The Alaska Ocean Acidification Network facilitates topic-specific working groups to help implement the mission of the network. If you would like to join a working group, or propose a new working group, please email Darcy Dugan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research & Monitoring
Members: see the Alaska OA Expertise Database
Mission: Provide a forum for sharing and collaboration to expand and enhance OA research and monitoring efforts in Alaska
- Develop a statewide inventory and monitoring build-out plan for Alaska
- Discuss monitoring practices, research priorities, and opportunities for collaboration. (See January 2016 Technical Workshop: Scoping the Approach and Priorities for Ocean Acidification Monitoring Activities in Alaska – final report)
- Provide current information on research and monitoring to share with stakeholders across Alaska.
Fishing Community Engagement
Members: Dorothy Childers (Alaska Marine Conservation Council), Lindsey Bloom (United Fishermen of Alaska), Bob Foy (NOAA AFSC Kodiak Lab), Theresa Peterson (North Pacific Fisheries Management Council), Tyson Fick (Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers), Chris Long (NOAA AFSC Kodiak Lab), Melissa Good (Alaska Sea Grant – Dutch Harbor), Chip Treinen (United Fishermen of Alaska), Darcy Dugan (Alaska Ocean Observing System), Marc Carrell (Cordova fisherman), Clayton Hamilton (Juneau fisherman).
Mission: Provide 2-way communication with Alaska fishermen and the seafood industry on the topics of OA research, forecasts, concerns, and ideas for collaboration.
- Identify key information pathways to engage fishermen on the topic of OA
- Hold roundtable Q&A sessions with fisherman in coastal communities
- Produce tailored outreach material including brochures, info sheets, and a website Q&A page
- Discuss partnerships for research and monitoring
Outreach & Communication
Members: Davin Holen (Alaska Sea Grant), Tina Buxbaum (Alaska Center for Climate Assessment & Policy – UAF), Shallin Busch (NOAA Ocean Acidification Program), Maggie Mooney-Suess (NOAA AFSC), Marilyn Sigman (Alaska Sea Grant), Jeff Dillon, (Alaska SeaLife Center), Darcy Dugan (Alaska Ocean Observing System).
Mission: Oversee outreach efforts to educate Alaskans on the topic of OA
- Identify new audiences, partners, and venues for sharing information on OA
- Review outreach materials
- Provide guidance for website and list serve
Members: Chris Backstrum (South HS, Anchorage), Mark van Arsdale (Eagle River HS, Eagle River), Tonia Kushner (Wasillla HS, Wasilla, formerly Pribilof Islands), Amanda Kelley (UAF Ocean Acidification Research Center), Kris Holderied (NOAA Kasitsna Bay Lab), Claudine Hauri (UAF-IARC), Marilyn Sigman (Alaska Sea Grant), Lisa Hiruki-Raring (NOAA), Darcy Dugan (Alaska Ocean Observing System)
Mission: Support educators in their efforts to teach OA in the classroom
- Hear from teachers about their current approach to teaching OA, and what their biggest needs are
- Create direct connections between teachers and scientists to help answer questions, locate resources, and interact with students
- Identify Alaska-relevant curriculum on OA and create a “For Educators” page on the network website
- Procure OA kits for hand-on experiments in the classroom
Members: Molly McCammon (Alaska Ocean Observing System), Dorothy Childers (Alaska Marine Conservation Council), Jeremy Mathis (NOAA Arctic Program), Beth Kerttula (former Legislature, former National Ocean Council), Darcy Dugan (Alaska Ocean Observing System)
Mission: Identify priorities for the OA Network with regard to policy
- Keep Alaska’s congressional delegation informed with the latest information on OA
- Reach out to new stakeholder groups including municipal leagues, fish processors, and others
- Develop future funding ideas
- Advise other working groups on getting their message/materials up the chain
Engaging with Tribes
Members: Davin Holen (Alaska Sea Grant), Jeff Hetrick and Jacquline Ramsey (Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery, Seward), Esther Kennedy and Chris Whitehead (Sitka Tribe of Alaska), Kelly Krueger and Tom Lance (Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak), Alex Whiting (Native Village of Kotzebue), Gay Sheffield (Alaska Sea Grant, Nome), Jennifer Hanlon (Yakutat Tlingit Tribe), Ian Johnson (Hoonah Indian Association).
Mission: Coordinate OA monitoring activities, as well as local community outreach activities, between Tribal organizations across Alaska.
- Expand Tribal capacity for research and monitoring, and support Tribes taking the lead in some areas in Alaska which are under sampled by university and agency researchers
- Create consistency in data collection
- Partner with researchers to build local capacity