Science Review Team

The Gulf Watch Alaska ecosystem monitoring program functions with the oversight of both internal and external scientific review panels. The internal science review panel consists of five distinguished scientists with extensive research and publication experience in fisheries, oceanography, and marine ecology as well as research program management expertise.

Dr. Harold Batchelder

Deputy Director, PICES
Hal_BatchelderDr. Batchelder received his Ph.D. and M.S. in oceanography from Oregon State University, and his B.S. in biology from the University of Maine.  He recently left a faculty position with the Oregon State University to accept the Deputy Director position for PICES, the North Pacific Marine Science Organization.  Dr. Batchelder has served on several advisory boards, including serving as a science panel member for the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council.  His research interests focus on coupling of physical circulation models of ocean transport with nutrient-phytoplankton-zooplankton ecological models and individual-based models of zooplankton energetics and demography, as well as biological-physical interactions in the pelagic and intertidal environments.  He has expertise in large integrated research programs with past participation in the U.S. GLOBEC Program.

Dr. Leslie Holland-Bartels

Scientist Emeritus, U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center
Leslie_Holland_BartelsDr. Holland-Bartels received her Ph.D. in aquatic ecology from Purdue University, her M.S. in fisheries from Louisiana State University, and her B.S. in marine fisheries from the University of Massachusetts. Her distinguished career in federal service included serving in Director and Deputy Director positions with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Science Center. She has served on numerous advisory panels, including serving as the science liaison to the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and leading the Nearshore Vertebrate Predator Program, a four-year integrated ecosystem study. Dr. Holland-Bartels has also served in several adjunct and affiliate faculty positions, with her research focus on climate change and the effects to arctic ecosystems. Her range of publications, from salmonid life history work to climate change impacts on wildlife populations, demonstrate her broad experience and large-scale scientific viewpoint.

Dr. Terrie Klinger

Barer Professor of Sustainability Science, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, University of Washington
Terrie_KlingerDr. Klinger received her Ph.D. in biological oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, her M.S. in botany from the University of British Columbia, and her B.A. in marine biology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is Professor of Marine and Environmental Affairs, Adjunct Professor of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, and Co-Director of the Washington Ocean Acidification Center at the University of Washington. She serves on multiple science advisory panels, including the West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Panel, the Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative, and COMPASS. Her research focuses on use of empirical data to test the application of ecological theory to marine environmental policy and management. In particular, her interests are in the effects of multiple environmental stressors (habitat loss, biological removals and invasions, global change) on marine ecosystem function, and in the development of management strategies to reduce the impact of stressors on marine communities.

Dr. Stanley ‘Jeep’ Rice

Scientist Emeritus, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Auke Bay Laboratory
jeep_riceDr. Rice received his Ph.D. in comparative physiology and toxicology from Kent State University, and a B.S./M.S. in biological science from Chico State University. He started his career with NOAA in 1971 as a biologist and was assigned to work on the environmental impact statement for the pending Trans-Alaska Pipeline and to start a new program in oil toxicology that would be relevant to Alaska fisheries issues and form the cornerstone of lingering oil studies for the EVOSTC. He worked for over 40 years with NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service studying nearshore and marine ecosystems in the Gulf of Alaska and Prince William Sound. His many published works provide the foundation for the Gulf Watch Alaska long-term monitoring program, focused on the impacts of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill to nearshore communities. Dr. Rice recently retired and continues to serve in an advisory capacity to researchers for the Herring Research and Monitoring program, Gulf Watch Alaska program, as well as students studying Alaskan nearshore ecology.

Dr. Richard Brenner

Salmon Stock Assessment Biologist, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
RichardBrennerRich Brenner grew up in Southcentral Alaska where he worked on commercial fishing operations in Prince William Sound (PWS), Cook Inlet, Kodiak Island, and the Gulf of Alaska. In 1989 Rich worked on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, during which he collected oiled boom and delivered clean boom throughout PWS. Rich received his bachelor and doctorate degrees in Biological Sciences from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and pursued post-doctoral research at the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry. In 2007 Rich became a salmon and herring research biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) for PWS. Rich has collaborated on investigations of fish population abundance, productivity, disease, diet, physiology, growth, and dispersal behavior. Rich has worked with many current Gulf Watch Alaska investigators from NOAA, PWSSC, and USGS; as well as researchers from other federal agencies, universities, and non-profits. Rich is currently a salmon stock assessment biologist at ADF&G headquarters in Juneau and continues investigations within the PWS region. Rich really likes the word myctophid.