2019ANNUAL REPORT: The Long View

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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Inspiration from our Elders

Welcome to our annual report, delivered in the midst of our new, shared COVID-19 reality. We are thinking of you and your loved ones, and all who are impacted by the outbreak. Despite these challenging times, we’d like to shine a light on a hopeful concept: resilience. Amidst the current crisis, community elders have reminded us that in living memory for many of our fellow Alaskans are the changes brought by WWII, the Good Friday earthquake, the collapse of different fisheries, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Great Recession, unprecedented climate change, and now COVID-19. History has shown it to be possible to emerge stronger from the current moment. To get there, we must all do our part to keep our communities and cultures intact, and then pass the lessons to the next generation. These practices are at the heart of our work. That’s why we consider science, economy, climate, education, local knowledge, and people with nearly everything we do. Our mission remains more relevant than ever, and we humbly ask you to join us now, and for the long-term, so that the promise of today remains the promise of tomorrow.

Sincerely,

Katrina Sig

Katrina Hoffman
President & CEO

>$100MM GENERATED

IN REVENUE BY THE SCIENCE CENTER FOR ALASKA AND BEYOND SINCE OUR INCEPTION IN EARLY 1989.

RESEARCHWorld’s Richest Laboratory

Satellite Photo Credit: NASA

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 2019; 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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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 Ocean Observing System

Helping keep an eye on Alaska’s coasts and oceans.

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Marine Heat Wave

Studying abnormally warm sea surface temperatures across the North Pacific.

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Plankton Photomicrography

Understanding the rich diversity of biological resources in Prince William Sound.

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PARALYTIC SHELLFISH POISONING TOXINS IN THE MARINE FOOD WEB

Understanding the distribution and seasonality of paralytic shellfish poisoning.

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PORT VALDEZ WEATHER BUOYS

Advanced information for marine transportation and oil spill response.

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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 Program

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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Sockeye Salmon Migration Study in the Copper River

Understanding changes in size, condition, and health of sockeye salmon.

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LOWER COPPER RIVER SONAR STATION FISH PASSAGE

Important hourly and daily counts of world-famous Copper River salmon.

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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 a combination of formal and information educational programs to inspire a life-long passion for science through hands-on activities. Our education programs are designed to increase an understanding of place by giving participants access to local ecosystems and the tools to understand and appreciate their home. In the Science Center’s vision, our region maintains resilience by fostering strong connections between self, surroundings, science, and society. Education is a cornerstone of this vision. Here's a summary of our 2019 impact.

School Year Programs

Discovery Room

Guiding 2nd-6th grade students in hands-on, STEM education experiences.

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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 2019.

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Sea Squirts

You’re never too young to start exploring.

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Little Dippers

Outdoor nature group for pre-school age kids (4-5 years old).

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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 2019, “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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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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Best of 2019

Our news and social media posts that got the most hits in 2019.

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FINANCIALSBY THE NUMBERS

FY’19 Donors & FundersOUR SUPPORTERS

Without you, there is no us. We're deeply thankful to you, our donors and funders. Thank you for all you do to support our work.

GENERAL DONORS

(*Calendar year)


$15,000
ConocoPhillips Alaska
ExxonMobil Alaska

$7,500+
Alyeska Pipeline Service Company
The Eyak Corporation

$5,000+
CoBank
Trident Seafoods North
Wells Fargo

$3,000+
Anonymous
Sheila and Tom Barrett
Matson

$2,500+
Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot
Boeing
BP Alaska
Cascadia Cross-Border Law Group
GCI
Meera Kohler
Sylvia Lange and Greg Meyer
Lynden
Ocean Beauty Seafoods
Walt Wrede

$2,000+
John Garner
Katrina Hoffman and Mike Webber
Maureen McCrea and Clarence Pautzke
Laura and Mike Meadors
Margaret Stock and Neil O'Donnell
The Telesz Family

$1000+
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
AT&T
Jean and Howard Baumann
Brena, Bell & Walker
Cordova Telecom Cooperative
Cordova Wireless Communications
Crowley Alaska Tankers, LLC
Curate.org
Dawson Construction
Cyndie and Rick Fox
Nancy and Jack Grieco
Phyllis Johnson and Craig Tillery
Lila and Clay Koplin
Mt. McKinley Moose Legion 51
Nancy Pease and Dan Hull
RISQ Consulting
Mead Treadwell

