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Welcome to Dr. Franz Mueter — New ESSAS Co-Chair

ESSAS has a new Co-Chair. Dr. Franz J. Mueter  is a faculty member at the Juneau Center of the University of Alaska where he: teaches quantitative fisheries; supervises a number of graduate students; and conducts research on the effects of environmental variability on the distribution, growth, and survival of fishes in sub-Arctic and Arctic waters.

Dr. Mueter 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.) and fisheries oceanography (Ph.D.), as
well as biostatistics (M.S.).

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 and has worked on other anadromous species in Alaskan waters, including the Beaufort Sea.

Franz has been active within ESSAS as Co-Chair of the Working Group on Climate Effects at Upper Trophic Levels He has also played a significant role in the ESSAS comparative studies between Norway and Canada (MENU) and the follow-up project on stock production modelling that also included Canada (CAMEO/CANUSE/MENUII).

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 two multi-disciplinary integrated ecosystem research programs in the Bering Sea (BEST - BSIERP ) and in theGulf of Alaska (GOA IERP), funded by NPRB, and leads the Arctic Ecosystem Integrated Survey (Arctic EIS) in the northern Bering Sea and Chukchi Sea, funded by BOEMRE .

Contact Us

For any questions about ESSAS or further information please contact any of the
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