Rob Campbell, PhD

Biological Oceanographer

Chief Science Officer

1000 Orca Rd., PO Box 705 Cordova, Alaska 99574
907-424-5800 x 267


Rob was trained as a biological oceanographer, and his work at PWSSC spans physics to fish. His current research is primarily observational, and centered around trying to understand how plankton and fish interact with the physical environment (temperature, salinity, nutrients) to produce the patterns we see in nature. Current projects include surveys of plankton and oceanography in PWS; Process studies of the seasonal evolution of the surface oceanography in PWS with an instrumented moored profilers; studies on the distribution of nutrients, plankton and fish around the plume of the Copper River. He is also interested in the use of ecophysiological measurements (lipids, protein, enzyme assays) for the estimation of rate processes, and the influence of biochemical content in the control of buoyancy by marine plants and animals. Rob also runs a sonar weir in the lower Copper River in spring to aid management of the Copper River salmon fishery, and is developing in-water cameras with onboard computers that will use machine vision to identify and count fish in real time.


June 27, 2022

CO2 uptake via chemical weathering of glacial particles in the ocean

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June 27, 2022

Development and testing of an in situ imaging and identification system for the assessment of fish passage in small streams

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March 7, 2022

Pink salmon and herring interactions

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May 18, 2021


2021 LOWER COPPER RIVER SONAR STATION FISH PASSAGE The 2021 project has ended. The sonars were turned off on June 11th and the camp removed. FISH […]