$750+
Shannon and Mike Day
Petro Star

$500+
Alaska Clean Seas
Anonymous
Barbara and Larry Cash
Doug Causey
Copper Valley Telecom
Fairweather Science
Carol Kreader and Brian Wrenn
Peter Pan Seafoods
Caryn Rea and Steve Aberle
Donna Schantz
Shoreside Petroleum

$250+
Alaska Permanent Capital Management
Alaskan Observers, Inc.
Auklet Charter Services
April and Robert Beedle
Mary Anne Bishop
Paula Bradison
Marsha Burns and Lynn Highland
Belen and Joe Cook
Cordova Chamber of Commerce
Cordova Ranger District
Lori Davey
Tamara Grasse
Marguerite and Tony Guerriero
IBM Corporation
Shannon and Ken Jones
Rachel Kallander and Casey Pape
Renee and Bill Lindow
Laura's Liquor Shop
Natalie Lowman
Mike Mahoney
Julian Mason
Kym and Mike Mauseth
Molly McCammon
Roslyn and Mark Mitchell
Montague Marine Research
Paula Mountjoy and Scott Hicks
Native Village of Eyak
Liz O'Rourke (In honor of Bill Conley and in memory of Betty Conley)
Ellen and Tommy Sheridan
Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises
Sheyna Wisdom
$150+
Deborah and John Bitney
Angela and Brian Butler
Tony Harrington
PWS Regional Citizens' Advisory Council
Marilyn Leland
Renee Reeve
Cheryl and Mike Reynolds
Roy Robertson
Cathy Sherman
Thea Thomas
Shawn Uschmann
Daniel Volland

$100+
Alaska Airlines
Patience Andersen Faulkner
Cindy Bailey
Jeff Brigmon
Jessie and Collin Bronson
Lindsay Butters and Brian Wildrick
Robert Campbell
Alexis Cooper
First National Bank Alaska
Jay Fleisher
Goodhand Charters
Michelle Hahn
Paul Hershberger
Sara and Bill Hoffman
TJ and Jim Holley
Art Lewis
Matt Martell
Don McClintock
Steven Moffitt
Don Moore
Andres Morales
Senator Lisa Murkowski and Verne Martell
Penelope Oswalt
Susan and Jim Pfeiffenberger
Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation
Rich Rogers
Liisa and Thomas Rohweder
Arlene and Danny Rosenkrans Mary and Peter Schaefer
James Thorne
Rene Vargas

$50+
Bear Creek Winery and Lodging
Kristie and Jeremiah Beckett
Mikal Berry (In Memory of Koyuk)
Nancy Bird
Karen and Bruce Butters
Janet Clarke
Current Rhythms
Kellie Donnelly
Gerri and Rodger Koechling
Obadiah Kopchak (In Honor of RJ Kopchak)
Kate McLaughlin
Nikki Newcome
Barbara Solomon and John Stack
Christina and Scott Tercy
Richard Wawrzonek
Kendra Zamzow

$20+
Dave Blount
Sharon and Dan Boyette
Heather Brandon
Mary Cris and Herbert Carino
Theresa Carte
Hazel Clark
Erica Clark
Rachel Ertz
Signe Fritsch
Joshua Gold
Amanda Goss
Christie Haupert
Michael Hayes
Rick Isaacson
Alexander Johnson
Janice Laxson
Raven Madison
Stanton Moll
Elissa Pettibone
Linnea Ronnegard
Anne Schaefer
Jonathan Shurtz
Anita and Dana Smyke
Patty Sullivan
Capital Campaign

(*Calendar year)


$26,500
CoBank

$20,000
John Garner
Meera Kohler

$10,000
Chuck Meacham
RIM Architects

$6,500
Cordova Electric Cooperative

$5,000
The Odom Corporation

$4,000
Anonymous

$2,500
Nancy Bird and Karl Becker

$2,000
Cordova Telecom Cooperative
Cordova Wireless Communications
Andrew Smallwood

$1,000
Margaret Stock and Neil O'Donnell
The Telesz Family

$800
Becky Chapek
Renee and Bill Lindow

$500+
Kristin and Danny Carpenter
Barbara and Larry Cash
Judy Farrar and Eric Knudsen
Phyllis Johnson and Craig Tillery
Maureen McCrea and Clarence Pautzke
Laura and Mike Meadors
Wendy and Steve Ranney
Liz Senear and Bert Stammerjohan
$400
Barclay and RJ Kopchak

$250
Torie Baker and Troy Tirrell
Kristin DeSmith and Doug Causey
David Rosenthal

