2012/2013 Scientist in Residency Fellows

Alison Stimpert

Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA

Dr. Stimpert is a Research Associate in the Oceanography department at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Her primary interests lie in the intersection of bioacoustics and conservation. To study this, she uses suction-cup acoustic tags to correlate sound production with underwater behavior of marine mammals. Currently, Dr. Stimpert is focusing on the effects of anthropogenic sound on the social behavior and foraging ecology of cetaceans in southern California, particularly Risso’s dolphins and fin whales. This is in addition to maintaining a long time research program on humpback whale acoustic behavior, which has included the waters around Hawaii, Massachusetts, Alaska, and Antarctica. Gaining an understanding of the behavioral context of whale sound production will aid our interpretation of how anthropogenic sound in the ocean may affect whale populations, and can also be used in conservation and management strategies for remote monitoring of whale behavior and movements. Dr. Stimpert was in residence mid-March – mid-April, 2013.



Gary Greene

Moss Landing Marine Laboratories

Dr. Greene obtained a PhD degree in Marine Geology from Stanford University in 1977, a Master of Science degree from San Jose State University, Moss Landing Marine Labs in 1970 with a major in Geophysics, and a Bachelor of Science in Geology/Paleontology from Long Beach State University in 1966. His experience comes from an extensive professional career in marine sciences including over 28 years as a Geologist and Program Manager at the United States Geological Survey, over 14 years as Director and Professor of Geological Oceanography at Moss Landing Marine Labs, and as a Principal Marine Geologist with CapRock Geology. He has taught upper-division and graduate courses ranging from Marine Geophysics to Spatial Ecology and has been a principal advisor to over 20 graduate students. Dr Greene’s professional interest lies in global tectonics, principally structural deformation associated with transform plate margins, submarine canyon origin and evolution, tsunami generation, and marine benthic habitat characterization, a field of study that he has pioneered in regard to mapping habitat types. His scientific studies range from investigations undertaken along the entire west coast of the US, including extensive work in Alaska, to over 10 years of study in the South Pacific, which culminated in him becoming a Co-Chief Scientist of a Deep Sea Drilling Program (DSDP) leg that investigated the subduction processes associated with the plate collision that formed the New Hebrides Trench in Vanuatu. Presently he is Emeritus Professor at Moss Landing Marine Labs where he is Director of the Center for Habitat Studies and a habitat mapping field station, Tombolo, on Orcas Island, Washington, a Research Faculty member at Friday Harbor Labs, University of Washington, and Adjunct Professor at California University, Fresno. He is a member of many professional societies and has organized a series of international conferences. Dr. Greene was in residence mid August-mid September, 2013.


Joe Cook

University of New Mexico

Joe is Professor of Biology at the University of New Mexico where he also serves as Director, Curator of Mammals, and Curator of Genomic Resources at the Museum of Southwestern Biology. Previously, he was Professor of Biology and Chief Curator at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (1990-2001) and then was Chair of the Biology Department at Idaho State University (2000-2003). He is heavily involved in efforts to encourage greater participation of underrepresented students, especially Native Americans, in biology. His research has built large museum collections (traditional and genomic) that are digitally web-accessible. He now chairs the AIM-UP! Research Coordinating Network sponsored by the National Science Foundation, which is exploring new ways to incorporate museum collections and associated big data into education initiatives and curriculum reform. His research focuses on conservation, molecular evolution and systematics of mammals and associated parasites, producing over 125 peer-reviewed publications, including the book, Recent Mammals of Alaska. Over two decades, he led two international, specimen-based field projects aimed at understanding the biogeography of Beringia (Beringian Coevolution Project) and Alexander Archipelago (ISLES). Most recently, he co-founded Collaborative Integrated Investigations of Arctic Biomes to engage local communities, resource managers, and botanists, parasitologists and mammalogists from academia in building site-intensive and spatially-extensive Archival Observatories to explore the relationships between environmental change, natural resource management, and human health at high latitudes. (OCTOBER 2013).


