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This is an unfunded collaborative project with Dr. David Kimmel of the NOAA Alaska Fishery Science Center. The goal of the research is to use archived data and samples to analyze the environmental and climatic drivers of variability in the species composition, distribution patterns and abundances of the euphausiids (krill) of the Eastern Bering Sea. Krill are an important prey item for Walleye Pollock in the region and knowledge about how their populations shift during warm pool versus cold pool years, and during the more recent marine heat wave events will be valuable to fisheries managers and decision makers.

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