$200
Bill Myers

$100+
Anonymous
Dave Branshaw
Marina and Tim Briggs
Becca Dodge and Mark Heidbrink
Katrina Hoffman and Mike Webber
Sue Kesti and Dan Logan
Caryn Rea and Steve Aberle
Thea Thomas

$50
Mike Mahoney
Julie and Brad Reynolds
Ellen and Tommy Sheridan

$40
Mary Cris and Herbert Carino

$25
Kate McLaughlin
Sheyna Wisdom

$20
Angela and Brian Butler
Ashley Taylor
IN-KIND DONORS
Akimbo Collection
Alaska Airlines
Alaska Glacial Mud Company
Alaskan Brewing Company
Alaskan Wilderness Outfitting Co
Anchorage Museum
Patience Andersen Faulkner
Mike Anderson
Aurelia Charters
BAFCO
BLOOM
Cascadia Cross-Border Law Group
Columbia Sportswear
Belen and Joe Cook
Erin Cooper
Copper River Fleece
Copper River Seafoods
Copper Valley Telecom
Cordova Electric Cooperative
Cordova Gear
Cordova Historical Society and Museum
Gloria Cunningham
Currant Ridge Cabins
Current Rhythms
Virginia Dale
Kristin DeSmith
Becca Dodge
Nora Dudley
GCI
H2Oasis Indoor Waterpark
Headband Happy AK
Here & There Boutique
Ilanka Cultural Center
Jaynee Fritzinger Art
Juanitas Handmade
Kaladi Brothers Coffee
Knot Crazy
RJ Kopchak
Anne Kroeker and Richard Leeds
Sylvia Lange
Laura's Liquor Shoppe
Joar Leifseth Ulsom
LFS Marine
Raven Madison
Laura Meadors
Laura Mendola
Jessicca Morningstar
Paula Payne
Scott Pegau
Pete's Treats
Poppy Peak
RBD POTTERY
Reluctant Fisherman Inn
RIM Architects
David Rosenthal
Emily Rubio
Donna Schantz
Margaret Stock and Neil O'Donnell
The Net Loft
The Odom Corporation
The Stampmill
Mead Treadwell
Trident Seafoods
Viking Marine Supply
Wilderness Expressions

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONSSHARING OUR IMPACT & RESULTS

Sharing our work near and far is one of the most important parts of PWSSC's impact. Our staff members are widely-published, and here’s a summary of their publications, reports, posters, oral presentations, outreach, and service for 2019.

Mary Anne Bishop, Ph.D.

Peer-reviewed publications

Buchanan, J.B., J.A. Johnson, M.A. Bishop, L. DeCicco, N. Hajdukovich, L. J. Salzer, V. Loverti, R. Carmona, N. Arce, V. Ayala, A. Hernández-Alvarez, W. Michaelis & B.J. McCaffery. 2019.  Does radio transmitter attachment influence resighting rates of Red Knots (Calidris canutus roselaari) in the Pacific Flyway, USA? Wader Study .126(2):151-154.

Gray, B., M.A. Bishop, and S.P. Powers.  2019. Structure of winter groundfish feeding guilds in Pacific herring Clupea pallasii and walleye pollock Gadus chalcogrammus nursery fjords. Journal of Fish Biology. 95(2):527-539. https://doi.org/10.1111/jfb.13984

Schaefer, A., M.A. Bishop, and K. Jurica.  2019. Effects of egg harvest on egg laying of Glaucous-winged Gulls Larus glaucescensMarine Ornithology. 47(2):185-189.

Suzuki, Y., M.A. Bishop, D. D. Roby, and K.S. Bixler. 2019.  Colony connectivity and the rapid growth of a Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) colony on Alaska’s Copper River Delta, USA. Waterbirds. 42(1):1-7. doi.org/10.1675/063.042.0101

EVOS synthesis reports

Arimitsu, M., J. Piatt, R.M. Suryan, S. Batten, M.A. Bishop, R.W. Campbell, H. Coletti, D. Cushing, K. Gorman, S. Hatch, S. Haught, R.R. Hopcroft, K.J. Kuletz, C. Marsteller, C. McKinstry, D. McGowan, J. Moran, R.S. Pegau, A. Schaefer, S. Schoen, J. Straley, and V.R. von Biela. 2019. Chapter 3 Synchronous collapse of forage species disrupts trophic transfer during a prolonged marine heatwave. In M.R. Suryan, M.R. Lindeberg, and D.R. Aderhold, eds. The Pacific Marine Heatwave: Monitoring During a Major Perturbation in the Gulf of Alaska. Gulf Watch Alaska Long-Term Monitoring Program Draft Synthesis Report (Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council Program 19120114). Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, Anchorage, Alaska.

