To encourage students to pursue scientific and scholarly research addressing ecosystem and fisheries management issues

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About the Program

Overview

NPRB offers a competetive Graduate Student Research Award in the amount of $25,000 to qualified Master’s and Doctoral level students.  Awards are granted to address scientific, technological, and socioeconomic issues relating to the research themes identified in the 2005 NPRB Science Plan. Students are limited to one award per degree. To date, 56 students have been funded through this program since 2008.

Science Plan

Eligibility

Students must be accepted by, or enrolled in, a graduate degree program at an accredited university or college by the time of application. Applicants must have a graduate research topic relevant to the research themes and issues identified in the 2005 NPRB Science Plan. Recipients of previous GSRAs are not eligible to re-apply during the course of the same degree, but may apply in subsequent degrees. Funds may be used for graduate student stipend and standard benefits, tuition or required university fees, research-related travel, supplies, and laboratory analyses. Funds are directly distributed to the student and are considered taxable income.

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Awards By Academic Institution

Since 2008 | 56 Awards Totaling $1,285,00

Graduate Level Funding Comparison

Since 2008 | 56 Awards Totaling $1,285,00

Applicant Success Rate

2008-2015 Average Compared to 2016 Totals

Funding By Research Theme

Since 2008 | 56 Awards Totaling $1,285,00

Past Recipients

2016 Recipients
Year First Last Degree University Topic Project Title
2016 Anna Cho MS University of British Columbia Fishes and Invertebrates Comparing microbial composition between sick and healthy Pacific oysters between Alaska and British Columbia aquaculture and identifying associated molecular signatures
2016 Natalie Rouse MS University of Alaska Anchorage Marine Mammals Environmental persistence of Streptococcus infantarius ss coli and Streptococcus phocae: Bacteria responsible for significant mortality in northern sea otters in Resurrection and Kachemak bays, Alaska
2016 Sioned Sitkiewicz MS Alaska Pacific University Fishes and Invertebrates Effects of Ichthyophonus Sp. on groundfish growth and fitness
2016 Craig Connolly PhD University of Texas at Austin Lower Trophic Level Productivity Groundwater as a Source of Dissolved Organic Matter to Lagoons
2016 Wendel Raymond PhD University of Alaska Fairbanks Marine Mammals Sea otters and ecosystem function of eelgrass habitats in Southeast Alaska
2016 Emilie Springer PhD University of Alaska Fairbanks Human Dimensions Sea change, know fish: Catching the tales of fish and men in Cordova, Alaska
2015 Recipients
Year First Last Degree University Topic Project Title
2015 Sarah Tanedo MS University of Alaska Fairbanks Seabirds Using remote sensing methods to study black-legged kittiwake productivity in the Gulf of Alaska
2015 Catherine Pham MS Hawaii Pacific University Seabirds Interannual variability in seabird communities with respect to prey and oceanography in the northeastern Bering Sea and eastern Chukchi Sea 
2015 Jenell Larsen MS University of Alaska Fairbanks Marine Mammals Assessing changes in reproductive and population dynamics of pacific walruses in the Bering Sea through long-term monitoring programs
2015 Jordan Beamer PhD Oregon State University Ocean Productivity Climate change impacts on Alaskan hydrology and freshwater discharge
2015 Casey Clark PhD University of Alaska Fairbanks Marine Mammals Investigating the impacts of prehistoric and historic climate variability on Pacific walrus foraging ecology
2015 Leah Sloan PhD University of Alaska Fairbanks Fishes and Invertebrates Physiological control of king crabs by the parasite Briarosaccus callosus
2015 Jennifer Marsh PhD University of Alaska Fairbanks Fishes and Invertebrates Trophic ecology and distribution of Chukchi Sea fishes with an emphasis on Arctic cod 
2015 Lauren Kipp PhD University of Alaska Fairbanks Ocean Productivity Radium isotopes as tracers of water mass mixing and nutrient transport in the Arctic Ocean
2015 Mengjie Zhang PhD University of Maryland Lower Trophic Level Productivity An integrated study of benthic food webs and biogeochemistry in the Chukchi Sea using compound-specific isotope analysis of amino acids
2014 Recipients
Year First Last Degree University Topic Project Title
2014 Anthony Pagano PhD University of California Santa Cruz Marine Mammals The effects of declining sea ice on polar bear behaviors and energetic demands
2014 Alexandra Ravelo PhD University of Alaska Fairbanks Fishes and Invertebrates Growth and production of the dominant Alaskan Arctic brittle stars: Ophiura sarsii and Ophiocten sericeum
2014 Katharine Studholme PhD Dalhousie University Seabirds Non-breeding distributions and carryover effects in the rhinoceros auklet: integrating multi-colony tracking, genetic, physiological, and environmental data to identify management concerns.
2014 Tanja Schollmeier MS University of Alaska Fairbanks Fishes and Invertebrates Effects of sea ice algal loss on benthic communities using biomarker analysis
2014 Courtney Shuert MS University of Alaska Fairbanks Marine Mammals

