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High School Student Presents Red King Crab Research at Science Fair and is Selected for National Competition


March 2011 Juvenile king crabJuvenile red king crab used in Lia Domke's study.

Lia Domke, a senior at Juneau Douglas High School, conducted red king crab research under the guidance of Dr. Sherry Tamone of the University of Alaska Southeast. Domke's study titled "The effect of methyl farnesoate on the molting biology of juvenile red king crab (Paralithodes camtchaticus)" was presented at the Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair on March 11–13 and was selected as one of the best at the fair. Lia used crabs that were cultured at the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery as a part of the AKCRRAB project. She won several awards, including an Audubon Society award, an Alaska Department of Fish and Game award focused on commercial fisheries, an American Chemical Society award, and the Coeur Alaska award for presenting a science fair project for three consecutive years. Her study will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) held in Los Angeles May 8–13, 2011.

News Flash is edited by Ben Daly. AKCRRAB is a research and rehabilitation project sponsored by the Alaska Sea Grant College Program, UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, NOAA Fisheries, the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery, community groups, and industry members. For more information go to http://seagrant.uaf.edu/research/projects/initiatives/king_crab/general.

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