Ginny Eckert named director of Alaska Sea Grant

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Dr. Ginny Eckert was appointed director of the Alaska Sea Grant Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks earlier this month. The announcement came from UAF Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Anupma Prakash, whose office now oversees the program. Based in Juneau, Eckert served in the roles of acting and interim director since summer 2019,…

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Ginny Eckert

Ginny Eckert Director, Juneau (907) 796-5450 Contact Ginny Bio page Ginny Eckert Expertise aquaculture fisheries ecology fisheries oceanography marine biology marine invertebrates Focus ecology management and aquaculture of commercially important marine invertebrates Education University of California Santa Barbara, Ph.D. Ecology, 1999 University of Florida, M.S. Zoology, 1994 Dartmouth College, B.A. Biology, 1990 For more information, including CV, research projects, publications, and…

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Fellowships announced by Alaska Sea Grant

CONTACT: Paula Dobbyn, 907-274-9698, Five graduate students selected by Alaska Sea Grant will spend a year working with state and federal agencies to support healthy coastal communities and the marine environment. Alaska Sea Grant chose the students to participate in its State Fellowship program. The fellowships strengthen Alaska’s workforce by cultivating future professionals working in marine science and policy, fisheries,…

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Alaskans try to combat death by marine toxins

Mass mortality of seabirds. Marine mammal deaths. Alaskans sickened by shellfish. What’s the common theme? Seawater contaminated by toxic algae. Call it death by phytoplankton. A group of Alaskans — including state officials, tribes, nonprofit organizations and researchers — have recently come together to try to combat these marine toxins. The goal is to keep…

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Ginny Eckert inspires big-picture thinking in her research and students

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Juneau, Alaska—Ginny Eckert likes having a comprehensive understanding of the world around her. Her work as the associate director of research at Alaska Sea Grant and professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences has taken her all over Alaska. Eckert and her graduate students have studied reproductive potential of…

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Burgeoning sea otter population in southern Southeast Alaska depletes commercial fishery species

Three floating sea otters

Juneau, Alaska—Sea otters enjoy feeding on sea cucumbers, sea urchins, Dungeness crabs and geoducks. Unfortunately, so do people. In southern Southeast Alaska, commercial fisheries for these invertebrate species provide income for local economies. At the same time, a growing population of sea otters is consuming the invertebrates. Predation from the otters is already having an…

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