Science

Alaska should learn from Kodiak’s energy independence

A forward from Seward Alternative Energy Group Source: Alaska Dispatch News – Opinion Comment by Carey Restino http://www.adn.com/article/20150315/alaska-should-learn-kodiaks-energy-independence At the recent meeting of leaders from around southwest Alaska, there was much conversation about the need for affordable energy in rural Alaska. In fact, that’s pretty much led every conversation in every meeting in rural Alaska when more than a few […]

March 16, 2015 ·
Master of Research Vessel Sikuliaq Michael J. Hoshlyk sits at the joystick helm. Photo by R. Smeriglio

Sikuliaq Tour Reveals Details

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — The day before R/V Sikuliaq’s ceremonial commissioning in Seward on Saturday, March 7, Master and Captain Michael J. Hoshlyk and Associate Dean of UAF Graduate School Dr. Michael A. Castellini conducted tours of the newest ship in the US academic research fleet. Beyond their obvious pride and pleasure at having such a sophisticated platform […]

March 11, 2015 ·
Two SHS Students Headed to Juneau for Week of Civic Engagement

Two SHS Students Headed to Juneau for Week of Civic Engagement

Alaska Center for the Environment News Release – The annual Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (AYEA) Civics & Conservation Summit is a youth leadership training that brings teens from diverse regions of the state together to build skills in civic action, issue analysis, advocacy and statewide leadership through high-impact civic engagement lessons. In addition to the training, the youth delegates […]

March 5, 2015 ·
Alaska SeaLife Center Mourns Loss of Steller Sea Lion

Alaska SeaLife Center Mourns Loss of Steller Sea Lion

Alaska SeaLife Center News Release – Seward, Alaska (March 5, 2015) – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is saddened to announce the loss of Sugar, a 21-year-old female Steller sea lion. Despite efforts of ASLC Animal Care and Veterinary staff, Sugar was humanely euthanized after complications with bone degeneration on March 4. As a result of Sugar’s mature age, veterinarians […]

March 5, 2015 ·
Kenai Change Workshop at Kenai Peninsula College March 28

Kenai Change Workshop at Kenai Peninsula College March 28

For more information, visit http://kenaichange.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/kenaichange/timeline.  

March 2, 2015 ·

Freshwater springs found beneath the face of Columbia Glacier

Prince William Sound Regional Citizen’s Advisory Council Press Release – Researchers working with the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council have found what are believed to be the first documented freshwater springs at the base of a tidewater glacier in Alaska. This investigation was conducted by the Prince William Sound Science Center in support of ongoing Council research focused […]

February 17, 2015 ·
Reared red king crab from Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery survive well when released into the wild

Reared red king crab from Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery survive well when released into the wild

Alaska King Crab Research, Rehabilitation and Biology (AKCRRAB) February News Flash – Trident Basin, near Kodiak, is now home to a group of hatchery-reared red king crab. NOAA researchers Chris Long, Pete Cummiskey, and Eric Munk released 11,250 crab into experimental plots in August 2014, and have tracked their survival and movement. The released juveniles were reared at the Alutiiq Pride […]

February 12, 2015 ·
Family Science Night tomorrow at the Alaska SeaLife Center

Family Science Night tomorrow at the Alaska SeaLife Center

February 10, 2015 ·
High school scientists document impacts of sea ice melt in Arctic

High school scientists document impacts of sea ice melt in Arctic

  Heidi Zemach for SCN – Nineteen teams representing some of the best and brightest students from across Alaska came together at Seward High School February 6-8 to compete, and learn from one another about the many effects of the melting sea ice in the Arctic that accompanies Global Climate Change. The 18th annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl’s Alaska Region […]

February 10, 2015 ·
R/V Sikuliaq Homecoming Celebration March 6-8

R/V Sikuliaq Homecoming Celebration March 6-8

  Join the University of Alaska Fairbanks as they celebrate the homecoming of the R/V Sikuliaq in Seward: March 6: Ship tours, 1-4:30 p.m., Dale R. Lindsey Terminal (railroad dock) March 7: Commissioning ceremony and reception, 11 a.m., Dale R. Lindsey Terminal (railroad dock) Ship tours, noon-5 p.m., Dale R. Lindsey Terminal (railroad dock) March 8: Ship tours, 1-4 p.m., Dale R. Lindsey […]

February 2, 2015 ·
Rescued Sea Otter Pup Moves to New Home at Seattle Aquarium

Rescued Sea Otter Pup Moves to New Home at Seattle Aquarium

Alaska SeaLife Center Press Release – Seward, Alaska (February 2, 2015) – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is pleased to announce that Mishka, a rescued sea otter, was safely transferred to her new home at the Seattle Aquarium. Mishka was transported by a FedEx plane to the Seattle Aquarium and made her public debut on Super Bowl Sunday. ASLC staff […]

February 2, 2015 ·
Alaska SeaLife Center Announces Alaska Ocean Leadership Award Recipients

Alaska SeaLife Center Announces Alaska Ocean Leadership Award Recipients

Alaska SeaLife Center News Release – Seward, Alaska (January 29, 2015) – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is proud to announce the 2015 Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards. These awards are given annually to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the awareness and sustainability of the state’s marine resources. The Alaska SeaLife Center appreciates the support provided by […]

January 29, 2015 ·
Alaska SeaLife Center Caring for Blind Harbor Seal

Alaska SeaLife Center Caring for Blind Harbor Seal

Alaska SeaLife Center Press Release – ​The Alaska SeaLife Center is currently caring for a blind harbor seal. Bryce was the last harbor seal pup rescue of 2014 after being found at Land’s End in Homer, AK. Because of his blindness, Bryce has been deemed non-releasable by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-National Marine Fisheries Service. Veterinary staff believe he […]

January 26, 2015 ·

Only One Chance: How Contaminants in our Environment Impair Brain Development

Statewide teleconference 9:00 am – 10:00 am, Wednesday, February 4, 2015 The brain is an extremely complex organ that has to undergo a variety of developmental stages in a particular sequence and at a particular time to develop properly. What happens when the developing brain is exposed to environmental toxicants such as lead, mercury, pesticides, PCBs, or PFCs? These and […]

January 20, 2015 ·
The Alaska SeaLife Center announces the Summer of Sharks!

