ANNUAL REPORT2018REGIONAL RESILIENCE,
GLOBAL IMPACT

RESEARCH

World’s Richest Laboratory

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EDUCATION

World’s Richest Classroom

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ENGAGEMENT

Connecting
Near & Far

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FINANCIALS

By The Numbers



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DONORS & FUNDERS

Our Supporters



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Publications & Presentations

Sharing Our Impact
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Building for the Next Generation

What happens here in the world’s richest waters influences the globe. We’re the region’s nonprofit with boots on the ground, boats in the water, and students in the field 12 months per year. At our organization’s founding nearly 30 years ago, we were tasked with understanding how a region such as this could serve as a beacon of hope by maintaining a reliable economy and natural environment for the long term. That’s why we endeavor to consider science, economy, climate, education, and people with nearly every step. Today, as we look toward the future and a new campus for our hopeful endeavors, we invite you to come see this magical place as we build for the next generation. We humbly ask you to join us now, and for the long-term, so that the promise of today remains the promise of tomorrow.

Katrina Hoffman
President & CEO

Climate Change and Salmon

The Blob

OSRI 20-Year Lookback

RESEARCHWorld’s Richest Laboratory

Our region is one of the world’s most remote and wonderful living laboratories; a stronghold that’s critical to a thriving planet. Our location is unique, thanks in part to the 1,000-year journey taken by a conveyor belt of ocean water that has traveled from the Arctic to Antarctica, finally daylighting in the North Pacific Ocean – our backyard. The cold, nutrient-rich current produces the world’s richest waters, and we have a unique vantage point to understand the globe’s changing climate. Studies by our researchers reveal insight into many challenges, including: climate change, resource use and sustainability, food webs, ecosystem management, and more. Ultimately, our work seeks to understand how places everywhere can maintain both a healthy environment and economy for generations to come. Resilience gives us an opportunity to benefit from what we value – and to support what we value we must first understand it. Here’s a look into just some of our work in 2018; these projects were the core focus of our researchers in addition to many of their other long-term projects.

Oceanography & Climate Change

Long-Term Monitoring of Oceanographic Conditions in Prince William Sound

Researching the warming trend of the last 40 years and its far-reaching implications.

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High Frequency Observations of the Secondary Production Cycle in Prince William Sound

Understanding the base of the food web, and a whole-systems approach to ecosystem management.

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Sea Lice Mitigation Techniques

Sea lice infestations can lead to secondary infections, weaker condition and mortality, particularly in young fish.

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PWS WEATHER BUOY

Improving tanker vessel transit safety through Prince William Sound.

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Phytoplankton Monitoring

Prevalence of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning Toxins in the Marine Food Webs of Prince William Sound.

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Fisheries

REPRODUCTIVE MATURITY AMONG AGE COHORTS OF PACIFIC HERRING

Ground-truthing reproductive maturity estimates in Prince William Sound.

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STREAM INTERACTIONS AMONG HATCHERY AND WILD PINK AND CHUM SALMON

Helping ADFG salmon managers make more informed decisions.

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HERRING RESEARCH AND MONITORING COORDINATION

Collecting lessons to improve resource management of this important fish.

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OCEAN TRACKING NETWORK

Creating a global technology community to better understand aquatic species & human impact.

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Imaging Sonar Deployment in the Lower Copper River Delta to Enhance Early Season Management

Improving the understanding and management of world-famous Copper River salmon.

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Adult Herring Biomass Surveys

Determining the status of the post-spill herring recovery.

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Interacting Effects of Ocean Climate and At-Sea Competition on Alaskan Salmon

Closing the gaps in monitoring in the Arctic region.

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Quantifying Infection Intensity in Herring

Ichthyophonus is a fungal-like pathogen that causes disease in a wide range of fish.

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Tagging and Tracking Herring

Where herring go after spawning in Prince William Sound (PWS) remains a mystery.

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EFFECTS OF ENERGETIC STATE AND INFECTIOUS AGENTS ON MIGRATION BY SOCKEYE SALMON

Pacific salmon resources in Alaska, including the production of both wild and hatchery-origin salmon, hold important ecological, cultural and economic value to Alaskan communities.