Steller sea lion survivors: A retrospective on the impact of alternative research methods on an endangered species

2014 Emma Elliott Smith MS University of New Mexico Marine Mammals A historical perspective on the ecology and behavior of Enhydra lutris in southeastern Alaska: implications for future management and conservation efforts.
2013 Recipients
Year First Last Degree University Topic Project Title
2013 Carley Schacter PhD Memorial University of Newfoundland Seabirds Behavioral ecology of movement and migration of two North Pacific planktivorous seabird species
2013 Jonathon Whitefield PhD University of Alaska Fairbanks Lower Trophic Level Productivity Analysis of freshwater and heat pathways between the Pacific, Arctic, and North Atlantic Oceans
2013 Suzanne Teerlink PhD University of Alaska Fairbanks Marine Mammals Combining traditional and innovative monitoring methods to describe humpback whale population structure near Juneau, AK
2013 Alex Godinez MS University of Alaska Fairbanks Fishes and Invertebrates A seascape genetics approach to resolving population structure in Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands blackspotted rockfish (Sebates melanostictus)
2013 Erin Fedewa MS Oregon State University Fishes and Invertebrates Interannual variation in pre- and post-settlement processes of the northern rock sole (Lepidopsetta polyxystra) in relation to temperature variability in the Gulf of Alaska
2013 Matthew Fowler MS Oregon State University Fishes and Invertebrates Salmon blood plasma to control texture softening of surimi and fresh salmon fillets
2012 Recipients
Year First Last Degree University Topic Project Title
2012 Rachel Blevins PhD University of Alaska Fairbanks Marine Mammals Using Interdisciplinary Techniques to Investigate the Effects of Noise on Endangered Cook Inlet Beluga Whales, Delphinapterus leucas
2012 Jannik Schultner PhD Norwegian University of Science and Technology Seabirds Seabird physiological resopnses to changes in food availability: a comparison between Atlantic and Pacific colonies
2012 Samuel Hirt PhD Auburn University Marine Mammals Determination of calving interval and pregnancy rate of bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus) via analysis of stable isotopes, hormones, and minerals in baleen
2012 Daniel Cushing MS Oregon State University Seabirds Decadal-scale abundance patterns in the marine bird community of Prince William Sound, Alaska
2012 Kalyn MacIntyre MS University of Washington Marine Mammals Investigating the role of sea ice conditions on bearded seal ecology in the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas using year-round passive acoustic monitoring
2012 Alexis Will MS University of Alaska Fairbanks Seabirds Linking parental foraging, diets and nutritional stress of a sentinel seabird species to environmental variability in the Gulf of Alaska
2011 Recipients
Year First Last Degree University Topic Project Title
2011 Joseph Bizzarro PhD University of Washington Fishes and Invertebrates Resource utilization of the Gulf of Alaska skate assemblage with applications for ecosystem-based management
2011 Delphine Mathias PhD University of California San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Marine Mammals Quantifying sperm whale depredation rates using passive acoustic detection and tracking
2011 Julie Nielsen PhD University of Alaska Fairbanks Fishes and Invertebrates Multi-scale movement of demersal fishes in Alaska
2011 Shiway Wang PhD University of Alaska Fairbanks Marine Mammals Tracking the contribution of ice algal fatty acids to ice seals in the Bering Sea from 2003 – 2010
2011 Raphaelle Descoteaux MS University of Alaska Fairbanks Fishes and Invertebrates Effects of ocean acidification on development of larval Tanner crabs in Alaska
2011 Matthew Lawonn MS Oregon State University Seabirds Breeding Ecology of Kittlitz's Murrelet on Kodiak Island, Alaska: Limiting Factors for a Declining Seabird Species of Conservation Concern
2010 Recipients
Year First Last Degree University Topic Project Title
2010 Hannah Voorhees PhD University of Pennsylvania Humans Cultural and social impacts of environmental co-management in Northwest Alaska: an anthropological study of Inupiaq participation in scientific monitoring of “at risk” subsistence marine mammals
2010 Julie Raymond-Yakoubian PhD University of Alaska Fairbanks Humans Salmon and identity in Alaska's Bering Strait region
2010 Matthew Sexson PhD University of Alaska Fairbanks Seabirds Spatiotemporal variation in the non-breeding habitat use of spectacled eiders
2010 Janelle Mueller MS University of Alaska Fairbanks Fishes and Invertebrates Effects of the age-composition of spawning sockeye salmon on future returns of sockeye salmon to Bristol Bay, Alaska
2010 Jory Stariwat MS University of British Columbia Humans Lewis Point, a seasonal subsistence fish camp in transition: Negotiations in a mixed cash/subsistence economy 1980-2011
2010 Jonathan Richar MS University of Alaska Fairbanks Fishes and Invertebrates Recruitment mechanisms of the Tanner crab in the eastern Bering Sea
2009 Recipients
Year First Last Degree University Topic Project Title
2009 Nathan Jones MS

