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Alaska Sea Grant Advisory Committee, faculty and staff (back left to right:) Sheyna Wisdom, Michael Kohan, Diana Evans, Lea Klingert, Tara Riemer, Scott Lindsey, Dee Williams, Dave Reggiani (front left to right:) Brook Carney, Molly Cain, Nicole Kimball, Vera Metcalf, UAF Provost Anupma Prakash, Ginny Eckert, Hazel Nelson, and Gabe Dunham

Advisory Committee

Alaska Sea Grant initiated a dedicated advisory committee in 2003, composed of individuals from an array of stakeholder groups representing all regions of the state. Our advisory committee provides valuable guidance in identifying state priorities for research, education, and extension within the subset of National Sea Grant focus areas, participates in strategic planning efforts, and plays an integral part in the review of research proposals.


Chair: Michael Kohan, Science and Policy Director, Sitka Salmon Shares
Vice-chair: Dee Williams, Deputy Regional Director, US Geological Survey

  • Barb Amarok, Director, University of Alaska Fairbanks Northwest Campus
  • Kaja Brix, Arctic Program Director, NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region (Alternate for Jon Kurland)
  • Diana Evans, Deputy Director, North Pacific Fishery Management Council
  • Nicole Kimball, Vice President, Pacific Seafood Processors Association
  • Jon Kurland, Alaska Regional Administrator, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Scott Lindsey, Regional Director, NOAA National Weather Service
  • Vera Metcalf, Director, Eskimo Walrus Commission at Kawerak, Inc.
  • Hazel Nelson, Board of Directors, Bristol Bay Native Corporation
  • Kris Norosz, Petersburg
  • Jodie Anderson, Director, UAF Institute of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Extension
  • Aaron Poe, Network Program Officer, Alaska Conservation Foundation
  • Dave Reggiani, Managing Senior Partner & Aquaculture Consultant, Unakwik Aquaculture Group, LLP
  • Tara Riemer, President & CEO, Alaska SeaLife Center
  • Ralph Samuels, Vice President of Government and Community Relations, Princess Cruises/Holland America
  • Chris Siddon, Marine Fisheries Scientist, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Sheyna Wisdom, Executive Director, Alaska Ocean Observing System

Past advisors

James Balsiger
Steve Borell
Michael Brubaker
Bruce Bustamante
Dorothy Childers
Peggy Cowan
Steve Davis
Gary Edwards
Pete Esquiro
Mark Fina
Robert Forgit
Terry Gardiner
John Garner
John Goering
Kelly Harrell
Rick Harris
Geoff Haskett
John Hilsinger
Dan Hull
Jeff Kauffman
Jennifer Keith
Lea Klingert*
Ken Lawrenson
Jennifer Lincoln
Denby Lloyd
Molly McCammon
Henry Mitchell
Dan O’Hara
Amanda Painter
Mary Pete
Pete Pinney
Alice Ruby
Fred Schlutt, Jr.
Carven Scott
Milan Shipka
John Shively
Greg Siekaniec
Orson Smith
Bill Streever
Jeff Stephan*
Stan Stephens
Arliss Sturgulewski
Joe Thomas
Eric Volk
Bob Waldrop
David Wigglesworth
Robert Winfree
David Witherell
* past chairs