• Investigation of Physiological Similarities Between Pandalus platycerus and Pandalus danae

      Bower, Esther (2017-07-15)
      The original project objective was to determine a suitable model organism to study Pandalus platyceros. I proposed to use the local dock shrimp Pandalus danae to do this research. This project allowed me to further my research on the study of Pandalid shrimps. I have been working with a very large species of shrimp for 3 years and getting experience working with a small shrimp species has greatly influenced my strengths in dissection methods. I feel confident I could isolate almost any tissue in any shrimp species given the correct tools, something I was skeptical about before this project. This project will give my mentor and I the opportunity to publish another gene sequence and further the knowledge of the genus Pandalus. In the future I could use this knowledge to sequence androgenic gland genes in other Pandalus species, potentially becoming part of a master’s project.
    • Killer Whale Ecotypes in the Juneau Area

      Luck, Emma (2017-07-15)
      The goal of this project was to identify the most common killer whale ecotype in the Juneau area. Over 400 photographs of killer whales taken from the years 2012-2015 were collected from Juneau photographers and marine naturalists on various whale watching boats. The photos were analyzed and the killer whales were identified as either resident, transient, or offshore based on morphological characteristics. Additionally, the individual whales were compared to published killer whale identification catalogs and identified when possible.
    • Pilot investigation into the age structure of market squid, Doryteuthis opalescens, in the Gulf of Alaska

      Navarro, Michael; Wehde, Dawn (University of Alaska Southeast, 2018-03-08)
      The objective of my URECA funded project was to conduct a pilot investigation that aimed to provide a data set of the age, size, and maturity of market squid, Doryteuthis opalescens, collected in the Gulf of Alaska. The information I collected was used to infer the establishment of a residential or transient population of market squid in the sampled area. I hypothesized that squid collected offshore (> 100m from the shoreline) would be less sexually mature and younger than squid collected inshore which supports the establishment of a residential population. In comparison, no significant differences between size, maturity, and age between squid collected offshore and inshore supports that the squid are from a transient population.
    • Place Names as Evidence for Historic Resource and Property Rights Among the Tlingit: An Interactive Approach

      Sorum-Birk, Elise (2017-07-15)
      My goal was to create an interactive app of Tlingit place names in the Juneau area in order to use it as a tool for education and resource management. The secondary objective was to write an academic paper about the project and to present at the Alaska Native Studies Conference in Fairbanks.
    • The Salinity Threshold of Market Squid Embryos in Southeast Alaska

      Sekerak, Vasily J. (University of Alaska Southeast, 2018-03-07)
      My initial project focused on the way market squid embryo morphology can possibly be effected by ocean salinity levels during development. This was to be accomplished by testing two sets of embryos with three replicates each. These two sets would comprise a salinity level that matched the ocean conditions of Sitka sound, and a comparative salinity which would represent the low salinity levels of the inner passages of Southeast Alaska. Once the embryos hatched they would be transferred into tanks especially designed to safely contain soft tissue organisms. After several weeks of paralarval development, the squid would then be euthanized in accordance with regulations and their statoliths would be removed and analyzed for and morphological differences. As it currently stands my project has achieved a working prototype of the circulatory current aquarium that I had originally proposed in the beginning. This aquarium system exists on larger scales, however I was able to draft, develop and test my own small scale version. This scaled down aquarium allows for larval stage vertebrates and invertebrates on a focused level that’s optimized for smaller labs.
    • Sayeik

      Holton, Luke (University of Alaska Southeast, 2018-09-02)
      The original purpose of this film project was to document the current sociopolitical attitude towards revitalization of Tlingit place names within Southeast Alaska. Several high-visibility name revitalizations (Utqiagvik, Denali, Tlux’satanjin, etc) have been facilitated by the Alaska Historical Commission in the previous years, and this film addresses the cultural impact that name revitalization might have on Alaska Native populations.
    • White Privilege: The Effects of Informer Race on Perceived Legitimacy

      Hawkins, Elizabeth (2017-07-15)
      The goal of this research was to investigate how the race of an informer of White privilege affects the perceived legitimacy and recognition of its existence through either a factual based (central route) or emotion based (peripheral route) message.