Marine Science

ABR’s Marine Science Program is staffed by biological oceanographers and seabird and marine mammal biologists experienced with ecosystems from tropical to arctic waters. Our scientists have conducted a variety of studies in nearshore and offshore marine environments throughout Alaska, including the Bering, Beaufort and Chukchi seas, Cook Inlet, Prince William Sound, and the Gulf of Alaska. We also have conducted studies and environmental reviews in Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii. We have led (Chief Scientist) and participated in multidisciplinary oceanographic studies that integrate physical and biological oceanography to characterize marine communities and provide baseline data for environmental assessments. We also have conducted long-term studies on the effects of oil spills and other anthropogenic disturbances on seabirds and marine mammals. Our surveys of seabirds and marine mammals support our extensive work with threatened and endangered species. Our specific areas of expertise and services include marine ecology, seabirds, marine mammals, and impact assessments in the marine environment.

Our services

Oil Spill Response

  • Rapid response to at-sea oil spills to assess acute impacts and guide habitat protection efforts
  • Design and implementation of studies to assess long-term impacts and recovery of wildlife and their habitats
  • Species-specific studies focused on endangered species and species of conservation concern
  • Subject matter experts for review of issues pertaining to marine birds and mammals
  • Litigation support

Marine Ecology

  • Multidisciplinary oceanographic studies; synthesis of ecosystem structure and function
  • Staffing a chief scientist/project manager on interdisciplinary oceanographic cruises
  • Environmental impacts of oilspills on seabirds, shorebirds, and marine mammals
  • At-sea distribution and abundance of marine debris, neuston plastic, and tarballs; plastic ingestion in seabirds
  • The biology of marine, estuarine, and anadromous fishes

Marine Mammals

  • At-sea sampling of marine mammals with line-transect methodology; analysis of line-transect data
  • Characterizing at-sea habitat use by marine-mammals
  • Baseline surveys for marine mammals for proposed coastal developments
  • Environmental impacts of oilspills on marine mammals
  • The biology of threatened/endangered marine mammals
  • Disturbance of marine mammals; mitigation of developments on marine mammals
  • NEPA documentation and permitting support focusing on marine mammals and threatened/endangered marine mammals

Seabirds

  • At-sea sampling of seabirds with line-transect methodology; analysis of line-transect data
  • Characterizing at-sea habitat use by seabirds
  • Populations, population trends, and biology of seabirds on nesting colonies
  • Light attraction in seabirds and its mitigation
  • Radar-based studies of nocturnal seabirds
  • Baseline surveys for seabirds for proposed coastal developments
  • Environmental impacts of oilspills on seabirds and shorebirds
  • The biology of threatened/endangered seabirds and shorebirds
  • Impacts of marine fisheries on seabirds
  • NEPA documentation and permitting support focusing on seabirds and threatened/endangered seabirds

ABR's triple bottom line: "Environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic viability"