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Seabirds & Shorebirds

Avian Influenza

Predicting when and how outbreaks of pathogens will occur.

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Long-term monitoring of seabird abundance

Studying marine bird species injured by the oil spill and environmental change.

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Effects of Egg Harvest on Glaucous-Winged Gull Nest Success

Finding better management practices for the subsistence egg harvest in PWS.

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Resolving the Annual Pelagic Distribution of Tufted Puffins

Tufted Puffins are an iconic seabird that inhabits a wide geographic area throughout temperate and subarctic regions of the Pacific Ocean.

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Disease Susceptibility and Fitness Costs in Shorebirds

Shorebirds can perform spectacular, long-distance migrations that connect hemispheres and are highly gregarious at stopovers along their migration routes.

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Oil Spill Recovery

Oil Spill Recovery Institute - Our Sister Organization

Improving our understanding and response to oil spills.

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EducationWorld’s Richest Classroom

We use an innovative combination of formal and information educational programs to inspire life-long passion for science and commitment to evidenced-based decision making. Through our efforts, we help students and adults develop the necessary skills to succeed in the 21st century, including communication, teamwork, problem solving, and critical thinking. Here's a summary of our 2018 impact.

School Year Programs

Discovery Room

Guiding 100+ students in 4th-8th grade in 2018.

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Discovery Outreach

Bringing STEM education to remote Alaska.

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National Ocean Sciences Bowl

Another strong year for our team in 2018.

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Sea Squirts

You’re never too young to start exploring.

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Summer Programs

Delta Restoration Team (D.R.T. Camp)

High school students engage in restoration and exploration on the Delta.

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Headwaters to Ocean Day Camps

Elementary students learn to connect the dots, from headwaters to ocean.

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Headwaters to Ocean Overnight Camps

Hands-on science, day and night.

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Copper River Stewardship Program

High school students learn to become the stewards of tomorrow.

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Discover Cordova

In 2018, “mini explorations” for 100+ children and adults of all ages.

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Program Hosting

Welcoming groups from near and far for a unique education opportunity.

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EngagementCONNECTING NEAR & FAR

Our outreach and community engagement efforts benefit scientists and non-scientists alike, with the goal of building a resilient planet, people, and communities.

Delta Sound Connections

Our annual publication explores the world’s richest waters.

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Tuesday Night Talks

Our weekly series since 1999.

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Field Notes

Our online radio series.

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Our New Home

A new campus for the world's richest waters.

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20-Year OSRI Report

A look back at 20 years of impact by our sister organization.

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FINANCIALSBY THE NUMBERS

*The 2018 difference between revenues and expenses is attributed to a loss on the Oil Spill Recovery Institute's invested reserve funds (PWSSC's sister institute for which PWSSC has fiduciary responsibility), and a board-approved spend down of the Science Center reserve.

