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Thank You for Attending the Conference & Please Complete the Survey Below!

Thank you for another great Kachemak Bay Science Conference! The 2018 conference has finished, and your feedback is important to help the organizers improve this event in the future. We have a short survey we would like you to complete by March 30th, would you please take 5 minutes to reflect on your experience? 



The Kachemak Bay Science Conference is a forum for presenting scientific and traditional ecological knowledge relevant to Kachemak Bay and its surrounding coasts and waters in order to foster an informed and engaged community of environmental researchers, educators, and decision-makers. The goal of this conference is to provide new information and syntheses to the broad community interested in and working on related issues. The theme of this conference is “Science without Borders: Working across disciplines, boundaries, and barriers."  The conference presentation sessions are as follows:

  •         Crossing Disciplines: Social, Physical and Biological Sciences
  •         Crossing Boundaries: Geographical Jurisdictions
  •         Crossing Barriers: Political and Societal
  •         Species Shifts: Locals, Visitors and Invasives

 Registration for the conference is FREE, and open to researchers, resource managers, and members of the public.  All associated workshops and field trips are also free of charge.  However, some have limited space, so register early.  To register, click here

Thursday March 8th Keynote Speaker

Alaska Writer Nancy Lord

Reception @ 6:00 -

Keynote: Art and Science: Branches of the Same Tree @ 7:00pm


Nancy Lord

Nancy, who makes her home in Homer, Alaska, is passionate about place, history, and the natural environment.  From her many years of commercial salmon fishing and, later, work as a naturalist and historian on adventure cruise ships, she’s explored in both fiction and nonfiction the myths and realities of life in the north.  Among her published books are three collections of short stories and five works of literary nonfiction, including the memoir Fishcamp, the cautionary Beluga Days, and the front-lines story of climate change, Early Warming.  She most recently (2016) edited the anthology Made of Salmon: Alaska Stories From The Salmon Project.  Her (first!) novel, pH (working title had been The Pteropod Gang), was recently released from Graphic Arts/Alaska Northwest Books.

Nancy was honored as Alaska Writer Laureate for 2008-10, a term during which she traveled throughout the state to promote Alaska writers, writing, and libraries.

Friday March 9th Plenary Speaker

Mandy Lindeberg

Science Without Borders - is it possible?

9:00 - 9:45am 

 Lindeberg Mandy   

Fisheries Research Biologist

Auke Bay Laboratories

NOAA NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center

Mandy has been conducting research along Alaska’s coastline for over 25 years. Her expertise is in coastal ecology and she specializes in the taxonomy and ecology of seaweeds. She has authored the popular “Field Guide to Seaweeds and Alaska” and “A Handy Field Guide to the Nearshore Marine Fishes of Alaska”. Her research spans studies on the Exxon Valdez oil spill to essential fish habitat and coastal assessments. Currently she is involved in several major ecosystem level programs. She is the Program Lead and collaborating researcher for the Gulf Watch Alaska long-term ecosystem monitoring program funded by the Exxon Valdez oil spill Trustee Council and she is also providing leadership and expertise to the Alaska ShoreZone program which is imaging and habitat mapping Alaska’s entire coastline.