The Alaska SeaLife Center is one of the only non-profit organizations in the world that has both a public aquarium and fully supported research facility in the same building. With state-of-the-art laboratories, aquarium animals that participate in research and our extensive field work, the Alaska SeaLife Center has quickly become the cold-water research facility in the United States. We are affiliated with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and also collaborate with numerous state, federal and international agencies and universities—which can mean only one thing—our research is conducted by some of the top marine scientists in the world!
For nearly a decade, the ASLC has been studying the marine ecosystems of Alaska and the species who call it home. This includes species of marine mammals, sea birds, fish and invertebrates—some of which have been listed as threatened or endangered species. But the Alaska SeaLife Center is perhaps best known for specializing in marine mammal and sea bird research. Since 1998, the Alaska SeaLife Center has helped pioneer research on Steller sea lions, eiders, harbor seals, sea otters, fur seals and other species experiencing population declines in Alaska. In all our efforts, we strive to develop cutting-edge technology and techniques, while minimizing our impact on the species and environment we study.
The Alaska SeaLife Center Science Department currently includes dedicated programs for pinnipeds (seals and sea lions), eiders, sea otters and salmon. Newly added to the suite of species-focused programs is an oceanographic program that will compliment a more ecosystem-based approach towards understanding the Alaska marine environments.
Sea Lion Goes High Tech
Scientific instruments called telemetry devices are humanely attached to the heads and backs of sea lions with adhesives in order to remotely record their movements and behaviors. Kiska, one of our resident sea lions, has been involved in an extensive study examining how she forages when fed live fish and how she ingests prey using these devices. Click here to read more about these cutting-edge technological advancements.
Reaching a Milestone
Peer-reviewed publications such as scientific journals—like Science, Nature, and Marine Mammal Science—books, and scientific reports are all ways in which the scientific community stays abreast of current research, its methods, and the important results. Since 1998, the Alaska SeaLife Center has published more than 175 peer-reviewed publications and well on its way to 200! Click here to see what important research the ASLC has published.