FY’18 Donors & FundersOUR SUPPORTERS

RESEARCH FUNDERS
$1,400,000+
Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council (EVOSTC)
$400,000+
Alaska Department of Fish & Game
$175,000+
North Pacific Research Board
$100,000+
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
$75,000+
Alaska Ocean Observing System
$60,000+
National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
$30,000+
Tufts University (NPRB)
Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association
$15,000+
US Forest Service
$10,000+
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
$5,000+
Kinetics
$4,000+
PWS Regional Citizens' Advisory Council
1,000+
Norwegian University of Life Sciences
EDUCATION FUNDERS
$60,000+
Oil Spill Recovery Institute
$10,000
ConocoPhillips Alaska
ExxonMobil Alaska
$7,500+
BP Alaska
National Academy of Sciences
U.S. Forest Service
$3,500
PWS Regional Citizens' Advisory Council
$3,000
Chris Anderson Campbell (In honor of Margaret (Peg) Anderson)
$2,500
ExxonMobil Foundation
Harborside Pizza (Pizzapalooza)
Matson
$1,500
Alyeska Pipeline Service Company
GENERAL DONORS
*Calendar year 2018 donations
$18,000
Rasmuson Foundation
$15,000+
John Garner
$10,000
Chuck Meacham
CoBank
ExxonMobil Alaska
Meera Kohler
$5,000
Chugach Alaska Corporation
The Eyak Corporation
Trident Seafoods North
Wells Fargo
$3,000+
Alyeska Pipeline Service Company
Boeing
Cascadia Cross-Border Law Group
ConocoPhillips Alaska
GCI
Matson
Laura and Mike Meadors
$2,500+
Sheila and Tom Barrett
Edison Chouest Offshore
Fairweather, LLC
Lynden
Ocean Beauty Seafoods
$2,000+
Katrina Hoffman and Mike Webber
Barclay and RJ Kopchak
Maureen McCrea and Clarence Pautzke
Andrew Smallwood
The Telesz Family
$1,500+
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
Cordova Telecom Cooperative
Phyllis Johnson and Craig Tillery
Caryn Rea and Steve Aberle
$1,000+
AT&T
Jean and Howard Baumann
Birch, Horton, Bittner & Cherot
BP Alaska
Cordova Wireless Communications
Educational Legacy Fund
Cynthia Lahti and Tim Cuchna
Molly McCammon
Nancy Pease and Dan Hull
Peter Pan Seafoods
RIM Architects
$750+
Barbara and Larry Cash
Brena, Bell & Clarkson, P.C.
Dick Thorne
$500+
ACCEL Services, Inc.
Alaska Tanker Company
Alaskan Brewing Company
Spencer Beebe
Doug Causey
Chenega Corporation
Copper Valley Telecom
Crowley Alaska Tankers
Carol Kreader and Brian Wrenn
Fairweather Science
Judy Farrar and Eric Knudsen
Laura's Liquor Shop
Mike Mahoney
Heather McCarty
Mt. McKinley Moose Legion 51
Native Village of Eyak
Bob Onders
Bill Rome
Liz Senear and Bert Stammerjohan
Serenity Marine Research Charters
Shoreside Petroleum
Karin Siebenmorgen
Thea Thomas
$250+
Mary Anne Bishop
Rebecca and Brennan Cain
Belen and Joe Cook
Kate Dugan
Jill Fredston and Doug Fesler
Marguerite and Tony Guerriero
Rachel Kallander and Casey Pape
Lila and Clay Koplin
Kym and Mike Mauseth
Paula Mountjoy and Scott Hicks
Hans Neidig
Cathy and Scott Pegau
Peterson Welding and Machine
Monika Reghetti
Deb and Andy Robertson
Roy Robertson
Darcy and David Saiget
Ellen and Tommy Sheridan
Lori Swann
Stand for Alaska
Sheyna Wisdom
$150+
April and Robert Beedle
Sylvia Lange and Greg Meyer
Iris Matthews
PWSRCAC
Scott Vorrath
Alicia and Dennis Zadra
$125+
Sara and Bill Hoffman
IBM Corporation
Michelle Hahn O'Leary
Tara Riemer
$100+
Nancy Bird and Karl Becker
Dan Bilderback
Derek Blake
Toni and John Bocci
Susan and Chris Bourgeois
Alex and Carol Bryner
Rob Campbell
Bruce Campbell
Kristin and Danny Carpenter
Dorothy Childers
Becca Dodge and Mark Heidbrink
Deb and Rob Eckley
Georgia Fariss and Jerry McCune
First National Bank Alaska
Alyse Galvin
Jake Good
Paul Hershberger
Jake Holley
Joe Lally
Loyal Order of Moose
Shirley Marquardt
Lacey and Rick McKinstry (In honor of Caitlin McKinstry and Rob Campbell)
Roslyn and Mark Mitchell
Penny Oswalt
Judy Pachter and Jay Fleisher
Pat Pitney
Blaize Potts
Liisa and Thomas Rohweder
Laura and Barry Romberg
Rich Rogers
Arlene and Danny Rosenkrans
Svia Rothstein and Marcus Waehler
Mary and Peter Schaefer
Donna Schantz
Seaman's Hardware
Roe Sturgulewski
James Thorne
Lisa and David Totemoff
Paoola and Leo Vargas
$50+
Cindy Appleton
Gabrielle Brown
Janet Clarke
Diane and Bill Cobb
David Bryne
Steve Davidson
Rachel Ertz
Patience Andersen Faulkner
Mary and Jeff Fritsch
TJ and Jim Holley
Zane Jones
Adam Kenyon
Denis Keogh
Renee and Bill Lindow
Julia Mickley
Steve Moffitt
MRV Architects
Pangaea Adventures
Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation
Liz O'Rourke (In memory of Betty Conley)
Gayle Ranney
Julie and Brad Reynolds
Dede and Roy Srb
Stacy Studebaker
Rep. Louise Stutes
Rene Vargas
Marissa Wilson
$25+
Heather Brandon
Theresa Carte
Erica and Dan Clark
Dawn Dinwoodie and Rod Worl
Signe and Jim Fritsch
Amanda Goss
Sue Kesti and Dan Logan
Leigh Lubin
Stanton Moll
Kate and Andy Morse
Natalie Oberman
Sue and Dick Shellhorn
Christina and David Vancleve
Lisa Von Bargen
Gay and David Wellman
Amanda and James Wiese
IN-KIND DONORS
AK Starfish Co
Alaska Airlines
Alaska Glacial Mud Co.
Alaska Railroad Corporation
Alaskan Brewing Company
Alaskan Wilderness Outfitting Co
Alutiiq Angels
Alyeska Pipeline Service Company
Angela Butler
Anne Kroeker and Richard Leeds
April Beedle (Knot Crazy)
Belen and Joe Cook
Caitlin McKinstry
Chinook Auto Rentals
Columbia Sportswear
Copper River Fleece
Cordova Air Service
Copper River Seafoods
Cordova Drug Co
Cordova Electric Cooperative
Cordova Gear
Cordova Historical Society and Museum
Curate.org
David Rosenthal
Emily Rubio
FisheWear
Fromagio's Artisan Cheese
Gary Minish
H2Oasis Indoor Water Park
Husky Homestead Tour
Jessicca Morningstar
Karl Becker
Laura Meadors
LFS Marine Cordova
Liz and Bob Pudwill
Major Marine Tours
Margaret Stock and Neil O'Donnell
Melissa Sanford (Wilderness Expressions)
Mike Webber and Katrina Hoffman
Monika Reghetti
Patience Andersen Faulkner
Perkins Auto Repair
Pete Hoepfner (Pete's Treats)
Raven's Brew Coffee
Reluctant Fisherman Inn
Riverside Inn and Glacier Tours
RJ Kopchak
Salmon Sisters
Scott Pegau
Senator Lisa Murkowski
Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits
Sylvia Lange
Tanya Zastrow
The Net Loft
Thea Thomas (Calidris Charters)
Trident Seafoods North
Viking Marine Supply
Virginia Dale

