RESEARCH

World's richest laboratory

Headquartered in the key fishing port of Cordova in the northern Gulf of Alaska, we provide practical, relevant information about this critical global bioregion to managers and decision-makers so true resilience can be practiced here and modeled everywhere.

Our region is one of the world’s most remote and greatest living laboratories, a stronghold that’s critical to a thriving planet. Our location, at the endpoint of a 1,000-year conveyor belt of water from Antarctica that produces the world’s richest waters, gives us a unique vantage point to understand the globe’s changing climate.

Ours is one of the last, best places to research how an intact ecosystem functions. Studies by our researchers provide answers to many challenges, including: climate change, resource use and sustainability, food webs, ecosystem management and more. Ultimately, our work seeks one outcome: to understand how places everywhere can maintain their environments and economies for generations to come.

Program Overviews

March 23, 2018
Copper River Delta: A Critical Stopover for Red Knots in Spring 

Shorebirds

Related posts Caspian Terns feed almost entirely on fish. March 12, 2019 Caspian TernsRead More OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA May 21, 2018 Shorebird Sampling for Avian InfluenzaRead […]
October 20, 2016

Hatchery-Wild Salmon Interactions

Related posts Heather Wiedenhoft and Sophia Myers collecting chum otoliths at Hartney Creek, July 24, 2014. July 28, 2014 Hatchery and Wild Salmon Interactions Study in […]
October 19, 2016

Herring Research and Monitoring

Related posts March 15, 2019 Status of Prince William Sound HerringRead More July 24, 2013 Tagging and tracking herringRead More June 4, 2013 Herring disease researchRead […]
October 14, 2016

Terrestrial

October 14, 2016

Plankton Monitoring

Related posts August 21, 2019 Plankton Photomicrography Read More Rob shows off the fine meshed net that he will use in his routine phytoplankton surveys. He will […]
October 14, 2016

Ocean Tracking Network

Related posts February 27, 2018 Ocean Tracking Network Research CruiseRead More
October 14, 2016

Gulf Watch Alaska

Related posts October 14, 2016 Climate Change in the Gulf of AlaskaRead More October 19, 2012 2012Read More October 19, 2010 2010Read More
October 14, 2016

Climate Change in the Gulf of Alaska

Related posts May 30, 2018 Interacting Effects of Ocean Climate and At-Sea Competition on Alaskan SalmonRead More June 21, 2017 Copper River Salmon & Climate ChangeRead […]
October 14, 2016

Seabirds

Related posts August 9, 2016 Seabirds Bring Scientists TogetherRead More

Projects

April 18, 2020

PARALYTIC SHELLFISH POISONING TOXINS IN THE MARINE FOOD WEB

Related posts SAMSUNG April 18, 2020 PORT VALDEZ WEATHER BUOYSRead More February 28, 2018 Monitoring Marine Birds during Fall and WinterRead More May 24, 2016 Marine-Derived […]
April 18, 2020

PORT VALDEZ WEATHER BUOYS

Related posts April 18, 2020 PARALYTIC SHELLFISH POISONING TOXINS IN THE MARINE FOOD WEBRead More May 25, 2018 CIRCULATION IN PORT VALDEZ, ALASKARead More May 23, […]
March 30, 2020

PWS Ocean Observing System

Related posts May 30, 2018 Interacting Effects of Ocean Climate and At-Sea Competition on Alaskan SalmonRead More May 23, 2018 PWS Weather BuoyRead More June 4, […]
January 15, 2020

Spawn Surveys

Related posts December 7, 2018 Quantifying infection intensity in HerringRead More December 29, 2014 Acoustic SurveysRead More June 4, 2013 Aerial Surveys of Juvenile HerringRead More
December 1, 2019

Modeling Herring Populations

Related posts January 29, 2019 Environmental linkages to herring recruitmentRead More September 16, 2014 Herring Project CoordinationRead More July 24, 2013 Tagging and tracking herringRead More
August 2, 2019

Sockeye Salmon Migration Study in the Copper River

Related posts March 31, 2020 Copper River Salmon MeetingsRead More April 15, 2019 Effects of Energetic State and Infectious Agents on Migration by Sockeye SalmonRead More […]
May 5, 2019