Suryan, R.M., M. Arimitsu, H. Coletti, R.R. Hopcroft, M.R. Lindeberg, S. Batten, M.A. Bishop, R. Brenner, R. Campbell, D. Cushing, S. Danielson, D. Esler, T. Gelatt, S. Hatch, S. Haught, K. Holderied, K. Iken, D. Irons, D. Kimmel, B. Konar, K. Kuletz, B. Laurel, J.M. Maniscalco, C. Matkin, C. McKinstry, D. Monson, J. Moran, D. Olsen, S. Pegau, J. Piatt, L. Rogers, A. Schaefer, J. Straley, K. Seeeney, M. Szymkowiak, B. Weitzman, J. Bodkin, and S. Zador. 2019. Chapter 4 Ecosystem response to a prolonged marine heatwave in the Gulf of Alaska. In M.R. Suryan, M.R. Lindeberg, and D.R. Aderhold, eds. The Pacific Marine Heatwave: Monitoring During a Major Perturbation in the Gulf of Alaska. Gulf Watch Alaska Long-Term Monitoring Program Draft Synthesis Report (Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council Program 19120114). Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, Anchorage, Alaska.

Presentations

Bishop, M.A. and B. Gray. How to tag a herring and where do they go afterwards?  PWSSC Tuesday night lecture series. 2019. Cordova.

Posters 

Gorman, K., M.A. Bishop, A. 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 Bird Conference, March 2019. Fairbanks.

Hill, N., M.A. Bishop, W. Puryear, K. Sawatzski, P. Jimenez-Bluhm, A. Ramey, J. Hall, J. Bahl, J. Runstadler.  Assessing global connectivity of avian influenza virus at high latitudes: do gulls contribute to hemispheric mixing? Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS) Annual Network Meeting. June 2019. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore.

Outreach 

2019 Delta Sound Connections

Bishop, M.A. Time to spawn!

Bishop, M.A. Sampling poo for avian flu.

Gorman, K. and Bishop, M.A. Resolving the annual pelagic distribution of Tufted Puffins in the Gulf of Alaska.



Robert W. Campbell, Ph.D.

Publications

Tomco, P.L., R.C. Zulueta, L.C. Miller, P.A. Zito, R.W. Campbell, and J.M. Welker. 2019. DOC export is exceeded by C fixation in May Creek: A late successional watershed of the Copper River Basin, Alaska. PLoS ONE. 14(11): e0225271.

Posters 

Campbell, R.W., J. Jaffe, and P. Roberts. 2019. The PWS Plankton Cam: An In-situ Look Into the Zooplankton Ecosystem of Prince William Sound. Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage.

Kibler, S., X. Du, R.W. Campbell, K. Holderied, D. Hondolero, K. Powell Schuster, R. Robinson, M. Arimitsu, and J. Piatt. 2019. NPRB 1801: Prevalence of Paralytic Shellfish Toxins in the Marine Food Webs of Prince William Sound and Kachemak Bay, Alaska. Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage.

Reports

Campbell, R.W. and C.A.E. McKinstry. 2019. Temperature trends in the surface waters of Prince William Sound. pp 62-63 in: Zador, S., Yasumiishi, E. and Whitehouse, G.A. (Eds.). Ecosystem Status Report 2019: Gulf of Alaska. North Pacific Fishery Management Council Report, Anchorage.

Arimitsu, M., J. Piatt, R.M. Suryan, S. Batten, M.A. Bishop, R.W. Campbell, H. Coletti, D. Cushing, K. Gorman, S. Hatch, S. Haught, R.R. Hopcroft, K.J. Kuletz, C. Marsteller, C. McKinstry, D. McGowan, J. Moran, W.S. Pegau, A. Schaefer, S. Schoen, J. Straley, and V.R. von Biela. 2019. Chapter 3 Synchronous collapse of forage species disrupts trophic transfer during a prolonged marine heatwave. In M.R. Suryan, M.R. Lindeberg, and D.R. Aderhold, eds. The Pacific Marine Heatwave: Monitoring During a Major Perturbation in the Gulf of Alaska. Gulf Watch Alaska Long-Term Monitoring Program Draft Synthesis Report (Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council Program 19120114). Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, Anchorage.

