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Gordon Kruse

Jan 5, 2014 | Bering Sea Project | 0 comments

University of Alaska Fairbanks

My interest in fisheries began while growing up while catching winter flounder and blue crabs along the Jersey shore. After a BS in Biomathematics from Rutgers, a MS and PhD in Fisheries from Oregon State University, and a post-doc with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in St. John’s, Newfoundland, I began a rewarding 16-year career with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. I started as the statewide shellfish biometrician and later became a marine fisheries scientist, heading their marine fisheries research program. Since 2001, I have been honored to be the President’s Professor of Fisheries at the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (Juneau Center).

Since starting my career in Alaska in 1985, I have focused on very applied research driven by three fundamental questions: how many fish (or shellfish) are there in the sea? Why do their populations vary? How should they be managed? These questions have led to many collaborative projects in the areas of stock assessment, population dynamics, fisheries oceanography, and fisheries management. Much of my work has focused on crabs, but other research involves groundfish, sharks, herring, other shellfish, and broader ecosystem considerations, such as being fostered by the Bering Sea Project.

Particularly rewarding aspects of my work include interactions with fishermen, conservationists, and other members of the public who share a great interest in the marine ecosystems of Alaska. At UAF, I am most fortunate to work with a very talented group of graduate students, who provide a continuing source of enthusiasm and new ideas.


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Long-Term Monitoring

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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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