Symposium Information

If you have conducted research in the Kodiak area, we invite you to bring your results back to Kodiak!

State, federal, and academic researchers are invited to present summaries of their studies on oceanography, biology, and ecosystem interactions of waters surrounding the Kodiak archipelago. Educators will have an opportunity to exchange ideas and results of their marine science programs. There will be public icebreakers and ample opportunity for the public, researchers, and educators to mingle, exchange insights, and answer questions. KAMSS 2014 will conveniently overlap Kodiak’s Whale Fest 2014 and immediately follow ComFish Alaska 2014.


In April 2011, the first Kodiak Area Marine Science Symposium (KAMSS) was held to bring results of Kodiak area research back to the fishermen, students, and residents of Kodiak Island. Based on the resounding success of that symposium, the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is sponsoring KAMSS 2014 as a forum to present research findings to those interested in how Kodiak’s marine environment and resources function, change, and affect their lives and livelihoods.


The symposium will begin Tuesday, April 22, with an evening community reception and keynote speakers.

During the following four days (Wednesday–Saturday, April 23–26), KAMSS talks, posters, and workshops will span all dimensions of Kodiak region marine science, including physical oceanography to zooplankton, crabs to salmon, puffins to killer whales, and historic to current human dimensions. Talks and posters will be organized in sessions:

Call for Abstracts

Researchers are asked to present their new and current research findings, provide updates on the status of marine resources, highlight decadal changes, identify integrated studies, and discuss industry/public collaborations. The audience will include a diverse and inquisitive public including fishermen, merchants, resource users, resource managers, scientists, students, and boaters.

This is a chance for researchers to present the “So-what? Who-cares?” results of their studies to an audience eager for information about the marine resources that surround their community and form the basis of the local economy.

Oral presentations will be limited to 20 minutes (15 minute talk plus 5 minutes for questions), delivered in plenary sessions; posters will remain displayed throughout the conference. Although the number of oral presentations is limited, we will have space for a large number of posters.

The abstract submission deadline was extended to January 31, 2014.

Submit an electronic version of your abstract (maximum length 250 words) using the online abstract submission form. For more information, see the call for abstracts page.

Please indicate your preference for presentation format (oral or poster). If we are unable to accommodate all oral presentation requests, submitters will be notified February 21, 2014, whether their abstract was accepted for oral or poster presentation, as determined by KAMSS Steering Committee review.


There is no registration fee for the symposium, but you are urged to register so we can better accommodate the total number of participants for the symposium. Thank you for your interest!

If you are interested in attending the Friday workshop, "Communicating Science: Strategies to Build Bridges Between Scientists and Communities," please be sure to check that option when you register for KAMSS.

Location and Facilities

Meeting sessions will be held at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center in downtown Kodiak, Alaska. Free wireless Internet is available in the meeting rooms.

The convention center is located one-half block from the Best Western Kodiak Inn. A block of guest rooms will be available at a discount rate of $100 per night plus tax. The rate extends 2 days prior to the beginning of the conference. To secure the special meeting rate, contact the hotel and use group code KAMSS14.

Visitor Information

For information on sightseeing opportunities and attractions, please see:

Symposium Contact Information

Julie Matweyou, Marine Advisory Agent, Kodiak
Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Phone: 907-486-1514

Kate Wynne, Marine Mammal Specialist
Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Phone: 907-486-1517