Applying portfolio effects to the Gulf of Alaska ecosystem: Did multi-scale diversity buffer against the Exxon Valdez oil spill?

Principal Investigators:

Kristin N Marshall, Anne H Beaudreau, Richard Brenner, Mary Hunsicker, Andrew O. Shelton, and Eric J. Ward

Understanding how ecosystems respond to environmental perturbations has been a central problem in ecology since its inception. As anthropogenic impacts increase globally, so does the difficulty of disentangling “natural” variability from human-caused events. Marine ecosystems, in particular, are subject to continuous anthropogenic disturbance (e.g. fishing pressure) and the risks of human-induced environmental disasters, as well as environmental variation. Biodiversity and variation in species responses to climate and other factors may confer... more

Participants and Meetings

Working Group Participants
ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group10th—13th March 2015Participant List  
Working Group26th—30th October 2015Participant List  
Working Group21st—25th March 2016Participant List  
Working Group10th—14th October 2016Participant List  

Participant Contact Information

Milo Adkisonmdadkison [at] alaska.eduUniversity of Alaska, Fairbanks
Anne H Beaudreauabeaudreau [at] alaska.eduUniversity of Alaska, Fairbanks
Rachael E. Blakeblake [at] nceas.ucsb.eduUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Richard Brennerrichard.brenner [at] alaska.govAlaska Department of Fish and Game
Jessica Couturecouture [at] nceas.ucsb.eduUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Lisa Gayle DeForestlisa.deforest [at] noaa.govNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Sherri C. Dresselsherri.dressel [at] alaska.govAlaska Department of Fish and Game
Janet Duffy-Andersonjanet.duffy-anderson [at] noaa.govNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Alan Hayniealan.haynie [at] noaa.govNOAA, Alaska Fisheries Science Center
Anne B. HollowedAnne.Hollowed [at] noaa.govUniversity of Washington
Mary Hunsickermary.hunsicker [at] noaa.govUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Mike Litzowlitzow [at] faralloninstitute.orgFarallon Institute for Advanced Ecosystem Research
Kristin N Marshallkmarsh2 [at] uw.eduUniversity of Washington
Jonathan Moorejwmoore [at] sfu.caSimon Fraser University
Tammy Nehertammy.neher [at] noaa.govNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Andrew O. Sheltonole.shelton [at] noaa.govNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Colette Wardward [at] nceas.ucsb.eduUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Eric J. Warderic.ward [at] noaa.govNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Benjamin Williamsbcwilliams2 [at] alaska.eduUniversity of Alaska, Fairbanks
Sean C. Andersonsandrsn [at] uw.eduUniversity of Washington
Stanley Ricejeeprice907 [at] gmail.com
Jordan Watsonjordan.t.watson [at] gmail.comUniversity of Alaska, Fairbanks
Jennifer Shriverjennifer.shriver [at] alaska.govAlaska Department of Fish and Game

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Anderson, Sean C.; Ward, Eric J.; Shelton, Andrew O.; Adkison, Milo; Beaudreau, Anne H; Brenner, Richard; Haynie, Alan; Shriver, Jennifer; Watson, Jordan; Williams, Benjamin. 2017. Benefits and risks of diversification for individual fishers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. (Abstract)
Presentations Blake, Rachael E.; Couture, Jessica; Ward, Colette. 2015. Synthetic Ecology Across Scales: a Gulf of Alaska case study. Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation, Portland, OR.
Journal Article Shelton, Andrew O.; Hunsicker, Mary; Ward, Eric J.; Feist, Blake; Blake, Rachael E.; Ward, Colette; Williams, Benjamin; Duffy-Anderson, Janet; Hollowed, Anne B.; Haynie, Alan. 2017. Spatio-temporal models reveal subtle changes to demersal communities following the Exxon Valdez oil spill. ICES Journal of Marine Science. (Abstract)
Journal Article Ward, Eric J.; Adkison, Milo; Couture, Jessica; Dressel, Sherri C.; Litzow, Mike; Moffitt, Steve; Neher, Tammy; Trochta, John; Brenner, Richard. 2017. Evaluating signals of oil spill impacts, climate, and species interactions in Pacific herring and Pacific salmon populations in Prince William Sound and Copper River, Alaska. PLoS ONE. (Abstract)
"Applying portfolio effects to the Gulf of Alaska ecosystem: Did multi-scale diversity buffer against the Exxon Valdez oil spill?" is project ID: 12700