Scientist in Residency Fellowship

The Sitka Sound Science Center, through funding from the National Science Foundation, has established a Scientist in Residency Fellowship (SIRF) at the Center in Sitka. For the past three years fellowships have been awarded to preeminent marine scientists from across the country. The SIRF program brings scientists to Sitka for one month sabbaticals to allow them time to work undisturbed by their usual daily routine. The program will also provide community engagement opportunities for scientists to share their research and to help improve ocean literacy in our community. We are pleased to announce this year’s group of impressive Fellows:

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Current Scientist:

Nancy Huntly

Utah State University

Nancy grew up in rural Michigan and graduated from Kalamazoo College with a BA in Biology. She earned a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from University of Arizona, where she studied how small plant-­‐eating mammals (pikas, pocket gophers, voles) affected the diversity and species of plant communities, especially in subalpine meadows. She was a post-­‐doctoral researcher at University of Minnesota with a Long Term Ecological Research project, then joined the faculty of Idaho State University, where she was a founder of the Center for Ecological Research and Education. Her research is on ecological diversity and, more recently, human ecology and the ways in people have influenced landscapes and biological diversity. She has studied the ecology and diversity of sagebrush steppe, deserts, old-­‐fields, alpine, subalpine, and montane areas and, since 2004, the human ecology of the northern Gulf of Alaska region. Her interests in Alaska are particularly in landscape legacies, food webs, and sustainable resource use. Nancy also is interested in the use of ecology in land, water, fish, and wildlife management, and served on the Independent Scientific Review Panel and Independent Science Advisory Board for the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, NOAA Fisheries, and the Columbia River Tribes for 16 years. While here Nancy will be working on writing for publication some of the research she has done in the Sanak Archipelago and lower Alaska Peninsula region of Alaska. She will be the morning interview on KCAW Sitka, Monday morning August 25, and will give a public presentation on her Sanak Island work as the first Natural History Series talk of the season. Nancy will also give presentations at Sitka High School and Mt Edgecumbe High School. She will be in residence from August 22 through September 21. 

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Future Scientists:

Michael Lannoo

Indiana University School of Medicine

Michael is a Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and is the Associate Director of Academics at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory. He was born in Moline, Illinois and has a family: his wife Sue and their son Pete, who is an undergraduate at Cornell University. Mike has a B.S. degree in Biology and a M.S. degree in Animal Ecology from Iowa State University, and a Ph.D from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has published over 130 scientific articles and seven books, including “Leopold’s Shack and Ricketts’s Lab: The Emergence of Environmentalism” through the University of California Press. In 2001, Mike received the Parker/Gentry Award for Excellence and Innovation in Conservation Biology from The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL. This award honors “an outstanding individual, team or organization whose efforts are distinctive and courageous and have had a significant impact on preserving the world’s natural heritage, and whose actions and approaches can serve as a model to others” (learn more). Mike has field experience in both tropical (Jamaica, Venezuela) and polar (Antarctica) ecosystems, and well as in his native temperate ecosystems—the wetland and prairies of the Midwestern United States. He has field station experience not only at the Iowa Lakeside Lab (since 1977), but also at Woods Hole (1983), Scripps (1987–’88), and McMurdo (1997–’98). His current research interests center around the conservation biology of amphibians and the nervous and sensory systems of Bering Sea fishes. (October 2014)

Rob Harcourt

Macquarie University

Rob is the Director of the Marine Mammal Research Group, Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University. His research involves Animal Behaviour and Ecology.  His main interests revolve around the importance of individual variation in behavior to foraging, communication, mating tactics and life experience. Recently much of Rob’s research has focused on individual differences and evolutionary mechanisms, combining observation and experimental manipulation of behavior in the field with genetics. His second major thrust has been the use of technology to ‘open a window’ into the world of large marine predators. His team was the first to successfully deploy satellite transmitters on fur seals and wintering Adelie penguins. This research has helped transform our understanding of how warm-blooded animals cope with environmental extremes as they forage and breed in the marine environment. Dr. Harcourt is Lead of the Australian Animal Tagging and Monitoring System (AATAMS),  using satellite tags, dive recorders and acoustic transmitters to observe large marine life including fish, sharks, seals, dolphins, whales, penguins and seabirds. He is also very interested in detecting how these animals respond to changes in the marine environment. (April 2015) 

Past Scientists: 

2013/2014

2013/2012

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For more information contact SIRF Director, Victoria O’Connell (voconnell@sitkascience.org)