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONSSHARING OUR IMPACT & RESULTS

Sharing our work near and far is one of the most important parts of PWSSC impact. Our staff is widely-published, and here’s a summary of their publications, reports, posters, oral presentations, outreach, and service for 2018.

Mary Anne Bishop, PH.D.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Bishop, M.A. and J. H. Eiler. 2018. Migration patterns of post-spawning Pacific herring in a subarctic sound. Deep-Sea Research Part II. 147: 108-115. doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2017.04.016

Hope, D.D., M.C. Drever, J. B. Buchanan, M.A. Bishop, G. Matz, and M. Lemon. 2018. Trends in timing of spring migration on the Pacific Flyway by Western Sandpipers and Dunlins. The Condor: Ornithological Applications 120:471-488. doi: 10.1650/CONDOR-17-126.1

Lewandoski, S. and M.A. Bishop.  2018.  Distribution of juvenile Pacific herring relative to environmental and geospatial factors in Prince William Sound, Alaska.  Deep Sea Research II. 147:98-107. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2017.08.002 

Lewandoski, S., M.A. Bishop, and M. McKinzie. 2018. Evaluating Pacific cod migratory behavior and site fidelity in a fjord environment using acoustic telemetry.  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 75(11): 2084-2095. dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjfas-2017-0432

Stocking, J., M.A. Bishop, and A. Arab. 2018. Spatio-temporal distributions of piscivorous birds in a subarctic sound during the nonbreeding season. Deep Sea Research II 147:138-147. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2017.07.017

Suzuki, Y., M.A. Bishop, D. D. Roby, and K.S. Bixler. In press. Colony Connectivity and the Rapid Growth of a Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) Colony on Alaska’s Copper River Delta, USA. Waterbirds.

