February 25, 2016

AMSS 2016: The Numbers Are In!

It was another year filled with excellent plenary presentations, posters, new discoveries, and results that beckon more questions to be explored. 

During the five-day conference, over 800 people convened to listen to scientists present about a range of marine science topics that included a new ocean current in the Arctic, the detection and dialects of Biggs killer whales, and spatial and temporal migratory patterns of juvenile Yukon River Chinook salmon. Additional presentations focused on strategic planning in the Aleutian Archipelago, the problems of fishing fleet resiliency, and communities gathering data for long-term monitoring in the Arctic. Climate change continues to impact modeling assessments, especially the amount of freshwater discharge in the Gulf of Alaska and future weather predictions for the state. Yet the Warm Blob continues to puzzle many marine scientists, including seabird biologists with the recent large seabird mortality events.

It was also a year of firsts for AMSS. A record five keynotes presented on the diverse perspectives and interests of marine science. Powered by Guidebook, the conference went mobile for the first time. And Ocean Week, an effort to share marine science resources and connect scientists and educators, kicked off for its very first year.

But rather continue to rattle off summary statistics from the conference, AMSS organizers decided to do things a bit differently. Below is an infographic that summarizes some of AMSS 2016's highlights.

To download the .pdf, click here!