Science Night 2019

12/05/2019 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Embassy Suites Hotel
600 E. Benson Blvd
Science Night 2019

On Thursday, December 5, the Council will host our annual Science Night at the Embassy Suites in Anchorage (600 E Benson Blvd). Join us to hear about the latest research that affects the safe transportation of oil through Prince William Sound.

This event is an initiative of the Council’s Scientific Advisory Committee. SAC, as it’s known, ensures Council projects are based on the best scientific practices available.

Doors open at 5:00pm, for hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Presentations include:

5:30 – 6:00 PM – How Visualizing Data on Cook Inlet Wild Resource Harvests Can Improve Oil Spill Planning and Response,Presenter – Dr. Davin Holen is a coastal community resilience specialist for Alaska Sea Grant. Holen will summarize a project that integrated a socio-economic data layer called the Wild Resource Harvest and Use by Cook Inlet Communities into the Cook Inlet Response Tool (CIRT) and discuss how similar information could be used in other communities impacted by oil, gas, and other natural resource and industrial activities.

6:00 – 6:30 PM – Remediation is in the Eye of the Smolder, Presenter – Olga Stewart, PE, is an environmental engineer with Geosyntec Consultants in Anchorage. Stewart will explore STAR, an innovative thermal treatment technology for environmental remediation based on the principles of smoldering combustion. It was invented as a remediation technique in 2005, piloted in 2009, and has been used in over 50 projects since its first full-scale application in 2015.

6:30 – 7:00 PMBreak, plentiful hors d’oeuvres, and cash bar

7:00 – 7:30 PMSea Ducks in Nearshore Marine Systems, Presenter – Dan Esler is a Research Wildlife Biologist with the Alaska Science Center of the US Geological Survey. Esler will examine how sea duck responses to the recent marine heat wave event have been muted relative to dramatic responses seen in predators from pelagic food webs (e.g., sea birds and whales). These contrasting responses to different system-wide perturbations offer insights into drivers of sea duck populations and resiliency of nearshore ecosystems.

7:30 – 8:00 PMOil-Related Marine Snow: Implications for Oil Spill Planning and Response in the Gulf of Alaska, Presenters – Jesse Ross and Susan Saupe. Ross recently completed a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering at the University of New Hampshire. Saupe is the Director of Science & Research for the Cook Inlet RCAC. Ross and Saupe will evaluate the impacts of oil-related marine snow and how it should be considered in oil spill preparedness and assessment of impacts.


For more information, contact Hans Odegard at (907) 273-6227


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