Danielson, S.L., T.D. Hennon, D.H. Monson, R.M. Suryan, R.W. Campbell, S.J. Baird, K. Holderied, and T.J. Weingartner. 2019. Chapter 1 A study of marine temperature variations in the northern Gulf of Alaska across years of marine heatwaves and cold spells. In M.R. Suryan, M.R. Lindeberg, and D.R. Aderhold, eds. The Pacific Marine Heatwave: Monitoring During a Major Perturbation in the Gulf of Alaska. Gulf Watch Alaska Long-Term Monitoring Program Draft Synthesis Report (Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council Program 19120114). Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, Anchorage.

Suryan, R.M., M. Arimitsu, H. Coletti, R.R. Hopcroft, M.R. Lindeberg, S. Batten, M.A. Bishop, R. Brenner, R. Campbell, D. Cushing, S. Danielson, D. Esler, T. Gelatt, S. Hatch, S. Haught, K. Holderied, K. Iken, D. Irons, D. Kimmel, B. Konar, K. Kuletz, B. Laurel, J.M. Maniscalco, C. Matkin, C. McKinstry, D. Monson, J. Moran, D. Olsen, S. Pegau, J. Piatt, L. Rogers, A. Schaefer, J. Straley, K. Seeeney, M. Szymkowiak, B. Weitzman, J. Bodkin, and S. Zador. 2019. Chapter 4 Ecosystem response to a prolonged marine heatwave in the Gulf of Alaska. In M.R. Suryan, M.R. Lindeberg, and D.R. Aderhold, eds. The Pacific Marine Heatwave: Monitoring During a Major Perturbation in the Gulf of Alaska. Gulf Watch Alaska Long-Term Monitoring Program Draft Synthesis Report (Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council Program 19120114). Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, Anchorage.

Presentations

Campbell, R.WThe PWS Plankton Cam: an underwater microscope to view the zooplankton ecosystem of Prince William Sound. PWSSC Tuesday night lecture series. 2019. Cordova.

Outreach

2019 Delta Sound Connections

Campbell, R.W. Computers to identify plankton images from Prince William Sound.

Campbell, R.W. Tracking water layers in the ocean.

Campbell, R.W. What does the future hold for the Gulf of Alaska?



Kristen Gorman, Ph.D.

Publications

Gorman, K.B., K.E. Ruck, T.D. Williams and W.R. Fraser. In revision, Apr 2020. Advancing the sea ice hypothesis: trophic interactions among breeding Pygoscelis penguins with divergent population trends throughout the western Antarctic Peninsula. Frontiers in Marine Science.

Knudsen, E.E., P.S. Rand, K.B. Gorman, D.R. Bernard, and W.D. Templin. In revision, Mar 2020. Hatchery fish straying, run sizes, escapement, and harvest rates of adult Pink Salmon and Chum Salmon returning to Prince William Sound, Alaska (2013-2015). Marine and Coastal Fisheries.

Connors, B., M. Malick, G. T. Ruggerone, P. Rand, M. Adkison, J. R. Irvine, R. Campbell, and K. Gorman. Accepted, Apr 2020. Climate and competition shape sockeye salmon population dynamics across the Northeast Pacific Ocean. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

Reports

Pegau, W.S., D.R. Aderhold, M.A. Bishop, J. Bernard, T. Branch, K. Gorman, M. Groner, S. Haught, P. Hershberger, D. McGowan, P. Rand, M. Scheuerell, and J. Trochta. 2019. Herring Research and Monitoring Science Synthesis. Herring Research and Monitoring Program Report to Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council.

Arimitsu, M. J. Piatt, R. Suryan, S. Batten, M.A. Bishop, H. Coletti, D. Cushing, K. Gorman, S. Hatch, S. Haught, R.R. Hopcroft, K.J. Kuletz, C. Marsteller, D. McGowan, J. Moran, S. Pegau, A. Schaefer, S. Schoen, J. Straley, and V.R. von Biela. 2019. Synchronous collapse of forage fish populations disrupt energy transfer in pelagic food webs during a prolonged marine heatwave. Gulf Watch Alaska Synthesis Report to Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council.

Heintz, R.A., K.B., Gorman, T.C. Kline, F.F. Sewall, M.E. Roberts, and W.S. Pegau. 2020. 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 2020 to Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council.

Presentations

Gorman, K.B. Integrative studies examining the implications of a declining trend in body size on spawning migration performance by Sockeye Salmon. College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Departmental Seminar. University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska, March 2020. Oral Presentation.

