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School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Faculty Meeting August 22, 2005. Denis A. Wiesenburg Dean. State of the School. Thanks for coming to the SFOS Faculty Meeting 2005. SFOS Airfare Winners. State of the School Faculty Meeting August 22, 2005. Outline.

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school of fisheries and ocean sciences faculty meeting august 22 2005
School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Faculty Meeting August 22, 2005

Denis A. Wiesenburg


State of the School

SFOS Faculty Meeting

sfos airfare winners
SFOS Airfare Winners

SFOS Faculty Meeting

state of the school faculty meeting august 22 2005
State of the School Faculty Meeting August 22, 2005


  • What have I been doing?
  • Where have we come from?
  • Where are we now?
  • Where should we be going?
  • Academic programs
  • Research programs
  • Student initiatives

SFOS Faculty Meeting

what is our mission
What is our mission?
  • The UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in education, research, and public service concerning marine and freshwater ecosystems, and to fostering the sustainable use of marine resources for the benefit of Alaska, the nation, and the world.

SFOS Faculty Meeting

sfos mission teaching through research
SFOS Mission - Teaching through Research
  • 55 faculty, 142 graduate students
  • 270 total employees in 12 locations

Academic Programs

  • B.S. in Fisheries
  • M.S. and Ph.D. in Fisheries
  • M.S. and Ph.D. in Marine Biology
  • M.S. and Ph.D. in Oceanography

SFOS Faculty Meeting

what is the dean doing top ten list july 2004
What is the Dean doing?Top Ten List – July 2004
  • Learn more about the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and what people are doing.
  • Improve communication within the School.
  • Construct a facility on the Lena Point property and find additional funds.
  • Improve the undergraduate Fisheries Science degree – a statewide priority.
  • Improve effectiveness of Dean’s office.

SFOS Faculty Meeting

what is the dean doing
What is the Dean doing?
  • Improve the visibility of SFOS in the State, especially to the Legislature
  • Develop a plan for the construction and operation of the Alaska Region Research Vessel
  • Expand SFOS participation in the Alaska Ocean Observing System
  • Expand SFOS involvement in initiatives developing from the Oceans Commission
  • Expand participation in development (fundraising) activities

SFOS Faculty Meeting

first priority
First Priority
  • Deal with the $2.OM SFOS debt

SFOS Faculty Meeting

budget situation july 2004
Budget Situation July 2004

SFOS Faculty Meeting

sfos debt march 2005
SFOS Debt - March 2005

SFOS FY04 Budget


SFOS Fiscal Office


PI Final Reports

SFOS Faculty Meeting

fy05 sfos expenditures
FY05 SFOS Expenditures

SFOS Faculty Meeting

sfos debt july 2005
SFOS Debt - July 2005

When budgeted $88.2K paid in September 2005, debt will be reduced to $239,000

FY05 Surplus $154,427

SFOS Faculty Meeting

fy06 revenue distribution
FY06 Revenue Distribution

SFOS Faculty Meeting

where are we now
Where are we now?
  • Research programs are strong.
  • $16,040,927 last year (FY05)
  • Third year in a row over $16M
  • Faculty have leadership roles in many projects – NSF BEST, Census of Marine Life, etc.
  • Sea-going projects are decreasing.

SFOS Faculty Meeting

sfos budget fy 05 23 769 015
SFOS Budget – FY 05 - $23,769,015



State Funds






Over 75% of SFOS funds are research generated.

SFOS Faculty Meeting

research funding distribution
Research Funding Distribution







SFOS Faculty Meeting

pollock conservation coop research center
Pollock Conservation Coop. Research Center
  • The PCCRC was established in February 2000 to improve knowledge about the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea through research and education, focusing on the commercial fisheries of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. Donations > $5.5M
  • PCCRC funds are used to support the faculty research. Almost $2.3M has been awarded to 21 faculty for research and the Stevens Chair in Marine Policy is endowed.

SFOS Faculty Meeting

where are we now1
Where are we now?
  • Most academic programs are ok.
  • Fisheries graduate programs are in good shape.
  • Undergraduate fisheries degree is on life support.
  • Marine Biology is stable.
  • Oceanography is losing faculty and taking too long for students to finish

SFOS Faculty Meeting

where are we now2
Where are we now?
  • Faculty loses this year:
  • Gerald Plumley, Oceanography
  • Sathy Naidu, Oceanography
  • Charles Hocutt, Fisheries
  • Bob Fagen, Fisheries
  • Ray Highsmith, Marine Biology
  • Don Button, Oceanography
  • Tom Shirley, Fisheries

SFOS Faculty Meeting

mean student time to degree
Mean Student Time to Degree
  • MS Oceanography 4.7 years
  • Ph.D. Oceanography 6.0 years
  • MS Marine Biology 4.0 years
  • Ph.D. Marine Biology 5.6 years
  • MS Fisheries 3.7 years
  • Ph.D. Fisheries 5.4 years

SFOS Faculty Meeting

where are we now3
Where are we now?
  • We are meeting many diverse state and national needs in service and outreach.
  • Sea Grant/MAP are highly regarded throughout the state.
  • Fisheries and GPMSL faculty hold many national leadership positions

SFOS Faculty Meeting

marine advisory program
Marine Advisory Program
  • MAP response to the state's salmon crisis
  • MAP involvement with Steller sea lion and other marine wildlife issues
  • MAP involvement with shellfish mariculture
  • MAP agents welcome hearing about research that is related to their communities

SFOS Faculty Meeting

fishery industrial techology center
Fishery Industrial Techology Center
  • Federal funding has increased significantly in recent years.
  • Faculty are working with an increasing number of students in all degree programs.
  • Gulf Apex Predator program has drawn national attention.

