Marine Scientists to Gather in Kodiak


Jay Barrett/KMXT

From managing various fisheries to discovering new kinds of kelp, scientists are at work every day around Kodiak Island. But there has never been one gathering of scientists presenting their research to each other and the public – until now.

Kate Wynn, the marine mammal specialist with the Marine Advisory Program, is helping organize the first Kodiak Area Marine Science Symposium.

Click this link to go to the symposium’s web site for potential sponsors or presenters.

(Symposium 1 27 sec "Everyone who’s heard of … of those resources.")

There are the two – soon to be three – research facilities on Near Island, the University of Alaska, Fish and Game and NOAA’s research ship "Oscar Dyson" all based in Kodiak, which Wynn says shows the community’s support for scientific research:

(Symposium 2 28 sec "Of all communities I’ve … to the public about it.")

So far she says the steering committee has received about 20 abstracts from scientists, but she expects many more from all over the state and nation.

(Symposium 3 18 sec "They include some of the … the whole gamut.")

The deadline for submissions is January 5th. Wynn expects about half of the presenters to be from the Kodiak science community. The dates for the symposium will be April 9th through 12th, which will coincide with a couple other events in town.

(Symposium 4 52 sec "We very intentionally … have it totally free.")

The talks and accompanying presentations will be in the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center.


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