Heather Renner US Fish and Wildlife Service email
Heather Renner is a seabird biologist responsible for the Bering Sea Unit of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. She has worked on the Refuge since 2000 and on various other coastal Alaskan refuges since 1991. She is in charge of several long-term seabird monitoring projects.
Recent research focus has been on methods development for long-term population monitoring of crevice-nesting seabirds, particularly auklets. Heather is a life-long Alaskan but did her graduate work at Cornell University.
Patrick Ressler NOAA-Alaska Fisheries Science Center email
I am currently a Research Fishery Biologist at NOAA Fisheries. I grew up in Pennsylvania, have lived in Texas and Oregon, and now reside in Seattle, WA. I became interested in biology and ecology in high school and as an undergraduate, and got my first taste of marine science and oceanography during the Sea Education Association (SEA) Semester undergraduate program on the SSV Corwith Cramer.
My research interests have included understanding how physical oceanographic features influence the distribution of zooplankton, fish, and other higher predators, applying acoustic methods to the study of patterns in zooplankton and fish distribution and abundance, and learning how marine ecosystems respond to climate change. I think my work is interesting and fun (at least most of the time) and is important to managing marine fisheries and understanding our changing ocean environment.
Dan Roby Oregon State University email
Dan Roby is currently the Assistant Unit Leader (Wildlife) at the USGS Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. He is also a Professor of Wildlife Ecology in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University.
He received a BA (Biology) from Antioch College in 1974, an MS (Wildlife Management) from the University of Alaska in 1978, and a PhD (Biology) from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986, where he worked under Professor Robert E. Ricklefs on the relationship of diet to reproductive energetics in seabirds.
In addition to his current position at OSU, he has held faculty positions at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (Assistant Professor of Zoology, 1988-1992) and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology, 1992-1995).
Dan has conducted research on the ecology of seabirds in Alaska, Hawaii, Greenland, Newfoundland, South Georgia, and Antarctica, as well as throughout the Pacific Northwest. His primary area of research interest is the physiological ecology and conservation biology of birds, with an emphasis on seabirds. His recent research includes impacts of avian predation on recovery of ESA-listed salmonids in the Columbia River Basin, bioenergetics of seabirds affected by the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, development of biomarkers of exposure to contaminants in birds, seabird/fisheries interactions, and effects of global warming on seabird populations at high latitudes, especially the Bering Sea. He served as Chair of the Pacific Seabird Group during 2004-2006.