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Kodiak Area Marine Science Symposium 2014

Written by: Posted on: December 31, 1969 at 7:00PMPosted in: Main Topic


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:

·         Physical and biological oceanography, including algae

·         Invertebrates (crabs, shrimp, zooplankton, etc.)

·         Fishes

·         Marine birds and mammals

·         Human dimensions (citizen science, archaeology, K–12, traditional ecological knowledge)

·         Emerging issues

Following the talks on Friday, April 25, the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce will host an Alaska gubernatorial debate. What better way to query our state’s leaders about the role of science in the future management of Alaska’s natural resources?


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.

Secure online registration

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:

Kodiak Visitors Guide

100 Things To Do in Kodiak

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


Kodiak Area Marine Science Symposium 2014. (2014). Alaska Sea Grant. Retrieved April 15, 2014, from

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