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Kachemak Bay Research Reserve: February 2014 Events

February 6, 2014

Come join us for these upcoming events this month!


January 31 (Fr) @ 2:00pm at KPC, Kachemak Bay Campus Room 219. Distance delivery of: Effects of Lower pH on Tanner Crab (Chionoecetes bairdi) Larval Development in Kachemak Bay, Alaska. Presented by Raphaelle Descoteaux, KBRR’s Graduate Research Fellow and a M.S. candidate at UAF- School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. In this seminar, Raphaelle will defend her M.S. thesis by discussing the impacts of a decrease in ocean pH on the survival, growth and calcification of Dungeness, Tanner and rock crabs in Kachemak Bay. Results highlight the potential for detrimental impacts of ocean acidification on Alaska’s commercial crab species. For questions contact Stacey Buckelew at 226-4653.


February 5 (Wed) @ 3:00 -5:00pm at Discovery Lab Classroom. The Exxon Spill- 25 Years Later. Join us for this special event developed and presented by 5th and 6th grade students at Fireweed Academy to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.  What do double hulls, currents, genetic mutation, feathers and toxicity have in common? Come find out, and see what these kids have learned in their effort! Discovery Labs are free and appropriate for all ages. For more information contact Jessica Ryan at 226-4657.


February 11-12 (Tu-Wed) @ 8:30 -4:30pm at Auditorium. 1st Annual Kachemak Bay Phytoplankton and Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) conference. This conference was developed and supported through a KBRR grant to monitor harmful algal blooms. It will feature presentations from leading researchers from around the country on HABs and from our local phytoplankton monitoring network in Alaska. The conference is also intended to foster discussion around the current state of HAB and phytoplankton in Kachemak Bay, the unique challenges and opportunities researchers face, and how attendees can catalyze future areas of research and monitoring.  Registration is now open for the conference and is $20 per day (includes lunch). Click here to register For more information contact Catie Bursch at 226-4661.


February 15 (Sa) @ 8:15 -2:00pm at Johnson Lake. Family Ice Fishing Event! The rainbows are biting at Johnson Lake!  Meet at Islands and Oceans at 8:15am to caravan to the lake. KBRR will provide the ice fishing gear, the bait, fire-makings, hot dogs, and marshmallows.  You just need a valid fishing license (for folks between age 16 and 60), your warmest winter wear, and something to sit or lay on. This is a family-friendly event, but no dogs on the ice please!  Free event. Space is limited and registration is required! This event is weather dependent- if we have to cancel due to warm weather we’ll let everyone know ahead of time. For more information or to register contact Jessica Ryan at 226-4657 with the names and number of people you’re registering and a good contact phone number.


February 18 (Tu) @ 10:00am in Seminar Room.  Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) webinar entitled: Historical Sea Ice Atlas For Alaska Waters Presented by John Walsh, University of Alaska Fairbanks & Lena Krutikov, Scenarios Network for Alaska & Arctic Planning (SNAP)

Coastal communities, marine navigation, industry (fishing, tourism, offshore resource extraction), the military, and Earth/Arctic system science research have all expressed a clear need for an Alaska sea ice atlas. Indeed, many requests for historical and climatological sea ice information for Alaska coastal waters presently go unanswered because such an atlas does not exist. The availability of GIS software, in-house expertise and historical databases extending back to the 1850s makes the construction of an Alaska sea ice atlas timely and feasible. The atlas consists of digitally-stored sea ice concentration data on a grid covering all Alaska coastal waters to a distance of ~500 km (300 mi) from shore, with a spatial resolution of 25 km. The time resolution is monthly for the period 1850s-1950s, and weekly for the period from the early 1950s to 2010 with the allowance of subsequent updates.

For questions contact Stacey Buckelew at 226-4653. To register to attend this webinar from our own computer visit:


February 25 (Tu) @ 12:00- 3:00pm in Seminar Room. KBRR Community Council meeting and final presentation of research project entitled: Assessing Coastal Uplift and Habitat Changes in a Glacially Influenced Estuary System Located in Kachemak Bay, Alaska.  Join Angela Doroff, Steve Baird, and Stacey Buckelew from KBRR and Jeff Freymueller from UAF Geophysical Institute to learn more about this collaborative research project that provides current estimates of relative sea-level rise determined by vertical land-level changes in Kachemak Bay, and explores the effects of uplift and sea-level rise on salt marsh communities. For questions contact Stacey Buckelew at 226-4653.


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