NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center
Dr. Mike Sigler became Program Leader of the newly formed Habitat and Ecological Process Research (HEPR) Program in August 2005. Previously he led Steller sea lion prey and predation studies, the Alaska sablefish stock assessment, and the Alaska sablefish longline survey.
Dr. Sigler is recognized as a fishery stock assessment expert and also has developed innovative pinniped-prey and predator studies. He has served on stock assessment review panels for New England (chair), Washington-Oregon-California (chair), Canada, Alaska State, and Alaska Federal (vice-chair) fisheries, was an analyst for a National Research Council (NRC) review of stock assessment methods, and has advised University of Azores (Portugal) and New Zealand scientists on survey methods and population models. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed publications spanning species including sablefish, Steller sea lion, Pacific sleeper shark, pollock, herring, eulachon and sperm whale.
Dr. Sigler received his BS in 1979 and MS in 1982 from Cornell University, and his PhD in 1993 from the University of Washington. He is an Affiliate Professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, where he has taught Population Dynamics. He invented a widely used electronic fish measuring board, has authored nearly 30 stock assessments and technical reports, has spent over 800 days at sea and has been chief scientist on over 30 research cruises in Alaska.