Supported Students

Student Research Funded by CMI

Each year, a part of the funding from the University of Alaska Coastal Marine Institute supports graduate students conducting important research under the supervision of CMI project principal investigators. This funding supports the training of tomorrow's scientists, while at the same time furthering research projects that meet CMI's priorities.

The information below includes our current CMI-supported students and those who have graduated.


Graduate Student Initiative Awards

2019

Jenell Larsen-Tempel (PhD Student)
Life without ice: climate change and the subsistence communities of St. Lawrence Island

2018

Zane Chapman (MS student)
Identifying Arctic cod hatch dates and locations in the Alaskan Arctic

Chris Guo (MS student)
The influence of water flow in structuring subtidal estuary communities in Cook Inlet, Alaska

2017

Casey Clark (PhD Student)
Using trace elements in Pacific walrus teeth to track the impacts of petroleum production in the Alaskan Arctic

Amanda Blackburn (MS Student)
Benthic habitat mapping in eastern Cook Inlet to investigate a potential “predator pit” relationship between Tanner crab and Pacific cod

Lauren Sutton (MS Student)
Functional diversity of epibenthic communities on the Chukchi and Beaufort Sea shelves

2016

Yang Yang (PhD Student)
Changes in Beaufort–Chukchi Sea intense storm activity and impacts on surface climate and ocean properties

Genevieve Johnson (MS Student)
Using genotyping by sequencing population genetics approaches to determine the population structure of Tanner crab in Alaska

Alexis Walker (PhD Student)
Characterizing bacterial communities in Beaufort Sea sediments in a changing Arctic


Current CMI Projects Supporting Students

Identifying sources of organic matter to benthic organisms in the Beaufort and Chukchi outer continental shelves
Principal investigators: Katrin Iken, Matthew Wooller
Student: Audrey Rowe (MS Student)

Nearshore food web structure on the OCS in Cook Inlet
Principal investigators: Katrin Iken, Brenda Konar
Student: Danielle Siegert (MS Student)

Microbial biodegradation of Alaska North Slope crude oil in the Arctic marine environment
Principal investigator: Mary Beth Leigh
Student: Taylor Gofstein (PhD Student)


Ann Riddle-Berntsen, PhD Marine Biology
Sensitivity to Hydrocarbons and Baselines of Exposure in Marine Birds on the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas
Tuula Hollmen, principal investigator
M13AC00005

Marc Oggier, PhD Geophysics
Crude oil infiltration and movement in first-year sea ice: Impacts on ice-associated biota and physical constraints.
Eric Collins, principal investigator
M14AC00015

John Perreault, MS Geology
Evaluating Chukchi Sea Trace Metals and Hydrocarbons Sourced from Nearby Coastal Rivers»»»»»»
Paul McCarthy, principal investigator
M12AC00001

Matt Perkins, PhD (OSU) Environmental and Molecular Toxicology
Fate and persistence of oil spill response chemicals in Arctic Seawater
Mary Beth Leigh, principal investigator
M15AC00008

Kyle Dilliplaine, M.S. Marine Biology
Crude oil infiltration and movement in first-year sea ice: Impacts on ice-associated biota and physical constraints.
Eric Collins, principal investigator
M14AC00015

Kelly McFarlin, Ph.D. Biological Sciences
Matt Perkins, Ph.D. (OSU) Environmental and Molecular Toxicology
Fate and persistence of oil spill response chemicals in Arctic Seawater
Mary Beth Leigh, principal investigator
M15AC00008

Alexandra Ravelo, Ph.D. Marine Biology
Epifaunal communities in the central Beaufort Sea»
Brenda Konar, principal investigator
M11AC00002

Michael Courtney, M.S. Fisheries
Dispersal Patterns and Summer Ocean Distribution of Adult Dolly Varden from the Wulik River, Alaska, Evaluated using Satellite Telemetry»»
Andy Seitz, principal investigator
M12AC00006

