M.R. Lindeberg, S.J. Barbeaux, S.D. Batten, W.J. Burt, M.A. Bishop, J.L. Bodkin, R. Brenner, R.W. Campbell, D.A. Cushing, S.L. Danielson, M.W. Dorn, B. Drummond, D. Esler, T. Gelatt, D.H. Hanselman, S.A. Hatch, S. Haught, K. Holderied, K. Iken, D.B. Irons, A.B. Kettle, D.G. Kimmel, B. Konar, K.J. Kuletz, B.J. Laurel, J.M. Maniscalco, C. Matkin, C.A.E. McKinstry, D.H. Monson, J.R. Moran, D. Olsen, W.A. Palsson, W.S. Pegau, J.F. Piatt, L.A. Rogers, N.A. Rojek, A. Schaefer, I.B. Spies, J.M. Straley, S.L. Strom, K.L. Sweeney, M. Szymkowiak, B.P. Weitzman, E.M. Yasumiishi, and S.G. Zador. 2021. Ecosystem response persists after a prolonged marine heatwave. Scientific Reports 11:6235. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-83818-5

Umanzor, S., Y. Li, D. Bailey, S. Augyte, M. Huang, M. Marty‐Rivera, J‐L. Jannink, C. Yarish, and S. Lindell. 2021. Comparative analysis of morphometric traits of farmed sugar kelp and skinny kelp, Saccharina spp., strains from the Northwest Atlantic. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society. https://doi.org/10.1111/jwas.12783

Message from the Dean

I hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing and safe spring break last week. Yesterday marked daylight savings time, and one can feel that spring is now just around the corner.

For more than twenty years, CFOS has played a lead role in bringing together high school students from across the state to compete in the Alaska Tsunami Bowl, which is part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. Next week, the 24th annual Tsunami Bowl will take place, with the theme “Plunging into our Polar Seas,” which highlights polar research. Due to the pandemic, this year’s event will be held virtually March 26–28. The competition will include 8 teams from 7 schools: Cordova High School, Dimond High School, Eagle River High School, Gustavus High School, Ketchikan High School, Juneau-Douglas High School, and Mat-Su Career and Technical High School. A big thanks to Gillian Braver for organizing this year’s event and Amanda Kelley for leading the research paper and oral presentations.

R/V Sikuliaq

Sikuliaq is underway for the first science cruise of 2021: Dr. David Schmidt’s Cascadia GPS-A project to install geodetic transponders and benchmarks along the Cascadia subduction zone. Later this week, Sikuliaq will arrive in Newport, Oregon, to begin staging for Dr. Ed Dever’s (OSU) OOI Endurance Array maintenance cruise.

Activities and Accomplishments

Many CFOS faculty, research staff and students are participating in the Kachemak Bay Science Conference, which begins today and continues through March 18.

Gwenn Hennon gave a seminar at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center about climate change impacts on phytoplankton.

On Friday, March 12, Bradley Moran presented highlights of CFOS research, academic programs, and the Seward Marine Center to the Alaska House Finance Subcommittee; a heartfelt thanks to Rep. Adam Wool for the invitation to present.

CFOS in the News

In an article published in the Frontiersman, UA Interim President Pat Pitney cited CFOS as an example of how the university continues to grow despite statewide budget cuts.

The Peninsula Clarion ran a story about a recent sea star die-off event in the Northern Gulf of Alaska that was based on a journal article by Brenda Konar and others in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.

Seth Danielson appeared in the Prince William Sound Science Center’s newsletter in an article about how gliders are used to study herring.

The Seward Marine Center, research vessels operated by CFOS, and CFOS staff and faculty were highlighted in a story about the history of SMC that was published by UAF’s Cornerstone.

