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Weekly Highlights for 1-11-2012
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USGS to Co-sponsor 2012 Marine Science Symposium in Alaska
The Alaska Marine Science Symposium is an interdisciplinary conference showcasing ocean research in the Bering Sea, Arctic Ocean and Gulf of Alaska. The conference will be held January 16-22 in Anchorage, Alaska and is widely attended by scientists, resource managers, and the public. USGS Alaska Science Center research will be presented at two oral presentations entitled "Post-Breeding Movements of Kittlitz's Murrelet from the Gulf of Alaska and Aleutian Islands to the Arctic" and "Genetic investigation of the population structure of Arctic cod" and evening poster sessions. Posters will focus on research topics including walrus, polar bears, seabirds, ringed seals, remote sensing and mapping of eelgrass, glaciers, diet compositions of marine predators using fatty acid signature analysis, and impacts of volcanic eruptions on marine and terrestrial ecosystems. In addition, USGS will have a booth highlighting research from the Alaska Regional Executive Office, the Alaska Science Center, and the Alaska Volcano Observatory. Further information including agendas and abstracts may be found at http://www.alaskamarinescience.org/.
Contact: Mark Shasby Anchorage, AK, (907) 786-7065
USGS Geologist Speaks at Alaska Miners Association Luncheon
USGS Speaks at Alaska Geology Society Meeting
Study Emphasizes Importance of a Diverse Habitat Matrix for Grizzly Bears in Northern Rocky Mountains of British Columbia
USGS Study Uses Fossil and Modern Arctic Ground Squirrel Caches and Nests to Reconstruct Beringia Vegetation
In response to the "USGS Satellite Telemetry Data" January 6 News Release (http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=3067&from=rss_home), USGS Alaska Science Center (ASC) biologist Matthew Sexson has answered media inquiries regarding Spectacled Eider ecology and his role in the fuel delivery to Nome. The Spectacled Eider Study is a good example of how USGS science is valuable to the public and incorporated into decision making. Resource Managers are using Spectacled Eider satellite telemetry data collected by USGS Alaska Science Center scientists to plot a route to help deliver emergency fuel to the ice bound coastal community of Nome, AK. Media contacts include Alaska Dispatch http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/threatened-alaska-sea-ducks-protected-tanker-plows-through-bering-sea-ice; Coastal Radio (97.3) and Liz O'Connell from WonderVisions.
For more information about the study please visit http://alaska.usgs.gov/science/biology/seaducks/spei/index.php
On January, 5 USGS Alaska Science Center (ASC) scientist Chad Jay was interviewed by Kate Gammon for a story with Our Amazing Planet. Jay answered questions about the walrus telemetry work conducted by the ASC and answered questions related to how walrus distribution and behavior may be changing with changing summer sea ice conditions in the Chukchi Sea. Female and young walruses are using land haul-outs more frequently in recent years than in the past, which may ultimately have consequences on survival and reproductive rates.
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