Katie Corliss

Katie Corliss


M.S. Student

Marine Biology

2150 Koyukuk Drive
218 O'Neill Bldg.
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775


Oregon State University
B.S. Biology



Growth response by consumers based on use of primary production sources across the northern Gulf of Alaska





At Oregon State University, I earned my B.S. in Biology with focuses in Marine Science and Education along with minors in Chemistry and Oceanography. As an undergraduate I worked in Dr. Sally Hacker's lab identifying algae in wrack, I did field work for the Lubchenco/Menge lab, and studied phytoplankton growth rates in Dr. Kim Halsey's lab. Outside of university, I interned at the South African Shark Conservancy and worked at a Water Quality Lab. After working with species throughout the food web, I will be using those experiences to study food web ecology at UAF.


  • Trophic ecology


Research Overview

Nearshore ecosystems provide essential habitat for many marine organisms and are important for humans through subsistence, commercial fisheries, and recreation. Gulf of Alaska (GOA) nearshore habitats are highly productive and susceptible to effects of climate change like warming waters, marine heatwaves, and rapidly melting glaciers. Macroalgae and phytoplankton form the base of these nearshore food webs and their availability likely varies with these environmental factors. My goal is to understand how changes in the contribution of carbon from these two sources may affect consumer species that reside in the nearshore. The Nearshore Component of the Gulf Watch Alaska program is using carbon and nitrogen stable isotope analysis to investigate trophic dependencies of filter-feeding mussels, epi-benthic feeding Black Rockfish, and benthic feeding Kelp Greenling in four different GOA regions: Western Prince William Sound, Kenai Fjords National Park, Kachemak Bay, and Katmai National Park. I will link use of macroalgal and phytoplankton-based pathways to growth rates as a measure of performance in consumers across the four regions to better understand the effect of different sources of primary production to secondary production.