The North Pacific Research Board's Advisory Panel provides a mechanism for meaningful community involvement throughout the science program, from planning to oversight and review. The panel has a significant advice-giving role, with active involvement in setting priorities, defining questions, and keeping interested users informed of board activities.
During NPRB's foundational years (2002-2008), the advisory panel underwent several modifications. Initially, a ten-member committee called the Local and Traditional Knowledge Committee was formed to represent those interests and support the existing stakeholder representation on the board. In 2007, the board approved and modified the Local and Traditional Knowledge Committee to be what is currently called the Advisory Panel.
Currently the advisory panel retains a twelve-member panel that facilitates stakeholder interest and serves broad constituencies associated with Alaska coastal areas and users of the marine environment. These interests include subsistence and commercial fishing, oil and gas, and local government.
Members serve three-year terms, with a possibility of reappointment for a second, consecutive term of three years. A one-year hiatus is required before consecutive reappointment. If a member has served two terms but fewer than six total years, they may seek reappointment within an open call for nominations. Along with the science panel chair, the advisory panel chair attends the full board meeting to report their respective panel's recommendations.
Panel members are appointed to represent specific regions that correspond to NPRB's three main recognized marine ecosystems. These regions are the Bering Sea, Arctic Ocean (which includes the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas), and Gulf of Alaska; there is also one at-large member of the panel.
Current Advisory Panel Members
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First Last Region Represented Term Reid Brewer, PhD Gulf of Alaska June 2017 - May 2020 Ruth Christiansen At-Large June 2016 - May 2019; Chair May 2018 - present Gary Freitag Gulf of Alaska April 2020 - April 2023 Dave Gaudet Gulf of Alaska June 2018 - May 2021 Melissa Good Bering Sea June 2017 - May 2020 Nicole Kanayurak Arctic Ocean October 2019 - September 2022 Mitch Kilbourn Gulf of Alaska June 2017 - May 2020 Vera Metcalf Arctic Ocean October 2019 - September 2022 Harley Sundown Bering Sea August 2018 - May 2021 Paul Wilkins Bering Sea April 2022 - April 2025 Caitlin Yeager Bering Sea June 2018 - May 2021
Past Advisory Panel Members
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First Last Hometown Term Helen Aderman Bering Sea April 2008 - May 2017 Michael Bradley Anchorage, AK March 2003 - March 2007 Louis Brzuzy, PhD Arctic Ocean June 2015 - May 2016 Patricia Cochran Anchorage, AK March 2003 - March 2007 (Vice Chair) Cora Crome Petersburg, AK March 2003 - March 2004 Dan Falvey Gulf of Alaska January 2011 - May 2017 Gary Freitag Gulf of Alaska April 2008 - May 2017 John Gerster, PhD Anchorage, AK March 2003 - September 2005 Mark Gleason Seattle, AK January 2011 - September 2012 Justine Gundersen Nelson Lagoon, AK April 2008 - 2009 Nagruk Harcharek Arctic Ocean June 2014 - May 2020; Vice Chair 2017 - present Ronald Hegge Grand Junction, CO May 2005 - April 2011 Shirley Kelly Anchorage, AK March 2003 - April 2011 Frank Kelty Unalaska, AK May 2005 - April 2011 Simon Kinneen Anchorage, AK March 2003 - March 2005 Christopher Krenz, PhD At-Large June 2014 - 2016 Lloyd Lowry Kailua-Kona, HI June 2013 - May 2014 Brian Lynch Gulf of Alaska June 2017 - October 2019 Paul MacGregor Seattle, WA March 2003 - March 2005 Steve MacLean Anchorage, AK May 2005 - December 2007 Michael Macrander, PhD Anchorage, AK April 2011 - January 2015 Heather McCarty Juneau, AK March 2003 - March 2007 Vera Metcalf Arctic Ocean April 2008 - May 2017 Laura Morse Arctic Ocean June 2016 - September 2017 Mike Pederson Arctic Ocean June 2017 - October 2018 Edward Poulsen Bering Sea April 2011 - May 2018; Chair 2017 - 2018 Steve Reifenstuhl Gulf of Alaska August 2012 - May 2018 Matt Robinson Bering Sea June 2017 - May 2018 Gay Sheffield Bering Sea April 2011 - May 2017 Rex Snyder Anchorage, AK January 2011 - May 2014 Jeff Stephan Gulf of Alaska April 2008 - May 2017; Chair 2011 - 2017 Arni Thomson Seattle, WA March 2003 - April 2011 Gale Vick Fairbanks, AK March 2003 - April 2011 Jon Warrenchuk Juneau, AK October 2003 - April 2005 Ernie Weiss Bering Sea June 2018 - May 2021 Kim Williams Dillingham, AK April 2008 - April 2011 Verner Wilson Arctic June 2017 - May 2020 Phillip Zavadil Bering Sea April 2011 - May 2016
Past Local & Traditional Knowledge Committee Members
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First Last Hometown Rosemary Ahtuangaruak Nuiqsut, AK James Berner, PhD Anchorage, AK Michael Bradley Anchorage, AK Dorothy Childers Anchorage, AK Helen Chythlook Dillingham. AK Ray Koonuk, Sr. Point Hope, AK Ivan Lukin Port Lions, AK Steve MacLean Anchorage, AK Enoch Shiedt, Sr. Kotzebue, AK Justine Vick Nelson Lagoon, AK