San Jose State University / Moss Landing Marine Labs, CA

Seabirds Age, growth, and demography of the roughtail skate from the eastern Bering Sea, with a revised model from the west coast of the United States using histology
2009 Megan Winton MS

San Jose State University / Moss Landing Marine Labs, CA

Fishes and Invertebrates Age, growth, and demography of the roughtail skate from the eastern Bering Sea, with a revised model from the west coast of the United States using histology
2009 Jill-Marie Seymour MS

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Marine Mammals Pacific walrus feeding ecology and possible links to trichinellosis
2009 Rachael Orben MS University California Santa Cruz Seabirds Winter distribution and ecology of black-legged kittiwakes and thick-billed murres breeding at three Bering Sea colonies with differing population trends
2009 Helen Esch PhD MA Inst Technology / Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst Marine Mammals Monitoring marine mammal occurrence in the Bering Sea using passive acoustics
2009 Jodie Pirtle PhD

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fishes and Invertebrates Nursery habitat, predation, and survival of early benthic phase red king crab
2008 Recipients
Year First Last Degree University Topic Project Title
2008 Liz Atwood MS University of Washington Lower Trophic Level Productivity Influence of coastal-origin mesoscale eddies on ichthyoplankton assemblages in the Gulf of Alaska
2008 Shannon O'Brien MS University of Washington Fishes and Invertebrates Impacts of climate change on pacific sleeper sharks and co-occuring benthic shark species, spiny dogfish and bluntnose sixgill sharks, as revealed by DNA sequences
2008 Mary Hunsicker PhD University of Washington Fishes and Invertebrates Evaluating the trophic role of the commander squid, Berryteuthis magister, and the factors regulating squid abundance in the eastern Bering Sea continental slope ecosystem
2008 Markus Janout PhD University of Alaska Fairbanks Ecosystem Studies Atmospheric and oceanic contribution on ocean temperatures in the northern Gulf of Alaska
2008 Rebecca Young PhD University of Alaska Fairbanks Seabirds Development of molecular techniques for monitoring demographic structure of Bering Sea seabird populations