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Participating Faculty


Shannon Atkinson: marine mammal biologist
Fisheries Division, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Juneau
shannon.atkinson@alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
Physiology of a multitude of species developing knowledge on why species fail to adapt to environmental change.

Current Research Projects:
  • Passive Acoustic Monitoring of Cook Inlet Belugas
  • Impact of health and maternal investment on survival of endangered Steller sea lion pups
  • Effects of the social context on stress responsiveness in pinnipeds
  • Surviving the gauntlet: A comparative study of the pelagic and demersal and special linkages that determine groundfish recruitment and diversity in the Gulf of Alaska ecosystem
  • Alliance for Coastal Technologies, NOAA funded national partnership to promote technology development

Raymond Barnhardt: cross-cultural anthropologist
Department of Cross Cultural Studies, College of Liberal Arts, Fairbanks
rjbarnhardt@alaska.edu

Research Interests:
The documentation and application of Indigenous knowledge in multiple cultural and institutional contexts.

Current Research Projects:
  • Integrating Indigenous knowledge in science education.

Anne Beaudreau: marine fisheries ecologist
Fisheries Division, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Juneau
anne.beaudreau@alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
My research focuses on ecological questions that are relevant to fishery management and conservation, from the biology and ecology of fishes to human dimensions in fisheries.  I am primarily interested in the roles of predation and fishing in marine ecosystems and the ecological responses of marine communities to environmental change across multiple scales.

Current Research Projects:
  • Perceptions of change in Puget Sound: Reconstructing historical trends in marine species abundance from local ecological knowledge
  • Effects of climate variability on the abundance and distribution of demersal fishes in the California Current Ecosystem
  • Factors affecting survival and growth of juvenile sablefish in southeast Alaska

Courtney Carothers: environmental/cultural anthropologist
Fisheries Division, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Fairbanks

clcarothers@alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
The social and political dimensions of fisheries and marine policy; focal areas include: processes of marine enclosure, e.g. individual fishing quotas, marine protected areas; local and traditional knowledge; science and technology studies; political ecology; and socio-ecological change.

Current Research Projects:

  • Fisheries Privatization, Sociocultural Transitions, and Well-Being in Kodiak, Alaska (National Science Foundation)
  • Climate Change and Subsistence Fisheries in Northwest Alaska (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
  • Subsistence Use and Knowledge of Beaufort Sea Salmon Populations (Minerals Management Service)
  • Exploring Fishing Community and Fishery System Resilience and Sustainability in the Gulf of Alaska (Alaska EPSCoR)

Keith Criddle: fisheries economist
Fisheries Division, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Juneau

kcriddle@alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
Intersection between the natural sciences and economics in the management of living resources.

Current Research Projects:

  • "Straddling the line: cooperative and non-cooperative strategies for management of Bering Sea pollock", an investigation of management and bioeconomic implications of variations in the distribution of pollock.
  • "Fishing for pollock in a sea of change", an examination of the effects of variations in input and output prices and regulatory closures on the relative profitability of shore-based and at-sea fishing sectors.
  • "A global analysis of salmon prices: how low can they go?", an exploration of the economic and management implications of changes in market linkages between wild and farmed salmon.
  • A retrospective analysis of the IFQ fisheries in Alaska", an analysis of the changes that have taken place under IFQ management and the extent to which those changes were correctly anticipated ex ante.
  • "Annual and seasonal growth patterns on salmon scales as indicators of climate events and shifts and indicators for salmon carrying capacity", a statistical analysis of chum salmon production in the Gulf of Alaska
  • "A Retrospective Analysis of Salmon Abundance in the Eastern Bering Sea", an examination of the relationship between Chinook salmon abundance and bycatch in the Bering Sea pollock fishery.

