ABOUT

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.

Vision

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.



Mission

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.

1986

A group of Cordova fishermen, scientists and resource managers begin sharing bad coffee and explorin...
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1988

Local leaders commit to develop a community-based organization as a repository for knowledge gained ...
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1989

Exxon Valdez runs aground on Bligh Reef, spilling more than 11 million gallons of crude into Prince ...
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Earth Day 1989

Legal papers for the creation of the Prince William Sound Science Center are filed. The City of Cord...
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1990

Our nonprofit subsidiary, the Oil Spill Recovery Institute (OSRI) is created via provisions in the O...
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1993

Sixty commercial fishing boats blockade the Valdez narrows, stopping oil tanker traffic and demand m...
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1995-2005

Research programs expand as this place is recognized as a global environmental stronghold critical t...
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2010

The PWSSC purchases the 39-foot research vessel New Wave for surveys in Prince William Sound and the...
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2012

The PWSSC partners with NASA and USGS to look at carbon and glaciers in the face of climate change. ...
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2013

The PWSSC begins long-term research into one of the world’s keystone species – wild Pacific salm...
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2014

Education programs continue to grow. Oil spill curriculum, marine robotics, “Field Notes” radio ...
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2015

After decades of work, we dive deeper into the topic of resilience – what it means, and what it ta...
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2016

Our long-term research confirms the obvious: the ocean is, in fact, much warmer. Returning fish are ...
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Staff

Rob Campbell, PhD

Biological Oceanographer

907-424-5800 ext 241


Shelton Gay, PhD

Oceanographer



W. Scott Pegau, PhD

Research Scientist & Program Manager

907-424-5800 ext 222


Ben Gray

Fisheries Research Assistant

907-424-5800 ext 234



Lauren Bien, M.S.

Science Education Coordinator

907-424-5800 ext 231


Hayley Hoover

Education and Outreach Specialist

907-424-5800 ext 237



Signe Fritsch

Communications and Development Manager

907-424-5800 ext 232


R.J. Kopchak

Founder, Emeritus



Board of Directors

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Angela Butler
Chair
Eyak Corporation, General Manager, Cordova Operations
Cordova (2012-‘15, 2015-’18)

Andrew Smallwood
1st Vice Chair
Area E Seiner
Cordova (2010-’13, 2013-’16, 2016-'19)

Caryn Rea
2nd Vice Chair
Retired
Conoco Phillips (2016-’19)

Margaret Stock
Treasurer
Cascadia Cross-Border Law Group , LLC
Anchorage (2014-’16, 2016-'19)

Laura Meadors
Secretary
Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Director
Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. (2014- ‘17)

BOARD MEMBERS EMERITUS

Nolan Watson
Senior Vice President
McLellan & Copenhagen, Seattle – PWSSC Board member (1992- ‘03)

ADDITIONAL BOARD MEMBERS

Katrina Hoffman
President/CEO
Prince William Sound Science Center
Cordova, Ex-officio member

Douglas Causey, Ph.D.
Professor of Biological Sciences
University of Alaska Anchorage (2012- ’15, 2015-’18)

Mike Mahoney
Area E Drift Gillnetter
Cordova (2010-'13, 2013- ‘16, 2016-'19)

Clarence Pautzke, Ph.D.
Retired Executive Director
North Pacific Research Board Anchorage (2011–’14, 2014-’17)

Todd Telesz
Senior Vice President; Power, Energy & Utilities
CoBank (2017-'20)

Craig Tillery
Deputy Attorney General, Retired
Alaska Department of Law (2017-'20)

Sheyna S. Wisdom
General Manager and Senior Scientist
Fairweather Science LLC (2017-'20)

Financials

Here you’ll find our most recent IRS form 990 and audited financial statement. If you’re in need for further financial statements or reports, please contact us.

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