SFOS Faculty Meeting

institute of marine science
Institute of Marine Science
  • Successful Arctic Ocean Explorations cruise with multi-PIs, significant press and outreach.
  • Birds, mosquitoes and IMS? Hector Douglas
  • Total IMS publications dated 2004:
    • 49 journal articles and 1 book chapter
  • In last five years, IMS publications have been cited over 2400 times.
  • Total FY04 Restricted Fund Expenditures by IMS faculty was $5.25 million

SFOS Faculty Meeting

uaf scientists discover new species in arctic ocean
UAF scientists discover new species in Arctic Ocean
  • Sunday front page of News-Miner and ADN article
  • Drs. Rolf Gradinger, Bodil Bluhm, Russ Hopcroft, Terry Whitledge, Dean Stockwell, and Katrin Iken.

SFOS Faculty Meeting

fisheries division
Fisheries Division
  • Full funding ($21.5M) by Alaska Legislature of new Juneau Center facility at Lena Point
  • Graduated the 100th MS in Fisheries student since the founding of SFOS and 20th PhD since the founding (now working in Alaska for ADFG/NOAA Fisheries)
  • 71% of M.S. and Ph.D. graduates work in Alaska
  • Successfully launched biennial graduate field course in salmon management (coop between SFOS and UW SOFS; Milo Adkison & Ray Hilborn)

SFOS Faculty Meeting

fisheries graduate employers
Fisheries Graduate Employers

Alaska Dept. of

Fish and Game

20% U.S. Govt.

SFOS Faculty Meeting

seward marine center aslc
Seward Marine Center/ASLC
  • SMC given elevated status in SFOS
  • NSF Director Bement and GEO Director Leinen visited on August 16 to see where the ARRV will dock.
  • Tsunami Bowl (regional National Ocean Science Bowl a great success)
  • Still have space for library.

SFOS Faculty Meeting


Alaska Region Research Vessel - NSF

Length: 236 feet

Beam: 48 feet

Draft: 18 feet

Endurance: 44 days

Ice capability: 2.5 ft at 2.5 knots

Scientists: 26

Crusing speed: 12 knots

Design: complete

NSF Funding: FY07?

Completion: FY09

SFOS Faculty Meeting

where should we be going
Where should we be going?
  • We should adopt a philosophy that everything we do can be done better – continuous improvement.
  • We should understand that excellence only results from a dedication to improvement.
  • We should build on our strengths and develop a distinctive identity for our school.
  • We should develop a plan for excellence.

SFOS Faculty Meeting

where should we be going1
Where should we be going?
  • Academic Programs
  • We need to assure we have the right faculty balance to deliver our academic programs effectively (FOF).
  • We need to use distance delivery better to provide more courses at all locations.
  • We need faculty governance procedures and participation that will set the standard for UAF.

SFOS Faculty Meeting

where should we be going2
Where should we be going?
  • Research
  • We need to focus our energies on competitive research grants that attest to the quality of our faculty.
  • We need to take leadership roles in major research initiatives.
  • We need to be among the best in integrating teaching and research.
  • We need to be able to fund the resources and facilities to compete.

SFOS Faculty Meeting

sfos facilities
SFOS Facilities
  • Space, both in Fairbanks and Juneau, is the most critical need (from UAF Academic Plan)
  • Lena Point Building is now funded.
  • Dock is a priority for the City of Seward. We will ask for OO building.
  • UAF help with facility improvements in Fairbanks is not likely.

SFOS Faculty Meeting

lena point site plan
Lena Point Site Plan

NOAA Ted Stevens

Marine Research Center



SFOS Faculty Meeting

where should we be going3
Where should we be going?
  • Service and Outreach
  • We need to take advantage of the resources available through MAP and Sea Grant.
  • We need to increase the visibility of faculty and student activities.
  • We need to have a demonstrable impact on society through our teaching, research and public service.

SFOS Faculty Meeting

where should we be going4
Where should we be going?
  • Students
  • We need to find ways to help our students complete their degree programs in a more timely manner.
  • We need to find additional sources of fellowships and assistantships.
  • We need to put more effort into student recruiting.

SFOS Faculty Meeting

rasmuson fisheries research center
Rasmuson Fisheries Research Center
  • The Center was founded in 1994 by Elmer E. Rasmuson with an endowment to the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Now $5M+
  • RFRC funds are used to support the research of ten (10) graduate students who contribute toward the scientific or applied knowledge base of Alaska’s marine environs and resources.

SFOS Faculty Meeting

where should we be going5
Where should we be going?
  • Develop a long term (20 year) plan to become among the best in the nation.
  • Hire new faculty to meet emerging needs
  • Encourage faculty interactions with each other and their students.

SFOS Faculty Meeting

where should we be going6
Where should we be going?
  • We must find funds to sustain our program from outside UAF.
  • We must take a leadership role in emerging research initiatives.
  • We must increase fundraising activities.
  • We must focus more attention on our academic programs and our students.

SFOS Faculty Meeting

dean s priorities for 2006
Improve degree programs, especially undergraduate degree program in fisheries

Secure the Alaska Region Research Vessel (ARRV) for UAF

Increase funding levels for SFOS activities (fundraising)

Develop a plan for facility improvements in Fairbanks

Improve SFOS capabilities in graduate education and research through student recruitment & faculty development

Improve SFOS administration and support functions

Dean’s Priorities for 2006

SFOS Faculty Meeting

issues for this meeting
P&T Organization

Elect a committee with staggered terms

Organization by discipline

Academic Programs

Distance Learning

Curriculum Cmte

Faculty hiring

Student Concerns

Student perceptions

Student mentoring

Time to degree

Research Issues


New opportunities for leadership

Issues for this meeting

SFOS Faculty Meeting