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2015 Kachemak Bay Science Conference: March 4-7

February 18, 2015

Kachemak Bay Science Conference

“Science to Management”

a joint conference with the Kenai Peninsula Fish Habitat Partnership

March 4-7, 2015

Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, Homer


The Kachemak Bay Science Conference is a forum for presenting scientific and traditional ecological knowledge relevant to Kachemak Bay and its surrounding coasts and waters in order to foster an informed and engaged community of environmental researchers, educators, and decision-makers. The goal of this conference is to provide new information and syntheses to the broad community interested in and working on related issues. The theme of this conference is “Science to Management”. Registration is free and open to the public. More information in the attached flyer. For a full schedule of talks visit:


Together with the conference we are pleased to offer a full schedule of plenary talks, community conversations, a workshop series, and several field trips.  Scroll below for more information and registration.



David Montgomery

Thursday, March 5; Reception: 6 pm followed by Talk 6:45 – 7:45 pm 

Islands and Ocean Auditorium

David Montgomery was the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Award in 2008 and is a professor in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington. His research interests range from the co-evolution of the Pacific salmon and the topography of the Pacific Northwest to the environmental history of Puget Sound rivers, interactions among climate, tectonics, and erosion in shaping mountain ranges, and giant glacial floods in eastern Tibet. He is the author of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, King of Fish: the Thousand-Year Run of Salmon, and the forthcoming The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood.

Join for a community conversation about the “Alaska chapter” of his book King of Fish: the Thousand-Year Run of Salmon from 8 to 9 pm.


Terrie Klinger

Friday, March 6, 9:00 – 9:30 am 

Islands and Ocean Auditorium

Terrie Klinger is the Director of the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington and Co-Director of the Washington Ocean Acidification Center. She is a marine ecologist who focuses on applying ecological theory to practical management solutions.  She works on ecosystem-based approaches to manage natural resources in the ocean, understanding the ecological effects of environmental stressors, such as ocean acidification and habitat loss, and how rocky intertidal communities respond to and recover from disturbance.  She has been recognized for her unique combination of marine science and community outreach with the UW’s Outstanding Service Award, and was named Naturalist of the Year by the Western Society of Naturalists.



Cook Inlet Response Tool and Data Portal

with Alaska Ocean Observing System, Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council & Axiom Data Services

Wednesday, March 4, 8:30am-3:30pm

Land’s End Resort, Quarterdeck



Communicating Science through Video

with Joann Mellish (UAF-North Pacific Research Board) and Lauren Bell (UAF-SFOS)

Thursday March 5, 8:30 am—12:30 pm

Land’s End Resort, Quarterdeck



Navigating Water and Land Use Permitting on the Kenai Peninsula

with Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska Dept of Fish & Game and Dept of Natural Resources, US Army Corp of Engineers, & US Fish and Wildlife Service

Thursday March 5, 12:30pm-2:30 pm

Islands and Ocean Auditorium




Anchor River:

Building Collaborations to Safeguard Habitat and Climate Refugia

Thursday March 5, 3:00- 6:00 pm


Winter Birding on the Homer Spit

Thursday March 5, 3:00- 5:00 pm



Underwater Exploration with Kasitsna Bay Laboratory: Virtual Tour

Thursday March 5, 3:00- 5:00 pm




Monitoring the Ocean with Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV)

Friday, March 6, 3:00- 5:00 pm


Online Registration is Now Open!


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