Lara Horstmann-Dehn: marine mammal biologist
Institute of Marine Science, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Fairbanks

lara.horstmann@alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
Broad-scale marine mammal ecology, especially feeding ecology; focus on Arctic marine mammals, but also working on a fish parasite, Ichthyophonus hoferi, in Chinook salmon, and its potential impact on pre-spawning mortality and fecundity.

Current Research Projects:

  • Trophic links of forage fishes and ice seals in the Chukchi Sea
  • Ichthyophonus in Yukon River Chinook salmon
  • Trichinellosis in Pacific walruses and ice seals

Ginny Eckert: MESAS Director, marine ecologist
Fisheries Division, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Juneau

gleckert@alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
Ecology of fished marine invertebrates; Reproductive and larval biology of marine invertebrates; Evolution of life histories; Long-term ecological and environmental monitoring.

Current Research Projects:

  • Recruitment and larval dispersal of Dungeness crabs
  • Aquaculture and enhancement of king crabs
  • Reproductive potential of snow, Tanner and king crabs
  • Habitat enhancement and artificial reefs

Hajo Eicken: sea-ice geophysicist
Geophysical Institute and Dept. of Geology & Geophysics, Fairbanks

hajo.eicken@gi.alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
Sea-ice variability and change; sea-ice use by people and its role in ecosystems; local and indigenous knowledge in Arctic coastal marine environments; sea-ice remote sensing. More information at http://seaice.alaska.edu/gi

Current Research Projects:

  • Coastal sea-ice observatory
  • Mapping ice and open water distribution in the Beaufort & Chukchi Seas in the context of potential offshore resource development
  • Community-based observations of coastal ice environments
  • North by 2020 Forum for Local and Global Perspectives on the North

Rolf Gradinger: sea ice & polar ecologist
Institute of Marine Science, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Fairbanks

rrgradinger@alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
The dynamics of microbial communities in polar seas. Recent work deals with the structuring role of sea ice for biological processes in Arctic waters.

Current Research Projects:

  • Polychaetes in the fast ice off Barrow, Alaska
  • Arctic marine biodiversity
  • Ecology of ice related ecosystems

Joshua Greenberg: natural resource economist
Department of Resources Management, School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, Fairbanks

jagreenberg@alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
Bioeconomic modeling, economic issues pertaining to the allocation of Alaska renewable natural resources, and the economics of Alaska's reindeer industry.


Sarah Hardy: marine ecologist/biological oceanographer
Institute of Marine Science, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Fairbanks

smhardy@alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
Community ecology and diversity of soft-sediment benthos, especially in high latitude and deep sea regions; Reproduction and life-history of marine invertebrates; application of genetic tools in marine ecology.

Current Research Projects:

  • Effects of ocean acidification on crab larval development
  • Reproductive and larval biology of marine invertebrates
  • Invertebrate nutrition and feeding ecology


Mark Herrmann: natural resource economist
School of Management, Fairbanks

mlherrmann@alaska.edu
website


Russ Hopcroft: biological oceanographer
Institute of Marine Science, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Fairbanks

rrhopcroft@alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
Composition, production and energy flow of pelagic ecosystems.

Current Research Projects:

  • GLOBEC GoA - Lower Trophic Level Synthesis
  • Arctic Ocean Biodiversity (ArcOD)
  • Russian American Long-term Census of the Arctic (RUSALCA)
  • Seward Line Long-term Observation Program
  • Environmental change in the Arctic Ocean: a synthesis and retrospective analysis of zooplankton communities
  • Oceanographic assessment of the planktonic communities in the Klondike and Burger prospect regions of the Chukchi Sea

Katrin Iken: marine ecologist
Institute of Marine Science, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Fairbanks

kbiken@alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
Trophic interactions between organisms; shallow water and shelf community diversity, dynamics and ecology, especially in North Pacific, Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean, and in deep-sea communities, using scientific diving as a research tool.

