Long-term monitoring of ecological communities in Kachemak Bay

Project Description

This project is part of the larger Gulf Watch Alaska long-term monitoring program. Within Kachemak Bay, we annually evaluate abundance and distribution of rocky intertidal plants and invertebrates, the abundance and size frequency of clams and mussels on gravel beaches, and selected environmental parameters. In collaboration with the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, we also monitor sea otter abundance, diet and carcasses, and seabird carcasses. We use established sampling procedures that allow us to compare our data with those collected in other regions of the Gulf Watch Alaska Program, such as Prince William Sound, Kenai Fjords, and Katmai. Our overall goal is to determine the important environmental drivers structuring biological communities and assess the impact of external drivers against natural variability in these dynamic systems. Kachemak Bay may be able to act as a control if an oil spill were to occur in the Sound again.

Research Team

Principal Investigator

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Brenda Konar

Associate Dean of Research and Administration
Director of Institute of Marine Science
Director of Coastal Marine Institute
  • phycology
  • research scuba diving
  • biodiversity
  • monitoring programs
  • nearshore ecology
  • ecosystem change
  • benthic ecology
  • kelp forest ecology
(907) 474-5028
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Co-Principal Investigator

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Katrin Iken

  • Trophic interactions and food web analysis
  • Benthic diversity and communities
  • Stable isotope analysis
  • Phycology and invertebrate ecology
  • Shallow water ecology and deep-sea biology
  • Polar marine biology
(907) 474-5192
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Research Staff

Angela Doroff, Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve 

Project Funding

Exxon Valdex Oil Spill Trustee Council
Start Date: 2011-00-00 End Date: 2016-00-00

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