ECOSYSTEMS – page under construction
Check back soon for details on the current and historical Alaska Salmon Program ecosystem focused research!
LONG TERM MONITORING
The core of the Alaska Salmon Program is our long term monitoring program. To better understand the sockeye salmon resource, the scientists who initiated our Program in 1946 had the foresight to engage in Ecosystem Science before that was even a thing! Many of our datasets are continuous since 1946.
Climate change is affecting northern latitudes, and in particular Alaskan ecosystems, more rapidly than anywhere else on Earth. Studying the responses of natural ecosystems to environmental change is a focus of our program.
Salmon ecosystems of western Alaska are an unparalleled natural laboratory for studying evolutionary ecology. Since our begininng, we have sought to understand the evolutionary effects of competition and predation within these ecosystems.