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The Communicating Climate Science Workshop will be held before the symposium, Monday March 25, 7–9 p.m., near the hotel at 1007 W. 3rd Avenue, Suite 100.

Monday, March 25, 2013

5:00–7:00 p.m. Registration
Hotel Captain Cook
7:00–9:00 p.m.

Workshop: Communicating Climate Science

1007 W. 3rd Avenue, Suite 100

How can the evidence and implications of climate science be communicated effectively? How do people learn new, complex information and change their existing framework of knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes? Learn tips and tools that you can use immediately to more effectively communicate climate science. This workshop will provide climate change communication resources and an opportunity to practice crafting science outreach messages that communicate effectively.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

7:15–8:30 a.m. Registration and light breakfast
8:30–8:45 a.m.

28th Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium [796 KB]—Welcome by Franz Mueter, University of Alaska Fairbanks

8:45–9:30 a.m.

Keynote Address:
Marine Mammals and Sea Ice Loss in the Pacific Arctic: Tracking Ecosystem Responses to the “New Normal” [5.2 MB]

Sue Moore, NOAA Office of Science and Technology

9:30–10:15 a.m.

Keynote Address:
Arctic Research and Policy

Kate Moran, Ocean Networks Canada

10:15–10:45 a.m. Break

Session 1: Environmental changes in the Arctic

Session Chair: Harald Loeng
10:45–11:15 a.m.

Invited Talk

Changing Arctic Seas: A Very Brief Look at Ice, Water, Marine Life, and People [3.9 MB]

Eddy Carmack, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

11:15–11:35 a.m.

On the Role of Advection on the Interaction between the Arctic and Subarctic Seas: Comparing the Atlantic and Pacific Sectors [2.5 MB]

Kenneth Drinkwater, Institute of Marine Research, Norway

11:35–11:55 a.m.

The Influence of Climate on Circulation, Water Column Properties, and Plankton Community Structure

Phyllis Stabeno, NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (presented by Sue Moore)

11:55 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Lunch

Session 2: Lower trophic level productivity of arctic waters in a changing climate

Session Chairs: Franz Mueter and Harald Loeng
1:30–2:00 p.m.

Invited Talk

Climate Change Impacts in the Arctic Ocean

Kevin Arrigo, Stanford University

2:00–2:20 p.m.

Impacts of Arctic Sea Ice Melting on the Productivity of the Planktonic Ecosystem [6.1 MB]

Yvette Spitz, Oregon State University

2:20–2:40 p.m.

Spring and Fall Phytoplankton Blooms in a Productive Subarctic Ecosystem, the Eastern Bering Sea, during 1995–2011 [1.3 MB]

Michael Sigler, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center

5:30–6:00 p.m.

Poster Setup

6:00–9:00 p.m.

Reception and posters

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

7:15–8:30 a.m. Registration and light breakfast
8:30–8:35 a.m. Announcements

Session 2, continued

8:35–8:55 a.m.

Rapid Sea-Ice Loss and Aragonite Undersaturation in the Western Arctic [5.9 MB] (Session 1)

Jonathan Wynn, University of South Florida

8:55–9:15 a.m.

Long-Lived Bivalve Molluscs as Barometers of Climate Change in Shallow Arctic Marine Systems [4.2 MB]

Roger Mann, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

9:15–9:35 a.m.

What Determines the Distributions of Calanus spp. Endemic and Expatriate Species in the Arctic Ocean? [920 KB]

Carin Ashjian, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

9:35–9:55 a.m.

The Planktonic Communities in the Northeastern Chukchi Sea during 2011 [10.4 MB]

Russell Hopcroft, University of Alaska Fairbanks

9:55–10:25 a.m. Break
10:25–10:45 a.m.

Inter-Annual Variation of Zooplankton Communities in the Pacific Arctic [2.2 MB]

Elizaveta Ershova, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Session 3: Marine fish resources of the Arctic in a changing climate

Session Chairs: Libby Logerwell and Jim Irvine
10:45–11:15 a.m.

