Straley Receives Alaska Ocean Leadership Award
Jan Straley received an Alaska Ocean Leadership Award from the Alaska Sealife Center at a ceremony February 18 at the Den’aina Center in Anchorage.
Straley was awarded the Marine Research Award, sponsored by Dr. Clarence Pautzke and his wife Dr. Maureen McCrae. "The Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards provide an opportunity to recognize outstanding contributions to the sustainability of Alaska’s greatest resource—her oceans," said Tara Riemer Jones, ASLC President and CEO. Jan has studied the behavior and population dynamics of large whales in the North Pacific for more than thirty years. Her early research on humpbacks provided insight why some whales linger in the colder waters of the North Pacific during the fall and winter, when most whales migrate to the warmer climates of Mexico and Hawaii. Her research today involves interactions among large whales and human activities, primarily with fisheries. She is currently an Associate Professor of Marine Biology at the UAS Sitka Campus and an affiliate faculty of the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. The Alaska SeaLife Center is a private non-profit research institution and visitor attraction which generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems.