In October, MESAS student Elizabeth Figus and I attended the annual conference for the Alaska Historical Society in beautiful Seward! This joint meeting with Museums Alaska was the perfect interdisciplinary venue for presenting the historical component of our dissertation research.
We presented as part of a session on the historical and contemporary importance of the Alaska halibut fishery. I presented a talk titled ethnohistory of halibut fishing in Southeast Alaska, based on my independent study with Dr. Dan Monteith at the University of Alaska Southeast. Elizabeth presented a talk titled historical perspectives of halibut fishing in Southeast Alaska, focusing on Petersburg and Ketchikan.
Elizabeth was one of two 2014 recipients of the Alaska Historical Society student travel scholarship. I was fortunate enough to receive a student travel grant from the University of Alaska Fairbanks graduate school. In addition to these great funding sources, we were also helped out by the MESAS small grants program. We are very grateful to our funding sources for giving us this opportunity to participate in this great conference.
During the meeting, we had a chance to meet up with Leah Sloan, a fellow MESAS student, who conducts research on a parasitic barnacle (Briarosaccus callosis) that infects king crabs.
The parasitic barnacle can affect crab behavior and reproduction, essentially creating a crab “zombie”!
In summary, it was a fabulous sunny week in Seward.