Terry Johnson has spent much of his life on boats. Whether he’s catching salmon, showing marine wildlife to tourists or penning dockside stories about Alaska’s fishing industry, the University of Alaska Fairbanks professor’s life for decades has revolved around the sea and coastlines.
It’s not uncommon for Alaskans strolling their state’s vast coastline to encounter a marine mammal, dead and washed up on shore. When a surprise encounter happens, questions often bubble up. A new guide sheet from Alaska Sea Grant provides answers.
University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers will participate in an Arctic research cruise to study how winds in the Beaufort Sea affect the food chain, from plankton to whales.
Across Alaska, berry harvests have begun in earnest — and, this year, some Alaskans will help track changes in their berry patches scientifically. The new National Science Foundation project aims not only to engage Alaskans in research on berry resources but also to find ways to make the findings more valuable to communities.
On any given week, Leif Albertson might present programs on canning fish, improving indoor air quality or eradicating bed bugs. It’s all part of his job as the sole Cooperative Extension Service agent in Bethel. He is a health, home and family development agent, but he responds to diverse community requests and needs for educational programming in Southwest Alaska.