Publications

Arimitsu, M., J. Piatt, S. Hatch, R.M. Suryan, S. Batten, M.A. Bishop, R.W. Campbell, H. Coletti, D. Cushing, K. Gorman, R.R. Hopcroft, K.J. Kuletz, C. Marsteller, C. McKinstry, D. McGowan, J. Moran, W.S. Pegau, A. Schaefer, S. Schoen, J. Straley, and V.R. von Biela. 2021. Heatwave-induced synchrony within forage fish portfolio disrupts energy flow to top pelagic predators. Global Change Biology. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.15556

Barnes, C.L., A.H. Beaudreau, and R.N. Yamada. 2021. The role of size in trophic niche separation between two groundfish predators in Alaskan waters. Marine and Coastal Fisheries 13(1): 98–113. https://doi.org/10.1002/mcf2.10141

Brown, K.L., S. Atkinson, C.G. Furin, F.J. Mueter, and R. Gerlach. 2021. Metals in the stomach contents and brain, gonad, kidney, and liver tissues of subsistence-harvested northern sea otters (Enhydra lutris kenyoni) from Icy Strait, Alaska. Marine Pollution Bulletin 166:112183. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2021.112183

Johnson, J.J., P.A. Shaw, E.J. Oh, M.J. Wooller, S. Merriman, H.Y. Yun, T. Larsen, J. Krakoff, S.B. Votruba, and D.M. O'Brien. 2021. The carbon isotope ratios of nonessential amino acids identify sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumers in a 12-wk inpatient feeding study of 32 men with varying SSB and meat exposures. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/nqaa374

Kaiser, B.A., M. Kourantidou, D. Ahsan, S. Bakanev, A. Burmeister, G. Eckert, L.M. Fernandez, H.P. Hong, A.A. Monsalve, D. Mullowney, B.H. Nøstvold, H. Park, E. Poulsen, L. Ravn-Jonsen, C. Siddon, J.H. Sundet, K. Tokunaga, and M. Yamamoto. 2021. Global ecological and economic connections in Arctic and sub-Arctic crab markets. Marine Policy 127:104442. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2021.104442

Knudsen, E.E., P.S. Rand, K.B. Gorman, D.R. Bernard, and W.D. Templin. 2021. Hatchery-origin stray rates and total run characteristics for pink salmon and chum salmon returning to Prince William Sound, Alaska, in 2013–2015. Marine and Coastal Fisheries 13(1): 58–85. https://doi.org/10.1002/mcf2.10134

Message from the Dean

As part of the continued implementation of our Decadal Plan, we will begin planning the third CFOS all-hands faculty retreat. As with our prior faculty retreats, we will review our goals and establish specific action items in academics, research and service for the next 1–2 years. This will include developing strategies for continued growth in student enrollment; ensuring the efficient and effective implementation of our evolving academic programs; developing interdisciplinary research programs; strengthening major facilities and operations; and serving the needs of Alaska’s communities. The retreat agenda and meeting dates will be developed by the Dean’s Advisory Committee with input from faculty and staff.

It is a pleasure to welcome Jeff Muehlbauer as Assistant Unit Leader in Fisheries in the Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Jeff earned his doctorate in ecology from the University of North Carolina. Since then, he has worked as a research ecologist and research biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff, Arizona. Jeff’s research interests include river ecology, hydrology and geomorphology.

R/V Sikuliaq

Sikuliaq is moored in Seattle at the University of Washington dock for annual preventive maintenance and a 5-week upgrade to the engineering machinery and alarm control system. Later this week, the ship will get underway to test the new engineering control system and conduct the multibeam patch test. The first science cruise of 2021 will begin next week in support of David Schmidt’s Cascadia GPS-A project to install geodetic transponders and benchmarks along the Cascadia subduction zone.