Final Reports

Bishop, M. A. 2018. Long-term monitoring of seabird abundance and habitat associations during late fall and winter in Prince William Sound. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Long-Term Monitoring Program (Gulf Watch Alaska) Final Report (Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council Project 16120114-C), Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, Anchorage, Alaska.

Bishop, M.A. 2018. Tracking seasonal movements of adult Pacific herring in Prince William Sound. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Long-Term Herring Research and Monitoring Program Final Report (Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council Project 14120111-B), Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, Anchorage, Alaska.

Bishop, M.A. 2018. Annual herring migration cycle: expanding acoustic array infrastructure. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Long-Term Herring Research and Monitoring Program Final Report (Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council Project 16160111-S), Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, Anchorage, Alaska.

Bishop, M.A. and S. Lewandoski. 2018. Validation of acoustic surveys for Pacific herring (Clupea pallasii) using direct capture. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Long-Term Herring Research and Monitoring Program Final Report (Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council Project 16120111-A), Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, Anchorage, Alaska.

Hill, N.J., M.A. Bishop, and J. A. Runstadler. 2018. Influenza in synanthropic gulls: are congregation sites hotspots for viral evolution? North Pacific Research Board Project Final Report 1411. 16 pp.

Schaefer, A., M.A. Bishop, and K. Jurica. 2018.  Effects of egg harvest on glaucous-winged gull hatch success. Final report for the USDA Forest Service, Cordova Ranger Dist. 19pp. 

Presentations

Bishop, M.A. Spring Migration of Red Knots on the Copper & Yukon-Kuskokwim River Deltas. PWSSC board of directors meeting, June 2018, Cordova, Alaska.

Bishop, M.A. Copper River Delta: A critical stopover for Red Knots in spring. Copper River Delta Science Symposium, March 2018, Cordova, Alaska.

Posters

Arimitsu, M., M.A. Bishop, S.Hatch, R. Kaler, K. Kuletz, C. Matkin, J. Moran, D. Olsen, J. Piatt, A. Schaefer, J. Straley. Changes in marine predator and prey populations in the aftermath of the North Pacific Heat Wave: Gulf Watch Alaska Pelagic update 2017. Alaska Marine Science Symposium, January 2018. Anchorage, Alaska.

Gray, B. P., M.A. Bishop, S.P. Powers. Identifying key piscine predators of Pacific herring (Clupea pallasii) and walleye pollock (Gadus chalcogrammus) during winter months in bays of Prince William Sound, Alaska through multivariate analysis of stomach contents. Alaska Marine Science Symposium, January 2018. Anchorage, Alaska.

Schaefer, A. L., M. A. Bishop, and R. Thorne. 2018. Non-breeding marine bird response to forage fish schools in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Poster presented at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium, January 2018, Anchorage, Alaska.

Outreach

2018 Delta Sound Connections

Bishop, M.A.: How to tag a herring.

Bishop, M.A.: A year in the life of a cod.

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Rob Campbell, PH.D.

Publications

Campbell, R.W. 2018. Hydrographic trends in Prince William Sound, Alaska, 1960–2016. Deep Sea Research. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2017.08.014

McKinstry, C.A.E., and R.W. Campbell. 2018. Seasonal variation of zooplankton abundance and community structure in Prince William Sound, Alaska, 2009–2016. Deep Sea Research. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2017.08.016

Poster

Campbell, R.W. A Profiling Observatory for High Resolution Oceanographic, Biogeochemical, and Plankton Observations in Prince William Sound. ASLO Ocean Sciences meeting, 2018. Portland, Oregon.

Presentation

Campbell, R.W. A Profiling Observatory for High Resolution Oceanographic, Biogeochemical, and Plankton Observations in Prince William Sound.  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, 2018. Anchorage, Alaska.

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Kristen Gorman, PH.D.