Rand, P.S. and K.B. Gorman. Integrated study of spawning migration, energetics, and pathogens in Copper River sockeye salmon: Preliminary results from 2019. Copper River Basin Symposium. Copper Center, Alaska, February 2020. Presented by P. Rand.

Arimitsu, M., J. Piatt, R. Suryan, S. Batten, M.A. Bishop, R. Campbell, H. Coletti, D. Cushing, K. Gorman, S. Hatch, S. Haught, R. Hopcroft, K. Kuletz, C. Marsteller, C. McKinstry, D. McGowan, J. Moran, S. Pegau, A. Schaefer, S. Schoen, J. Straley, and V. von Biela. Synchronous collapse of forage species disrupts trophic transfer during a prolonged marine heatwave. Pacific Seabird Group, Portland, Oregon, February 2020. Presented by M. Arimitsu.

Gorman, K.B., P.S. Rand, and K.M. Miller. Pathogen prevalence and load among spawning populations of Sockeye Salmon in the Copper River (2016). Copper River Basin Symposium. Copper Center, Alaska, February 2020. Oral Presentation.

Gorman, K.B., M.A. Bishop, and A.L. Schaefer. Resolving the annual pelagic distribution of Tufted Puffins in the Gulf of Alaska using geolocator technology: preliminary ocean habitat utilization distributions (2018/19). Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, Alaska, January 2020. Poster Presentation.

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. Talkeetna, Alaska, September 2019. Oral Presentation.

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. One Health Research Conference of Alaska 2019 (ORCA). Fairbanks, Alaska, May 2019. Oral Presentation.

Service

Peer-review of manuscripts for Marine Ecology Progress Series (1), Marine Ornithology (1), Polar Biology (1).



Maya Groner, Ph.D.

Publications

Ben-Horin, T., G. Bidegain, G. de Leo, M.L. Groner, E.E. Hofmann, H. McCallum, and E.N. Powell. 2020. Chapter 13. Modeling and forecasting disease dynamics in the sea. In D.C. Behringer, B.R. Silliman, K.D. Lafferty (Eds.), Marine disease ecology. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. 

Cantrell, D.L., M.L. Groner, T. Ben-Horin, J. Grant, and C.W. Revie. 2020Modeling parasite dispersal in marine ecosystems. Trends in Parasitology 36: 239-249.

Groner, M.L., E. Laurin, J. Sanchez, M. Stormoen, and C.W. Revie. 2019. Potential for sea lice to evolve freshwater tolerance as a consequence of freshwater treatments in salmon aquaculture: a literature review. Aquaculture Environment Interactions 11: 507-519.

Laurin, E., M.L. Groner, M. Stormoen, C.W. Revie, and J. Sanchez. In review. Framework approach for assessing risks in aquaculture despite data limitations: case of sea lice tolerance to freshwater treatments of salmon farms. Aquaculture environment interactions.

Hershberger, P.K., A.H. MacKenzie, J.L. Gregg, A. Lindquist, T. Sandell, M.L. Groner, and D. Lowry. 2019A Geographic Hot Spot of Ichthyophonus infection in the Southern Salish Sea, USA. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 136: 157-162.

McEwan, G.F., M.L. Groner, A.A.B. Cohen, A.K.D. Imsland, C.W. Revie. 2019. Modelling the use of lumpfish to control sea lice on Atlantic salmon farms: Interactions with mate limitation, temperature, and treatment rules. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 133: 69-82.

Travis, B., W. Batts, M.L. Groner, P.K. Hershberger, S. Fradkin, C. Conway, L. Park and M.K. Purcell. In review. Novel diagnostic tests for the putative agent of bacterial gill disease in Pacific razor clams (Siliqua patula). Journal of Invertebrate Pathology.

Posters

Groner, M.L., E.D. Bravo-Mendosa, J. Gregg, C.M. Conway, and P.K. Hershberger. 2019. A quantitative histological index to differentiate between endemic and epidemic ichthyophoniasis in Pacific herring. Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK.

Travis, B.A., W. Batts, M.L. Groner, S.C. Fradkin, C.M. Conway, L. Park, and M.K. Purcell. 2019. Development of a quantitative diagnostic tool to detect the putative agent of bacterial gill disease of razor clams and preliminary estimates of prevalence and load in select Pacific Northwest populations. Western Society of Naturalists, Ensenada, Mexico.

