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Rolf Gradinger

Rolf Gradinger

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Rolf Gradinger is an Professor of Oceanography and Associate Dean at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. During his Masters thesis work at the University of Kiel, Germany, he focused on phytoplankton species distribution patterns in the Greenland Sea (completed 1986). His PhD thesis (also Kiel University) focused on the functional role of heterotrophic nanoflagellates in the Arctic (completed 1999).

During his Post-doc period he started to work on Arctic and Antarctic sea ice communities –- a focus he has kept until today. Since 2001, he has worked at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and was involved in various Arctic research initiatives, including the Shelf-Basin Interaction Study or the Arctic Ocean Diversity project. Rolf's involvement in the Bering Sea Project is through joint work with Bodil Bluhm, Katrin Iken and University of Alaska graduate students on the role of sea ice algae for herbivorous plankton and benthos in the Bering Sea.

Rolf Gradinger

Jacqueline Grebmeier

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Jacqueline Grebmeier is a Research Professor and a biological oceanographer at the Maryland Center for Environmental Science Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. She is the US delegate to the International Arctic Science Committee, a current member of the US Polar Research Board of the National Academies, and served formerly as a Commissioner of the US Arctic Research Commission following appointment by President Clinton. She has contributed to international and national science planning efforts including service on the steering committee for US efforts during International Polar Year.

Over the last 20 years she has participated in more than 35 oceanographic expeditions on both US and foreign vessels, many as Chief Scientist. She is the overall project lead scientist for the US Western Arctic Shelf-Basin Interactions project, one of the largest US funded global change studies now underway in the Arctic.

Her research includes studies of pelagic-benthic coupling in marine systems, benthic carbon cycling, benthic faunal population structure, and polar ecosystem health. She has published in many peer-reviewed scientific papers. Her role in many international research projects includes coordination of benthic biological and sediment tracer studies and analysis of ecosystem status and trends on Arctic continental shelves. A recent study in which she was lead author was published in Science and provides some of the first direct evidence for biological community responses to warming and oceanographic shifts in the Bering Sea ecosystem. Dr. Grebmeier has also served as editor of several books and journal special issues.

Rolf Gradinger

Alan Haynie

NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center

Alan is an economist for NOAA Fisheries at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s Economic and Social Science Research Program in Seattle. Alan’s research is focused on understanding and predicting how fishers respond to various impacts on fisheries, including the creation of marine protected areas, changes in market structure, and climate change. Alan has worked on the Bering Sea pollock fishery, the Bering Sea-Aleutian Islands flatfish fishery, and the Alaska sablefish fishery. As part of the Bering Sea Project, Alan will expand current models of fisher behavior to make predictions about how the pollock fishery will adjust to future changes in climate. Similar models will also be applied to the different gear types that fish for Pacific cod in the Bering Sea. Alan was an undergraduate at Stanford University and completed his PhD in economics at the University of Washington in 2005. 

Rolf Gradinger

Kate Hedström

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Kate Hedström has been living in Fairbanks, Alaska since 2001, where she works at the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center. She received her BA in Physics at UCSD and stayed on for a PhD at Scripps. She became interested in the ocean by living near it in San Diego and also through Myrl Hendershot's introductory physical oceanography class. She has been working with numerical models of the ocean since she left Scripps, especially those in the ROMS family. Her current focus of interest are the waters off Alaska including sea ice, tides, and ecosystem dynamics.

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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