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Vera Alexander, Dean

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Baccalaureate Degrees
April E. Behr cum laude   B.S. Fisheries
Pamela Marie Lestenkof   B.S. Fisheries
Lisa Mostella   B.S. Fisheries
Aaron D. Poetter   B.S. Fisheries
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Master's Degrees
Monica Kaho Herkules Bando
B.S., University of Florida, 1998
  M.S. Marine Biology
Eloise Brown
B.A., University of California-Santa Barbara, 1997
  M.S. Oceanography - Biological
Peter Mallon Cleary
B.A., University of Alaska, 1990
  M.S. Fisheries
Cheryl A. Dion
B.S., Colorado State University, 1998
  M.S. Fisheries
Brandee Gerke
B.S., Oregon State University, 1997
  M.S. Fisheries
Sara E. Gilk
B.A., Whitman College (Washington), 1999
  M.S. Fisheries
Karla Louise Granath
B.A., St. Olaf College (Minnesota), 1994
  M.S. Fisheries
Scott Hastings Maclean
B.S., University of Washington, 1994
  M.S. Fisheries
Patrick William Malecha
B.S., University of Minnesota, 1993
  M.S. Fisheries
Andrew Paul Matala
B.A., Pacific Luthern University (Washington), 1990;
B.S., Washington State University, 1996
  M.S. Fisheries
Julie A. Matweyou
B.S., University of Akron (Ohio), 1996
  M.S. Oceanography - Biological
Carl Pfisterer
B.S., University of Alaska, 1993
  M.S. Fisheries
Elizabeth Ann Kitto Spangler
B.S., University of Pittsburgh, 1991
  M.S. Fisheries
Matthew Scott Whitman
B.A., University of North Carolina, 1992;
B.S., Oregon State University, 1996
  M.S. Fisheries
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Doctor of Philosophy Degrees
Switgard Duesterloh
M.S., Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg (Germany), 1995
  Ph.D. Fisheries
Thesis:The Role of Copepods in the Distribution of Hydrocarbons: An Experimental Approach
The role of copepods, small abundant crustaceans in the marine water column, in transferring oil derived polyaromatic compounds (PAC) was studied in an experimental approach: uptake of PAC in relation to total fat content and the effects of PAC in combination with ultraviolet radiation from ambient daylight were investigated.
Major Professor: Dr. Thomas C. Shirley
Michelle A. Epp
B.A., Lawrence University (Wisconsin), 1991;
M.S., Florida State University, 1993
  Ph.D. Oceanography - Biological
Thesis:Carbon and Nitrogen Flows in Zero-Water Exchange Shrimp Culture: Inferenses Using Stable Isotope Tracers
Nutrient and energy flows in cultures of Pacific white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei, were examined in zero-water exchange mesocosms at the Oceanic Institute, Waimanalo, Hawaii. Shrimp utilization of formulated feeds versus tank natural production was quantified using stable isotope tracers. Contribution of natural production to essential amino acids was also determined.
Major Professor: Dr. Donald M. Schell
Harold Joseph Geiger B.S., Oregon State University, 1978;
M.S., Oregon State University, 1980

  Ph.D. Fisheries
Thesis: Variability of Pink Salmon Family Size Has Implications for Conservation and Management Models
Survival was related to both mean and variance of family sizes in populations of pink salmon, as not all families were equally productive. We show the importance of environmental variation and instability in the production of salmon, and the inadequacy of the mathematical models salmon managers use, which emphasize stability and long-term average.
Major Professor: Dr. Anthony J. Gharrett
F. Michael Holliman
M.S., North Carolina State University, 1998
  Ph.D. Fisheries
Thesis: Assessment and Prediction of Electroshocked-Induced Injury in North American Fishes
Electrofishing is used for scientific fish sampling but may cause fish injury. I conducted experiments on various North American fishes to evaluate influential factors affecting risk of injury. These experiments led to a mechanistic model, using fish size, behavioral response and vertebral structure, to predict and reduce risk of injury.
Major Professor: Dr. James B. Reynolds
Ann Lynette Knowlton
B.S., Utah State University, 1992
  Ph.D. Marine Biology
Thesis: Sponges Dominant in the Alaska Intertidal: Biology, Ecology, and Genetic Diversity
Biological and ecological roles of dominant intertidal sponges were examined, including predator-prey and community interactions. A seasonal signal in oocyte production occurred that varied by habitat. Genetic studies indicate little or no cloning within or among Alaska sponge populations and also suggest a re-evaluation of their systematics is warranted.
Major Professor: Dr. Raymond C. Highsmith
Stacy Lynn Smith
B.A., Virginia Tech, 1986;
M.S., University of New Mexico, 1995
  Ph.D. Oceanography - Chemical
Thesis: Temporal and Spatial Variability of Sinking Particles in the Southeast Bering Sea
Recent variability in climate has caused changes in phytoplankton species composition on the Bering Sea shelf with potential ramifications up the foodweb. Phytoplankton, zooplankton and sinking particulate matter collected from two sites on the shelf were analyzed. A suite of fatty acids, fatty alcohols and sterols were also analyzed to determine interannual and spatial fluctuations.
Major Professor:
Dr. Susan M. Henrichs
Stephen John Trumble
B.S., Southwest Texas State University, 1988;
M.S., California State University, 1995
  Ph.D. Marine Biology
Thesis: Assessing the Health of Harbor Seals in Alaska
Declining populations of harbor seals in the Gulf of Alaska, possibly resulting from changes in prey quality, prompted studies which provided evidence that populations may have distinct ŮidentitiesÓ based on blood chemistry values and also that a flexible digestive system for harbor seals can offset differences in prey quality.
Major Professor: Dr. Michael A. Castellini
William James Williams
B.A., University of Cambridge (England), 1991;
M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996
  Ph.D. Oceanography - Physical
Thesis: Idealized Modeling of Seasonal Variation in the Alaska Coastal Current
Analytical and idealized-numerical models are used to understand the physical processes that govern the seasonal variation of the buoyancy-driven and downwelling wind-forced Alaska coastal current. The modeling suggests an accumulation of freshwater on the shelf during summer and a downstream fate for the freshwater during winter.
Major Professor: Dr. Thomas J. Weingartner
Liying Zhao
B.S., Ocean University of Qingdao (China), 1985;
M.S., Ocean University of Qingdao (China), 1988
  Ph.D. Oceanography - Chemical
Thesis: Tracing Amino Acid Metabolism of Harbor Seals (Phoca Vitulina) Using Stable Isotope Techniques
Compound specific isotope techniques were used to trace amino acid metabolism in captive harbor seals. Techniques were developed for measuring isotope ratios of individual amino acids. This study provided new insight into mechanisms of isotopic trophic dynamics in food web studies and improved our understanding of seal protein metabolism.
Major Professor: Dr. Donald M. Schell
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