Alaska Sea Grant awards top student presenters at marine science symposium



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Anchorage, Alaska—Thomas Farrugia was awarded first place at the PhD level for his oral presentation at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium in Anchorage last week. Farrugia spoke about his research on “Nutritional and containment analysis of kkates in the Gulf of Alaska: Shaping future skate demand."

Michael Courtney was awarded first place at the master’s level for his presentation on “Dispersal patterns and summer oceanic distribution of adult Dolly Varden from the Wulik River, Alaska, evaluated using satellite telemetry.”

Farrugia and Courtney, both students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, were chosen from a group of 20 students presenting before an audience of more than 900 symposium participants. The students represented 25% of the total number of presentations.

Alaska Sea Grant sponsored the oral presentation awards. Farrugia and Courtney will each receive a $250 prize.

Fellow UAF students Dana Wright (master’s level, Geophysical Institute) and Dyre Oliver Dammann (PhD level, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences) also won awards for their posters. They each received $250 from the North Pacific Research Board.

Alaska Sea Grant is a statewide marine research, education, and outreach program, and is a partnership between the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the National Atmospheric and Oceanographic Administration. Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory agents provide assistance that helps Alaskans wisely use, conserve, and enjoy marine and coastal resources.