The Future is Water
Welcome to one of the last best places, home of the world’s richest waters. There’s no place in the world quite like ours. If you put a pin in the ground, we challenge you to find another place with more within 100 miles: glaciers, 12 distinct ecosystems, a pristine rainforest the size of some East Coast states, and rivers full of world-famous Copper River salmon. We believe that research here is a rare opportunity to study something pure vs. something that’s been lost.
We look at the big picture and pull it all together. That’s what sets us apart. We’re committed to understanding how one place on earth can maintain a reliable economy and natural environment for the long term. We endeavor to consider science, economy, climate and people with nearly every step, and we use collaboration and systems-thinking to address the global nature of today’s challenges.
We invite you – donors, researchers, partners, funders, elected officials, citizens – to join us in better understanding one of the world’s last, great natural regions, home of the world’s richest waters.
The Prince William Sound Science Center envisions communities that maintain socioeconomic resilience among healthy ecosystems.
There are two outcomes inherent in our vision. The first is socio-economically resilient communities: This outcome requires the region to support the livelihoods of its citizens. The second outcome is healthy ecosystems: This outcome requires users of the region’s ecosystems to steward renewable resources with consideration for natural cycles and systemic change.
Our mission is to advance community resilience and the understanding and sustainable use of ecosystems.
We are unbiased in our approach, and we approach all projects with the attitude that they can lead to positive impacts, sustainable use of resources, and a resilient region.
Board of Directors
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEDan Hull (2020-23)
Laura Meadors (2014-17, 2017-20, 2020-23)
1st Vice Chair
Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., Retired
Katherine Dugan (2021-24)
2nd Vice Chair
Alyeska Pipeline Company
Tommy Sheridan (2018-21, 2021-24)
Thea Thomas (2017-20, 2020-23)
Area E Drift Gillnetter
President and CEO, Ex-officio
Prince William Sound Science Center
BOARD MEMBERS EMERITUSChuck Meacham (2007-10, 2010-13, 2013-16)
President, Capital Consulting
Gig Harbor, Washington
Meera Kohler (1998-2008, 2011-14)
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative
ADDITIONAL BOARD MEMBERSCraig Tillery (2017-20, 2020-23)
Deputy Attorney General, Retired
Alaska Department of Law
Robyn McGhee (2021-24)
Betsi Oliver (2020-23)
Entelechy Arts, LLC
Chris Rurik (2020-23)
The Russell Family Foundation
Gig Harbor, Washington
Sylvia Lange (2020-23)
The Reluctant Fisherman Inn
Todd Telesz (2017-20, 2020-23)
CEO & GM
Basin Electric Power Coop
Bismarck, North Dakota
Peter Andersen (2021-24)
President, Chugach Commercial Holdings
Delta Sound Connections
Our annual natural history and science news publication dedicated to the ecosystems of Prince William Sound, the Copper River watershed, and northern Gulf of Alaska. Details and links to all editions can be found here.