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Franz Mueter

Franz is a faculty member at the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks in Juneau, where he teaches quantitative fisheries and fisheries oceanography, supervises graduate students, and conducts research on the effects of environmental variability on the distribution, growth, and survival of fishes in subarctic and arctic waters.

He began his studies at the Rhino-Westphalian Technical Institute in Aachen, Germany, before moving to Fairbanks in 1988 to pursue graduate degrees in biological oceanography (M.S. 1992) and fisheries oceanography (Ph.D., 1999), as well as biostatistics (M.S., 1998). His research initially focused on the early life history of pollock and flatfishes in nearshore waters of the Gulf of Alaska, and gradually expanded to include adult groundfish communities throughout the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea. He has also modeled recruitment processes of salmon in relation to temperature variability throughout the Northeast Pacific.

More recently, his work has expanded into the Arctic to study the effects of climate change and variability on high-latitude marine ecosystems. He is particularly interested in the applied aspects of his research as they relate to the management of fisheries resources in the face of global climate changes. He is currently involved in several multi-disciplinary projects in the Gulf of Alaska and in the Pacific Arctic and leads the US team of a Belmont Forum collaboration among Japanese, Norwegian and US scientists on the Resilience and Adaptive Capacity of Arctic marine ecosystems.


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ESSAS Co-chairs

Ken Drinkwater
Institute of Marine Research
Bergen, Norway

Franz Mueter
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Alaska, USA

Sei-Ichi Saitoh
Hokkaido University
Hakodate, Japan