2020 LOWER COPPER RIVER SONAR STATION FISH PASSAGE

2020 LOWER COPPER RIVER SONAR STATION FISH PASSAGE The 2020 project has ended. The sonars were turned off on June 11th and the camp removed. FISH […]
April 15, 2019

Effects of Energetic State and Infectious Agents on Migration by Sockeye Salmon

Related posts August 2, 2019 Sockeye Salmon Migration Study in the Copper RiverRead More May 30, 2018 Interacting Effects of Ocean Climate and At-Sea Competition on […]
March 15, 2019

Status of Prince William Sound Herring

Related posts January 14, 2019 Status of PWS HerringRead More May 23, 2018 Long-Term Monitoring of Oceanographic Conditions in Prince William SoundRead More October 19, 2016 […]
January 29, 2019

Exposure to oil limits herring fitness

Related posts March 15, 2019 Status of Prince William Sound HerringRead More January 29, 2019 Environmental linkages to herring recruitmentRead More July 24, 2013 Tagging and […]
January 29, 2019

Environmental linkages to herring recruitment

Related posts March 15, 2019 Status of Prince William Sound HerringRead More January 18, 2018 Reproductive maturity of herringRead More July 24, 2013 Tagging and tracking […]
January 19, 2019

Sea lice mitigation techniques

Related posts April 15, 2019 Effects of Energetic State and Infectious Agents on Migration by Sockeye SalmonRead More December 7, 2018 Quantifying infection intensity in HerringRead […]
December 7, 2018

Quantifying infection intensity in Herring

Related posts March 15, 2019 Status of Prince William Sound HerringRead More September 16, 2014 Herring Project CoordinationRead More July 24, 2013 Tagging and tracking herringRead […]
August 30, 2018

Resolving the Annual Pelagic Distribution of Tufted Puffins

Related posts February 27, 2020 Middleton Island PuffinsRead More October 10, 2018 2018 Tufted Puffin Field Work Photo HighlightsRead More Thousands of Tufted Puffins nest on […]
May 30, 2018

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

Related posts July 22, 2019 Glaucous-winged Gulls and Avian InfluenzaRead More April 15, 2019 Effects of Energetic State and Infectious Agents on Migration by Sockeye SalmonRead […]
May 25, 2018

CIRCULATION IN PORT VALDEZ, ALASKA

Related posts June 4, 2013 Ocean conditions of herring habitatsRead More April 29, 2013 Ocean Science Festival takes Valdez by stormRead More
May 23, 2018

COMPARATIVE PERFORMANCE IN MIGRATION AND REPRODUCTION AMONG WILD AND HATCHERY PINK SALMON USING STABLE ISOTOPE ANALYSIS

Related posts August 2, 2019 Sockeye Salmon Migration Study in the Copper RiverRead More April 15, 2019 Effects of Energetic State and Infectious Agents on Migration […]
May 23, 2018

PWS Weather Buoy

Related posts March 30, 2020 PWS Ocean Observing SystemRead More May 15, 2018 2018 LOWER COPPER RIVER SONAR STATION FISH PASSAGERead More April 15, 2018 Weather […]
May 23, 2018

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

Related posts May 5, 2019 2020 LOWER COPPER RIVER SONAR STATION FISH PASSAGERead More May 15, 2018 2018 LOWER COPPER RIVER SONAR STATION FISH PASSAGERead More […]
May 23, 2018

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

Related posts March 15, 2019 Status of Prince William Sound HerringRead More May 23, 2018 Long-Term Monitoring of Oceanographic Conditions in Prince William SoundRead More Working […]
May 23, 2018

Long-Term Monitoring of Oceanographic Conditions in Prince William Sound

Related posts March 30, 2020 Herring Migration in Prince William SoundRead More March 15, 2019 Status of Prince William Sound HerringRead More May 23, 2018 High […]
May 15, 2018

2018 LOWER COPPER RIVER SONAR STATION FISH PASSAGE

    2018 LOWER COPPER RIVER SONAR STATION FISH PASSAGE FISH PASSAGE SUMMARIES:  Daily Counts of Salmon Passage Hourly Counts of Salmon Passage *Note: Some browsers […]
March 27, 2018

