Kasitsna Bay Laboratory

The Kasitsna Bay Laboratory is a unique marine research and teaching laboratory located near Seldovia Alaska, across Kachemak Bay from Homer. The laboratory is owned by NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and operated in partnership by NCCOS and the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Onsite personnel from UAF and NOAA are available to help with all questions and your stay at the lab!

The Kasitsna Bay Laboratory is located on the southern side of Kachemak Bay, where marine water influence from the Gulf of Alaska provides cold, nutrient rich waters that sustain an abundance of rich nearshore ecosystem types from kelp beds to seagrass systems and tidal flat communities as well as the pelagic system and deeper waters of Kachemak Bay. The large tidal range in Kachemak Bay (up to 30 ft) exposes many of these nearshore systems on a dialy basis and allows their exploration for research, education or recreation. The head and northern shore of Kachemak Bay are strongly influenced by the glacial outflow of the Harding Icefield, creating a more brackish environment that adds to the overall biodiversity and heterogeneity of the bay.

Institution University of Alaska Fairbanks
Country United States
Infrastructure type Laboratory
Disciplines Biology and biochemistry
Language of operation English
Keywords marine biologylaboratoryfield station


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