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May 23, 2019

Immediate Release: NPRB Seeks Nominations for Advisory & Science Panels by June 20th

New Solicitation for Arctic region vacancy on the Advisory Panel
New Solicitation for three seats on the Science Panel

 

Science Panel Announcement

Advisory Panel Announcement

 

The North Pacific Research Board is seeking nominations to fill one seat representing the Arctic region on its Advisory Panel and three seats on its Science Panel, beginning October 1, 2019. The deadline for receipt of nomination materials is 4:00 pm AK, Thursday, June 20, 2019.

 

 

Advisory Panel Info

The Advisory Panel represents stakeholders, user groups, and other interested parties from regions within the Board’s purview: The Gulf of Alaska, the Bering Sea, and the Arctic, and one at-large seat. Appointments are for three-year terms, with a maximum of two consecutive terms. The seat currently vacant and advertised here represents the Arctic region.

Advisory Panel members advise the Board on accomplishing its overall mission of fielding a high caliber, comprehensive research program that will: 1) improve our understanding of the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, and Arctic Ocean ecosystems and their fisheries, and 2) help to sustain and enhance marine resources. For more information see http://www.nprb.org/nprb/about-us/advisory-panel.

The Board believes it is important to incorporate meaningful community involvement throughout its science program, from planning to oversight and review. The Advisory Panel has a significant advice-giving role, with active involvement in setting research priorities and defining questions, as well as highlighting proposals with special stakeholder relevance. To this end, nominations are sought from individuals with practical knowledge and experience in one or more of these large marine regions.

The Advisory Panel meets twice each year in Anchorage (April and September). While there is no pay involved with serving on the Advisory Panel, the Board covers expenses for travel, food, and lodging for members to attend panel meetings, and to attend the Alaska Marine Science Symposium, usually held the third week of January each year in Anchorage.

The Board will consider the following attributes when deciding on appointments to the Advisory Panel:

  • Candidates should have a demonstrated ability to be objective in considering research activities and science planning;
  • Candidates should be of top quality and caliber and be committed to full and active participation for each meeting during their term;
  • Candidates should be considered because of the experience they bring to the Board rather than their political clout or connection;
  • Candidates should be active, involved members of their local community, occupation, or community of interest to ensure the best and most pertinent input into the Board and should be responsible and diligent in reporting on Board activities back to their communities.

In selecting Panel members, the Board recognizes that constituencies from Washington, Oregon, and other areas may have direct interest in its activities, in addition to people throughout Alaska from Southeast to the Arctic Ocean. 

 

 

Science Panel Info

Desired qualifications for the three seats opening on the Science Panel include expertise in one or more of the following categories: 1) biological oceanography and/or plankton ecology, 2) marine birds, including population studies, spatial ecology, and/or acoustic monitoring; 3) marine mammals, including population studies, spatial ecology, and/or acoustic monitoring; or 4) genetics and/or genomic modelling. Strong candidates will demonstrate applied expertise, knowledge of pressing fisheries management issues, research needs, and priorities of state and/or federal managers. Members are selected for their expertise, broad perspective, experience, and leadership in areas important to NPRB’s research program.

The overall mission of the North Pacific Research Board is to develop a comprehensive science program of the highest caliber that will provide better understanding of the North Pacific, Bering Sea, and Arctic Ocean ecosystems and their fisheries, and will help to sustain and enhance marine resources. The Science Panel assists the Board in shaping its entire scientific program. The Science Panel advises the Board on science planning and identification of research priorities; identification and evaluation of scientific information relevant to the Board's mission; and review of proposals and technical evaluations received by the Board. For more information see https://www.nprb.org/nprb/about-us/science-panel.

The Science Panel generally meets twice each year (spring and fall), usually in Anchorage or Seattle. Panel members serve four-year terms, with a maximum of two consecutive terms. While there is no pay involved with serving on the Science Panel, the Board covers expenses for travel, food, and lodging for panel members to attend panel meetings, and to attend the Alaska Marine Science Symposium, usually held the third week of January each year in Anchorage.

 

 

Materials submitted must include a brief resume of not more than three pages and full contact information including phone number and email address. Letters of reference are optional but encouraged; up to three letters may submitted by the deadline. 

Please visit the Board’s web site at www.nprb.org for more information about the Board and its activities. The new deadline for receipt of nomination materials is 4:00 pm AK, Thursday, June 20, 2019. Nominations and self-nominations may be submitted to the Board by email to kayla.wagenfehr@nprb.org, or by regular mail to:
Nominations Committee
North Pacific Research Board
1007 West 3rd Avenue, Suite 100
Anchorage, AK 99501

 

The Board and all its panels follow strict conflict of interest procedures during the proposal selection process available here. Implications of this policy should be considered when making nominations.