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 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA May 21, 2018 Shorebird Sampling for Avian InfluenzaRead More March 27, 2018 Disease susceptibility and fitness costs in shorebirdsRead More March […]
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 December 29, 2014 Acoustic Consistency: Intensive Surveys of Juvenile HerringRead More June 4, 2013 Top-down Regulation by Predatory Fish on Juvenile HerringRead More June […]
October 14, 2016

Terrestrial

October 14, 2016

Plankton Monitoring

Related posts Aerial view of herring school October 31, 2016 Forage Fish SurveysRead More October 19, 2016 Herring Research and MonitoringRead More July 1, 2016 Photos […]
October 14, 2016

Ocean Tracking Network

Related posts March 1, 2018 Cordova Sea Squirts upcoming programRead More February 27, 2018 Ocean Tracking Network Research CruiseRead More January 31, 2018 COASST Training SessionRead […]
October 14, 2016

Gulf Watch Alaska

Related posts October 14, 2016 Climate Change in the Gulf of AlaskaRead More Football-sized Kittlitz’s murrelet in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve August 25, 2016 […]
October 14, 2016

Climate Change in the Gulf of Alaska

Related posts June 21, 2017 Copper River Salmon & Climate ChangeRead More An absorb pad floats on oil collecting in a pit on Smith Island. October […]
October 14, 2016

Seabirds

Related posts August 9, 2016 Seabirds Bring Scientists TogetherRead More August 1, 2016 Our 2016 Photo Contest Is HereRead More

Projects

August 30, 2018

Resolving the Annual Pelagic Distribution of Tufted Puffins

Related posts October 10, 2018 2018 Tufted Puffin Field Work Photo HighlightsRead More Thousands of Tufted Puffins nest on Middleton Island, making this an ideal study […]
May 30, 2018

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

Related posts February 28, 2018 Effects of Egg Harvest on Glaucous-winged Gull Nest SuccessRead More June 21, 2017 Copper River Salmon & Climate ChangeRead More May […]
May 25, 2018

CIRCULATION IN PORT VALDEZ, ALASKA

Related posts An absorb pad floats on oil collecting in a pit on Smith Island. October 14, 2016 Gulf Watch AlaskaRead More Football-sized Kittlitz’s murrelet in […]
May 23, 2018

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

Related posts October 20, 2016 Hatchery-Wild Salmon InteractionsRead More December 30, 2014 Fatty Acid Analysis as Evidence for Winter Migration of Age-0 HerringRead More August 8, […]
May 23, 2018

PWS Weather Buoy

Related posts April 15, 2018 Weather Buoy Photo Highlights by Dr. Rob Campbell Read More December 30, 2014 Modeling Herring Population Dynamics in PWSRead More
May 23, 2018

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

Related posts May 21, 2018 Lower Copper River Sonar Station InstallationRead More May 15, 2018 2018 LOWER COPPER RIVER SONAR STATION FISH PASSAGERead More June 7, […]
May 23, 2018

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

Related posts May 23, 2018 Long-Term Monitoring of Oceanographic Conditions in Prince William SoundRead More Working as an observer with SEAN scientists, Schaefer keeps her eyes […]
May 23, 2018

Long-Term Monitoring of Oceanographic Conditions in Prince William Sound

Related posts May 23, 2018 High Frequency Observations of the Secondary Production Cycle in Prince William SoundRead More June 4, 2013 Plankton and Oceanic Observations in […]
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 August 21, 2013 Investigating Site Fidelity of Migrating ShorebirdsRead More Semipalmated Plover chick August 21, 2013 Monitoring Shorebirds on Barrier Islands of the Copper […]
February 28, 2018

Effects of Egg Harvest on Glaucous-winged Gull Nest Success

Related posts August 30, 2018 Resolving the Annual Pelagic Distribution of Tufted PuffinsRead More May 30, 2018 Interacting Effects of Ocean Climate and At-Sea Competition on […]
February 28, 2018

Monitoring Marine Birds during Fall and Winter

Related posts February 28, 2018 Effects of Egg Harvest on Glaucous-winged Gull Nest SuccessRead More December 30, 2014 Fatty Acid Analysis as Evidence for Winter Migration […]
January 18, 2018

Reproductive maturity among age cohorts of herring

Related posts May 28, 2018 Studies of Reproductive Maturity among Age Cohorts of Pacific HerringRead More December 30, 2014 Fatty Acid Analysis as Evidence for Winter […]
January 18, 2018

Spawn Surveys

Related posts Aerial view of herring school October 31, 2016 Forage Fish SurveysRead More December 29, 2014 Acoustic Consistency: Intensive Surveys of Juvenile HerringRead More December […]
October 11, 2017

“The Blob” with Dr. Rob

This new film explores “The Blob,” a warm water anomaly that started in the Gulf of Alaska and later spread up and down the coast of […]
June 21, 2017

Copper River Salmon & Climate Change

Prince William Sound Science Center researchers work on the front lines of climate change to address the most pressing salmon issues of our time.   Related […]
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 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA May 21, 2018 Shorebird Sampling for Avian InfluenzaRead More February 28, 2018 Effects of Egg Harvest on Glaucous-winged Gull Nest SuccessRead […]
May 24, 2016

Marine-Derived Nutrients in the Copper River Delta

Related posts June 7, 2017 2017 LOWER COPPER RIVER SONAR STATION FISH PASSAGE COUNTSRead More May 24, 2016 Ecology of the Copper River DeltaRead More May […]
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 May 15, 2018 2018 LOWER COPPER […]
January 5, 2016

Pacific Cod

Related posts Aerial view of herring school October 31, 2016 Forage Fish SurveysRead More December 30, 2014 Use of concurrent trawls to validate acoustic surveys for […]
February 12, 2015

