Salmon Connection:

This video was created to promote knowledge and understanding of salmon ecosystems and the relationship between human activities and natural resources. The Salmon Connection Exhibit was funded by the National Science Foundation and was done in conjunction with the University of Washington to communicate salmon research to a public audience. Ray Troll did the art work, Tenji Inc. did the exhibit design and University of Washington graduate students helped with the language for the signs. The idea is to demonstrate the connection between the intertidal and healthy salmon fisheries and the connection between healthy salmon and a diversity or “portfolio” of salmon stream habitats. The exhibit uses a fun new tank, artwork and a game as ways to engage the public in the salmon connections.[/vc_column_text]

Kelp and Abalone: Sentinels for Climate Change:

SITKA, ALASKA: Through a collaborative project between the Sitka Sound Science Center (SSSC), Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), US Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), and the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS), scientists will collect density and demographic data on Pinto abalone in Sitka Sound. Concurrently, USCGA Cadet interns will map, assess, and monitor kelp beds and evaluate changing environmental conditions such as pH, temperature, and currents in Sitka Sound. Monitoring these populations and correlating trends with factors related to climate change will help inform management decisions and help our community respond to a changing environment. Further, this study will be a conduit for training and mentoring a new generation of scientists and managers through internship programs at the Science Center. 2015-2016 research is funded by Alaska Sea Grant (see below), with SSSC Research Director Victoria O’Connell as lead, joined by co-investigators at the USCG Academy (L. Vlietstra), ADF&G (K. Hebert), and UAS (H. Pearson). Taylor White and Lauren Bell are lead researchers.
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This video is the result of research sponsored by Alaska Sea Grant with funds from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Sea Grant, Department of Commerce, under grant no. NA14OAR4170079 (project no. R/100-03), and from the University of Alaska with funds appropriated by the state.

Marine Debris:

The Sitka Sound Science Center has these “shorts” highlighting the role individuals play in reducing marine debris. The project is called “A Drop in the Bucket, Every Drop Counts!” A “drop” refers to water, debris, and individual action. The videos will be shown during daily tours of the SSSC and will be distributed over the internet and broadcast media.  The intent is to reach a broad audience that includes people who would not have had an opportunity to consider their role in marine debris and inspire that audience to take action to reduce marine debris.

These videos were funded by Alaska Conservation Foundation and filmed by Ben Hamilton, Pioneer Videography with production help from Margot O’Connell. They star many local Sitkans.  Please watch and share “The Tourist”, “The Adventurer”, and “The Fisherman”. If you would like to use these PSAs on your website, broadcast, or public event please contact our Science Outreach Coordinator at (907) 747-8878 for details.  To learn more about our marine debris education and reduction efforts click here.



Ricketts Family Connection:

Part of Sitka Sound Science Center’s vision is to build on Sitka’s history of science. Sitkan Nancy Ricketts has a very special connection to that history.  Born in Pacific Grove, Calif., in 1924 to Ed and Nan Ricketts, Nancy spent her childhood with her family in tidepools and tidal flats on marine specimen collecting trips. Her father, Ed Ricketts, was a marine biologist in Monterey, California.

Nancy Ricketts was especially close to her father and her relationship with him has had a major influence on her life. Ed Ricketts, with Jack Calvin (who lived in Sitka for many years), authored the seminal textbook on West Coast marine ecology titled  Between Pacific Tides. Ed had a marine lab on Cannery Row in Monterey and collaborated with his friend, author John Steinbeck, whose book The Sea of Cortez related the story of their voyage to that area. Ed Ricketts died in an accident in 1948. Over the years Nancy Ricketts has faithfully gathered information on his life and studies while she has built a life for herself here in Sitka as an archivist, museum enthusiast, and an engaged and contributing community member.

This interview with Nancy was put together by Dr. Mike Lannoo whose book Leopold’s Shack and Ricketts’ Lab sparked a friendship with Nancy. It was filmed and edited by Ellen Frankenstein. Rebecca Poulson interviewed Nancy who shares her childhood memories of her father than deepens Ed profile beyond the one dimensional portrait that Steinbeck paints of his friend in the short novelCannery Row.  This video allows observers to meet Nancy Ricketts, an extraordinary woman whose unique science influences led her to Sitka, Alaska.

Watch the video here. Please know that this is a very large file.