weekend, the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center held the first of
two lectures that it will be hosting this month. KMXT's Casey Kelly has more.
Audubon Society and Friends of the Kodiak Refuge sponsored a Friday evening
talk by Reid Brewer, an Assistant Professor with the University of Alaska
Fairbanks Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program. The presentation was titled
"Under Aleutian Waters: A Look at an Undiscovered Ecosystem in the Presence of
a Changing Climate." Brewer, who is based in Unalaska, says the talk is based
on two years worth of research done in some of the most remote parts of the
1 :13s "...looking at biodiversity.")
researchers came back with were hundreds of photographs and video clips, much
of it underwater footage. Brewer says so far they've identified 12 new species,
and are waiting to hear about a couple more.
2 :24s "...which is fantastic.")
change is something that scientists study over time, so Brewer says the
information collected will give researchers some baseline data with which to
study the region in the future.
3 :16s "...that's changed over time.")
used his trip to Kodiak to meet with students at local schools as well as
community members during a roundtable discussion at the refuge visitor's center
Saturday morning. He'll also be taking his presentation to five other Alaska
communities: Petersburg, Ketchikan, Cordova, Juneau and Anchorage. Brewer says
the marine advisory program is interested in gathering input on how climate
change is affecting coastal communities throughout the state.
4 :20s "...impacting those resources.")
visitor's center will host another lecture this coming Saturday on climate
change. This time, the refuge in conjunction with the Alaska Marine
Conservation Council, will have a talk from Michael Schlesinger, a professor of
atmospheric sciences and director of the Climate Research Group at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Schlesinger's climate models have
been used by the Energy Model Forum and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change, which in 2007 was a co-recipient--along with Al Gore--of the Nobel