Anna Iverson, M.S. Environmental Engineering
Priyamvada Sharma, MS Environmental Engineering
Biodegradation and transport of crude oil in sand and gravel beaches of arctic Alaska
Silke Schiewer, principal investigator
M14AC00020

Jessica Glass, M.S. Fisheries
Project support:
Analysis of Benthic Communities on Weathervane Scallop Beds in Shelikof Strait
Gordon Kruse, principal investigator
M13AC00004

Jessica Cross, Ph.D. Chemical Oceanography
Project support:
Biogeochemical Assessment of the OCS Arctic Waters
Jeremy Mathis, principal investigator
M08AX12760

Audrey Taylor, Ph.D. Biology and Wildlife
Project support:
Pre-migratory Movements and Physiology of Shorebirds Staging on Alaska's North Slope
Abby Powell, principal investigator
TO 35289; 2004-2008

Stacia A. Backensto, Ph.D. Interdisciplinary
Project support:
Foraging ecology of common ravens (Corvus corax) on Alaska's coastal plain
Abby N. Powell, principal investigator
TO 85294; 2003-2006

Rebecca A. McGuire, Ph.D. Biology and Wildlife
Project support
Breeding biology and habitat use of king eiders on the coastal plain of northern Alaska
Abby N. Powell and Robert S. Suydam, principal investigators
TO 85240; 2002-2005

Jeremy Kasper, Ph.D. Physical Oceanography
Project support
Idealized Modeling of Circulation Under Landfast Ice
Tom Weingartner, principal investigator
TO 39953; 2002-2005

Sarah A. Sonsthagen, Ph.D. Biology and Wildlife
Project support
Population structure of common eiders nesting on coastal barrier islands adjacent to oil facilities in the Beaufort Sea
Kevin G. McCracken, principal investigator
TO 85239; 2002-2005

Casey W. Debenham, M.S. Marine Biology
Project support»» »
Role of grazers on the re-colonization of hard-bottom communities in the Alaska Beaufort Sea
Brenda Konar, principal investigator
TO 85244; 2002-2005

Laura M. Phillips, M.S. Biology and Wildlife
Project support
Importance of the Alaskan Beaufort Sea to king eiders (Somateria spectabilis)
Abby N. Powell, principal investigator
TO 15182; 2001-2004

Sherri C. Dressel, Ph.D. Fisheries Oceanography
Project support
*Recruitment of juvenile flatfishes in Alaska
Brenda L. Norcross, principal investigator
TO 18445; 1993-1994
*Juvenile flatfish habitat in Kachemak Bay: A pilot study
Brenda L. Norcross, principal investigator
TO 11988; 1994-1995
*Defining habitats for juvenile flatfishes in south central Alaska
Brenda L. Norcross, principal investigator
TO 12041; 1995-1998

Michael J. Knoche, M.S. Biology and Wildlife
Project support
King and common eider migrations past Point Barrow
Lori T. Quakenbush, principal investigator
TO 85241; 2002-2006

Deborah A. Rocque, Ph.D. Biology and Wildlife
Project support
Seabird samples as resources for marine environmental assessment
Kevin Winker, principal investigator
TO 15173; 1999-2002

Stacy L. Smith, Ph.D. Chemical Oceanography
Project support
A study of the adsorption of aromatic hydrocarbons by marine sediments
Susan M. Henrichs, principal investigator
TO 11981; 1994-1996

John A. Terschak, Ph.D. Chemical Oceanography
Project support
*Interaction between marine humic matter and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in lower Cook Inlet and Port Valdez, Alaska
David G. Shaw, principal investigator
TO 12039; 1995-1997
*Kinetics and mechanisms of slow PAH desorption from lower Cook Inlet and Beaufort Sea sediments
Susan M. Henrichs, principal investigator
TO 15170; 1999-2001