Activities and Accomplishments

The 24th annual American Fisheries Society Alaska Chapter Student Symposium was held last Friday. This year’s event, which was organized by Jesse Gordon, Lia Domke and Taylor Cubbage, included 22 student presentations from Juneau, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Bethel and Nome, and was attended by 180 people. Please contact lkdomke@alaska.edu for a recording. Here are the top-rated presentations:

  • Best Long Talk: Taylor Cubbage (Fairbanks, Fisheries): Physiological performance of northern pike: implications for management in invaded systems
  • Best Short Talk: Erika King (Juneau, Fisheries): Assessing the contribution of precocial males to the next generation and genetic diversity in a naturally spawning population of coho salmon

CFOS recently held a 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, which originated at the University of Queensland. Will Burt organized the event, where each graduate student had three minutes and a single slide to present their thesis research to more than 50 participants. Here are the top-rated presentations:

  • First Place: Lindsey Stadler (Fairbanks, Marine Biology): Food web ecology of nearshore fishes along a gradient of glacially influenced watersheds
  • Second place: Emily Ortega (Fairbanks, Oceanography): Iron speciation in the northern Gulf of Alaska
  • People's Choice: Erika King (Juneau, Fisheries): Assessing the impact of precocial males on population structure and genetic diversity in a naturally spawning population of coho salmon

Graduate student Josie Haag gave a flash talk on her research as part of “Venus, Volcanoes and More: UAF Graduate Research Stories,” a presentation in the Science for Alaska Lecture Series.

CFOS in the News

The Seward Marine Center, research vessels operated by CFOS, and CFOS staff and faculty were highlighted in a story about the history of SMC that was published by the Seward Journal and the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Seth Danielson was featured in Arctic Today regarding how changes in the Bering Sea are influencing weather patterns.

Publications

Carothers, C., J. Black, S.J. Langdon, R. Donkersloot, D. Ringer, J. Coleman, E.R. Gavenus, W. Justin, M. Williams, F. Christiansen, J. Samuelson, C. Stevens, B. Woods, S.J. Clark, P.M. Clay, L. Mack, J. Raymond-Yakoubian, A. Akall'eq Sanders, B.L. Stevens, and A. Whiting. 2021. Indigenous peoples and salmon stewardship: a critical relationship. Ecology and Society 26(1): 16. https://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol26/iss1/art16/

Dilliplaine, K., M. Oggier, R.E. Collins, H. Eicken, R. Gradinger, and B. Bluhm. 2021. Crude oil exposure reduces ice algal growth in a sea-ice mesocosm experiment. Polar Biology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-021-02818-3

Manishin, K.A., C.J. Cunningham, P.A.H. Westley, and A.C. Seitz. 2021. Can late stage marine mortality explain observed shifts in age structure of Chinook salmon? PLoS ONE 16(2): e0247370. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0247370

Pinchuk, A.I., S.D. Batten, and W.W. Strasburger. 2021. Doliolid (Tunicata: Thaliacea) blooms in the southeastern Gulf of Alaska as a result of the recent marine heat wave of 2014–2016. Frontiers in Marine Science 8:625486. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2021.625486

Taher, M.E., A.M. Ghoneium, R.R. Hopcroft, and W.S. ElTohamy. 2021. Temporal and spatial variations of surface water quality in the Nile River of Damietta Region, Egypt. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 193:128. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10661-021-08919-0

Weitzman B., B. Konar, K. Iken, H. Coletti, D. Monson, R. Suryan, T. Dean, D. Hondolero, and M. Lindeberg. 2021. Changes in rocky intertidal community structure during a marine heatwave in the Northern Gulf of Alaska. Frontiers in Marine Science 8:556820. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2021.556820

Message from the Dean

I am delighted to convey that Dr. Terrie Williams has agreed to deliver the CFOS keynote lecture for the spring semester. An internationally recognized comparative ecophysiologist at the University of California Santa Cruz, Dr. Williams is director of the Center for Marine Mammal Research and Conservation at UCSC. For the past 30 years her research has investigated the physiology of large mammalian predators. I want to extend my gratitude to Dr. Williams for her willingness to serve as CFOS keynote speaker. This seminar will take place on Wednesday, April 14, at 3:30 pm. Please stay tuned for details of Dr. Williams’s virtual presentation.

