The Chukchi Borderlands Unexplored Seafloor Communities

Project Description

In the Chukchi Borderlands area north of the Arctic Chukchi Sea, water masses from the Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic oceans meet and interact over tremendously complex bottom topography, creating intricate currents and sea ice drifts. It is also the region of the most dramatic summer sea ice meltdown in the last decades. in a multi-disciplinary setting, we explore the benthic invertebrate and fish communities and the marine mammals in this from poorly known region. We combine traditional sampling techniques with state-of-the-art photographic mapping using ROV to assess the diversity of this region.

Research Team

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
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Co-Principal Investigator

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Brenda Norcross

  • fisheries oceanography
  • fisheries ecology
  • fish habitats
  • early life history of marine fish
  • Arctic fishes
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Sarah Hardy

Associate Professor
  • Benthic-pelagic coupling
  • Polar marine ecology
  • Reproduction and life-history strategies of marine invertebrates
  • Trophic interactions
  • Lipid and stable isotope analysis
  • Ecology of soft-sediment habitats
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Co-Principal Investigator

Kate Stafford - Applied Physics Lab, University of Washington,

Project Funding

NOAA Ocean Exploration
Amount: $2,308,991
Start Date: 2015-08-00 End Date: 2017-07-00

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