Travis, B.A., W. Batts, P.K. Hershberger, M.L. Groner, C.M. Conway, and M. Purcell. 2020. Development of a quantitative diagnostic tool to detect the putative agent of bacterial gill disease of razor clams and preliminary estimates of prevalence and load in select Washington state populations. Ocean Science Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Outreach

Groner, M.L. (course instructor). Ecology of marine diseases graduate student course. 2019. Friday Harbor Labs, University of Washington, WA.



Katrina Hoffman, M.S.

Reports

Lindeberg, M., and K. Hoffman. 2019. Program Management I – Program coordination and science synthesis and Program Management II – Administration, science review panel, PI meeting logistics, outreach, and community involvement. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Long-Term Monitoring Program (Gulf Watch Alaska) Annual Report (Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council Project: 18120114-A and B), Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, Anchorage, Alaska.

Presentations

Suryan, R.M., M.R. Lindeberg, M. Arimitsu, H. Coletti, R. Hopcroft, D. Aderhold, and K. Hoffman. 2020. Ecosystem response to a prolonged marine heatwave in the Gulf of Alaska: Perspectives from Gulf Watch Alaska. Oral Presentation. Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, Alaska, January 27-30.

Outreach

Lindeberg, M., K. Hoffman, R. Suryan, and D. Aderhold. 2019. GWA Quarterly Currents. Newsletter. Volumes 3.1-3.4. Link at gulfwatchalaska.org.



Caitlin McKinstry, M.S.

Publications

Losee, J.P., S.R.M. Jones, C.A.E. McKinstry, W.N. Batts, and P.K. Hershberger. Anadromous coastal Cutthroat Trout (Onchorhyncus clarkii clarkii) as a host for Argulus pugettensis (Crustacea, Brachiura): Parasite prevalence, intensity and distribution. Northwest Science. In press.

Outreach

2019 Delta Sound Connections

McKinstry, C.A.E. How is a copepod like a bear?

Photos

NPRB Photo Contest. Honorable Mention. “Unhatched Flathead Sole (Hippoglossoides elassodon) Egg and Embryo.”



Scott Pegau, Ph.D.

Publications

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2019. The Use of Dispersants in Marine Oil Spill Response. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. DOI 10.17226/25161

Report

Pegau, W. S., and D. R. Aderhold, editors. 2019. Herring Research and Monitoring Science Synthesis. Herring Research and Monitoring Synthesis Report, (Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council Program 20120111). Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, Anchorage.

Presentations

Pegau, W.S., Recovery from the Exxon Valdez, Alaska Forum on the Environment, 2019. Anchorage. 

Pegau, W.S., Recovery from the Exxon Valdez, PWSSC Tuesday night lecture series, 2019. Cordova. 



Peter S. Rand, Ph.D.

Reports

Rand, P.S., K.B. Gorman, J. McMahon, G. Dunne, E. Knudsen, and D.R. Bernard. 2019. Interactions of wild and hatchery pink salmon in Prince William Sound. For Alaska Department of Fish and Game Contract CT 160001756.

Rand, P.S. 2018. AHRP field season results. AHRP public information meeting. February 2019. Anchorage.

Rand, P.S. 2019. AHRP field season results. To the ADF&G science panel. December 2019. Juneau.

Rand, P.S. 2019. Introduction and summary of results of the AHRP study. Sakhalin Salmon Specialist Exchange, organized by the Wild Salmon Center, September 2019.

Gorman, K., and P.S. Rand. Summary of results from 2016 pilot study on Copper River sockeye salmon. Copper River Harvesters Roundtable held in Copper Center in February 2019.

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.

Outreach

Created MOU with the Ahtna Intertribal Resource Commission to develop a cooperative plan for a NPRB/INBRE field research project in the upper Copper River watershed.

Collaborated with Wild Salmon Center to organize and lead an exchange program involving Russian specialists for aquaculture and commercial salmon fishing, including a special symposium and tours of seafood processing facilities in Cordova.

Led an IUCN mission to inspect progress on a dam removal operation to ecologically restore rivers in the Shiretoko World Heritage Site in northern Japan.

Service

Served as a committee member to Julia McMahon, a Masters candidate at UAF.

Served as the Chair of the IUCN Salmonid Specialist Group.



Anne Schaefer, M.S.

Publications

Schaefer, A.L., M.A. Bishop, and R. Thorne. In review. Marine bird response to forage fish during winter in subarctic bays. Fisheries Oceanography

Schaefer, A.L., M.A. Bishop, and K. Jurica. 2019. Effects of egg harvest on egg laying of Glaucous-winged Gulls. Marine Ornithology. 47: 185 – 189. 