Switgard Duesterloh, Ph.D. Fisheries
Project support
The role of zooplankton in the distribution of hydrocarbon
Thomas C. Shirley, principal investigator
TO 15171; 1999-2003

Kathleen A. Gannon, M.S. Environmental Chemistry
Project support
Petroleum hydrocarbon degrading microbial communities in Beaufort Sea sediments
Joan F. Braddock and Jon E. Lindstrom, principal investigators
TO 15175; 1999-2003

Charles D. Hamel, M.S. Resource Economics
Project support
An economic assessment of the marine sport fisheries for halibut, and chinook and coho salmon in lower Cook Inlet
Keith R. Criddle, Mark Herrmann, S. Todd Lee, Charles Hamel, Hans T. Geier, Joshua A. Greenberg, and Carol E. Lewis, principal investigators
TO 15181; 1997-2000

Amy M. Runck, M.S. Biology and Wildlife
Project support
*The Alaska Frozen Tissue Collection and associated electronic database: A resource for marine biotechnology, Phase I
Joseph A. Cook and Gordon H. Jarrell, principal investigators
TO 12040; 1995-1998
*The Alaska Frozen Tissue Collection and associated electronic database: A resource for marine biotechnology, Phase II
Joseph A. Cook and Gordon H. Jarrell, principal investigators
TO 15164; 1998-2001

Bruce C. McIntosh, M.S. Fisheries
Project support
Feeding ecology of maturing sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) in nearshore waters of the Kodiak Archipelago
Albert V. Tyler and Charles O. Swanton, principal investigators
TO 15160; 1998-2000

Amy C. Hirons, Ph.D. Biological Oceanography
Project support
Testing conceptual models of marine mammal trophic dynamics using carbon and nitrogen stable isotope ratios
Donald M. Schell, principal investigator
TO 11985; 1993-1997

Michael A. Simpkins, Ph.D. Marine Biology
Project support
Correction factors for ringed seal surveys in northern Alaska
Brendan P. Kelly and Lori T. Quakenbush, principal investigators
TO 15162; 1998-2001

John S. Chythlook, M.S. Biology
Project support
*The Alaska Frozen Tissue Collection and associated electronic database: A resource for marine biotechnology, Phase I
Joseph A. Cook and Gordon H. Jarrell, principal investigators
TO 12040; 1995-1998
*The Alaska Frozen Tissue Collection and associated electronic database: A resource for marine biotechnology, Phase II
Joseph A. Cook and Gordon H. Jarrell, principal investigators
TO 15164; 1998-2001

Jennifer L. Trask, M.S. Marine Biology
Project support
Kachemak Bay experimental and monitoring studies
Raymond C. Highsmith, principal investigator
TO 11982; 1994-1997

Alisa A. Abookire, M.S. Fisheries Oceanography
Project support
* Recruitment of juvenile flatfishes in Alaska
Brenda L. Norcross, principal investigator
TO 18445, 11983; 1993-1994
* Juvenile flatfish habitat in Kachemak Bay: A pilot study
Brenda L. Norcross, principal investigator
TO 11988; 1994-1995
* Defining habitats for juvenile flatfishes in south central Alaska
Brenda L. Norcross, principal investigator
TO 12041; 1995-1998

Alexander K. Prichard, M.S. Biology and Wildlife
Project support
Intertidal and subtidal effects of pollution: Assessment of top-trophic-level predators as bioindicators
Lawrence K. Duffy, principal investigator
TO 11987; 1993-1997

Steve Sklavounos, M.S. Marine Biology
Project support
Kachemak Bay experimental and monitoring studies
Raymond C. Highsmith, principal investigator
TO 11982; 1994-1997

Zachary D. Richter, M.S. program, University of Northern Iowa
Project support»» »
Intertidal and subtidal effects of pollution: Assessment of top-trophic-level predators as bioindicators
Joan F. Braddock, principal investigator
TO 11986; 1994-1997

UAF students placing equipment
UAF students gathering specimens