Invited Talk

Potential Movement of Fish and Shellfish Stocks from the Subarctic to the Arctic Ocean [4.8 MB]

Anne Hollowed, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center

11:15–11:35 a.m.

The Barents and Chukchi Seas: Comparison of Two Arctic Shelf Ecosystems [2.8 MB]

George Hunt, University of Washington

11:35–11:55 a.m.

Oceanographic Characteristics of the Habitat of Benthic Fish and Invertebrates in the Beaufort Sea [1.3 MB]

Elizabeth Logerwell, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center

11:55 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30–1:50 p.m.

Beaufort Sea Marine Fish Surveys in the U.S.–Canada Transboundary Area [2.4 MB]

Brenda Norcross, University of Alaska Fairbanks

1:50–2:10 p.m.

Marine Fishes and Shellfishes of the Chukchi Sea [1.1 MB]

Franz Mueter, University of Alaska Fairbanks

2:10–2:30 p.m.

Shifting Prey in a Melting Ocean: Seabirds Reveal Annual and Seasonal Changes in Arctic Nearshore Fish Populations [2.9 MB]

George Divoky, Friends of Cooper Island

2:30–2:50 p.m.

Latitudinal Variation in Energy Allocation of Juvenile Capelin in the Bering and Chukchi Seas[788 KB]

John Moran, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center

2:50–3:20 p.m.


3:20–3:40 p.m.

Evaluating the Temporal Variability in the Nearshore Fish Communities of the Arctic Ocean: Is It Dependent on Sea Ice Extent? [1.7 MB]

Kevin Boswell, Florida International University (presented by JJ Vollenweider)

3:40–4:00 p.m.

The RUSALCA Mission and Detection of Change in the Diversity and Distribution of Fishes [4.1 MB]

Catherine Mecklenburg, Point Stephens Research

4:00–4:20 p.m.

Population Assessment of Snow Crab, Chionoecetes opilio, in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas: Preliminary Findings [5.8 MB]

Bodil Bluhm, University of Alaska Fairbanks

4:20–4:40 p.m.

A Comparative Ecology Approach to Predicting How Salmonid Fishes Will Respond to Climate Change in Arctic Alaska

Thomas Kline, Prince William Sound Science Center

7:00–9:00 p.m.

Panel Session: An Integrated Arctic Management (IAM) Framework

Hosted by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Moderator: Fran Ulmer (Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission)

  • Report on the Integrated Arctic Management Plan—Mike Sigler, NOAA Fisheries, Alaska Fisheries Science Center
  • NOAA’s Integrated Ecological Assessments (IEA)—John Bengston, NOAA Fisheries, Alaska Fisheries Science Center
  • The Perspective of Local Communities—Edward Itta, U.S. Arctic Research Commissioner—CANCELED
  • State of Alaska Arctic Policy—Stefanie Moreland, Senior Advisor for Fisheries, Oceans and Arctic Policy, Alaska Governor's Office
  • Integrated Management Strategies Being Applied to the Offshore Oil and Gas Program—James Kendall, BOEM Alaska Region

Thursday, March 28, 2013

7:15–8:30 a.m. Registration and light breakfast
8:30–8:35 a.m. Announcements

Session 3, continued

8:35–8:55 a.m.

Chum Salmon in the Canadian Arctic: The Past, the Present and the Future [2 MB]

Karen Dunmall, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and University of Manitoba

Session 4: Responses of arctic birds and marine mammals to environmental changes in the Arctic

Session Chairs: Lori Quakenbush and Steve MacLean
8:55–9:25 a.m.

Invited Talk

Climate Change and Arctic Marine Mammals: Living on the Edge? [1.9 MB]

Mike Hammill, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

9:25–9:45 a.m.

