Climate change is topic for AMSS’s opening day

A keynote speech by Japanese researcher Takashi Kikuchi on how changing ocean conditions are impacting marine ecosystems is on tap Jan. 23, the opening day of the 2017 Alaska Marine Science Symposium in Anchorage.

Kikuchi, the deputy director of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, is one of six researchers and others slated to address the symposium on the first day of the five-day event.

Also scheduled to speak are Fran Ulmer, Anchorage, chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission; U.S. Arctic youth ambassadors Macy Kenworthy of Kotzebue, and Cade Terada of Dutch Harbor; Nicholas Pyenson of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, and Nick Bond, a research scientist at the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean at the University of Washington.

Ulmer will speak about the Arctic Research Commission’s plans for the Arctic.

Kenworthy and Terada will discuss their experiences as Arctic youth ambassadors.

Pyenson will discuss tracing the evolution and extinction of high latitude marine megafauna, and Bond will speak about the recent marine heat wave in Alaska.

The next four days of the symposium will focus on the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, the Arctic, and workshops.

More information on these speakers and the entire agenda is at