The first meeting of the CFOS Advisory Council is scheduled for March 24, and will be held virtually. I am delighted to welcome such a dedicated and diverse group to help support and advocate for the health and needs of our college. Details of the meeting will be forthcoming.

Last, the recent launch of Ocean Decade U.S. was by many accounts a major success, and in that regard it is noteworthy that Geoff Wheat was a coauthor on one of only eight Ocean Shots selected from more than one hundred submissions to this event. And, in his keynote remarks, NSF Division Director Terry Quinn highlighted Sikuliaq as part of major science programs and facilities that NSF supports for the ocean sciences community. These are just a few recent examples of CFOS being recognized on the national stage—well done!

R/V Sikuliaq

Sikuliaq is moored in Seattle at the University of Washington dock for annual preventive maintenance and a 5-week upgrade to the engineering machinery and alarm control system.

Activities and Accomplishments

Will Burt has organized a Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition in which CFOS graduate students will have to explain their research in three minutes to a nonspecialized audience. The first round of the competition is tomorrow (2/16) at 12:00 pm AK time. Contact wburt2@alaska.edu if you are interested in watching this event or the finals the following week.

Trent Sutton spoke about lamprey on an episode of the US Fish and Wildlife Service Fish of the Week podcast.

Graduate students Ashley Bolwerk, Lia Domke and Becca Cates gave a talk at the Fireside Lecture Series about conducting fieldwork in Southeast Alaska. The event was held at the U.S. Forest Service Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Publications

Clark, C.T., L. Horstmann, and N. Misarti. 2021. Walrus teeth as biomonitors of trace elements in Arctic marine ecosystems. Science of the Total Environment 772:145500. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.145500

Hvingel, C., B. Sainte-Marie, and G.H. Kruse. 2021. Cold-water shellfish as harvestable resources and important ecosystem players. ICES Journal of Marine Science. https://doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsab005

Message from the Dean

On Wednesday and Thursday this week, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) will host a virtual launch of Ocean Decade US, which is in support of the UN Decade of Ocean Science and Sustainable Development. Registration is free for the two-day meeting and will feature high-level remarks by Committee Chair Larry Mayer, Committee Vice Chair Rick Spinrad, NASEM President Marcia McNutt, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Director Margaret Leinen, UN Special Envoy for the Ocean Peter Thomson, and Monica Medina of Our Daily Planet. The meeting will feature transformative “Ocean Shots,” Early Career Professionals, a Youth Advisory Council, and an e-Posterboard Hall. House Oceans Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Don Young and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR) will provide recorded remarks to help kick off the meeting. I encourage you to join this important event.

It is a pleasure to welcome Joesi Zastrow (jlzastrow@alaska.edu) to the CFOS Dean’s Office. She replaces Claire Hughes at the front desk. Joesi graduated from UAF this past December with a BS in Biology. Welcome aboard, Joesi!

R/V Sikuliaq

Sikuliaq is moored in Seattle at the University of Washington dock for annual preventive maintenance and a 5-week upgrade to the engineering machinery and alarm control system.

Activities and Accomplishments

The annual Alaska Marine Science Symposium (AMSS) was held virtually last week and featured numerous presentations by CFOS students and faculty. Two CFOS graduate students advised by Brenda Konar won first-place awards for their poster presentations: Brian Ulaski won the Ph.D. category for his poster about the importance of seaweed wrack as a habitat and resource, and Amy Dowling won the M.S. category for her poster on environmental drivers of variability in Pacific blue mussels in glacially influenced estuaries.

CFOS faculty and graduate students presented progress on current research projects at the Coastal Marine Institute’s annual research review.

Gwenn Hennon gave a talk at the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program’s weekly meeting examining how loss of glacial ice will alter Alaska's marine ecosystems.

