Alaska Ocean Acidification Network
Nina Bednarsek specializes in the development of biologically relevant thresholds for interpreting ocean acidification data. Formerly with NOAA, she now works with the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project and is studying pteropods in Alaska.
Q: What element of OA do you work on in Alaska and where?
My involvement with the OA work in Alaska started after receiving North Pacific Research Board grant to investigate the extent of biological effect due to ocean acidification in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea. This grant builds on almost a decade-long research on the impacts of OA on pteropods (sea butterfly), tiny shelled zooplankton that is a keystone species because it represents an important food diet for Pacific salmon, especially for pink and chum salmon in Alaskan waters.
December 14, 2017Early winter has been a busy time for ocean acidification outreach in Alaska, where conversations about ocean acidification and engagement between researchers and the public took place in two communities, a school, a statewide conference, and a multi-state expo.
November 21, 2017Last week, the Alaska OA Network met with fishermen at the Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle – an annual event in Seattle that draws thousands of fishermen and fishing industry members from across Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.
November 17, 2017
Panel discussion on OA and salmon during the Pacific Marine Expo on Nov 17, 2017.
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