Current Research Projects:

  • BEST: Sea ice algae, a major food source for herbivorous plankton and benthos in the eastern Bering Sea
  • Arctic epibenthic community structure and benthic food web structure in the Chukchi Sea
  • Natural Geography in Shore Areas (NaGISA): a field project of the Census of Marine Life
  • Arctic sea ice ridges as refuges for ice-associated fauna

Brenda Konar: marine ecologist
Global Undersea Research Unit, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Fairbanks

bhkonar@alaska.edu
website

Current Research Projects:

  • Epifaunal communities in the Chukchi Sea
  • Kelp forest interaction webs in the Aleutian archipelago: patterns and mechanisms of change following the collapse of an apex predator
  • Evaluation of walrus foraging habitats
  • NaGISA
  • Global biodiveristy program that focuses on nearshore rocky habitats
  • Recovery in a high arctic kelp community

Gordon Kruse: fisheries scientist
Fisheries Division, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Juneau

Gordon.Kruse@alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
Applied fisheries research on marine invertebrates and fishes, including:

  1. stock assessment methods, especially size-based approaches for species lacking age structures
  2. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications to marine populations and fisheries management
  3. effects of oceanographic conditions on distribution, growth, reproduction, and recruitment
  4. marine ecosystem dynamics in response to humans (e.g., commercial harvests, trawling effects) and climate changes
  5. fishery management strategies, including ecosystem-based fisheries management

Current Research Projects:

  • Biomass-dynamic modeling of key fish species in the eastern Bering Sea
  • Ecology and fishery management of spiny dogfish in Alaska
  • Impacts of climate change on red king crabs in the eastern Bering Sea
  • Management strategy evaluation of the Kodiak red king crab fishery
  • Modeling of recruitment dynamics of Tanner crabs in the eastern Bering Sea
  • Spatial and temporal analysis of benthic communities in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea
  • Reproductive biology of walleye pollock and implications on fishery management
  • Reconstruction of northern shrimp populations off Kodiak Island, Alaska
  • Integrated ecosystem-based fisheries risk assessment and forecast approach


Jeremy Mathis: chemical oceanographer
Institute of Marine Science, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Fairbanks

jtmathis@alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
Carbon cycle and ocean acidification in the marine environment, particularly in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic.

Current Research Projects:

  • Storm-Climate Impact on Shelf-Basin Exchange in the Western Arctic
  • Biogeochemical Assessment of the North Aleutian Basin Ecosystem
  • Determining the Present and Future Ocean Carbon dynamics in the Chukchi Sea and Pan-Arctic Ocean
  • Present and Future Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Juvenile Walleye Pollock Metabolic Processes and Growth Rates
  • An Interdisciplinary Monitoring Mooring in the Western Arctic Boundary Current: Climate Forcing and Ecosystem Response.
  • Carbon Biogeochemistry of the Northern Gulf of Alaska: Implication of Anthropogenic Perturbations

Megan McPhee: evolutionary ecologist, salmonid biologist
Fisheries Division, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Juneau

mvmcphee@alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
life-history, morphologic, and genetic diversity in salmonids: causes and consequences for conservation and management.

Current Research Projects:

  • life-history and landscape influences on genetic diversity in steelhead/rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) around the Pacific Rim
  • population structure and life-history, morphologic, and genetic diversity in riverine and lake-type sockeye salmon (O. nerka) in the Kuskokwim River drainage
  • origin of morphological and life-history divergence in lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) introduced into Flathead Lake, Montana

Chanda Meek: interdisciplinary social scientist/policy scholar
Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts, Fairbanks

clmeek@alaska.edu

Research Interests:
Most of my work focuses on gaining a better understanding how social and ecological systems are coupled, as well as the role of institutions (e.g., laws, policies, community norms) in shaping adaptation to change.

