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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Project Description

How will the structure, the productivity, and the dynamics of the coastal Gulf of Alaska ecosystem respond to anticipated changes in environmental conditions and human disturbances within coastal waters? Our proposed working group will take an integrated two-pronged approach to examining the past 25-years of data from the Gulf of Alaska for insights into the present state and future changes in the region, both anthropogenic and natural. Statistical analysis of observed states and changes among physical and biological ecosystem components will highlight sensitivities to changes in the physical environment across trophic levels. Model analyses will characterize sensitivities to environmental variability and estimate the effects of future oceanographic changes and management and policies on both ecological and human dimensions. Experts in social-ecological systems will guide research and activities towards the examination of the consequences of ecosystem change to human needs and activities.
Working Group Participants

Principal Investigator(s)

Thomas A. Okey, Teresa Klinger, James J. Ruzicka

Project Dates

Start: September 1, 2014

End: November 30, 2016



Cameron Ainsworth
University of South Florida
Edward H. Allison
University of Washington
Natalie C. Ban
University of Victoria
Rachael E. Blake
University of California, Santa Barbara
William Cheung
University of British Columbia
Jessica Couture
University of California, Santa Barbara
Thomas A. Dean
Coastal Resources Associates Inc.
Sarah Gaichas
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Benjamin S. Halpern
University of California, Santa Barbara
Amber Himes-Cornell
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Kristin Hoelting
Colorado State University
Henry Huntington
Human Dimensions of the Arctic System
Stephen Kasperski
NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
Teresa Klinger
University of Washington
Zachary Koehn
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Conor Maguire
University of Washington
Daniel H. Monson
US Department of the Interior
Thomas A. Okey
University of Victoria
Carlos G.A Ormond
Simon Fraser University
James J. Ruzicka
Oregon State University
Samantha Siedlecki
University of Washington
Colette L. Ward
University of California, Santa Barbara
J. Timothy Wootton
University of Chicago
Stephani Zador
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


  1. Journal Article / 2018

    Factors Affecting Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Using the Community Capitals Framework

  2. Journal Article / 2018

    Indicators of marine ecosystem integrity for Canada's Pacific: An expert-based hierarchical approach

  3. Journal Article / 2017

    Linking ecosystem processes to communities of practice through commercially fished species in the Gulf of Alaska