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Faculty Grant Project Highlights

Biology

Developing Undergraduate Research at the Auke Bay Marine StationMichael Navarro

Principal Investigator: Michael Navarro  Co-Principal Investigator: Sherry Tamone

Funding Agency: Douglas Island Pink and Chum (DIPAC)

Award Amount: $34,500

Project Period: January 2019 through December 2019

Project Abstract: The project abstract for PI Navarro's award will go here



Retrospective Analysis of Long-Term Census Date to Identify Factors Affecting Survival and Life History Strategies of Coho SalmonDavid Tallmon

Principal Investigator: David Tallmon  

Collaborators: Scott Vulstek, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service; Mark Scheuerell, Northwest Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service

Funding Agency: North Pacific Research Board (NPRB)

Award Amount: $82,195

Project Period: September 2017 through August 2019

Project Abstract: 

A major unknown facing salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.) fisheries biologists and managers is how
climate change and other factors will affect abundance. This proposed research... read more 


Sherry TamoneControlling Sexual Differentiation:  Study of a Transient Hermaphroditic Model in Crustaceans

Principal Investigator: Sherry Tamone

Collaborators: Amir XXXXXXXXX

Funding Agency: Israel Binational Science Foundation

Award Amount: $65,425

Project Period: August 2016 through December 2020

Project Abstract: PI Tamone's project abstract will go here


Environmental Science

Allison BidlackResearch Coordination Network:  Coastal Rainforest Margins Research

Principal Investigator: Allison Bidlack  Co-Principal Investigator: Eran Hood

Collaborators: British Columbia Ministry of Forests; Hakai Institute

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Award Amount: $498,970

Project Period: March 2016 through February 2021

Project Abstract: The project abstract for PI Bidlack's award will go here

makes use of >35 years of
census data to investigate the factors that influence marine survival and life history strategies of coho (O.
kisutch) salmon from Auke Creek, AK. It builds upon findings from our previously funded NPRB project
which has revealed dramatic shifts in Auke Creek juvenile and adult salmon run timing over the previous
three decades. Because early marine survival is such an important life history stage, an outstanding question is
whether shifts in run timing of Auke Creek salmon will lead to mismatches between their migrations and
optimal environmental conditions (the “mismatch hypothesis”). In 2016, we recorded the earliest (tied) and
lowest run ever of Auke Creek adult coho spawners following a few years of warm temperatures. The primary
goal of this project is to quantify the effects of key environmental and biological covariates on coho marine
survival and life history strategies. We will take advantage our unique, long-term dataset in a Bayesian
framework to examine factors affecting coho survival and abundance. Ultimately, understanding the impacts
of climate change on salmon populations and accurately predicting response of these populations to climate
change is necessary for successful management, harvest, and conservation of these economically and
ecologically important fishes. Because the Auke Creek provides censuses of migrating smolt and spawning
coho, our dataset provides an unequalled resource to investigate factors affecting salmon survival.