The Alaska SeaLife Center announces the Summer of Sharks!

Alaska SeaLife Center Press Release – Seward, Alaska (January 15, 2015) – Science meets art as the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) brings the Buzz Saw Sharks of Long Ago exhibit to Seward, Alaska. The exhibit is on loan from the Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) and is done in collaboration with Ray Troll. Areas around the aquarium will be […]

January 15, 2015 ·

Kenai Fjords National Park Weather Summary – December 2014

December was another warmer-than-normal month in Kenai Fjords National Park and surrounding areas. As recorded at the Seward airport, the monthly average was 5.8 degrees F above normal, the same temperature departure that was recorded in November.  Daily high temperatures were above freezing every day except one and ranged from 31 degrees F (December 26th) to 47 degrees F (December […]

January 14, 2015 ·

Applications now open for the Ted Smith Conservation Intern Program

We are dedicated to building the next generation of leaders for Alaska’s conservation movement. To that end, Alaska Center for the Environment is proud to support Alaska Conservation Foundation’s Ted Smith Conservation Intern Program, which connects young adults to summer internships with conservation organizations across the state. Conservation Intern Program participants dedicate their summers to gaining invaluable skills through hands-on […]

December 20, 2014 ·
Rare Opportunity to View Bearded Seal at the Alaska SeaLife Center

Rare Opportunity to View Bearded Seal at the Alaska SeaLife Center

Alaska SeaLife Center Press Release – Seward, Alaska (December 11, 2014) – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is excited to announce it is currently home to a male bearded seal. Siku, named after the Inuit word for “sea ice,” is the first of his kind to reside at the Alaska SeaLife Center – in fact the first bearded seal to […]

December 11, 2014 ·
R/V Sikuliaq Conducts Science and Helps Film Crew During Maiden Voyage to Seward

R/V Sikuliaq Conducts Science and Helps Film Crew During Maiden Voyage to Seward

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — At a well-attended Seward Chamber of Commerce luncheon on December 5, Project Manager Dan Oliver enthusiastically presented the Research Vessel Sikuliaq story so far. The 261-foot long ship has joined the American academic-research fleet and features specialized equipment that makes it especially suited to arctic research. According to Oliver, the National Science Foundation paid […]

December 9, 2014 ·

Kenai Fjords National Park Weather Summary – November 2014

Kenai Fjords National Park and surrounding areas experienced an unusually warm start to what is locally, though unofficially, considered early winter.  Daily high temperatures recorded at the Seward airport reached into the high 40s and low 50s the first three weeks of the month and were above freezing on all days in November except the 27th. Three new daily record […]

December 9, 2014 ·

UAF Cooperative Extension Service Agriculture and Horticulture Presentations

News Release – UAF Cooperative Extension Service Agriculture and Horticulture Presentations The UAF Cooperative Extension Service will be conducting interviews for the Kenai Peninsula Agriculture and Horticulture position on December 11 and 12.The public is invited to participate in the seminars presented by the candidates. The schedule is a follows: Thursday, December 11, 2:00-3:00 pm Jay Jenkins; 3:30-4:30 pm Dave […]

November 25, 2014 ·

The Alaska SeaLife Center’s “Dot” Lays Her Eggs

http://www.youralaskalink.com/news/The-Alaska-SeaLife-Centers–283657091.html When a mother is expecting it is of interest how her little ones are developing. In this case, there are thousands of them. The Alaska SeaLife Center’s Giant Pacific Octopus “Dot” has laid eggs in one of the tanks in the Denizens of the Deep exhibit. Richard Hocking, Alaska SeaLife Center says, “its a species that has only been […]

November 23, 2014 ·
Changing Attitudes Towards Men’s Health

Changing Attitudes Towards Men’s Health

November is the month when we recognize the importance of men’s health, and the “Movember Stache-A-Thon” being promoted nationally and here in Seward is a great way to raise awareness around this issue. But equally important is to be aware of the many limited stereotypes and attitudes surrounding men and their health care needs that all too often fail to […]

November 23, 2014 ·
Local Student attends ANSEP Middle School Academy in Anchorage

Local Student attends ANSEP Middle School Academy in Anchorage

Press Release – ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) is currently hosting 48 middle-school students from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, including Seward student Jack Gunter,  for its November Middle School Academy. Throughout this two-week, all-expenses-paid program, Jack will participate in team-based learning activities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career fields. Middle School Academies […]

November 22, 2014 ·
New octopus mom cares for eggs

New octopus mom cares for eggs

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – Dot, a mature four-year-old giant Pacific octopus collected across from the Fox Island spit more than two years ago, is being an attentive octopus mother. She’s spent the past month and a half in the upper left corner of the Denizens of the Deep exhibit at Alaska SeaLife Center, gently caring for […]

November 21, 2014 ·
Give Thanks for Species Rescued From the Brink of Extinction

Give Thanks for Species Rescued From the Brink of Extinction

Alaska SeaLife Center Press Release – Give Thanks for Species Rescued From the Brink of Extinction Accredited zoos and aquariums are saving more than 30 endangered species and the Alaska SeaLife Center Plays a Leading Role. Steller’s eider Seward, Alaska (November 17, 2014) – As American families prepare for the annual ritual of giving thanks, they can add to their […]

November 18, 2014 ·