All contributions to ADOSI provide equipment, supplies and logistical support for conducting remote marine science camps, technical training and deep sea work in Alaska for educational, skill building and jobs development purposes. Read about our current special projects below.

Alaska Deep Ocean Science Institute ("ADOSI"),​ is an Alaskan state-wide organization, physically based in Kodiak and Auke Bay, Alaska. ADOSI a registered in the State of Alaska as a non-profit marine science and education institution.

Auke Bay Alaska Marine Wildlife Extravaganza Science Film

Photo From Thanksgiving til nearly Winter Solstice in 2015, a massive school of baby herring aggregated in Auke Bay, Alaska. Locals had not seen this kind of herring biomass since the “big crash” of herring in about 1986.

Predators of all kinds moved into the head of Auke Bay for weeks – feeding on the herring night and day. Hordes of Steller sea lions, dozens of harbor seal, and hundreds of seabirds crowded the bay to consume the rich feast of young of the year herring.

ADOSI is collaborating with wildlife videographers, scientists and fishermen to capture this amazing event to share with Juneau school students, the broader Alaskan public and seasonal visitors. We are creating a “community crowd source” film which shows the dramatic “Wild Kingdom of Auke Bay”, while explaining some of the foodweb and oceanographic science underlying the episode. Finally, we will showcase some unusual visitors to Auke Bay waters – minute sea butterflies, voracious zooplankton to several species of alcids – loons, murres and others partaking of the feast.



We have core funding from film production collaborators, but are seeking additional donations to provide an honorarium for our globally-recognized wildlife film narrator, creation of science graphics and additional film production costs. Every person donating $50 or greater will also receive a digital flashdrive copy of the finished video product!


Mail contributions to:

Alaska Deep Ocean Science Institute
Makai North Submarine Portal
2975 C Mill Bay Road
Kodiak, Alaska 99615

King Crab Larva level--$25

Red-legged Kittiwake level--$50

Ctenophore level --$100

Aureophycus Golden V Kelp level -- $500

Berardius Beaked Whale level -- $1000

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The ADOSI team and collaborators are aggressively pursuing our long term mission, and have several projects currently underway along that path. These projects each require partnerships, volunteer time, asset sharing and financial resources. Should you choose to make a financial donation to ADOSI, please use the donation buttons or mail your contribution to our Kodiak submarine base address. If you wish to contribute time or resources, or tag your donation to target a particular project, student group or region, let us know by email at

Submarine Simulator Renovation
In collaboration with the Alaska Chapter of The Explorers Club, ADOSI is renovating a Kittredge K350 submarine to inspire and educate Alaskan youth about deepsea ecosystems and technology. In a ‘proof of concept’ phase, ADOSI teamed up with the Kodiak School District, NOAA and the UAF Sea Grant Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center to teach students basic submarine technology. Over 200 students were thrilled to undertake simulated diving experiences. The submarine needs a set of 8 deep cell batteries, simulator control panel, battery rack welding and upgrades to some interior components (electrical switches, radio, CO2 scrubber, etc.) to improve its utility for this exciting use as a deep sea educational asset.

Rural Alaska School Outreach and Education

Pribilof Marine Science Camp Team expedition to New York City and Washington DC Spring 2015

Representatives of the Pribilof Domain Student Marine Science Team have been invited to the Explorers Club and to the Smithsonian Institution to continue their involvement in researching potentially the next new species of WHALE in the world.