Graduate students Josianne Haag and Emily Ortega have partnered with the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to host a youth art contest to encourage kids to think about their local biodiversity.

As part of the Strait Science series in Nome, graduate student Stephanie O’Daly gave a lecture about changes in algal distribution and decreased removal of carbon in the Northern Bering and Chukchi seas.

CFOS in the News

Andrew McDonnell was mentioned in an Alaska Center for Energy and Power newsletter as a collaborator on a grant to develop a business model and demonstrate the feasibility of using wind-powered heat pumps to heat homes and businesses in Alaska.

The Delta Wind printed an op-ed by Seth Danielson about the importance of University of Alaska–based ocean monitoring.

CFOS’s high-frequency radar program was featured by KNOM Radio.

The Anchorage Daily News acknowledged CFOS in an article about a new Blue Pipeline Venture Studio, which is designed to help boost Alaska’s ocean economy.

The Nome Nugget ran a story about Stephanie O’Daly’s research on sea ice carbon production.

Publications

Charapata, P., L. Horstmann, and N. Misarti. 2021. Steroid hormones in Pacific walrus bones collected over three millennia indicate physiological responses to changes in estimated population size and the environment. Conservation Physiology 9(1): coaa135. https://doi.org/10.1093/conphys/coaa135

Johnson, M.A. 2021. Subtidal surface circulation in lower Cook Inlet and Kachemak Bay, Alaska. Regional Studies in Marine Science 41:101609. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rsma.2021.101609

Walker, A.M., M.B. Leigh, and S.L. Mincks. 2021. Patterns in benthic microbial community structure across environmental gradients in the Beaufort Sea shelf and slope. Frontiers in Microbiology 12:581124. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2021.581124

Mincks, S.L., T.J. Pereira, J. Sharma, A.L. Blanchard, and H.M. Bik. Composition of marine nematode communities across broad longitudinal and bathymetric gradients in the Northeast Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. Polar Biology 44:85–103. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-020-02777-1

Grants and Awards for January 2021

New awards for January 2021:

  • Grant G-13890 "Finding Tlokowe: Using eDNA to Discover and Characterize Spawning Sites of the Nooksack River Longfin Smelt (Spirinchus thaleichthys)" -Andrés López - Northwest Indian College - $65,902.00 (November 15, 2020)
  • Grant G-13906 "Resource Access, Well-Being, and Small-Scale Fishing Livelihoods in Alaska's Rural and Indigenous Communities" - Courtney Carothers - NPRB - $165,127.00 (November 1, 2020)
  • Grant G-13911 "Advancing Remote Sensing Insight into Coastal Sea Ice Ecosystems" - Stephen Okkonen - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute - $32,656.00 (July 2, 2020)

Grants that received incremental funding in January 2021:

  • Grant G-11291 "Hilcorp Arctic Fisheries Study (UA Foundation)" - Trent Sutton - UA Foundation - $95,540.00 (January 1, 2017)
  • Grant G-12161 "Pacific Cod Individual Based Model Enhancement and Validation" - Ken Coyle - NPRB - Mod 2 (COVID Funding) - $8,358.00 (July 1, 2018)
  • Grant G-12903 "Measuring the pulse of the Gulf of Alaska: Oceanographic observations along the Seward Line 2019-2020" - Russ Hopcroft - NPRB - Mod 1 (COVID Funding) - $11,194.00 (July 1, 2019)
  • Grant G-13328 "Telemetry and genetic identity of Chinook salmon in Alaska" - Andy Seitz - Department of the Navy - Mod 4 - $221,839.00 (April 15, 2020)
  • Grant G-13451 "Measuring the pulse of the Gulf of Alaska: Oceanographic observations along the Seward Line 2020-2021" - Russ Hopcroft - Mod 1 (COVID Funding) - $11,627.00 (July 1, 2020)

One new grant controlled by IARC awarded several projects to CFOS researchers:

