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USGS Scientists Participates in Gulf of Alaska Integrated Ecosystem Workshop
Alaska Science Center Research Ecologist Mayumi Arimitsu will participate in the Gulf of Alaska Integrated Ecosystem Research Program science synthesis workshop Feb 13-17, 2017. The workshop is funded by the North Pacific Research Board and hosted by NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service at the Friday Harbor Laboratories in Washington State. More than 45 agency, university and non-governmental organization scientists will participate. The goal of this workshop is to explore connections between the coastal and deeper marine environment of the Gulf of Alaska. Effects of annual (e.g. spring snow melt), seasonal (rain and water temperature), and episodic (e.g. algal blooms and the blob) will be discussed. Key publications resulting from the workshop will demonstrate ecological linkages among physical and biological responses to changes in the marine environment. Ultimately this information will integrate with existing programs for the assessment and management of Gulf of Alaska fisheries as well as ecosystem monitoring efforts such as the Gulf Watch Alaska program.
Contact: Mayumi Arimitsu Juneau, AK, (907) 364-1593

Press Inquiries/Media

On February 7, Layne G. Adams, Research Wildlife Biologist with USGS Alaska Science Center, was interviewed by a writer for Popular Science about wolf population ecology and wolf-prey relationships relative to wildlife management in Alaska and wolf recovery in the lower 48.
Contact: Brian Adams, (907) 786-7000

USGS Wildlife Disease and Environmental Health Programs: On February 4, 2017, Andy Ramey of the USGS Alaska Science Center was interviewed by John Bristow of KCBS News Radio in San Francisco regarding highly pathogenic H5N6 influenza A viruses circulating in East Asia and the potential for such viruses to be dispersed to North America by migratory birds. An audio file of the live radio broadcast can be provided upon request.
Contact: Andrew Ramey Anchorage, AK, (907) 786-7174

Reporter Yereth Rosen with the Alaska Dispatch News contacted Shad O'Neel, Research Geophysicist with the USGS Alaska Science Center for general information on glacier movement. See February 2 news story at: .
Contact: Shad O'Neel Anchorage, AK, (907) 786-7088

USGS Facebook features Emperor Goose research conducted by USGS Alaska Science Center Wildlife biologist Brian Uher-Koch during a recent trip to Adak, AK.
Contact: Hannah Uher-koch, (907) 786-7000

USGS Instagram image features coastal erosion and climate impacts to Arctic coastline research by Benjamin Jones with USGS Alaska Science Center. .
Contact: Benjamin Jones Anchorage, AK, (907) 786-7033


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