Lead & Co-PIs

Lead Principal Investigators (PIs)

Franz Mueter (UAF): Lead Project PI. Overall project coordination and management. Dr. Mueter has 20 years experience conducting research in the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, and Chukchi Sea and holds advanced degrees in Statistics, Biological Oceanography, and Fisheries Oceanography.

Ed Farley (AFSC): Surface Trawl PI. Dr. Farley’s research interests include: juvenile salmon ecology, fish energetics, and fish recruitment processes. He will lead the surface trawl survey, study design, and planning as the Alaska Fisheries Science Center lead.

Bob Lauth (AFSC): Bottom Trawl PI. Dr. Lauth will be serving as the bottom trawl survey lead, benthic research collaboration lead, and cruise planning within the Arctic Eis project. His interests include distribution and abundance of bottom fishes and other benthic epifauna.

Mike Sigler (AFSC): Dr. Sigler will contribute to analysis of fish population dynamics and stock assessment. He will lead a synthesis-related project on summer zoogeography of the eastern Chukchi and Bering Seas.



Kerim Aydin (AFSC): Dr. Aydin will conduct diet analysis of fish caught during the bottom trawl and surface trawl surveys and will also oversee an ecosystem-based fish food modeling effort at the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center. He has about 20 years experience conducting marine research in Alaska.

Bodil Bluhm (UAF/UIT-Norway): Dr. Bluhm’s research background includes polar community ecology, biodiversity, foods webs, seaice-benthic coupling, and population dynamics since 1996. She will be focusing on snow crab fecundity and energetics-related tasks in cooperation with Dr. Iken.

Morgan Busby (AFSC): Morgan has been an ichthyoplankton specialist since 1988 and his research interests include larval fish taxonomy, species assemblages, and fisheries oceanography in the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, and Arctic. He will conduct the ichthyoplankton analysis in collaboration with Dr. Duffy-Anderson.

Seth Danielson (UAF): Dr. Danielson’s focus is on Alaskan shelf thermohaline structure and circulation; including describing buoyancy driven flows, wind-driven circulation, near-shore circulation and tides. He received his M.S. in Oceanography in 1996 and his Ph.D. in Oceanography in 2012, both at UAF in Fairbanks.

Alex De Robertis (AFSC): Dr. De Robertis will be conducting acoustic analysis of pelagic species abundance. He has over 10 years experience conducting acoustic surveys and has developed innovative acoustic data processing and analysis techniques.

Janet Duffy-Anderson (AFSC): Dr. Duffy-Anderson will conduct the ichthyoplankton analysis with Mr. Busby. She is a Research Fish Biologist and has nearly 20 years experience in the field of marine fish early life history. She is an expert in the field of ichthyoplankton dynamics where her work investigates larval and juvenile fish ecology.

Lisa Eisner (AFSC): Dr. Eisner is our lead oceanographer, in Seattle, working on establishing our 2012 and 2013 oceanographic parameters and habitat characteristics. She will be major contributor in several data synthesis projects in Arctic Eis.

Tony Gharrett (UAF): Dr. Gharrett will conduct population genetics analyses to determine population structure and confirm the systematic position of Arctic and Bering Sea saffron cod. He has conducted genetics of Alaskan fishes, particularly salmon and rockfishes for more than 30 years.

Jeff Guyon (AFSC): Dr. Guyon will oversee genetic analysis of Arctic cod and capelin. He manages the Genetics Program at Auke Bay Laboratories and has been the lead geneticist since 2008. He received his PhD in 2000.

Ron Heintz (AFSC): Dr. Heintz will be responsible fish energetic analyses and provide energetic data to ecosystem modelers. He currently leads the Nutritional Ecology Laboratory at the AFSC in Juneau, which maintains facilities for measuring energy, lipid class, fatty acid composition, and nucleotide ratios.

Thomas Helser (AFSC): Dr. Helser will be responsible for all aspects of the fish age and growth. He has over 20 years experience in quantitative ecology and statistical modeling, and will be actively analyzing data and developing a Bayesian growth model examining spatial and temporal variation in Arctic and saffron cod growth.

Katrin Iken (UAF): Dr. Iken’s research background includes polar benthic ecology, trophic ecology and stable isotope analysis, community structure, and biodiversity of benthic communities. She has worked in polar regions focusing on Arctic benthos and food web dynamics since 2001. Dr. Iken will be responsible for the snow crab research.

Kathy Kuletz (USFWS): Dr. Kuletz will be responsible for the seabird and marine mammal surveys conducted while the surface trawl vessels are underway. She has studied seabirds in Alaska for over 30 years, conducting many surveys in the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas.

Megan McPhee (UAF): Dr. McPhee will be looking at chum and pink salmon growth factors associated with environmental variability and climate change.

Jim Murphy (AFSC): Jim Murphy will work on otolith-based methods for reconstructing ocean entry timing in salmon to examine the influence of stock-of-origin and climate on migratory characteristics of Yukon River Chinook salmon. Jim has over 15 years of field experience studying salmon in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska.

Brenda Norcross (UAF): Dr. Norcross will be supervising stomach content analyses and feeding ecology of demersal fishes and will conduct bottom trawl catch comparisons across gear type. She has conducted fisheries oceanographic investigations around Alaska since 1989 and in the Chukchi Sea since 2004.

Alexei Pinchuk (UAF): Dr Pinchuk will focus on zooplankton species composition and the distribution of major taxa relative to water masses. Dr. Pinchuk has over 20 years experience studying various aspects of zooplankton ecology in the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, and Chukchi Sea and holds advanced degrees in Zoology and Oceanography.

Trent Sutton (UAF): Dr. Sutton’s research focuses on the feasibility of determining stocks of origin of juvenile chum salmon using otolith microchemistry. His research program focuses on stock assessment, population dynamics, and mortality effects for freshwater and anadromous fishes.

Sharon Wildes (AFSC): Mrs. Wildes will conduct genetic analysis of Arctic cod and capelin with Dr. Guyon. She has worked in genetic research at the Auke Bay Labs for nearly 25 years.

Chris Wilson (AFSC): Dr. Wilson will conduct acoustic analysis of pelagic species abundance. He has over 20 years experience conducting acoustic surveys in Alaska.

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