  • Grant G-13850 "Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean and Ecosystems Studies (CICOES)" - Uma Bhatt (main PI) - University of Washington - July 1, 2020:
    • Curry Cunningham (2 funds) - $74,974.00 and $10,888.00
    • Andrés López (2 funds) - $91,381.00 and $2,846.00
    • Megan McPhee (1 fund) - $45,866.00
    • Russ Hopcroft (2 funds) - $91,381.00 and $11,727.00
    • Seth Danielson (1 fund) - $120,000.00

One grant was set up on assumption in January 2021:

  • Grant G-13873 "Assessing Kelp Nutrient Bioextraction Capacity in US Agriculture Farms with Implications for Conservation and Management" - Schery Umanzor Rodriguez - Department of Energy (January 22, 2021)
Message from the Dean

With the spring 2021 semester officially under way, it is a pleasure to welcome back our current and new CFOS students and acknowledge our fall 2020 graduates. As always, our faculty and staff are here to support you, and we wish you great success. The Chancellor’s List included Samantha Allen, Feyne Elmore, Rachel Heimke, Max Johnson, Kathryn Langlois, Kyleigh McArthur, Amanda Orr, Sadie Oswald, and Brian Zhang. The Dean’s List included Kortney Birch, Talia Davis, Sadie Inman, Syrena Jackson, Anthony Jaster, Annie Kilborn, Ron Sheldon, and Tazia Wagner.

Congratulations to our fall 2020 graduates:

  • Tim Adickes. BS Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (Concentration: Fisheries Science)
  • Donald Arthur. MS Fisheries, Advisor: Jeff Falke
  • Emily Fergusson. MS Fisheries, Advisor: Ginny Eckert
  • Anias Gentilhomme. MS Oceanography, Advisors: Eric Collins and Gwenn Hennon
  • Annie Kandel. MS Oceanography, Advisor: Ana Aguilar-Islas
  • Nicole Laroche. MS Fisheries, Advisor: Heidi Pearson
  • Valentina Melica. PhD Fisheries, Advisor: Shannon Atkinson
  • Malia Smith. MS Marine Biology, Advisor: Lara Horstmann
  • Robert Spanger. PhD Fisheries, Advisor: Brenda Norcross

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new graduate students:

  • Mary Keenan. MS Marine Biology, Advisor: Lara Horstmann
  • Briah Uher-Koch. PhD Marine Biology, Advisor: Tuula Hollmen
  • Kevin Fitzgerald. MS Fisheries, Advisor: Jeff Falke
  • Lilian Hart. MS Fisheries, Advisor: Curry Cunningham
  • Madeline Lee. MS Fisheries, Advisor: Peter Westley

Next week, we look forward to CFOS presentations at the 2021 Alaska Marine Science Symposium, which will be a virtual meeting. If you haven't done so already, I encourage you to register and enjoy what is widely considered to be a premier symposium focused on arctic marine science.

Last, I would like to call to your attention that fellowship and scholarship applications are open for the new Tamamta program, which provides funded fellowships to Indigenous and allied MS and PhD students, and welcomes graduate students who would like to join this team as scholars. The Tamamta (a Sugpiaq and Yup’ik word meaning “all of us”) program elevates Indigenous knowledge systems to transform fisheries and marine sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

R/V Sikuliaq

Sikuliaq is moored in Seattle at the University of Washington dock for yearly maintenance and a 5-week upgrade to the engineering machinery and alarm control system.

Activities and Accomplishments

Graduate student Ben Lowin received a grant from the Alaska Space Grant Program for his research on bio-optical measurement techniques in the Northern Gulf of Alaska.

Seth Danielson spoke at the Strait Science series at UAF’s Northwest campus in Nome about CFOS’s high-frequency radar program, the importance of collaborating with Bering Strait and Arctic coastal communities, and changes in sea ice.

