The following Professional Development workshops will be offered during the 2024 Annual Meeting:

Wilderness First Aid

Deadline to register: March 15, 2024

Course Date: Sunday/Monday, March 24-25, 2024; 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM with a 45-minute lunch break

Course Location: In-person; Orca Room at the Harbor 360 Hotel; 1412 4th Avenue, Seward, AK 99664 US

Instructors: Deb Ajango, Certified instructor, SafetyEd: Safety Education for Outdoor & Remote Work Environments;

Cost: $300

Capacity: Minimum attendance is 12; maximum capacity is 18 students.


The Wilderness First Aid course introduces participants to emergency care in non-urban environments. The curriculum covers basic anatomy and physiology, assessment and treatment of a variety of injuries and illnesses, appropriate short-term to multi-day patient care, and evacuation decision-making as it applies to Alaska’s remote environments. Time requirements is 16-20 hours. As long as a participant attends the entire course, stays engaged, and participates in drills, written exams are not required. The Wilderness First Aid certification will be through Wilderness Medical Associates International and is valid for three years.

Day One (all indoors; lecture, discussion and case studies)

  • Anatomy and physiology: how the body is made and how it works
  • General principles of emergency medicine
  • Assessment and management of nervous system injuries
  • Assessment and management of circulatory system injuries
  • Assessment and management of respiratory injuries
  • Assessment and anticipated problems of limb and skin injuries
  • Introduction to the patient assessment system: making sense of the data

Evening homework: Case study 

Day Two (combination of indoors and outdoors, discussion and drills)

  • Case study review and evacuation decision making
  • Assessing limbs and making improvised splints (includes drills)
  • Bleeding control and wound care (includes outdoor drill)
  • Patient assessment drills
  • Thermoregulation (hypothermia and/or frostbite, quick overview)

If you have any questions about whether this course would be beneficial or a good fit for you, please email the instructor or the Professional Development Committee Chairs (Sara Miller and Maggie Chan).

Genetics 101 in Alaska

Genetics 101 in Alaska Instructor Chris Habicht

Course Date: Monday, March 25; 1pm-5pm

Course Location: Seward Public Library, Seward, AK or remote (virtual).

Instructors: Chris Habicht, former ADF&G Fisheries Scientist at the Genetics Conservation Lab with guest experts from ADF&G and NOAA

Cost: Free

Capacity: Maximum attendance is 30; Remote and in-person participants will be emailed additional information after registration.

Description: A chance to learn about the use of genetics in fisheries management in Alaska from working geneticists. What kind of research questions can be addressed with genetics? How many samples would you need to collect and analyze? What are the different types of data generated and how do we analyze them? How are the data used? No previous genetics experience or coursework are needed. There may be an opportunity to discuss research and project ideas you may be interested in with workshop instructors.

Topics include:

  • Overview of basic genetic concepts
  • Applications of genetics in management of State and Federal fisheries in Alaska
  • Salmon genomics
  • Environmental DNA

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If you have questions about workshops at the 2024 meeting, or if you are in need of financial support, please contact Sara Miller ( or Maggie Chan (