Anticipated Responses of Seals to Warming in the Arctic [1.2 MB]

Peter Boveng, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center

9:45–10:05 a.m.

Ringed Seals and Climate Change: Early Predictions Versus Recent Observations in Alaska [5.6 MB]

Justin Crawford, Alaska Department of Fish and Game

10:05–10:35 a.m. Break
10:35–10:55 a.m.

Spatial and Temporal Overlap in Summer and Fall Distribution of Two Western Arctic Beluga Whale Populations [3.1 MB]

Donna Hauser, University of Washington

10:55–11:15 p.m.

Variation in the Response of an Arctic Top Predator Experiencing Habitat Loss: Feeding and Reproductive Ecology of Two Polar Bear Populations [1.7 MB]

Karyn Rode, U.S. Geological Survey

11:15–11:35 a.m.

Possible Effects of Climate Change on Arctic Marine Mammal Health and Disease [1.1 MB]

Kathy Burek-Huntington, Alaska Veterinary Pathology Services

11:35 –11:55 a.m.

Effects of Rapid Environmental Change on High Arctic Marine Bird Communities [1.2 MB]

Douglas Causey, University of Alaska Anchorage

11:55 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30–1:50 p.m.

Change in the Marine-Bird Community of the Chukchi Sea over the Past 35 Years [1.5 MB]

Adrian Gall, ABR Inc. and University of Alaska Fairbanks

Session 5: Effects of changing arctic marine ecosystems on humans

Session Chairs: Henry Huntington and Cheryl Rosa
1:50–2:20 p.m.

Invited Talk

The Conservation of Change: Anticipating Challenges, Measuring Expectations, and Developing Innovative Responses in the High-Latitude North [840 KB]

Philip Loring, University of Alaska Fairbanks

2:20–2:40 p.m.

The Dynamics of Change in Inupiat Fall Whaling and Climate Change—Observations from Cross Island [5.6 MB]

Michael Galginaitis, Applied Sociocultural Research

2:40–3:10 p.m.


3:10–6:00 p.m.

Workshop: Toward a Conceptual Model for Arctic Shelf Ecosystems

Using the Chukchi and Beaufort sea shelf and slope regions as examples, this workshop will explore the key processes linking climate variability in the Arctic to biological responses across trophic levels. The workshop will review and build on previous conceptualizations by Carmack and Wassmann (2006, PiO 71:446), Wassmann (2011, PiO 90:1), and others. The goal is to refine our understanding of the basic processes shaping the biotic communities in these shelf ecosystems now and in the future.

Friday, March 29, 2013

7:15–8:30 a.m. Registration and light breakfast
8:30–8:35 a.m. Announcements

Session 6: Understanding and managing arctic marine ecosystems in a time of change

Session Chairs: Cheryl Rosa and Danielle Dickson
8:35–9:05 a.m.

Invited Talk

What Do We Have to Understand to Manage Arctic Ecosystems Sustainably in a Time of Change? [172 KB]

Jake Rice, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

9:05–9:35 a.m.

Invited Talk

Implementation of Integrated Arctic Management in the U.S. High Arctic

John Bengston, NOAA Fisheries

9:35–9:55 a.m.

Arctic Through a New Eye: Integrating and Visualizing Arctic Data

Molly McCammon, Alaska Ocean Observing System

9:55–10:15 a.m.


10:15–10:35 a.m.

The Pacific Marine Arctic Regional Synthesis (PacMARS) [3.2 MB]

Jacqueline Grebmeier, University of Maryland

10:35–10:55 a.m.

Climate Induced Changes in Arctic Marine Ecosystem Diversity with Consequences for Indigenous Communities [4.7 MB]

Vincent Gallucci, University of Washington

10:55–11:15 a.m.

