Hannah Myers

Hannah Myers

M.S. Student

Marine Biology

College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
2150 Koyukuk Drive
Fairbanks, AK 99775



Middlebury College
B.A. Political Science



Using passive acoustic monitoring to describe resident killer whale spatiotemporal habitat use in the Gulf of Alaska





Hannah earned a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Chinese from Middlebury College in 2014. After graduating she worked in economic policy research with the Rural Education Action Program at Stanford University and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, North America at MIT. She then began studying fishing gear entanglements of endangered North Atlantic right whales at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. At UAF Hannah has partnered with the North Gulf Oceanic Society to study resident killer whales using passive acoustic monitoring.


Selected Publications

Myers, H.J., and M.J. Moore. 2020. Reducing effort in the U.S. American lobster (Homarus americanus) fishery to prevent North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) entanglements may support higher profits and long-term sustainability. Marine Policy 118:104017. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2020.104017

Myers, H.J., M.J. Moore, M.F. Baumgartner, S.W. Brillant, S.K. Katona, A.R. Knowlton, L. Morissette, H.M. Pettis, G. Shester, and T.B. Werner. 2019. Ropeless fishing to prevent large whale entanglements: Ropeless Consortium report. Marine Policy 107:103587. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2019.103587


  • Marine mammal biology
  • Passive acoustic monitoring
  • Marine policy


Research Overview

My graduate research focuses on resident killer whale (Orcinus orca) spatiotemporal distribution and habitat use in the Gulf of Alaska. Since fall 2016, the North Gulf Oceanic Society has been collecting year-round acoustic data every twenty minutes from an array of hydrophones placed in locations known to receive high use in summer months in Prince William Sound and Kenai Fjords. Using this multiyear acoustic dataset, I will provide the first year-round description of resident killer whale distribution in the Gulf of Alaska.


Current research projects

  • Resident killer whale habitat use


Awards / Honors

  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship 2020
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship 2020 (declined to accept NDSEG Fellowship)



  • PADI Open Water Diver
  • AAUS Scientific Diver
  • CPR/First Aid



  • Guest Student, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution