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Biennial Report

What’s New

Join the Bering Sea Project at the 2014 Ocean Science Meeting

In conjunction with the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting (Feburary 23-28, 2014 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii) the Bering Sea Project is hosting a session, Climate-mediated oceanographic drivers and trophic interactions in high latitude marginal seas: observations, modeling, and syntheses and consequences for commercial fisheries (Feburary 24 at 2:00pm). There will also be a Bering Sea Open Science Meeting–an opening reception will take place on the evening of Saturday, February 22 and presentations will take place on Sunday, Febuary 23 from 8:00am to 5:00pm. The agenda will be available soon.

Jim Fall

Ann Fienup-Riordan

Calista Elders Council

Ann Fienup-Riordan was raised in northern Virginia. She finished her BA and MAdegrees in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Michigan in 1973 and went on to earn a PhD in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Chicago in 1981. She has lived and worked in Alaska since 1973. Her books include “The Nelson Island Eskimo” (1983), “Eskimo Essays” (1990), “Boundaries and Passages” (1994), “The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks” (1996), “Wise Words of the Yup'ik People: We Talk to You because We Love You” (2003) and most recently “Yuungnaqpiallerput/The Way We Genuinely Live: Masterworks of Yup'ik Science and Survival” (2007).

In 2000, she received the Alaska Federation of Natives President's Award for her work with Alaska Natives, as well as the Governor's Award for the Humanities. At present, she works with the Calista Elders Council, mentoring Yup'ik men and women in documenting traditional knowledge. Her interest in the ocean stems from her desire to understand the detailed information Yup'ik elders have shared concerning sea ice and ocean hunting.

Jim Fall

Nancy Friday

NOAA National Marine Mammal Laboratory

Nancy Friday is a Research Fishery Biologist at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, WA. Previously, she was a National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Protected Species Branch at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Woods Hole, MA, where she conducted research on North Atlantic humpback whale population dynamics.

Nancy received a PhD in Oceanography with an emphasis in Biological Oceanography from the Graduate School of Oceanography of the University of Rhode Island. Her dissertation focused on photographic identification methods for estimating the abundance of the North Atlantic humpback whale population.

Nancy’s primary research interests include: 1) modeling cetacean distribution relative to their environment with the goal of predicting distribution, 2) estimating the abundance of cetacean populations using distance sampling and photographic identification, mark-recapture methods, 3) modeling cetaceans as part of their marine ecosystems, and 4) improving the management and conservation of cetaceans through the development of quantitative models.

She is currently studying cetacean distribution and abundance in relation to the oceanographic domains on the Eastern Bering Sea shelf. This study uses distance sampling methods to analyze sightings data collected by cetacean observers on walleye pollock stock assessment surveys. Nancy is also studying the seasonal occurrence and distribution of large whales in the Gulf of Alaska. This study models the presence/absence of large whale vocalizations relative to oceanographic conditions.

Jim Fall

Georgina Gibson

University of Alaska Fairbanks

I grew up on the Isle of Wight, a small island off of the south coast of Britain. Being constantly surrounded by water fueled my desire to study the ocean. I am particularly interested in how changes in the physical ocean influence biological production. I received my joint honors BSc in Marine Biology and Oceanography from the University of Wales, Bangor and my PhD in Biological Oceanography from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

I am presently a marine ecosystem modeler with the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. My use computational approaches to explore marine ecosystem dynamics and improve our ability to rapidly detect changes in marine ecosystems, as well as to and predict future change in marine productivity, with the goal of developing tools to aid in sustainable fisheries management. I specialize in lower trophic level,NPZ food web models and am currently developing a coupled NPZ-ROMS model with a benthic sub-model for the southeast Bering Sea.

WHo we are

General Info

NPRB is a marine research organization that supports pressing fishery management issues or marine ecosystem needs.

Reports & Publications

More than 600 peer-reviewed publications have been produced through NPRB-funded research. Browse our reports here.


A 20 member Board, representing Federal, State, and other entitites receiving advice from Science and Advisory Panels.


Looking to partner? NPRB welcomes partnerships to co-fund research in areas of common interest and across its programs.

Outreach & Engagement

NPRB engages with a broad and diverse set of Alaskan stakeholders and audiences, from coastal communities to academia.


Supporting the Board, Science, and Advisory Panels for funding decisions, science priorities, recommendations, and program management.

Funding Available

The Core Program offers year-round funding with flexible rolling submission options.


NPRB staff begins developing draft research priorities for the Core Program in late July and August. Submit before July 2nd to be considered for the current year’s RFP development. 

Our Programs

Science Foundation

Research programs addressing pressing fishery management issues and Alaska marine ecosystem information needs.

Integrated Ecosystem Research

These are large-scale interdisciplinary ecosystem-based programs, requiring multiple agency coordination, collaboration, and investigation.

Outreach Program

Science communication, engagement, outreach, and education initiatives for NPRB programs.


A competitive, peer-reviewed annual request for proposal (RFP) process dedicated to Alaska marine research.




Supporting next generation scientists, researchers, and resource managers to further studies in marine science and to our mission.

Long-Term Monitoring

These are new or existing time-series projects that enhance the ability to understand the current state of marine ecosystems.

Examining how physical changes in the ocean influenced the flow of energy through the marine food web in the Bering Strait, Chukchi Sea, and western Beaufort Sea.

Studying the survival and recruitment of five focal groundfish species (Pacific cod, Pacific ocean perch, walleye pollock, arrowtooth flounder, sablefish) during their first year of life.

Understanding the impacts of climate change and dynamic sea ice cover on the eastern Bering Sea ecosystem in partnership with the National Science Foundation.


Bering Sea

COMING SOON! Focusing on the northern Bering Sea and will include consideration of upstream and downstream ecosystems in the southeastern Bering Sea, western Bering Sea, and Chukchi Sea.

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