research staff listing

A Photo of  Elizabeth Dobbins

Contact Information

School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
107 O'Neill
P.O. Box 757220
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7220
Phone: (907) 474-5961

Elizabeth Dobbins

• Physical Oceanography


  • Data Visualization
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Oceanographic Modeling


  • M.S. 1994 University of Washington (Oceanography)

Research Overview

I am currently working with Dr. Tom Weingartner on CTD processing for cruises performed in the Chukchi Sea during 2010-2014. I am also working for Dr. Peter Winsor on processing and real-time display of AUV glider data.


  • Autonomous Research Technology Lab
    A portal to information on and data from a collection of oceanographic technologies - drifters, gliders, and high-frequency radar - that enable remote data collection.


Cheng, W., A.J. Hermann, E.L. Dobbins, N. Kachel, and P.J. Stabeno, What contributes to the high primary productivity on Portlock Bank in the Gulf of Alaska? J. Geophys. Res., submitted.

Dobbins, E.L., A.J. Hermann, P.J. Stabeno, N.A. Bond, and R.C. Steed (2009), Modeled transport of freshwater from a line-source in the coastal Gulf of Alaska. Deep Sea Research Part II, Volume 56, Issue 24, Pages 2409-2426, ISSN 0967-0645, DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2009.02.004.

Hinckley, S., K.O. Coyle, G. Gibson, A.J. Hermann, and E.L. Dobbins (2009), A biophysical NPZ model with iron for the Gulf of Alaska: Reproducing the differences between an oceanic HNLC ecosystem and a classical northern temperate shelf ecosystem. Deep Sea Research II, Volume 56, Issue 24, Pages 2520-2536, ISSN 0967-0645, DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2009.03.003.

Hermann, A.J., E.N. Curchitser, D.B. Haidvogel, and E.L. Dobbins (2009), A comparison of remote vs. local influence of El Nino on the coastal circulation of the northeast Pacific. Deep Sea Research II, Volume 56, Issue 24, Pages 2427-2443, ISSN 0967-0645, DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2009.02.005.

Hermann, A.J., S. Hinckley, E.L. Dobbins, D.B. Haidvogel, N.A. Bond, C. Mordy, N. Kachel, and P.J. Stabeno (2009). Quantifying cross-shelf and vertical nutrient flux in the Coastal Gulf of Alaska with a spatially nested, coupled biophysical model. Deep Sea Research II, Volume 56, Issue 24, Pages 2474-2486, ISSN 0967-0645, DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2009.02.008.

Powell, T.M., C.V.W. Lewis, E.N. Curchitser, D.B. Haidvogel, A.J. Hermann, and E.L. Dobbins (2006), Results from a three-dimensional, nested biological-physical model of the California Current System and comparisons with statistics from satellite imagery, J. Geophys. Res., Volume 111, C07018, doi:10.1029/2004JC002506.

Curchitser, E.N., D.B. Haidvogel, A.J. Hermann, E.L. Dobbins, T.M. Powell, and A. Kaplan (2005), Multi-scale modeling of the North Pacific Ocean: Assessment and analysis of simulated basin-scale variability (1996–2003), J. Geophys. Res., Volume 110, C11021, doi:10.1029/2005JC002902.

Hickey, B.M., E.L. Dobbins, and S.E. Allen (2003), Local and remote forcing of currents and temperature in the central Southern California Bight, J. Geophys. Res., Volume 108(C3), Article Number 3081, doi:10.1029/2000JC000313.

Hermann A.J., D.B. Haidvogel, E.L. Dobbins, and P.J. Stabeno (2002), Coupling global and regional circulation models in the coastal Gulf of Alaska. Progress In Oceanography, Volume 53, Issues 2-4, Pages 335-367.

Megrey B.A., S. Hinckley, and E.L. Dobbins (2002), Using scientific visualization tools to facilitate analysis of multi-dimensional data from a spatially explicit, biophysical, individual-based model of marine fish early life history. ICES J. Mar. Sci., Volume 59, Issue 1, Pages 203-215, doi:10.1006/jmsc.2001.1150.

Stacey, M.T., E.A. Cowen, T.M. Powell, E. Dobbins, S.G. Monismith, and J.R. Koseff (2000), Plume dispersion in a stratified, near-coastal flow: measurements and modeling. Cont. Shelf Res., Volume 20, Issue 6, Pages 637-663.


Dobbins, E.L., A.J. Hermann, S. Hinckley, P.J. Stabeno, and N. Kachel (2005), Investigating the causes and limits of increased productivity over Portlock Bank, Alaska, with a 3D bio-physical model. Poster presented at the Advances in Marine Ecosystem Modelling Research Symposium, Plymouth, UK, 27-29 June.

Dobbins, E.L., A.J. Hermann, S. Hinckley, P.J. Stabeno, and N. Kachel (2004), Use of a 3D model to investigate residence times over Portlock Bank near Kodiak, Alaska. Eastern Pacific Ocean Conference, Vancouver Island, Canada, 22-25 September.

Dobbins, E.L., C.V.W. Lewis, S. Hinckley, and A.J. Hermann (2002), Comparison of physical-biological models of the California Current System and the coastal Gulf of Alaska. Poster presented at the Eastern Pacific Ocean Conference, Mt. Hood, Oregon, October.

Dobbins, E.L. and B.M. Hickey (1994), An analysis of low frequency currents in Santa Monica Bay, CA. AGU/ASLO Ocean Sciences Meeting, San Diego, California, 21-25 February.

Dobbins, E. and B.M. Hickey (1992), Circulation of Santa Monica Bay. Eastern Pacific Ocean Conference, Mt. Hood, Oregon, October.


Hinckley, S. and E.L. Dobbins (2004), Investigating Gulf of Alaska data sets using an NPZD model. PICES 13th Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawai’i, 22 October.