NCEAS seeks synthesis Working Groups and Postdoctoral Associates to conduct synthesis research and analysis for the Gulf of Alaska. Newly integrated historical data is now available from a quarter century of monitoring studies on physical and biological systems impacted by the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
Proposals are due by May 1, 2014. Successful Working Group and Postdoc proposals will commence Summer 2014 and conclude Autumn 2016. Call for Proposals.
Following the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in 1989, the oil-impacted areas of the Gulf of Alaska have been extensively monitored to examine impacts of the spill on the ecosystem and to assess and promote recovery of impacted species. NCEAS has collaborated with investigators from Gulf Watch Alaska and the Herring Research and Monitoring program to collate historical data from 25 years of monitoring studies on physical and biological systems impacted by the spill. In addition, Gulf Watch Alaska is currently conducting a comprehensive monitoring program covering benthic and pelagic systems, environmental drivers, and the effects of lingering oil. Previously, a lack of integrated data impeded holistic analysis, but the currently compiled data open new avenues for synthesis. Map of study region.
Successful proposals will utilize data collated by NCEAS along with other existing information that researchers gather to conduct and publish holistic synthesis and analyses of driving processes and perturbations within this large and complex ecosystem. We expect groups will develop and test important ecological ideas and theories, elucidate the use of sound science in policy and management decisions, and investigate sociological issues that pertain to the science of ecology.
The Gulf Watch Alaska project is funded by Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council (EVOSTC) and state and federal agencies.