Herring Education and Outreach

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

Modeling Herring Population Dynamics in PWS

Related posts Aerial view of herring school October 31, 2016 Forage Fish SurveysRead More September 16, 2014 Herring Project CoordinationRead More September 11, 2014 Non-lethal sampling […]
December 30, 2014

Data Management Support

Related posts September 11, 2014 Non-lethal sampling of juvenile herringRead More July 24, 2013 Juvenile Herring Abundance and habitat utilization in Prince William SoundRead More June […]
December 30, 2014

Fatty Acid Analysis as Evidence for Winter Migration of Age-0 Herring

Related posts January 18, 2018 Reproductive maturity among age cohorts of herringRead More July 24, 2013 What is the age at first spawn for female herring?Read […]
December 30, 2014

Use of concurrent trawls to validate acoustic surveys for Pacific herring

Related posts Aerial view of herring school October 31, 2016 Forage Fish SurveysRead More December 29, 2014 Acoustic Consistency: Intensive Surveys of Juvenile HerringRead More Aerial […]
December 29, 2014

Acoustic Consistency: Intensive Surveys of Juvenile Herring

Related posts December 30, 2014 Use of concurrent trawls to validate acoustic surveys for Pacific herringRead More September 11, 2014 Non-lethal sampling of juvenile herringRead More […]
December 29, 2014

Adult Biomass Surveys

Related posts December 30, 2014 Use of concurrent trawls to validate acoustic surveys for Pacific herringRead More December 29, 2014 Acoustic Consistency: Intensive Surveys of Juvenile […]
September 16, 2014

Scales as growth history records

Related posts December 30, 2014 Fatty Acid Analysis as Evidence for Winter Migration of Age-0 HerringRead More September 11, 2014 Non-lethal sampling of juvenile herringRead More […]
September 16, 2014

Herring Project Coordination

Related posts December 30, 2014 Modeling Herring Population Dynamics in PWSRead More September 11, 2014 Non-lethal sampling of juvenile herringRead More Aerial view of herring school […]
September 11, 2014

Non-lethal sampling of juvenile herring

Related posts December 29, 2014 Acoustic Consistency: Intensive Surveys of Juvenile HerringRead More July 24, 2013 Juvenile Herring Abundance and habitat utilization in Prince William SoundRead […]
November 6, 2013

Genetic Stock Structure of Herring

Related posts December 30, 2014 Fatty Acid Analysis as Evidence for Winter Migration of Age-0 HerringRead 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

Juvenile Herring Abundance and habitat utilization in Prince William Sound

Related posts December 29, 2014 Acoustic Consistency: Intensive Surveys of Juvenile HerringRead More September 11, 2014 Non-lethal sampling of juvenile herringRead More June 4, 2013 Juvenile […]
July 24, 2013

Tracking Seasonal Movements of Adult Pacific Herring

Related posts The "Spider" pictured here is the autonomous sonar system that Pete Rand used for his study. September 13, 2018 Pacific Herring Response to PredatorsRead […]
July 24, 2013

What is the age at first spawn for female herring?

Related posts January 18, 2018 Reproductive maturity among age cohorts of herringRead More December 30, 2014 Fatty Acid Analysis as Evidence for Winter Migration of Age-0 […]
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

Top-down Regulation by Predatory Fish on Juvenile Herring

Related posts December 29, 2014 Acoustic Consistency: Intensive Surveys of Juvenile HerringRead More September 11, 2014 Non-lethal sampling of juvenile herringRead More Aerial view of herring […]
June 4, 2013

Plankton and Oceanic Observations in Prince William Sound

Related posts May 5, 2014 Alevin Pumping in Prince William SoundRead More July 24, 2013 Juvenile Herring Abundance and habitat utilization in Prince William SoundRead More […]
June 4, 2013

Physical Oceanographic Characteristics of Herring Nursery Habitats

Related posts July 24, 2013 Juvenile Herring Abundance and habitat utilization in Prince William SoundRead More July 24, 2013 What is the age at first spawn […]
June 4, 2013

Juvenile Herring Abundance in Prince William Sound

Related posts May 5, 2014 Alevin Pumping in Prince William SoundRead More July 24, 2013 Juvenile Herring Abundance and habitat utilization in Prince William SoundRead More […]
June 4, 2013

Disease Suspected to Limit Herring Recovery

Related posts Aerial view of herring school October 31, 2016 Forage Fish SurveysRead More December 30, 2014 Modeling Herring Population Dynamics in PWSRead More September 16, […]
June 4, 2013

Growth and Energy Allocation in Overwintering Herring

Related posts September 16, 2014 Scales as growth history recordsRead More June 4, 2013 Physical Oceanographic Characteristics of Herring Nursery HabitatsRead More June 4, 2013 Exploring […]
June 4, 2013

Exploring Changes in Herring Energetics Over Winter Months

Related posts December 30, 2014 Fatty Acid Analysis as Evidence for Winter Migration of Age-0 HerringRead More Aerial view of herring school June 25, 2014 Forage […]
June 4, 2013

Aerial Surveys of Juvenile Pacific Herring

Related posts A herring spawning event on April 7. “Herring tend to aggregate in large schools at about 40 meters, initially staying deep, probably to avoid […]

Researchers

BEN GRAY, M.S.

Fisheries Research Assistant

907-424-5800 ext 234



HAYLEY HOOVER

Education and Outreach Specialist

907-424-5800 ext 237


W. SCOTT PEGAU, PHD

Research Scientist & Program Manager

907-424-5800 ext 222



ROB CAMPBELL, PHD

Biological Oceanographer

907-424-5800 ext 241


SHELTON GAY, PHD

Oceanographer