Seth Danielson

Seth Danielson

Associate Professor

Physical Oceanography

College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
112 O'Neill
2150 Koyukuk Drive
Fairbanks, AK 99775



University of Alaska Fairbanks
Ph.D. Oceanography

University of Alaska Fairbanks
M.S. Oceanography

Lehigh University
B.S. Electrical Engineering


Curriculum Vitae




Selected Publications

Danielson, S.L., L. Eisner, C. Ladd, C. Mordy, L. Sousa and T.J. Weingartner. (2017).  "A comparison between late summer 2012 and 2013 water masses, macronutrients, and phytoplankton standing crops in the northern Bering and Chukchi Seas". Deep Sea Research II. 135:7-26.
doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2016.05.024

Whitehouse, G.A., T.W. Buckley and S.L. Danielson. (2017). "Diet compositions and trophic guild structure of the eastern Chukchi Sea demersal fish community". Deep Sea Research II. 135:95-110.
doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2016.03.010

Stabeno, P.J., S. Bell, W. Cheng, S.L. Danielson, N.B. Kachel and C.W. Mordy. (2016). "Long-term observations of Alaska Coastal Current in the northern Gulf of Alaska". Deep Sea Research II. 132:24-40.
doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2015.12.016

Stabeno, P.J., S.L. Danielson, D. Kachel, N.B. Kachel and C.W. Mordy. (2016). "Currents and transport on the eastern Bering Sea shelf: An integration of over 20 years of data". Deep Sea Research II. 134:13-29.
doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2016.05.010

Grebmeier JM, BA Bluhm, LW Cooper, SL Danielson, KR Arrigo, AL Blanchard, JT Clarke, RH Days, KE Frey, RR Gradinger, M Kedra, B Konar, KJ Kuletz, SH Lee, JR Lavvorn, BL Norcross, SR Okkonen. (2015). "Ecosystem characteristics and processes facilitating persistent macrobenthic biomass hotspots and associated benthivory in the Pacific Arctic". Progress in Oceanography. 136:92-114.

Lu, K., T. J. Weingartner, S. L. Danielson, P. Winsor, E. Dobbins, K. Martini, and H. Statscewich. (2015). "Lateral mixing across ice meltwater fronts of the Chukchi Sea shelf Geophys". Res. Lett. 42:6754–6761.
doi: 10.1002/2015GL064967

Wood, K. R., N. A. Bond, S. L. Danielson, J. E. Overland, S. A. Salo, P. Stabeno, J. Whitefield. (2015). "A decade of change in the Pacific Arctic region". Prog. Oceanogr. 136:12-31.
doi: 10.1016/j.pocean.2015.05.005

Cross, J.N., J. T. Mathis, K. E. Frey, C. E. Cosca, S. L. Danielson, N. R. Bates, R. A. Feely, T. Takahashi and W. Evans. (2014). "Annual sea-air CO2 fluxes in the Bering Sea: Insights from new autumn and winter observations of a seasonally ice-covered continental shelf". J. Geophys. Res..
doi: 10.1002/2013JC009579

Danielson, S.L., T. W. Weingartner, K. Hedstrom, K. Aagaard, R. Woodgate, E. Curchitser, and P. Stabeno. (2014). "Coupled wind-forced controls of the Bering–Chukchi shelf circulation and the Bering Strait through-flow: Ekman transport, continental shelf waves, and variations of the Pacific–Arctic sea surface height gradient". Prog. Oceanogr..
doi: 10.1016/j.pocean.2014.04.006

Pickart, R.S., L.M. Schulze, G.W.K. Moore, M.A. Charette, K. R. Arrigo, G. van Dijken, S.L. Danielson. (2013). "Long-term trends of upwelling and impacts on primary productivity in the Alaskan Beaufort Sea". Deep Sea Res. Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers. 79(September 2013)
doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2013.05.003

R. S. Pickart, L. M. Schulze, G. W. K. Moore, M. A. Charette, K. R. Arrigo, G. v. Dijken and S. L. Danielson. (2013). "Long-term trends of upwelling and impacts on primary productivity in the Alaskan Beaufort Sea". Deep Sea Res. Part I.
doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2013.05.003

T. Weingartner, E. Dobbins, S. Danielson, P. Winsor, R. Potter and H. Statscewich. (2013). "Hydrographic variability over the northeastern Chukchi Sea shelf". Continental Shelf Research. summer-fall 2008-2010.
doi: 10.1016/j.csr.2013.03.012

Thomas Weingartner, E. Dobbins, S Danielson, P. Winsor, R. Potter, and H. Statscewich. (2013). "Hydrographic variability over the northeastern Chukchi Sea shelf". Continental Shelf Research. 62:5-22. summer-fall 2008 – 2010. 
doi: 10.1016/j.csr.2013.03.012

S. Danielson, K. Hedstrom, K. Aagaard, T. Weingartner and E. Curchitser. (2012). "Wind-induced reorganization of the Bering shelf circulation". Geophys. Res. Lett.. 39
doi: 10.1029/2012GL051231


  • Continental shelf circulation processes
  • Data processing and analysis
  • Atmosphere-ocean interactions


Research Overview

My research focus is on continental shelf processes of Alaska’s marginal seas through analysis of observational data and both idealized and realistic numerical model results. Past and ongoing studies include participation in the US GLOBEC Northeast Pacific Gulf of Alaska surveys, Gulf of Alaska oceanographic station GAK1 long-term monitoring, analysis and interpretation of moored data sets from the Beaufort, Chukchi and Bering seas, analysis of the Glacier Bay hydrographic time series in Southeast Alaska, and satellite-tracked drifter deployments in the Bering and Chukchi seas. These investigations inform ecosystem studies, climate studies, fisheries management, and oil spill response planning efforts. Current work includes development of a better mechanistic understanding of the controls that modulate the circulation, temperature, and salinity fields over the Bering and Chukchi Sea shelves and the assembly of better bathymetric digital elevation models for the western Arctic and North Pacific.




  • American Geophysical Union
  • The Oceanography Society