Arctic Ocean Biodiversity

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The Arctic Ocean Exploration research team is currently investigating marine life in the high Arctic Canada Basin.Visit to read more about the USCGC Healy. Photo: R. Gradinger, UAF

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Taxonomic expert Sergej Gagaev is currently visiting the Institute of Marine Science at UAF. His home institute is the Zoological Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia ( Dr. Gagaev's specialty is the the identification of Arctic bristle worms. Bristle worms are a dominant group in soft sediments of the world's oceans. Photo: B. Bluhm, UAF.


December 16, 2007

IPY cluster composition

The Arctic Census of Marine Life is excited to have 13 contributing projects which are described in more detailed using the following links based on their IPY#:

18, 77, 333, 621, 640, 687, 780, 814, 1087, 1134 plus associated projects (Gardiner, Carmack).

July 27, 2007

Funding Opportunity

The Arctic Ocean Diversity Census of Marine Life project is soliciting proposals in the area of Arctic marine biodiversity. The goal of the ArcOD mini grant program is to enhance our knowledge of Arctic marine biodiversity, from micro-algae to marine mammals, on a pan-Arctic scale. Solicitation Details in pdf. Grant Form in Word

March 8, 2006

IPY cluster proposal accepted

The ArcOD proposal submitted to ICSU under the lead of the Fairbanks ArcOD office received full approval by ICSU. Under the cluster agreement a group of 19 international independent research teams expressed their intent to jointly gather a pan-Arctic view of the Arctic biodiversity. Detail on the cluster can be found at:

June 26, 2005

Arctic Census of Marine Life cruise

ArcOD researchers are on an Arctic Ocean Exploration cruise to the Canada Basin June 26-July 26, 2005. The major focus of the expedition is on a census of the high Arctic fauna and flora in the Canada Basin and on the associated continental slopes of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. All three major realms, the sea ice, water column and the sea floor, are being sampled using both traditional techniques (nets and corers) and optical tools (ROV, SCUBA, camera systems). Background essays, explorer bios, lesson plans and daily logs can be viewed at NOAA's Ocean Exploration web site at .

Alaska Teacher on Icebreaker

Jack Adams, science teacher at Barrow High School, is participating in the Arctic Ocean Exploration cruise to the Canada Basin under NOAA's Teacher-at-Sea program ( Jack has two decades of teaching experience in the 220-people village of White Mountain and in Barrow, Alaska's North Slope Borough capital. Jack participates in the field sampling activities, conducts a small research project, contributes web logs and works out ways to translate the scientific information into classroom-relevant activities.

June 20, 2005

Russian-US collaboration on Arctic Biodiversity

The Russian Arctic Taxonomic centers in St. Petersburg and Moscow, coordinated by Dr. Andrey Gebruk at P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences, have started making data on Arctic fauna and Russian Arctic literature available at

Russian polychaete specialist Sergej Gagaev from the Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, is currently visiting the University of Alaska Fairbanks. During his stay in Alaska, Dr. Gagaev is identifying specimens collected during the Arctic Ocean Transect expedition in 1994 by Will Ambrose (Bates College), Lisa Clough (East Carolina University) and colleagues.

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