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Fisheries

Fisheries Pathways: Educating Technicians and Scientists

Fisheries Technician Pathways

Programs range from an introduction to fisheries as a career path to degrees that provide a broad educational and practical foundation in the field. Students completing these programs will be prepared for entry-level employment in federal and state agencies, hatcheries, and the private sector or may continue on towards a bachelor’s degree.

Fisheries Science Pathways

On the Juneau Campus, UAS/UAF offers two bachelor of science degree tracks with an emphasis in fisheries science. Ocean-front laboratories offer outstanding access to marine environments. Students work closely with science faculty and have the opportunity to contribute to many current research projects.

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Student Experience

Undergraduate Research at UAS: Henry Masters

Henry Masters brings his love of fishing, the ecology of river habitats, and the outdoors to a whole new level with the Undergraduate Research, Experiential & Creative Activities (URECA) program at UAS.

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The Best of UAS and UAF

Students in the joint UAS/UAF program B.S. Fisheries and Ocean Sciences benefit from faculty and resources from UAF the small class sizes at UAS (Juneau) and easy access to the ocean, freshwater lakes and streams, the intertidal habitat, and wetlands.

Alaska Dive Semester

Each spring, the Sitka campus offers an intensive field semester of scientific diving. Students begin with basic dive skills, and progress through underwater rescue procedures and underwater data collection techniques to become accomplished research divers. Students become familiar with local fish and invertebrate species, and participate in marine-related research projects. Additionally, students develop skills in basic skiff handling and small engine maintenance, critical to underwater field work.

In addition to gaining experience in cold-water research and field work, the Dive Semester offers students the opportunity to earn open water, dry suit, advanced open water, research and scientific diver, and oxygen provider certifications.

Learning Environments

Anderson Biology Lab

Located on the Juneau campus, the waterfront Anderson labs and classrooms are central to the biology programs at UAS. Wet labs cycle salt water directly from the ocean, allowing professors and students to conduct research in marine ecology, mammalogy, phycology, comparative physiology, neurobiology, population genetics, and conservation biology.

Land or Sea: Study from Anywhere

Fisheries Technology Pathways

Students can attend fisheries technology pathway classes on-campus in Sitka or online using iPads, available to program participants.  These "off the grid" classes allow students to complete an entire class independent of the internet. The waterproof iPads (provided as a free loan by UAS) contain all lectures, videos, readings, FAQs, and exams that students can take remotely.

“The Fish Tech program has been such a positive experience. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about fish culture and what really happens out here. It gives you a much better understanding, start to finish, of how this whole process works. If you love the ocean and fishing, why not make it a career?”

Program Faculty

Joel A. Markis, M.S.

Joel A. Markis, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Fisheries

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Sherry Tamone, Ph.D.

Sherry Tamone, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

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David Tallmon, Ph.D.

David Tallmon, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

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Michael O. Navarro, Ph.D.

Michael O. Navarro, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Marine Fisheries

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Carolyn A. Bergstrom, Ph.D.

Carolyn A. Bergstrom, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Marine Biology

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Heidi Pearson

Heidi Pearson

Associate Professor of Marine Biology

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Susan L. Kendig, M.S.

Susan L. Kendig, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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Marnie Chapman, M.A., M.S.

Marnie Chapman, M.A., M.S.

Professor of Biology

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Jan Straley, M.S.

Jan Straley, M.S.

Professor of Marine Biology

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Kitty LaBounty, B.S., M.S.

Kitty LaBounty, B.S., M.S.

Assistant Professor of Biology

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Paul Bahna

Paul Bahna

Assistant Professor of Biology

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Jon Martin

Jon Martin

Assistant Professor of Biology

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