Disease susceptibility and fitness costs in shorebirds

Related posts January 29, 2019 Exposure to oil limits herring fitnessRead More August 21, 2013 Investigating Site Fidelity of Migrating ShorebirdsRead More Semipalmated Plover chick August […]
February 28, 2018

Effects of Egg Harvest on Glaucous-winged Gull Nest Success

Related posts July 22, 2019 Glaucous-winged Gulls and Avian InfluenzaRead More April 15, 2019 Effects of Energetic State and Infectious Agents on Migration by Sockeye SalmonRead […]
February 28, 2018

Monitoring Marine Birds during Fall and Winter

Related posts April 18, 2020 PARALYTIC SHELLFISH POISONING TOXINS IN THE MARINE FOOD WEBRead More February 28, 2018 Effects of Egg Harvest on Glaucous-winged Gull Nest […]
January 18, 2018

Reproductive maturity of herring

Related posts March 15, 2019 Status of Prince William Sound HerringRead More May 28, 2018 Studies of Reproductive Maturity among Age Cohorts of Pacific HerringRead More […]
June 7, 2017

2017 LOWER COPPER RIVER SONAR STATION FISH PASSAGE COUNTS

    2017 LOWER COPPER RIVER SONAR STATION FISH PASSAGE COUNTS Fish passage summaries: Daily Counts of Salmon Passage Hourly Counts of Salmon Passage *Note: Some browsers […]
January 11, 2017

Avian Influenza in Gulls

Related posts July 22, 2019 Glaucous-winged Gulls and Avian InfluenzaRead More OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA May 21, 2018 Shorebird Sampling for Avian InfluenzaRead More Avian Influenza August […]
October 19, 2016

Herring Research and Monitoring

Related posts March 15, 2019 Status of Prince William Sound HerringRead More July 24, 2013 Tagging and tracking herringRead More June 4, 2013 Herring disease researchRead […]
May 24, 2016

Marine-Derived Nutrients in the Copper River Delta

Related posts May 23, 2018 Imaging Sonar Deployment in the Lower Copper River Delta to Enhance Early Season ManagementRead More The high loss rates of ice […]
May 24, 2016

Ecology of the Copper River Delta

Related posts May 23, 2018 Imaging Sonar Deployment in the Lower Copper River Delta to Enhance Early Season ManagementRead More The high loss rates of ice […]
January 5, 2016

Pacific Cod

Related posts Photo by Lauren Bien March 12, 2019 NOSBRead More Dr. Mary Anne Bishop’s research team brings in a ground fish pot containing a cod […]
February 12, 2015

Herring Education and Outreach

Related posts Aerial view of herring school October 31, 2016 Forage Fish SurveysRead More December 30, 2014 Herring diet analysisRead More September 11, 2014 Non-lethal sampling […]
December 30, 2014

Data Management Support

Related posts December 30, 2014 Herring diet analysisRead More September 16, 2014 Scales as growth history recordsRead More June 4, 2013 Ocean conditions of herring habitatsRead […]
December 30, 2014

Herring diet analysis

Related posts Aerial view of herring school October 31, 2016 Forage Fish SurveysRead More September 11, 2014 Non-lethal sampling of juvenile herringRead More Aerial view of […]
December 30, 2014

Herring capture

Related posts December 30, 2014 Herring diet analysisRead More September 11, 2014 Non-lethal sampling of juvenile herringRead More June 4, 2013 Juvenile herring predationRead More
December 29, 2014

Acoustic Consistency

Related posts December 30, 2014 Herring captureRead More December 29, 2014 Acoustic SurveysRead More September 16, 2014 Scales as growth history recordsRead More
December 29, 2014

Acoustic Surveys

Related posts January 15, 2020 Spawn SurveysRead More Aerial view of herring school October 31, 2016 Forage Fish SurveysRead More December 29, 2014 Acoustic ConsistencyRead More
September 16, 2014