Publications

Gorman, K.B., T.C. Kline Jr., M.E. Roberts, F.F. Sewall, R.A. Heintz, and W.S. Pegau. 2018. Spatial and temporal variation in winter condition of juvenile Pacific herring (Clupea pallasii) in Prince William Sound, Alaska: oceanographic exchange with the Gulf of Alaska. Deep-Sea Research II. 147:116-126.

Heintz, R.A., Gorman, K.B., T.C. Kline, F.F. Sewall, M.E. Roberts, and W.S. Pegau. 2019. A High Temporal (and Spatial) Resolution Study to Validate the Juvenile Herring Condition Monitoring Project Final Report - Herring Condition Monitoring. Prince William Sound Science Center Final Report 2019 to Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council.

Rand, P.S., K.B. Gorman, E.E. Knudsen, M.L. Buckhorn, and D. Bernard. Relative and total contributions of hatchery- and natural-origin Pink Salmon and Chum Salmon returning to Prince William Sound, Alaska during 2013-2015, Part I. In prep for Marine and Coastal Fisheries.

Gorman, K.B., P.S. Rand, E.E. Knudsen, M.L. Buckhorn, and D. Bernard. Relative and total contributions of hatchery- and natural-origin Chum Salmon returning to Southeast Alaska during 2013-2015, Part II. In prep for Marine and Coastal Fisheries.

Presentations

Gorman, K.B. and P.S. Rand. Variation in body size and energy content of Sockeye Salmon returning to the Copper River, Alaska: Preliminary data and future studies. Copper River Salmon Harvesters Roundtable, February 2019. Tazlina, Alaska.

Gorman, K.B. Integrative marine ecology: Mechanisms of predator response to environmental change. College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Departmental Seminar. University of Alaska Fairbanks, January 2019. Fairbanks, Alaska.

Knudsen, E.E., P.S. Rand, K.B Gorman, and D. Bernard. Spatial and temporal patterns in the returns of hatchery- and natural-origin Pink and Chum Salmon in Prince William Sound during 2013-2015. Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Committee Science Night,  December 2018. Anchorage, Alaska.

Gorman, K.B. Research highlights from the food chain: feeding ecology of juvenile Pacific Herring, Pink Salmon and Tufted Puffins of the Gulf of Alaska. Cordova Community Tuesday Night Lecture, October 2018. Cordova, Alaska.

Gorman, K.B., T.D. Williams, and W.R. Fraser. Mechanisms of Pygoscelis penguin population response to environmental change. POLAR2018 Open Science Conference, June 2018. Davos, Switzerland.

Gorman, K.B., J.M. McMahon, P.S. Rand, and E.E. Knudsen. Comparative performance in migration and reproduction between natural- and hatchery-origin Pink Salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) in Prince William Sound, Alaska using stable isotope analysis. American Fisheries Society, Western Division Meeting (Pink and Chum Salmon Symposium), May 2018. Anchorage, Alaska.

Gorman, K.B. and P.S. Rand. Variation in body size and energy content of Sockeye Salmon returning to the Copper River, Alaska: Preliminary data and future studies. Copper River Delta Science Symposium, March 2018. Cordova, Alaska.

Posters

Gorman, K.B., M.A. Bishop, and A.L. Schaefer. Resolving the annual pelagic distribution of Tufted Puffins in the Gulf of Alaska: Preliminary isotopic correlates of winter and summer marine habitat use. Alaska Bird Conference, March 2019. Fairbanks, Alaska.

Gorman, K.B., M.A. Bishop, and A.L. Schaefer. Resolving the annual pelagic distribution of Tufted Puffins in the Gulf of Alaska: Preliminary isotopic correlates of winter and summer marine habitat use. Alaska Marine Science Symposium, January 2019. Anchorage, Alaska. 

Gorman, K.B., P.S. Rand, and K.M. Miller. Effects of energetic state and infectious agents on spawning migration by Sockeye salmon of the Copper River, Alaska. Alaska INBRE Research Retreat, October 2018. Talkeetna, Alaska.

Service

Chris Guo, thesis committee member. Chris is a MS graduate student in Marine Biology (beginning fall 2017) working with Dr. Brenda Konar the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and Coowe Walker (UAA/Kachemak Bay Research Reserve).

