Eighty-eight proposals were successfully submitted by the 4pm deadline on Thursday, Decmber 5th. To fully complete the submission process, applicants must submit all applicable signed signature pages by 4pm Thursday December 12th. For more information click here.
Apply for this once in a lifetime opportunity to lead NPRB’s marine research program in Alaska. NPRB is seeking a highly qualified Science Director to play a pivotal role in designing and implementing marine ecosystem research projects and programs in the North Pacific. Collaborate with scientists from over 100 agencies, institutions, and companies in building a clear understanding of the North Pacific, Bering Sea, and Arctic Ocean marine ecosystems that enables effective management and sustainable use of marine resources. Applications will be accepted until December 13, 2013. Read more…
NPRB is pleased to announce the 2014 Graduate Student Research Awards. Deadline for applications is Monday, February 17, 2014. For more details on the program and application process click here.
The North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) invites you to help review scientific proposals. Peer reviews are a vital part of the evaluation process that ultimately leads to the award of approximately $4 million to various projects. If you are interested in serving as a peer reviewer, we request that you to participate in a short survey that will help us match peer reviewers with appropriate expertise and qualifications to submitted proposals. The survey should take no more than ten minutes of your time. Please complete this survey to be part of the review team!
The North Pacific Research Board is pleased to announce that Denby Lloyd will be joining the NPRB staff as executive director in late-October. Mr. Lloyd brings to NPRB nearly 40 years of experience in research and management of Alaska’s natural marine resources.
Since his retirement from the State of Alaska in 2010, he has served as a fisheries consultant to the City of Kodiak and the Kodiak Island Borough and as a science adviser to the Aleutian King Crab Research Foundation. Prior to that, Mr. Lloyd worked for various state, local, and federal agencies, and culminated his career at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game with a four-year tenure as commissioner.
NPRB is very fortunate to find a new leader with Mr. Lloyd’s skills and experience. Few people have Mr. Lloyd’s knowledge of the marine resources of Alaska, the breadth of marine research taking place, or the information needed to ensure sustainable management. He also brings decades of demonstrated leadership in working with agency staff and the variety of interests involved in the use and management of Alaska's natural resources.
The staff and board of NPRB bid farewell and offer best wishes to Dr. Francis Wiese as he embarks on the next chapter of his career in Newfoundland. Dr. Wiese will make the transition in mid-August. Since he started with NPRB in 2005, Dr. Wiese has been an invaluable member of the team. He was integral in developing the science program, always exploring new ways to do relevant and exciting marine ecosystem science. We will miss him at NPRB but look forward to hearing about his continued contributions to the marine science field.
With funding support from NPRB (Project 1216), a group of middle schoolers made a video to tell the story of their home and the seabirds that also call the island home. The students are part of the Seabird Youth Network in the Pribilof Islands. Download the curriculum that teacher Tonia Kushin used to teach students about the albatross.
The North Pacific Research Board received an enthusiastic response to the call for pre-propsoals for Long-term Monitoring projects. Thirty-six pre-proposals were submitted by the deadline and are now being reviewed by the NPRB Science Panel, Advisory Panel and Board. Invitations for full proposals will be sent out in early October to successfull applicants. For more information on this program click here.
The North Pacific Research Board met in mid-May to review applications for the 2013 Graduate Student Research Awards. Six winners were selected from the 50 applications received. All applicants were reviewed and received comments from the NPRB Science Panel regarding their application. To view the 2013 winner information, click here.
The North Pacific Research Board met May 13-17, 2013 in Anchorage to review proposals recieved in response to the 2013 RFP. One-hundred and thirty proposals were recieved by the December 2012 deadline requesting over $23.5M, almost six times the amount of funding available.
After reviewing submitted proposals and input from the Science and Advisory Panels, the Board has recommended 23 proposals for funding to the Department of Commerce. Proposers were notified by email the week of May 27th regarding the funding status of their proposal.
This meeting, which is funded in part by NPRB, will be held November 9th -14th, 2014 in Cle Elum, Washington. More information on this meeting is available at www.flatfishsymposium.com.
The North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) has appointed Mr. John Hilsinger as its Interim Executive Director. Mr. Hilsinger will serve as Interim Executive Director through while the search for a permanent director is underway. Read the announcement here.
NOAA Alaska Fishery Science Center: With funding support from NPRB (Projects 906, 1005), Alaska Fishery Science Center scientists in collaboration with the University of Alaska Fairbanks are studying ways to capture and tag giant Pacific octopus. They also are studying the reproductive biology of the animal and the effects of being captured and discarded. Check out the spectacular underwater video and more information here!
A community engagement project at the Sitka Sound Science Center, funded by NPRB (Project1115) was recently featured in a newspaper story and on KCAW, the local Sitka radio station, and picked up by NPR in Anchorage--listen here. (Photo from SSSC)
NPRB co-sponsored a recent workshop that brought together Arctic scientists and educators from the North Slope and elsewhere in the United States to develop lessons about the Arctic Ocean. The workshop was organized in collaboration with the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS), the Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE) Alaska, and the Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS).NPRB Arctic Program Manager, Danielle Dickson, participated in the workshop May 18 – 23 in Barrow, Alaska.
Among the participants were several scientists who are actively engaged in Arctic research, educators from the North Slope Borough School District representing a variety of grade levels, and teachers from outside of Alaska who have participated in the PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) program. Researcher-teacher pairs who formed lasting relationships through PolarTREC shared their experiences and inspired North Slope teachers to reach out to the scientists who frequent the Alaska Arctic to bring Arctic science into their classrooms. Local Barrow community members including elders and whaling captains also shared their wisdom.
The incorporation of traditional knowledge and the importance of putting lessons into context using local examples figured prominently in the workshop. The teachers from the North Slope Borough School District developed lessons based on the Iñupiaq Learning Framework that is currently being implemented. Lessons were developed for many different grade levels from kindergarten to high school and their focus ranged from basic Arctic Ocean food webs to the potential effects of changing environmental conditions on the balance of ecosystems. The finished products will be made available on the ARCUS website in early July.
GULF OF ALASKA: Last summer, NPRB co-sponsored a teacher workshop on the Gulf of Alaska through the EARTH workshop. Resources can be found at mbari.org/earth/EARTH2011.html
BERING SEA: In the fall of 2012, NPRB worked with partners to spearhead the launch of the ecosystem professional development workshop series with one focused on the Bering Sea. Visit www.polartrec.com/collections/bering-sea-ecosystem.html for the Bering Sea Collection of educational resources.
Congress created the North Pacific Research Board in 1997 to recommend marine research initiatives to the US Secretary of Commerce, who makes final funding decisions.
A clear understanding of the North Pacific, Bering Sea, and Arctic Ocean ecosystems that enables effective management and sustainable use of marine resources.
To develop a comprehensive science program of the highest caliber that provides a better understanding of the North Pacific, Bering Sea, and Arctic Ocean ecosystems and their fisheries. The work of the NPRB will be conducted through science planning, prioritization of pressing fishery management and ecosystem needs, coordination and cooperation among research programs, competitive selection of research projects, enhanced information availability and public involvement.
For highlights of activities over the years 2011-2012, download a PDF of our biennial report.
For highlights of the activities of the Board over the years 2009-2010, download a PDF of the bi-annual report here.