Region of the resilient
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.
1986A group of Cordova fishermen, scientists and resource managers begin sharing bad coffee and explorin...
1988Local leaders commit to develop a community-based organization as a repository for knowledge gained ...
1989Exxon Valdez runs aground on Bligh Reef, spilling more than 11 million gallons of crude into Prince ...
Earth Day 1989Legal papers for the creation of the Prince William Sound Science Center are filed. The City of Cord...
1990Our nonprofit subsidiary, the Oil Spill Recovery Institute (OSRI) is created via provisions in the O...
1993Sixty commercial fishing boats blockade the Valdez narrows, stopping oil tanker traffic and demand m...
1995-2005Research programs expand as this place is recognized as a global environmental stronghold critical t...
2010The PWSSC purchases the 39-foot research vessel New Wave for surveys in Prince William Sound and the...
2012The PWSSC partners with NASA and USGS to look at carbon and glaciers in the face of climate change. ...
2013The PWSSC begins long-term research into one of the world’s keystone species – wild Pacific salm...
2014Education programs continue to grow. Oil spill curriculum, marine robotics, “Field Notes” radio ...
2015After decades of work, we dive deeper into the topic of resilience – what it means, and what it ta...
2016Our long-term research confirms the obvious: the ocean is, in fact, much warmer. Returning fish are ...
Board of Directors
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEECaryn Rea
Conoco Phillips (2016-’19)
1st Vice Chair
Area E Seiner
Cordova (2010-’13, 2013-’16, 2016-'19)
2nd Vice Chair
Area E Drift Gillnetter
Senior Vice President; Power, Energy & Utilities
Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. (2014-‘17, 2017-'20)
BOARD MEMBERS EMERITUSChuck Meacham
Capital Consulting, Gig Harbor, Washington
PWSSC Board member (2007-’10, 2010- ’13, 2013-‘16)
Senior Vice President
McLellan & Copenhagen, Seattle – PWSSC Board member (1992- ‘03)
ADDITIONAL BOARD MEMBERSKatrina Hoffman
Prince William Sound Science Center
Cordova, Ex-officio member
Douglas Causey, PhD
Professor of Biological Sciences
University of Alaska Anchorage (2012- ’15, 2015-’18, 2018-'21)
Area E Drift Gillnetter
Cordova (2010-'13, 2013- ‘16, 2016-'19)
Clarence Pautzke, PhD
Retired Executive Director
North Pacific Research Board Anchorage (2011–’14, 2014-’17, 2017-'20)
Cascadia Cross-Border Law Group , LLC
Anchorage (2014-’16, 2016-'19)
Deputy Attorney General, Retired
Alaska Department of Law (2017-'20)
Sheyna S. Wisdom
General Manager and Senior Scientist
Fairweather Science LLC (2017-'20)
Eyak Corporation, General Manager, Cordova Operations
Cordova (2012-‘15, 2015-’18, 2018-'21)
Silver Bay Seafoods
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