Lauren Sutton

Lauren Sutton

Ph.D. Student

Marine Biology

College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
905 N Koyukuk Drive
218 O'Neill
Fairbanks, AK 99775


Western Washington University
B.A. Bio-Cultural Anthropology

Western Washington University
B.S. Environmental Science; Marine Ecology



Functional diversity of epibenthic communities on the Chukchi and Beaufort Sea shelves







Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, I first moved to Alaska in 2012 after graduating from Western Washington University with a B. A. in Bio-Cultural Anthropology in Bellingham, Washington. I spent a few summers kayaking and deck-handing in Glacier Bay National Park where I decided I wanted to be a marine biologist. Soon after, I obtained a B.S. from Huxley College at Western Washington University so I could attend the University of Alaska and study Alaskan waters. My focus is now on Arctic shelf systems.



  • Invertebrate ecology


Current research projects

  • My current research project compares the functional diversity of two Arctic epibenthic shelf systems. I use a trait-based approach called biological traits analysis to glean information about species' life history, morphology, and behavior. I focus on epibenthic invertebrates and demersal fish in the Chukchi and Beaufort Sea shelves.