Meet the Dean

Dr. Michael Castellini


SFOS Dean Michael Castellini



Dean, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
Professor, Marine Biology
Phone: 907-474-7210

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Michael Castellini in front of Castellini Bluff in Antarctica

Dr. Michael Castellini has been a faculty member of the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences since 1989. His field of research is marine mammal physiology and he and his students have worked around the world from the Arctic to the Antarctic with seals, sea lions, whales and occasionally, penguins. Over the years, Dr. Castellini has participated in many public outreach programs discussing climate change, the Arctic and Antarctic, and how animals at those locations are critically dependent on sea ice.

Dr. Castellini has chaired or co-chaired 16 PhD or MS students, been a committee member on dozens of others and taught core classes in marine physiology to graduate students for 20 years. He has published more than 100 scientific journals articles or book chapters and has participated in over 20 scientific field expeditions on land, sea and ice. He serves on multiple scientific agency committees and journal editorial boards.

Dr. Castellini brings a long history of administrative background to his role as Dean which he began in March 2011: He was the founding Scientific Director for the Alaska SeaLife Center, the Director of the SFOS Institute of Marine Science, the Director of the Coastal Marine Institute, the Associate and Interim Dean of SFOS.

As Dean, Dr. Castellini supervises the academic programs in the SFOS graduate and undergraduate programs, oversees the extensive research program within the School and represents the SFOS faculty to both UAF and outside interests.

“To new SFOS students, welcome to our program and I hope that your time with us will be both successful and enjoyable. To our current students, please continue with your hard work and I look forward to personally attending your graduation and defenses. To staff, I hope that your careers here at SFOS continue to succeed and I have enjoyed, and will continue to enjoy, working with all of you. For faculty, here’s to your continued excellence with creating new classes, projects and ideas as we expand our teaching and research programs.”

Dr. Castellini and his wife Maggie have two sons, Marc (21) and Luke (18), who were born here in Fairbanks.