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Mark Zimmermann

Mark Zimmermann

NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center

Mark Zimmermann is a research fishery biologist in the Gulf of Alaska/Aleutians Islands bottom trawl survey group at the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center.  In 1991 he received a MS in Fisheries Science from the University of Washington where he studied long-term growth patterns on sockeye salmon scales from the Wood River lake system in Bristol Bay, Alaska. He graduated from Grinnell College with a BA in Biology in 1986.  Mark’s primary research interest is in quantifying the amount of seafloor that is too steep, rough or rocky for sampling during the AFSC’s fishery-independent, bottom trawl surveys. His efforts in addressing this issue have morphed into assembling a detailed bathymetric map for the Gulf of Alaska and Aleutian Islands bottom trawl survey areas.  He is collaborating with the USGS usSEABED program to assemble a similar sediment map and combine it with bathymetry to describe seafloor habitats. Most work is done in Geographic Information System (GIS) software for spatial analysis and map production.  Mark is contributing to the Surviving the Gauntlet aspect of the Gulf of Alaska Project.

Mark has conducted 35 bottom trawl, seafloor mapping, mini-sub and camera cruises along the US west coast shelf and slope, southern British Columbia, the Gulf of Alaska, Aleutian Islands, and the eastern Bering Sea shelf and slope.  He has authored or coauthored articles in the journals of Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, Continental Shelf Research, Marine Ecology Progress Series, ICES Journal of Marine Science, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Fishery Bulletin, and Fisheries Oceanography. 

Mark Zimmermann

Shiway Wang

Sedna Ecological

I am interested in physiological ecology, foraging ecology and conservation of marine animals. My research involves using biochemical methods (fatty acids, stable isotopes, and compound-specific stable isotope analysis of fatty acids) to study foraging patterns and diets of marine animals, and trace dietary biomarkers in marine systems. I received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado in 1996, and a M.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2005. I currently live in Fairbanks where I work as an independent researcher. I am contributing to the Understanding the Structure of Forage Fish Communities aspect of the Gulf of Alaska Project.

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Established in 2001, NPRB is a marine research organization that supports pressing fishery management issues or marine ecosystem needs.


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


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NPRB maintains scientific programs designed to address pressing fishery management issues and Alaska marine ecosystem information needs.


NPRB supports a competitive, peer-reviewed annual request for proposal (RFP) process dedicated to marine research in Alaskan waters.

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The Bering Sea Project, a partnership between the North Pacific Research Board and the National Science Foundation, sought to understand the impacts of climate change and dynamic sea ice cover on the eastern Bering Sea ecosystem.


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The Gulf of Alaska Project tested three main hypotheses about 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.

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