Zane Chapman

Zane Chapman

M.S. Student


College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
17101 Point Lena Loop Road
Juneau, AK 99801-8344



University of New England
B.S. Marine Biology



Identifying Hatch Dates and Potential Hatch Location Through Otolith Analysis for Arctic Cod (Boreogadus saida)







I grew up in Juneau and graduated from Juneau-Douglas high school in 2010. I then earned a B.S. in marine biology from the University of New England in 2014. After earning my B.S. I worked with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on the Taku River stock assessment and escapement project for four seasons. I began working as a fisheries technician and worked my way up to fisheries biologist. While working on my thesis I have continued fieldwork in Southeast Alaska as well as the Arctic with UAF, ADF&G, and the Wildlife Conservation Society. During my free time I can be found snowboarding at Eaglecrest, fly fishing and hunting in and around Juneau.

Research Overview

My current research focuses on using daily growth increments from Arctic cod otoliths to calculate the hatch date from the northern Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas. I am also using trace elements from the otoliths to try to identify the hatch location for Arctic cod and differentiate unique hatching populations of Arctic cod.



  • Dive Master
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Hunter Safety


Community Service

  • Coral Restoration Foundation International, Roatan, Honduras
  • Learning Works, Portland, Maine
  • Community outreach, Unalaska, Alaska