Julia McMahon, thesis committee member. Prince William Sound Science Center (PWSSC) hatchery-wild salmon and Pacific herring projects lead technician (2015-2017). Julia is a MS graduate student in Fisheries (beginning fall 2017) in the lab of Dr. Peter Westley at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF).

Peer-review of manuscripts for Physiological and Biochemical Zoology (1), USGS internal review (1).

Ben Gray, M.S.

Presentation

Gray B.P., M.A. Bishop. How to tag a herring, and where do they go afterwards. PWSSC Lecture Series, 2019. Cordova, Alaska.

Poster

Gray B.P., M.A. Bishop, and S. Powers. Identifying key winter groundfish predators of Pacific herring and walleye pollock in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Poster presented at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium, January 2018. Anchorage, Alaska.

Outreach

2018 Delta Sound Connections

Gray, B.P.: Herring on the menu.

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Maya Groner, PH.D.

Publications

McEwan G.F., M.L. Groner, A.A.B. Cohen, A.K.D. Imsland, C.W. Crawford. In press. Modeling the use of lumpfish to control sea lice on Atlantic salmon farms: Interactions with mate limitation, temperature, and treatment rules. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. 

Ben-Horin T., C.A. Burge, D. Bushek, M.L. Groner, D.A. Proestou, L.I. Huey, G. Bidegain, R.B. Carnegie. 2018. Intensive oyster aquaculture can reduce disease impacts to sympatric wild oysters. Aquaculture Environment Interactions 10: 557-567.

Groner, M.L., Shields JD, Landers, DF Jr., Swenarton J, Hoenig J. 2018. Rising temperature causes phenological mismatch between molting and epizootic shell diseased in the American lobster. American Naturalist.

Groner M.L., J.M. Hoenig, R. Pradel, R. Choquet, W.K. Vogelbein, D.T. Gauthier, M.A.M. Friedrichs. 2018. Dermal mycobacteriosis and warming sea surface temperatures are associated with elevated mortality of striped bass in Chesapeake Bay. Ecology and Evolution.

Groner M.L., C.A. Burge, R. Cox, N. Rivlin, M. Turner, K. Van Alstyne, S. Wyllie-Echeverria, J. Bucci, P. Staudigel, C.S. Friedman. 2018. Oysters and eelgrass: Potential partners in a high pCO2 ocean. Ecology.

Presentations

Groner, M.L. Managing disease in fished populations. University of Prince Edward Island. 2018. Charlottetown, PE, Canada.

Groner, M.L. Managing marine diseases. PISCO Marine disease summit. 2018. Portland, Oregon.

Groner, M.L. In a pinch? Impact of epizootic shell disease on the Southern New England stock of American Lobster. OneNOAA Science Seminar. NOAA. 2018. Maryland.

Outreach

Groner, M.L. Information exchange with indigenous residents of Port Graham as part of EVOS agreement. 2018. Port Graham, Alaska.

Groner, M.L. Managing disease in fished populations. Graduate level fisheries ecology course for Alaska Pacific University. 2018. Homer, Alaska.

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Caitlin McKinstry, M.S.

Publication

McKinstry, C.A.E. and R. W. Campbell. 2018. Seasonal variation of zooplankton abundance and community structure in Prince William Sound, Alaska, 2009-2016. Deep-Sea Research Part II. 147: 69-78 pgs.

Posters

McKinstry, C.A.E. and R. W. Campbell. Seasonal variation of zooplankton abundance and community structure in Prince William Sound, Alaska (2009-2016). 2018. Ocean Sciences Meeting. Portland, Oregon.

McKinstry, C.A.E. and R. W. Campbell. Zooplankton community structure and seasonal abundance in Prince William Sound. Alaska Marine Science Symposium. 2018. Anchorage, Alaska.

McKinstry, C.A.E. and R. W. Campbell. Zooplankton abundance and community composition at the mouth of the Copper River. Copper River Delta Science Symposium. 2018. Cordova, Alaska.

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W. Scott Pegau, PH.D.