Scales as growth history records

Related posts December 30, 2014 Herring diet analysisRead More September 11, 2014 Non-lethal sampling of juvenile herringRead More June 4, 2013 Growth, energy and survivalRead More
September 16, 2014

Herring Project Coordination

Related posts Aerial view of herring school October 31, 2016 Forage Fish SurveysRead More December 30, 2014 Herring diet analysisRead More September 11, 2014 Non-lethal sampling […]
September 11, 2014

Non-lethal sampling of juvenile herring

Related posts December 30, 2014 Herring diet analysisRead More Aerial view of herring school June 25, 2014 Forage Fish SurveysRead More June 4, 2013 Juvenile herring […]
November 6, 2013

Genetic Stock Structure of Herring

Related posts December 30, 2014 Herring diet analysisRead More December 30, 2014 Herring captureRead More September 11, 2014 Non-lethal sampling of juvenile herringRead More
August 29, 2013

Tracking Black Turnstones

Related posts February 27, 2018 Ocean Tracking Network Research CruiseRead More A Semipalmated Plover soaks up some sun on Egg Island in early June 2015. July […]
August 21, 2013

Investigating Site Fidelity of Migrating Shorebirds

Related posts March 27, 2018 Disease susceptibility and fitness costs in shorebirdsRead More Semipalmated Plover chick August 21, 2013 Monitoring Shorebirds on Barrier Islands of the […]
August 21, 2013

Monitoring Shorebirds on Barrier Islands of the Copper River Delta

Related posts The high loss rates of ice mass in the heavily glaciated Copper River watershed has led to biogeochemical changes both upriver and down. March […]
August 20, 2013

Technologies for the field identification and on-site confirmation of Avian Influenza

Related posts OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA May 21, 2018 Shorebird Sampling for Avian InfluenzaRead More January 11, 2017 Avian Influenza in GullsRead More August 21, 2013 Investigating […]
July 24, 2013

Tagging and tracking herring

Related posts March 15, 2019 Status of Prince William Sound HerringRead More January 29, 2019 Environmental linkages to herring recruitmentRead More The "Spider" pictured here is […]
June 4, 2013

Trends in Seabird Predation of Juvenile Herring

Related posts Aerial view of herring school October 31, 2016 Forage Fish SurveysRead More September 11, 2014 Non-lethal sampling of juvenile herringRead More Aerial view of […]
June 4, 2013

Juvenile herring predation

Related posts September 11, 2014 Non-lethal sampling of juvenile herringRead More June 4, 2013 Trends in Seabird Predation of Juvenile HerringRead More June 4, 2013 Aerial […]
June 4, 2013

Plankton and Oceanic Observations in Prince William Sound

Related posts March 15, 2019 Status of Prince William Sound HerringRead More May 23, 2018 High Frequency Observations of the Secondary Production Cycle in Prince William […]
June 4, 2013

Ocean conditions of herring habitats

Related posts December 30, 2014 Herring diet analysisRead More December 30, 2014 Herring captureRead More June 4, 2013 Juvenile herring predationRead More
June 4, 2013

Juvenile Herring Abundance

Related posts Aerial view of herring school October 31, 2016 Forage Fish SurveysRead More September 11, 2014 Non-lethal sampling of juvenile herringRead More Aerial view of […]
June 4, 2013

Herring disease research

Related posts December 7, 2018 Quantifying infection intensity in HerringRead More October 19, 2016 Herring Research and MonitoringRead More June 4, 2013 Aerial Surveys of Juvenile […]
June 4, 2013

Growth, energy and survival

Related posts September 16, 2014 Scales as growth history recordsRead More June 4, 2013 Ocean conditions of herring habitatsRead More June 4, 2013 Winter energetics of […]
June 4, 2013

Winter energetics of herring

Related posts December 30, 2014 Herring captureRead More June 4, 2013 Juvenile herring predationRead More June 4, 2013 Ocean conditions of herring habitatsRead More
June 4, 2013

Aerial Surveys of Juvenile Herring

Related posts December 30, 2014 Herring diet analysisRead More September 11, 2014 Non-lethal sampling of juvenile herringRead More June 4, 2013 Juvenile herring predationRead More