2017-2018 Scientist in Residency Fellows

David Hill

Oregon State University

David is a professor and has been at Oregon State University since 2010. Hailing from the midwest, he has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley. David has broad interest in coastal hydrology and hydraulics and has been conducting field and modeling work in Alaska since the early 2000s. He currently serves on the Science Panel of the North Pacific Research Board and has previously served on the Publications Committee of the American Geophysical Union. Much of David’s current work centers on predicting the past, present, and future of the hydrologic cycle in coastal Alaska. He uses a variety of modeling tools to accomplish this and partners with NASA scientists to help improve the ability of satellites to remotely monitor the water budget in Alaska and other regions. His findings have been featured on Alaska Public Radio and several of his graduate students have received fellowships to carry out this work. Current research activities include studying the variability of Alaskan climate and how this affects the uncertainty in predictions of streamflow, and also linking coastal runoff predictions with simulations of nearshore oceanography. In addition to residing in Sitka for a portion of 2017, David will be at Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand, on an Erskine Fellowship. There, he will spend his time avoiding earthquakes and enjoying the southern hemisphere summer. Outside of the office, David looks for mountains to hike, run, or ski up and down. You can learn more about David’s research and teaching here.

(Sept/Oct 2017)

Kate Stafford

University of Washington School of Oceanography

Dr Kate Stafford is a Principal Oceanographer at the Applied Physics Lab and affiliate Associate Professor in the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington in Seattle.  Kate has BAs in French Literature and Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and degrees in Wildlife Science (MS) and Oceanography (PhD) from Oregon State University. She is one of the founding members of the Scholarly Union for Bio-Physical Arctic Research and co-chair of the Southern Ocean Research Partnership Blue and Fin Whale Acoustics project. Before going to graduate school, she lived as a Fulbright scholar for a year in Paris studying Medieval French Literature. Kate's research focuses on using passive acoustic monitoring to examine migratory movements, geographic variation and physical drivers of marine mammals, particularly large whales. She has worked all over the world from the tropics to the poles, and is fortunate enough to have seen (and recorded) blue whales in every ocean in which they occur.  Kate’s current research focuses on the changing acoustic environment of the Arctic and how changes, from sea ice declines to increasing industrial human use, may be influencing subarctic and Arctic marine mammals. Kate is an Air Force brat who was born in Tachikawa, Japan, and hasn’t stopped traveling since.

(Oct/Nov 2017)

Andrew Von Duyke

North Slope Borough, Department of Wildlife Management

Andy is a wildlife biologist at the North Slope Borough Department of Wildlife Management in Barrow, Alaska. His Bachelor’s degree is from Purdue University, where he studied mechanical design & biology. Early on, Andy designed everything from medical products to toys, and he has 15 patents. Jumping at a chance to winter-over at Palmer Station, Antarctica, Andy wore many hats (e.g., carpenter, electrician, welder); but found marine science the most gratifying. After his time on the ice, Andy earned a Master’s in conservation biology from the University of Minnesota. He has worked with wolves, moose, waterbirds, and shorebirds; has taught several college courses; and mentors wildlife biology undergrads. Currently, Andy leads ice-seal and polar bear research at the NSB-DWM. His research investigates the spatial ecology of ringed-, spotted-, and bearded-seals. He also studies non-invasive genetic sampling methods for polar bears and seals; and is deeply involved in polar bear policy. Andy is a member of the ESA Polar Bear Recovery Team, the Scientific Working Group of the US-Russia Bilateral Commission, and the Polar Bear Technical Committee. He was also a US delegate to the Polar Bear Range States and US-Russia Bilateral meetings. In his free time, Andy plays guitar, dogsleds, and enjoys outdoors.

(February 2018)

William Gilly

Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University

William F. Gilly received a BSE (Electrical Engineering, 1972) from Princeton and a Ph.D. (Physiology and Biophysics, 1978) from Washington University. He had additional training at Yale University, University of Pennsylvania and the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole. He has contributed to our basic understanding of electrical excitability in nerve and muscle cells in a wide range of organisms ranging from brittle-stars to mammals. Much of this work employed the giant axon system of the squid as an experimental model system for molecular and biophysical approaches.  Professor Gilly's current research program on squid concentrates on the behavior,  physiology and ecology of Dosidicus gigas, the jumbo or Humboldt squid. Fieldwork in the Gulf of California and off Monterey Bay employs electronic tagging and acoustic methods in order to track vertical and horizontal movements and to estimate biomass. In 2004, he served as Director and Chief Scientist of the Sea of Cortez Expedition and Education Project, an 8-week journey throughout Mexico's Sea of Cortez that retraced the legendary 1940 trip made by writer John Steinbeck and marine biologist Ed Ricketts. Gilly currently runs an engaging outreach program called Squids-4-kids that brings jumbo squid to primary school students. Find out more about his lab's research here.

(Spring 2018)