Current Research Projects:

  • Strengthening Institutions for Cooperative Management of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas (National Science Foundation)
  • Predator Control and Coupled Systems (Alaska EPSCOR)
  • Building Capacity for Community-based Marine Mammal Conservation in Bristol Bay (with Bristol Bay Native Association)

Franz Mueter: fisheries oceanographer
Fisheries Division, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Juneau

fmueter@alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
Commercial fisheries; fisheries and conservation; fisheries ecology; fisheries oceanography; fisheries population dynamics; fisheries management; quantitative ecology.

Current Research Projects:

  • Comparative analysis of subarctic marine ecosystems
  • Retrospective analysis of patterns in fish, seabird, and marine mammal productivity in the eastern Bering Sea
  • Gulf of Alaska Integrated Ecosystem Research Program

Maribeth Murray: historical ecologist
Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts, Fairbanks

msmurray@alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
Historical Human Ecology, Climate/Human/Marine System Interactions

Current Research Projects:
Current research is focused on human and natural system dynamics over the long-term in sub-Arctic and Arctic regions. I am currently working with a range of paleo and historic records to extend baseline data on climate, marine systems including fisheries, and marine species, for the purposes of developing effective ecosystem-based management approaches among others. I am also involved in the investigation the relationship between climate, sea ice, productive marine hotspots and human exploitation of marine resources, and the study of the relationships among climate change, marine resource use and contaminants.


Brenda Norcross: fisheries oceanographer
Institute of Marine Science, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Fairbanks

bnorcross@alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
The effect of the surrounding environment on fish.

Current Research Projects:

  • Eulachon in Southcentral and Southeast Alaska, 2001-2004
  • Fisheries Oceanography of the Bering and Chukchi Seas, 2004-2005,
  • Reproductive potential of Pacific cod, 2001-2006
  • Feasibility to design and implement a nearshore juvenile flatfish survey Eastern Bering Sea, 2002-2004

Terry Quinn: fisheries biomathematician
Fisheries Division, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Juneau

Terry.Quinn@alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
Fish population dynamics, estimation of animal and fish abundance,  statistical time series analysis and sampling theory, renewable resource management systems.

Current Research Projects:
Deployment of an acoustic data logger on commercial fishing vessels in the Bering Sea: inferences about pollock depletion, school structure, and relation to harvester behavior; Spatial/ temporal map of Pacific halibut; multispecies models for ecosystem decision support in the Gulf of Alaska, dealing with uncertainty in fishery age-structured assessment models; Interactions between humpback whales, disease, and herring in Prince William Sound; mark-recapture estimation of humpback whale abundance in the North Pacific; age-specific movement simulation in a spatially explicit stock assessment model of walleye pollock in the eastern Bering Sea; combining population dynamics and genetics in models for Pacific ocean perch in the Gulf of Alaska


Jennifer Reynolds: geological oceanographer
Global Undersea Research Unit, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Fairbanks
jrreynolds@alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
Benthic habitat mapping: application of seafloor mapping and marine geology to benthic habitat issues, in collaboration with marine biologists and fishery scientists. Geology and geochemistry of submarine volcanism; tectonics and volcanism at plate boundaries.

Current Research Projects:

  • Benthic habitat research in Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Deep sea coral distribution and habitat in the central Aleutians
  • Bogoslof Volcano (Bering Sea): colonization and recovery of benthic invertebrates on volcanic substrate of different ages
  • Pribilof Canyon (Bering Sea) geology and benthic habitat patterns


Andy Seitz : fish ecologist
Fisheries Division, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Fairbanks

acseitz@alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:

  • Fish dispersal and population structure
  • Individual fish behavior
  • Electronic tagging

Current Research Projects:

  • Monitoring fish behavior around hydrokinetic devices in large Alaskan rivers
  • Feasibility of surgically implanting acoustic tags in Pacific herring
  • Behavior and population structure of Pacific halibut
  • Characterizing movement of fish in Alaska using geomagnetic archival tags
  • Tag-A-Giant collaborator

Harper Simmons : physical oceanographer
Institute of Marine Science, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Fairbanks

hlsimmons@alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
Understanding  how and why the ocean stores and circulates heat and materials such as salts, and how this storage and circulation evolves over time; how to obtain a unified description of dynamical processes occurring over an immense range of spatial and temporal scales.

