Tory O’Connell spent the weekend outside a US Customs and Border Protection detention center in Clint, Texas. The center holds children under the age of 18 whose parents are seeking asylum in the United States.
A collaborative research team has formed around landslide prediction, with an interest in developing a warning and response system for Sitka. They'll hold meetings at the Sitka Sound Science Center on January 10th and 12th to seek public input.
Rob Harcourt is a professor of Marine Ecology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He's in Sitka as a Scientist in Residency Fellow (SIRF) at the Sitka Sound Science Center. Harcourt uses advanced tagging techniques to study ocean animals and their habitat -- everything from jellyfish to blue whales. He'll be speaking tonight (6PM Wed Apr 22, Alaska Raptor Rehabilitation Center, free) on climate change and penquins: "Will Happy Feet feel the heat?" With SSS research director Tory O'Connell.
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Two preeminent oceanographers will be in Sitka for the month of March. Jackie Grebmeier and Lee Cooper will be catching up on their writing, visiting classrooms, and mingling with the public -- basically, enjoying the novelty of staying in one place for a solid month.