Publications

Aderhold, D. G. R., M. R. Lindeberg, K. Holderied, and W. S. Pegau. 2018. Spatial and temporal ecological variability in the northern Gulf of Alaska: What have we learned since the Exxon Valdez oil spill?  Deep Sea Research II. 147, 3-8. doi 10.1016/j.dsr2.2017.11.015

Gorman, K. B., T. C. Kline, M. E. Roberts, F. F. Sewall, R. A. Heintz, and W. S. Pegau. 2018. Spatio-temporal variation in stable carbon and nitrogen isotope signatures and condition of juvenile herring (Clupea pallasii) in Prince William Sound, Alaska: teleconnections with the Gulf of Alaska. Deep Sea Research II. 147, 116-126. doi 10.1016/j.dsr2.2017.10.010

Report

Pegau, W.S. 2018. Aerial Survey Support. Exxon Valdez Long-Term Herring Research and Monitoring Final Report (Restoration Project 14120111-R), Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, Anchorage, Alaska.

Presentations

Pegau, W.S. and HRM Team, Status of Herring in PWS, PWSRCAC Science night, 2018. Cordova, Alaska.

Pegau, W.S., K9 oil detection, Alaska Forum on the Environment. 2018. Anchorage, Alaska.

Poster

Mearns, A., D. Janka, R. Campbell, S. Pegau, P. Marolf, and B Robinson, A twenty-eight year volunteer-supported monitoring of long-term variability of intertidal biology following the Exxon Valdez oil spill in western Prince William Sound. (poster) Alaska Marine Science Symposium, 2018.

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Pete Rand, PH.D.

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Rand, P.S. Pacific herring response to surface predators in Prince William Sound, Alaska, USA. 2018. Marine Ecology Progress Series 600:239-244.

Outreach

Panel member, Kenai Classic Roundtable. Findings of NCEAS SASAP working group. August 2018. Kenai Peninsula College.

Review and editing, new edition of “Alaska Wild Salmon” published by the State of Alaska.

Interview for KBBI radio/broadcast of Homer, Alaska on the ongoing AHRP study.

Presented results of the 2018 AHRP field season to the ADF&G science panel. December 2018. Juneau, Alaska.

Presented results and contributed to discussions at a meeting of working groups at NCEAS. November 2018. Santa Barbara, California.

Chaired a special session on pink and chum salmon at the combined Alaska/Western Division American Fisheries Society Meeting. May 2018. Anchorage, Alaska.  

Led meeting of NCEAS SASAP working group members focused on synthesizing data on observations of Pacific salmon in the Arctic. January 2018. Anchorage, Alaska.

2018 Delta Sound Connections

Rand, P.S.: The dynamics of herring and predators in Prince William Sound.

Rand, P.S.: Pacific salmon, the ocean, and climate change.

Service

Served on the graduate committee of Julia McMahon at the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

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Anne Schaefer, M.S.

Publication

Schaefer, A.L., M.A. Bishop, and K. Jurica. In review. Effects of egg harvest on egg laying of Glaucous-winged Gulls. Marine Ornithology.

Reports 

Schaefer, A.L., M.A. Bishop, and K. Jurica. 2018. Effects of egg harvest on Glaucous-winged Gull hatch success. Final report to the USDA Forest Service, Cordova Ranger District, Cordova, Alaska. 

Bishop, M.A. and A. Schaefer. 2018. Long-term monitoring of marine bird abundance and habitat associations during fall and winter in Prince William Sound. FY’17 annual report to the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, project 17120114-M.

Posters

Schaefer, A.L., M.A. Bishop, and R. Thorne. 2018. Non-breeding marine bird response to forage fish schools in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Poster presented at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium. January 2018. Anchorage, AK.

Arimitsu, M., M.A. Bishop, S. Hatch, R. Kaler, K. Kuletz, C. Matkin, J. Moran, D. Olsen, J. Piatt, A. Schaefer, and J. Straley. Changes in marine predator and prey populations in the aftermath of the North Pacific Heat Wave: Gulf Watch Alaska Pelagic update 2017. Poster presented at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium. January 2018. Anchorage, AK. 

Outreach

2018 Delta Sound Connections

Schaefer, A.L.: Winter Refugia for Seabirds. 

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