Research Ideas For Future Students:
Internal waves; ocean stirring and mixing; the response of the ice-ocean system to atmospheric storms.


William Smoker: salmon fisheries biologist
Professor Emeritus
Fisheries Division, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Juneau

wwsmoker@alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
Biology of Pacific salmon, particularly related to the use of hatcheries to enhance salmon fisheries; conservation of Pacific salmon; use of quantitative genetic experiments to study empirically the local adaptation of salmon populations.

Current Research Projects:

  • Outbreeding depression in pink salmon: Effects of hybridization between seasonally distinct subpopulations
  • Genetic changes associated with in-basin supplementation of a population of sockeye salmon
  • Smolt Age, Growth and Productivity of Seward Peninsula Sockeye Stocks


David Tallmon: evolutionary and population geneticist
Fisheries Division, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Juneau

david.tallmon@uas.alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
Population and conservation genetics, evolution, ecology.

Current Research Projects:

  • Genetic and phenotypic effects of climate change.
  • Population genetics of ringed seals, red king crab, pink salmon, and giant Pacific octopus.


Sherry Tamone: Associate Professor of Marine Biology
Fisheries Division, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Juneau

sherry.tamone@uas.alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
Physiological ecology of marine invertebrates with particular interest in commercially important crabs. Endocrine and environmental regulation of molting and reproduction in crustaceans.

Current Research Projects:

  • Molting biology of red king crabs
  • Reproductive endocrinology and behavior of male snow crabs
  • Physiological consequences of bitter crab disease for Tanner crabs in Southeast Alaska

Susan Todd: resource planner
School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences
sktodd@alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
Conflict resolution, mediation, public land use planning, and using web surveys and listservs to poll public opinion.

Current Research Projects:

  • Innovative Methods of Involving the Public in Environmental Decisions
  • The Alagnak Wild River Management Study

Tom Weingartner: physical oceanographer
Institute of Marine Science, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Fairbanks

tjweingartner@alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
Circulation and water mass transformation processes (mixing, cooling, and the distillation effects on sea water associated with ice melt and formation) on Arctic continental shelves and slopes.

Current Research Projects:

  • Continuing a 28-year time series of temperature and salinity variability on the Gulf of Alaska. The goal is to quantify this variability and determine its causes.
  • Understanding the seasonal variations in the physical environment of the Gulf of Alaska shelf as part of the US GLOBEC (Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics) Program


Peter Winsor: physical oceanographer
Institute of Marine Science, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Fairbanks

pwinsor@alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
Freshwater dynamics on regional to global scales; physical oceanography of the arctic and sub-arctic seas; ocean-ice-atmosphere dynamics; diapycnal mixing – novel measurements and interpretation; instrument development and field work.


Matthew Wooller: fisheries oceanographer
Fisheries Division, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Fairbanks

mjwooller@alaska.edu
website

Research Interests:
Understanding the influence of changing environmental conditions on past and present ecosystems; use of  stable isotope techniques to study a wide range of environmental and ecological questions.

Current Research Projects:

  • NSF project – OPP Tracking the seasonal contribution of algal fatty acids to the arctic marine system.
  • NSF project – OPP Understanding the role of environmental change on the long- term population dynamics of one surviving and two extinct arctic mammals
  • NSF project – OPP Nonlinearities in the Arctic climate system during the Holocene
  • NPRB project – Studying diet in threatened eiders using stable carbon isotopes of specific fatty acids: Validation of a new technique with controlled feeding experiments


Students of the program can pursue graduate degrees in Anthropology, Fisheries, Marine Biology, Natural Resources and Sustainability, Oceanography or Interdisciplinary Studies. Links to the department web sites and course requirements are found here.


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