CFOS in the News

Courtney Carothers and graduate student Janessa Equible spoke about the Tamamta program on Bethel’s KYUK radio.

The Nome Nugget published a story about Seth Danielson’s recent Strait Science talk and UAF’s high-frequency radar program.

Mat Wooller’s work with stable isotope analysis was mentioned in a KTVF television story about prehistoric mummified wolf remains.

The Seward Marine Center’s 50th anniversary in December 2020 was featured in the Seward Journal.

Publications

Keogh, M.J., P. Charapata, B.S. Fadely, T. Zeppelin, L. Rea, J.N. Waite, V. Burkanov, C. Marshall, A. Jones, C. Sprowls, and M.J. Wooller. 2021. Whiskers as a novel tissue for tracking reproductive and stress-related hormones in North Pacific otariid pinnipeds. Conservation Physiology 9(1): coaa134. https://doi.org/10.1093/conphys/coaa134

Murphy, R., C. Cunningham, B.P. Harris, and C. Brown. 2020. Qualitative and quantitative fisher perceptions to complement natural science data for managing fisheries. Fisheries. https://doi.org/10.1002/fsh.10568

Orcutt, B.N., T. D'Angelo, C.G. Wheat, and E. Trembath‐Reichert. 2021. Microbe‐mineral biogeography from multi‐year incubations in oceanic crust at North Pond, Mid‐Atlantic Ridge. Environmental Microbiology. http://doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.15366

Questel, J.M., R.R. Hopcroft, H.M. DeHart, C.A. Smoot, K.N. Kosobokova, and A. Bucklin. Metabarcoding of zooplankton diversity within the Chukchi Borderland, Arctic Ocean: improved resolution from multi-gene markers and region-specific DNA databases. Marine Biodiversity 51:4. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12526-020-01136-x

Rosellon-Druker, J., M. Szymkowiak, K.Y. Aydin, C.J. Cunningham, E.A. Fergusson, S. Kasperski, G.H. Kruse, J.H. Moss, M. Rhodes-Reese, K.S. Shotwell, E. Spooner, and E.M. Yasumiishi. 2021. Participatory place-based integrated ecosystem assessment in Sitka, Alaska: Constructing and operationalizing a socio-ecological conceptual model for sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria). Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2020.104912

Message from the Dean

Happy New Year! It is a pleasure to wish everyone a warm welcome after what was hopefully a safe and relaxing winter break spent with friends and family. I wish everyone a productive and safe 2021.

As many of you are aware, Anne Beaudreau has accepted a faculty position at the University of Washington School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, which is effective this month. It is a pleasure to thank Anne for her nine years of outstanding service at CFOS and wish her the very best going forward.

R/V Sikuliaq

Sikuliaq is moored at the Fairhaven Shipyard dock in Bellingham, Washington, for yearly maintenance. In mid-January, Sikuliaq will head to Seattle for a 5-week upgrade to the engineering machinery and alarm control system.

Activities and Accomplishments

Graduate student Sonia Kumar was awarded $21,937 through the Alaska Space Grant program for her research on Cook Inlet beluga whales.

CFOS in the News

CFOS was mentioned as a grant partner in a Cordova Times article about the Alaska Ocean Cluster program run by the Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association.

Publications

Levine, R.M., A. De Robertis, D. Grünbaum, R. Woodgate, C.W. Mordy, F. Mueter, E. Cokelet, N. Lawrence-Slavas, and H. Tabisola. 2020. Autonomous vehicle surveys indicate that flow reversals retain juvenile fishes in a highly advective high-latitude ecosystem. Limnology and Oceanography. https://doi.org/10.1002/lno.11671

Dammann, D.O., M.A. Johnson, E.R. Fedders, A.R. Mahoney, C.L. Werner, C.M. Polashenski, F.J. Meyer, and J.K. Hutchings. Ground-based radar interferometry of sea ice. Remote Sensing 13(1): 43. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13010043

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