Impacts of a Changing Environment on the Dynamics of High-latitude Fish and Fisheries

31st Wakefield Symposium

Hotel Captain Cook
Anchorage, Alaska
May 9–11, 2017

This conference has ended.

Contact: Sue Keller, • 907-474-6703

The conference presentation and poster files are now available to view and download.
This symposium examines the impacts of the environment, especially climate change and variability, on the dynamics of arctic and subarctic species of commercial, subsistence, and ecological importance. We will focus on the effects of warming, loss of sea ice, ocean acidification, and oceanographic variability on the distribution, phenology, life history, population dynamics, and interactions of these species and how a better understanding of these effects can inform the assessment and management of fish and invertebrate populations in a changing ocean for the benefit of affected communities.


The registration fee for the symposium is $275 US ($225 student) if paid on or before April 10, 2017. The late registration fee will be $325 ($275 student) after April 10. If your abstract is accepted for presentation, you must register and pay the symposium fee by April 10 to secure a place on the program. The fee covers continental breakfast and break refreshments daily, a catered reception, symposium materials, and online published proceedings. Please register and pay your fees in advance so that adequate materials are available.

On Wednesday, May 10, 5-9 pm, symposium participants are invited to travel by prearranged bus to the Alaska Native Heritage Center, where they can socialize, view indoor displays and outdoor Native-style abodes, and dine on a salmon buffet. Total cost is $60 per person for participants and guests, covering transportation, admission to the ANHC facility, and food and beverages.

Registration and event payment can be made online with a credit card.

Registration fee refunds: 75% refund for cancellations up to one week prior to symposium; no refund after May 2.


Some funding will be available for travel for students who will give oral or poster presentations at the symposium. Students whose abstracts are accepted for presentation will be notified in February 2017, in time to apply for travel funds.

Graduate students are invited to join the competition for best oral presentation and best poster. Winners will receive $300 US in equipment. When you submit your abstract, check the box to let us know you wish to enter the competition.


Alaska Sea Grant will publish a peer-reviewed proceedings book, including full papers based on oral and poster presentations, soon after the symposium. Members of the steering committee will serve as editors for the symposium proceedings. The publication will be electronic with the possibility of a small number in print. Manuscripts are due during the week of the symposium, May 9-12, 2017. Please see manuscript preparation instructions (PDF).


Keynote Speaker:

Hans-Otto Pörtner, Alfred Wegener Institute

Invited Speakers:

Session 1: Environmental impacts on subarctic and arctic ecosystems: species-specific responses

Anna Neuheimer, University of Hawaii

Session 2: Environmental impacts on subarctic and arctic ecosystems: community structure, biodiversity, energy flow, and trophodynamics

Christian Möllmann, University of Hamburg

Session 3: Physiological effects of ocean acidification, oxygen limitation, and temperature stress on high-latitude fish and shellfish

Brad Seibel, University of South Florida

Session 4. Incorporating environmental effects and accounting for changing life history traits in the assessment and management of fish populations

Charles Stock, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

Session 5. Evaluating management strategies under projected environmental changes

Cody Szuwalski, University of California Santa Barbara

Session 6. Coping with environmental variability and climate change: perspectives from coastal communities

Kathy Mills, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Steering Committee

Matt Baker, North Pacific Research Board, Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Paula Cullenberg, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Sea Grant, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
Sherri Dressel, Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Juneau, Alaska, USA
Diana Evans, North Pacific Fishery Management Council, Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Anne Hollowed (Co-Chair), NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, Washington, USA
Trond Kristiansen, Norwegian Institute for Water Research, Norway
Franz Mueter (Co-Chair), University of Alaska Fairbanks, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Juneau, Alaska, USA
Mark Payne, DTU Aqua, Technical University of Denmark, Charlottenlund, Denmark
Mikhail Stepanenko, TINRO-Center, Vladivostok, Russia

This conference has ended.