Kenneth Coyle

Kenneth Coyle

Professor Emeritus

Biological Oceanography
Marine Biology
Marine Invertebrates

College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences


University of Alaska
Ph.D., Oceanography



A. I. Pinchuk, K. O. Coyle, E. V. Farley and H. M. Renner. (2013). "Emergence of the Arctic Themisto libellula (Amphipoda: Hyperiidae) on the southeastern Bering Sea shelf as a result of the recent cooling, and its potential impact on the pelagic food".  Web: ICES Journal of Marine Science.  
doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fst031

G. A. Gibson, K. O. Coyle, K. Hedstrom and E. N. Curchitser. (2013). "A modeling study to explore the on-shelf transport of oceanic zooplankton in the Eastern Bering Sea". Journal of Marine Systems. 121-122:47-64.

K. O. Coyle, G. A. Gibson, K. Hedstrom, A. J. Hermann and R. R. Hopcroft. (2013). "Zooplankton biomass, advection and production on the northern Gulf of Alaska shelf from simulations and field observations". Journal of Marine Systems. 128:185-207.
doi: 10.1016/J.Jmarsys.2013.04.018

K. O. Coyle, W. Cheng, S. L. Hinckley, E. J. Lessard, T. Whitledge, A. H. Hermann and K. Hedstrom. (2012). "Model and field observations of effects of circulation on the timing and magnitude of nitrate utilization and production on the northern Gulf of Alaska shelf".  Prog. Oceanogr.. 103:16-41.

W. Cheng, A. J. Hermann, K. O. Coyle, E. L. Dobbins, N. B. Kachel and P. J. Stabeno. (2012). "Macro- and micro-nutrient flux to a highly productive submarine bank in the Gulf of Alaska: A model based analysis of daily and interannual variability". Prog. Oceanogr.. 101:63-77.

Hunt, G.L., K.O. Coyle, L.B. Eisner, E.V. Farley, R.A. Heintz, F. Mueter, J.M. Napp, J.E. Overland, P.H. Ressler, S. Salo, and P.J. Stabeno. (2011). "Climate impacts on eastern Bering Sea foodwebs: a synthesis of new data and an assessment of the Oscillating Control Hypothesis". ICES Journal of Marine Science: Journal du Conseil. 68(6):1230–1243.
doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsr036

K. O. Coyle, L. B. Eisner, F. J. Mueter, A. I. Pinchuk, M. A. Janout, K. D. Cieciel, E. V. Farley and A. G. Andrews. (2011). "Climate change in the southeastern Bering Sea: impacts on pollock stocks and implications for the oscillating control hypothesis Fisheries Oceanography". 20(2):139-156.

C. F. Adams, R. J. Foy, J. J. Kelley and K. O. Coyle. (2009). "Seasonal changes in the diel vertical migration of walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) in the northern Gulf of Alaska". Environmental Biology of Fishes. 86(2):297-305.
doi: 10.1007/s10641-009-9519-y

E. J. Gregr and K. O. Coyle. (2009). "The biogeography of the North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena japonica)". Progress in Oceanography. 80(4-Mar):188-198.
doi: 10.1016/j.pocean.2008.12.004 

S. Hinckley, K. O. Coyle, G. Gibson, A. J. Hermann and E. L. Dobbins. (2009). A biophysical NPZ model with iron for the Gulf of Alaska: Reproducing the differences between an oceanic HNLC ecosystem and a classical northern temperate shelf ecosystem Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography. 56(24):2520-2536.


  • Biological Oceanography
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Invertebrates



Dr. Coyle received a bachelor degree in Biological Oceanography from University of Washington, and masters and PhD degrees in oceanography from University of Alaska. His research is currently focused on applying the ROMS numerical modeling system with an embedded ecosystem component to help elucidate the physical and biological mechanisms influencing interannual differences in zooplankton populations on the northern Gulf of Alaska shelf.