Hannah Myers

Hannah Myers

M.S. Student

Marine Biology


College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
2150 Koyukuk Drive
Fairbanks, AK 99775
hmyers8@alaska.edu

 

Education

Middlebury College
B.A. Political Science
2014

 

Thesis

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

 

Advisor

 

Biography

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

Specialties

  • 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)

 

Certifications

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

 

Affiliations

  • Guest Student, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution