The Bering Sea Project consists of 43 unique studies which are linked together by five principal hypotheses.
Understanding Ecosystem Processes in the Bering Sea: First Year Field Highlights from the BEST-BSIERP Partnership, by Bering Sea Project investigators Mike Sigler and Rodger Harvey (2009). Read the Sigler-Harvey field summary for 2008
Climate-induced changes in physical forcing will modify the availability and partitioning of food for all trophic levels through bottom-up processes.
Climate and ocean conditions influencing water temperature, circulation patterns, and domain boundaries impact fish reproduction, survival and distribution, the intensity of predator-prey relationships, and the location of zoogeographic provinces through bottom-up processes.
Later spring phytoplankton blooms resulting from early ice retreat will increase zooplankton production, thereby leading to increased abundances of piscivorous fish (walleye pollock, Pacific cod, and arrowtooth flounder) and a community controlled by top-down processes with several trophic consequences.
Climate and ocean conditions influencing circulation patterns and domain boundaries will affect the distribution, frequency, and persistence of fronts and other prey-concentrating features and, thus, the foraging success of marine birds and mammals largely through bottom-up processes.
Climate-ocean conditions will change and, thus, affect the abundance and distribution of commercial and subsistence fisheries.