Over 200 students in the Pribilof School District have worked with ADOSI founders in Bering Sea Days spring field research and summer Pribilof Marine Science Camps since 2008. Across the years, members of the team have made presentations in Seattle at the International PICES meeting, Anchorage in the Alaska Marine Science Symposium, were honored with the 2013 Alaska Ocean Leadership Award, and their work has been featured in myriad newspaper, radio and magazine articles. In summer 2014, a unique whale washed ashore on St. George Island. ADOSI founder Karin Holser and the St. George Island Tribal Eco office and others documented the whale, and noted that it did not appear to match known whale characteristics.

whaleThey worked with Kate Wynne at UAF Sea Grant (Kodiak Marine Science Center), who networked the islanders with the Marine Mammal Commission and Smithsonian Institution beaked whale world experts. The St. George Island marine science crew worked with Hertha Kashaverof and Michelle Ridgway to relocate the deteriorating whale. Tissue samples they collected confirmed the whale was one of only six animals with a matching haplotype – an unnamed smaller animal of the genus Berardius. The St. George Tribe and Eco team cleaned the skull in Zapadni harbor, then shipped it to the Smithsonian for examination.

whaleThe Smithsonian invited the St. George Tribal Eco office, community members and Pribilof Domain Marine Science Camp team to travel to Washington DC to work with them as they and Japanese researchers work to identify this unnamed “dark form” of Berardius.

Sooo.. off we go! ADOSI is supporting the travel and guiding students to New York City to meet other ocean researchers at the Explorers Club, then to Washington DC to work with the Smithsonian Institution scientists at Sant Hall and the marine mammal curation laboratories. Students will also meet the Alaska delegation, White House staff, USCG leadership and other ocean leaders from whom they will explore a wide range of career options and learn about ocean issues from diverse perspectives. 4 to 6 Pribilof students hope to go on this trip, at a cost of $2,500 each for airfare, hotel, and travel expenses. Each student from St. Paul Island and St. George Island will be posting their travels on social media and will share presentations with their communities and schools upon return. THANK YOU for any contributions toward making this extraordinary invitations expedition possible for the Pribilof Domain Marine Science Team!!

The Smithsonian blog post about the arrival of the beaked whale skull at the Smithsonian is now live! You can read it here:

Sitka Herring Science and Tlingit Culture Camp   

The Sitka National Historical Park, Sitka School District, Sitka Tribe of Alaska and ADOSI chair, Camp Director Michelle Ridgway collaborate to provide Sitka students with a spring herring science and Tlingit Cultural camp. This rigorous hands-on work during school Easter break takes students through basic biology, field sampling, plus industrial harvesting and cultural uses of herring resources. Camp 2015 is fully funded! We hope to build and install an oceanographic monitoring buoy $37,000 to track the impact of changing ocean temperature regimes on herring and their prey, and have been asked to also provide a field program for Sitka high school biology students.

Pribilof Domain Marine Science Camp VII

ADOSI has partnered with the Pribilof School District, St. George Traditional Council, Tribal Government of St. Paul and many other partners to provide intensive summer marine science programs since 2008. (See more on educational tab). The seventh annual camp is planned for St. George Island in 2015. Whereas CDQ and tribal support for the camp remains consistent, about 1/3 of the annual budget that had been provided by the US Federal government is no longer provided for the 24 youth to participate.


ROV – STEM – MARITIME Training and Jobs for Alaska Youth – Kodiak Area Ghost-fishing Crab Pot Cleanup

Lost and abandoned crab pots are found throughout coastal Alaska, and are responsible for the mortality of fish, crab and other invertebrates. In the Kodiak area, over 300 crab pots have been observed in a single bay – which is also a know king crab nursery area. ADOSI is partnering with many entities to train students in Kodiak in maritime, safety and ROV technical skills, and then apply those skills in paid positions retrieving and decommissioning ghost fishing crab pots from the nursery habitat. ADOSI is still pursuing funds for ROV modifications, student stipends and vessel costs associated with the training and field project.        



UAF Sea Grant and AMSEA will be partnering to instruct marine safety courses for student in the Kodiak Undersea Technology Academy in 2015.

ROVs, multibeam, sonar and aerial drones will be operated by students as part of the training and pot retrieval operation.

Cleaning up undersea marine debris and restoring this crab nursery habitat will serve as a skill, confidence, and resume building program for Alaska’s young workforce.