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Gulf Watch Alaska - Understanding Marine Heatwave Effects and Biophysical Coupling in the Gulf of Alaska


National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Fisheries Science Center

RO# Location
26.03.40.C0447 Seattle, WA 98112


Name E-mail Phone
Suryan, Robert Michael 907.500.7306


Gulf Watch Alaska (GWA) is a long-term ecosystem monitoring program in the northern Gulf of Alaska with over 30 investigators from government agencies, universities and independent research organizations ( GWA is currently in year 8 of an anticipated 20-year program. However, many projects within GWA have existed for multiple decades and represent long-term physical and biological time series for the Gulf of Alaska. GWA has three main components: Environmental Drivers (physical and biological oceanography), Nearshore Ecosystems (intertidal and coastal food web), and Pelagic Ecosystems (forage fish and predators of the pelagic food web). Furthermore, GWA works closely with other research partners in the Gulf of Alaska, including the Herring Research and Monitoring program (, the NSF Northern Gulf of Alaska Long-Term Ecological Research site (, and NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center (, among others.

In addition to annual field sampling efforts, GWA is currently conducting cross-component science syntheses focusing on the effects of the recent northeast Pacific marine heatwave. A postdoctoral scholar for this project will have the opportunity to design and conduct studies related to the phenology, magnitude, spatial variability, and recovery time of biological responses to and physical drivers of the marine heatwave. Questions and hypotheses that could be addressed might be food web specific or assessing nearshore-offshore connectivity. We are looking for candidates that are creative in designing studies and applying quantitative tools to address hypotheses that advance our understanding of ecosystem coupling, response, and recovery, and are especially relevant to the various resource agencies working in the Gulf of Alaska. We seek a candidate with strong data processing, statistics, and quantitative skills, in addition to proficiency in programming (preferably R or Matlab). Demonstration of good writing skills and contribution to peer reviewed publications are also important, as is evidence of cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Alaska; marine heatwave; intertidal ecosystem; pelagic ecosystem; biological oceanography; physical oceanography; food webs


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$58,000.00 $3,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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