Bernhard Peucker-Ehrenbrink

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Dr. Peucker-Ehrenbrink is an isotope geochemist involved in the Global Rivers Observatory Project. After finishing high school in Osnabrück, Germany, he studied Geology and Mineralogy at the Technical University of Clausthal, receiving his undergraduate degree in 1985. From there, heI moved to the University of Göttingen where Bernhard completed his Geology Diploma in 1989. After 15 months of Civil Service in the University Medical Center in Göttingen, he joined Al Hofmann’s Geochemistry Department at the Max-Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz. In the fall of 1993, Bernhard spent three months as a guest student with Greg Ravizza at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Following the completion of his PhD in 1994, Dr. Peucker-Ehrenbrink returned to WHOI as a postdoctoral scholar, and joined the scientific staff in 1996. Since 2010, he has been a Senior Scientist in the Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry. Dr. Peucker-Ehrenbrink was in residence October, 2012. Dr. Peucker-Ehrenbrink continued to work with local students on collection of local samples for his Global Rivers Project, with sampling occurring monthly.


Nicolas Blouin

University of Rhode Island

In a former life as a freelance photographer, Nic became increasingly interested in the natural beauty of marine macroalgae during trips to the shore. He began using seaweeds as subject matter in cyanotype images in similar ways that naturalists like Anna Atkins had done over 150 years ago. This fed into his naturalist’s curiosity regarding the complex ecology in the intertidal zone where organisms are subjected to daily fluctuations in temperature and nutrients, predation, and competition. Now, Nic’s interests broadly relate to life history evolution and how these adaptations function to provide mechanisms for organisms to persist as members in complex intertidal communities. He is currently focusing on a group of red seaweeds that have evolved to abandon photosynthesis and parasitize their closest evolutionary neighbors (adelphoparasitism). His interests here are principally related to the developmental similarities between the adelphoparasite and host life history stages, and how these evolutionary adaptations are conserved across both other adelphoparasites and alloparasites (those parasites infecting more distantly related red algae). In other words: what can change and which aspects of life history are constrained when an organism abandons a free-living life style? In a related project concerning organellar (plastid and mitochondrion) maintenance, Dr. Blouin and his colleagues are looking into the evolutionary trajectories of genes that have been transferred to the nucleus but still function in organelles. Dr. Blouin was a residence in September, 2012.


Pete Raimondi

University of California, Santa Cruz

Pete is a professor in and chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Santa Cruz. He received his PhD from UC Santa Barbara in 1988 and prior to his appointment at UC Santa Cruz had post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Melbourne in Australia and at UC Santa Barbara. He is the author of 100+ peer reviewed papers and technical reports on a wide range of topics, such as coral recruitment, kelp forest and rocky shore ecosystems, demography, molecular genetics, marine protected areas, wave energy, ecotoxicology, once-through cooling at power plants and desalinization facilities, nearshore oceanography and particularly design of monitoring programs. He advises numerous panels, including the California Marine Life Protection ACT (MLPA), the California Coastal Commission Scientific Advisory Panel, the Statewide Ocean Desalinization Task Force, National Marine Sanctuary Program (NOAA) and the California State Water Board Advisory Panel. His current projects include: (1) linking kelp genetics to ocean circulation models to assess connectivity of populations, (2) Assessment of patterns of biodiversity along the west coast of North America, (3) Baseline assessment of coastal resources in newly established marine protected areas in California and (4) Population and essential habitat assessment for the endangered species, black abalone. Dr. Raimondi was in residence late July-Mid August, 2012.

Shannon Atkinson

University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Dr. Atkinson is a Professor at  the University of Alaska Fairbanks in Juneau.  Her research has focused on physiology of marine mammals and why species fail to adapt to environmental change. Dr. Atkinson lead a high school class in Juneau called “Dem Bones” and was the lead on the 2011/2012 re-articulation of a young killer whale whose skeleton is now on display at the Sitka Sound Science Center. Dr. Aktinson’s participation in SIRF was funded by the Karsh Family Foundation and the Skaggs Foundation.