Reports

Arimitsu, M., J. Piatt, R.M. Suryan, S. Batten, M.A. Bishop, R.W. Campbell, H. Coletti, D. Cushing, K. Gorman, S. Hatch, S. Haught, R.R. Hopcroft, K.J. Kuletz, C. Marsteller, C. Mckinstry, D. McGowan, J. Moran, W.S. Pegau, A. Schaefer, S. Schoen, J. Straley, and V. R. von Biela. 2019. Chapter 3 Synchronous collapse of forage species disrupts trophic transfer during a prolonged marine heatwave. In: M.R. Suryan, M.R. Lindeberg, and D.R. Aderhold, eds. The Pacific Marine Heatwave: Monitoring During a Major Perturbation in the Gulf of Alaska. Gulf Watch Alaska Long-Term Monitoring Program Draft Synthesis Report (Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council Program 19120114). Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, Anchorage. 

Bishop, M.A. and A. Schaefer. 2019. Long-term monitoring of marine bird abundance and habitat associations during fall and winter in Prince William Sound. FY’18 annual report to the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, project 18120114-M. 

Suryan, R.M., M. Arimitsu, H. Coletti, R.R. Hopcroft, M.R. Lindeberg, S. Batten, M.A. Bishop, R. Brenner, R. Campbell, D. Cushing, S. Danielson, D. Esler, T. Gelatt, S. Hatch, S. Haught, K. Holderied, K. Iken, D. Irons, D. Kimmel, B. Konar, K. Kuletz, B. Laurel, J.M. Maniscalco, C. Matkin, C. McKinstry, D. Monson, J. Moran, D. Olsen, S. Pegau, J. Piatt, L. Rogers, A. Schaefer, J. Straey, K. Seeney, M. Szymkowiak, B. Weitzman, J. Bodkin, and S. Zador. 2019. Chapter 4 Ecosystem response to a prolonged marine heatwave in the Gulf of Alaska. In: M.R. Suryan, M.R. Lindeberg, and D.R. Aderhold, eds. The Pacific Marine Heatwave: Monitoring During a Major Perturbation in the Gulf of Alaska. Gulf Watch Alaska Long-Term Monitoring Program Draft Synthesis Report (Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council Program 19120114). Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, Anchorage.

Presentations

Schaefer, A. Icebergs, penguins, seals…oh my! PWSSC Tuesday night lecture series. 2019. Cordova.

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. Fairbanks, Alaska, March 2019. Poster Presentation.

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. Anchorage, January 2019. Poster Presentation.

Cancelled due to government shutdown: Arimitsu, M., M.A. Bishop, D. Cushing, S. Hatch, B Heflin, R. Kaler, K. Kuletz, C. Matkin, J. Moran, D. Olsen, J. Piatt, A. Schaefer, and J. Straley. 2019. Still awaiting ecosystem recovery following the North Pacific Heat Wave: Gulf Watch Alaska Pelagic Monitoring Update 2018. Poster presented at Alaska Marine Science Symposium, January 2019, Anchorage.

Outreach

2019 Delta Sound Connections

Schaefer, A.L.: Take one, leave one.

Board of Directors

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Caryn Rea
Chair
Retired
Conoco Phillips (2016-’19, 2019-'22)

Craig Tillery
1st Chair
Deputy Attorney General, Retired
Alaska Department of Law (2017-'20)

Angela Butler
2nd Vice Chair
Eyak Corporation, General Manager, Cordova Operations
Cordova (2012-‘15, 2015-’18, 2018-'21)

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

Laura Meadors
Secretary
Retired
Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. (2014-‘17, 2017-'20)

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

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Capital Consulting, Gig Harbor, Washington
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McLellan & Copenhagen, Seattle – PWSSC Board member (1992- ‘03)

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Douglas Causey, PhD
Professor of Biological Sciences
University of Alaska Anchorage (2012- ’15, 2015-’18, 2018-'21)

Clarence Pautzke, PhD
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North Pacific Research Board Anchorage (2011–’14, 2014-’17, 2017-'20)

Margaret Stock
Cascadia Cross-Border Law Group , LLC
Anchorage (2014-’16, 2016-'19, 2019-'22)

Thea Thomas
Area E Drift Gillnetter
Cordova (2017-'20)

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General Manager and Senior Scientist
Fairweather Science LLC (2017-'20)

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Silver Bay Seafoods
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