The Gulf Watch Alaska ecosystem monitoring program functions with the oversight of both internal and external scientific review panels. The internal science review panel consists of five distinguished scientists with extensive research and publication experience in fisheries, oceanography, and marine ecology as well as research program management expertise. The external science panel reviews proposals, work plans, and other deliverables in support of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council.
Dr. Harold Batchelder
Deputy Director, PICES
Dr. Batchelder received his Ph.D. and M.S. in oceanography from Oregon State University, and his B.S. in biology from the University of Maine. He recently left a faculty position with the Oregon State University to accept the Deputy Director position for PICES, the North Pacific Marine Science Organization. Dr. Batchelder has served on several advisory boards, including serving as a science panel member for the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council. His research interests focus on coupling of physical circulation models of ocean transport with nutrient-phytoplankton-zooplankton ecological models and individual-based models of zooplankton energetics and demography, as well as biological-physical interactions in the pelagic and intertidal environments. He has expertise in large integrated research programs with past participation in the U.S. GLOBEC Program.
Dr. Richard Brenner
Salmon Stock Assessment Biologist, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Rich Brenner grew up in Southcentral Alaska where he worked on commercial fishing operations in Prince William Sound (PWS), Cook Inlet, Kodiak Island, and the Gulf of Alaska. In 1989 Rich worked on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, during which he collected oiled boom and delivered clean boom throughout PWS. Rich received his bachelor and doctorate degrees in Biological Sciences from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and pursued post-doctoral research at the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry. In 2007 Rich became a salmon and herring research biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) for PWS. Rich has collaborated on investigations of fish population abundance, productivity, disease, diet, physiology, growth, and dispersal behavior. Rich has worked with many current Gulf Watch Alaska investigators from NOAA, PWSSC, and USGS; as well as researchers from other federal agencies, universities, and non-profits. Rich is currently a salmon stock assessment biologist at ADF&G headquarters in Juneau and continues investigations within the PWS region. Rich really likes the word myctophid.
Dr. Ron Heintz
Dr. Heintz received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois and his Master’s Degree and PhD from the University of Alaska. He has been conducting research in Alaska for more than 30 years and recently left his post as a Program Manager at NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center where he led a team of scientists conducting research into forage fish bioenergetics, trophic ecology, and nearshore ecology. He has conducted research in all of Alaska’s large marine ecosystems in fields ranging from aquaculture, toxicology, oil pollution to fisheries biology. His work demonstrating the embryotoxic effects of crude oil following the Exxon Valdez oil spill is critical to our current understanding of oil spill impacts. In addition, Ron has authored papers on oil weathering and the distribution of lingering oil in Prince William Sound. He has conducted research into factors regulating the overwinter survival of age-0 Pacific herring and the impacts of whale predation on herring abundance in Prince William Sound. Ron and his wife have lived in southeastern Alaska for nearly 40 years and are proud to call the region home.
Dr. Terrie Klinger
Barer Professor of Sustainability Science, former Director of the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, University of Washington
Dr. Klinger is Barer Professor of Sustainability Science and Director of the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington, and is Co-Director of the Washington Ocean Acidification Center. Her research focuses on the ecology of nearshore benthic systems, the impacts of multiple stressors on marine ecosystem function, and the development of management strategies to address the challenges of ocean change. She is a member of the Ecosystem Advisory Sub-Panel of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and serves on other advisory bodies. She obtained a Ph.D. from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego after earning a Master’s degree in Botany from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from UC Berkeley.
Dr. Stanley ‘Jeep’ Rice
Scientist Emeritus, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Auke Bay Laboratory
Dr. Rice received his Ph.D. in comparative physiology and toxicology from Kent State University, and a B.S./M.S. in biological science from Chico State University. He started his career with NOAA in 1971 as a biologist and was assigned to work on the environmental impact statement for the pending Trans-Alaska Pipeline and to start a new program in oil toxicology that would be relevant to Alaska fisheries issues and form the cornerstone of lingering oil studies for the EVOSTC. He worked for over 40 years with NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service studying nearshore and marine ecosystems in the Gulf of Alaska and Prince William Sound. His many published works provide the foundation for the Gulf Watch Alaska long-term monitoring program, focused on the impacts of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill to nearshore communities. Dr. Rice recently retired and continues to serve in an advisory capacity to researchers for the Herring Research and Monitoring program, Gulf Watch Alaska program, as well as students studying Alaskan nearshore ecology.