Contact InformationFisheries Division
209 Lena Point bldg.
17101 Point Lena Loop Rd
Juneau, AK 99801-8344
Phone: (907) 796-5451
Fax: (907) 796-5447
- Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society
- Institute for Tropical Marine Ecology, Commonwealth of Dominica - Alumnus
- American Academy of Underwater Science (AAUS)
- Stable Isotope Chemistry
- Benthic Ecology
- Biological Oceanography
- Invertebrate Taxonomy
- B.S. 2008 Iowa State University (Biology)
- M.S. 2011 University of Alaska Fairbanks (Marine Biology)
My research is currently focused on the biology and ecology of early life history crab, with specific interest in the United States Subarctic-Arctic region. My existing and proposed work loosely encompasses collaboration within two ongoing programs, Arctic Eis (led by Dr. Franz Mueter) and AKCRRAB (led by Dr. Ginny Eckert).
As Program Manager for the Arctic Ecosystem Integrated Survey (Arctic Eis) under Dr. Mueter, I am responsible for overall coordination of principle investigators, report writing, data management, and website development for Arctic Eis. This involves working with our major funders (CIAP-USF&WS and BOEM) and collaborating institutions (UAF, NOAA, ADF&G, USF&WS) in facilitating the first fully integrated marine study of the Chukchi and northern Bering Sea Ecosystems. Secondarily, my crab research as apart of Arctic Eis focuses on region-wide analysis of larval crab collected from zooplankton net tows from the 2012 and 2013 fisheries cruises. This represents an unprecedented attempt to resolve larval crab species and stage-specific taxonomy on a region-wide scale.
Additionally, having been accepted in the UAF-SFOS Fisheries Ph.D. Program in Fall 2015 under Dr. Ginny Eckert, I will begin to expand my studies toward that of applied crab biology and ecology in support potential king crab rehabilitation efforts around the state. In collaboration with the larger Alaska King Crab Research, Rehabilitation and Biology (AKCRRAB) Program, I plan to focus on habitat preferences and predator-prey interactions among wild and/or cultured juvenile blue king crab in potential rearing habitat in the Subarctic Pribilof Islands. Ultimately, I plan to play a support role in responsible king crab rehabilitation across the state, considering stock specific issues along with local economic concerns.
Current Research Projects
- Alaska King Crab Research, Rehabilitiation and Biology Program (AKCRRAB)
- Arctic Ecosystem Integrated Survey (Arctic Eis)
- BEST-BSIERP Bering Sea Project
- 2009 Global Change Student Grant Competition Awardees
- Russian-American Long-term Census of the Arctic (RUSALCA) 2009
- Arctic Eis - Arctic Ecosystem Integrated Survey
- AKCRRAB - Alaska King Crab Research, Rehabilitation and Biology Program
Weems, J., K. Iken, R. Gradinger, M. Wooller (2012) Carbon and nitrogen assimilation in the Bering Sea clams Nuculana radiata and Macoma moesta. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 430-431(1): 32-42.
Weems, J. (2011) Carbon and nitrogen assimilation in the clams Nuculana radiata and Macoma moesta from the Bering Sea. Master of Science Thesis. University of Alaska Press.
Weems, J. (2011). Assessment of mortality, bleaching, and disease among stony corals and fire corals of Dominican reefs: Post-2005 Caribbean bleaching event. BIOS, 82(1): 1-9.