Arctic Oil and Fisheries: Divergent Approaches to Management in Light of Scientific Uncertainty [2.6 MB]

Michael LeVine, Oceana

11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Symposium Summary and Conclusion [1.1 MB]

Fran Ulmer, U.S. Arctic Research Commission

Poster Session (Tuesday evening)

Environmental changes in the Arctic


Temporal Variations of Particulate Backscatter Coefficient of the Arctic of Using CALIPSO Lidar Measurements from 2006 to 2012

Yongxiang Hu, NASA Langley Research Center


The Main Features of Spatial Variability of Nutrients in the Russian Part of the Arctic Basin

Ivan Gangnus, VNIRO, Russia

Lower trophic level productivity of arctic waters in a changing climate


Thermal Sensitivity of the Isopod Saduria entomon in Nushagak Bay, Southwestern Alaska [1.8 MB]

Todd Radenbaugh, University of Alaska Fairbanks


Lower Trophic Level of Arctic Waters in a Changing Climate [1.3 MB]

Lauren Divine, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Marine fish resources of the Arctic in a changing climate


Thermal Optimum and Upper Limits of Arctic Cod (Boreogadus saida)

Helen Drost, University of British Columbia


Comparing the Feeding Ecologies of Three Abundant Fish Species in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas [1.6 MB]

Ben Gray, University of Alaska Fairbanks


Trophic Relationships of Five Species of Demersal Fishes in the Northeastern Chukchi Sea, 2009–2010 [912 KB]

Lorena Edenfield, University of Alaska Fairbanks


Richness and Diversity of Demersal Fishes in the Chukchi Sea over 50 Years [304 KB]

Brenda Holladay, University of Alaska Fairbanks


Sourcing Fatty Acids to Juvenile Arctic Cod (Boreogadus saida) in the Beaufort Sea Using Compound-Specific Stable Carbon Isotope Analyses

Cory Graham, University of Alaska Fairbanks


The Effects of Climate Variability on Juvenile Pink and Chum Salmon Growth and Condition in the Northeastern Bering and Chukchi Seas

Melissa Prechtl, University of Alaska Fairbanks


Trophic Dynamics of Chukchi Sea Fishes

Jennifer Marsh, University of Alaska Fairbanks


The Spatial-Temporal Distribution of Arctic Cod (Boreogadus saida) in the Western Arctic Ocean and Its Response to Climate Change [1.7 MB]

Guoping Zhu, Shanghai Ocean University


Ichthyoplankton Collected on the 2004 and 2009 Russian-American Long-Term Census of the Arctic Research Cruises [4.1 MB]

Morgan Busby, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center

Responses of arctic birds and marine mammals to environmental changes in the Arctic


Physical-Biological Interactions Governing Spatial Distributions and Abundance of Beluga Whales in Cook Inlet, Alaska [716 KB]

Julian Ashford, Old Dominion University


Pacific Walrus Haulout Disturbance and Recovery [2 MB]

Lori Polasek, Alaska SeaLife Center and University of Alaska Fairbanks


Marine Mammals as Sentinels for Vibrio parahaemolyticus, an Indicator of Climate Change

Caroline E.C. Goertz, Alaska SeaLife Center (presented by Richard Hocking and Jared Guthridge)


Predicting Habitat Changes for Ice-Breeding Bearded Seals in a Warming Arctic

Shawn Dahle, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center


Low MHC Variation in the Polar Bear: Implications in the Face of Arctic Warming? [1.5 MB]

Diana Weber, New College of Florida


Walrus in a Sea-Ice “Mixing Bowl”: Beringian Ecosystem Effects [2.9 MB]

G. Carleton Ray, University of Virginia

Effects of changing arctic marine ecosystems on humans


Engagement of Scientists in K–12 Education about Alaska Ocean Climate Change

Marilyn Sigman, University of Alaska Fairbanks


Addressing the Unresolved Decline of Chinook Salmon Returns in the Context of State and Federal Fisheries Policy and Related Social-Economic Impacts

Emilie Springer, University of Alaska Fairbanks