Team

We are a small team of talented Oceanographers with a wide range of backgrounds and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion.

We are always looking for new members who are excited to learn about high-latitude biogeochemistry.

Will Burt

Assistant Professor and Lab Head

I’m a born-and-raised Canadian. Mid-way through an undergraduate degree in Geology I got an opportunity to work on a Canadian Icebreaker in the Arctic assisting with water sampling and some basic oceanographic analyses. After 5 weeks aboard I had finally found a branch of science I was really passionate about. I enrolled in grad school because I wanted to study ocean acidification and go on as many oceanographic vessels as possible. Since that first trip in 2005 I’ve spent over 50 weeks at sea aboard Canadian, American and European vessels, studying everything from ocean acidification to groundwater fluxes to ocean optics. Each trip brings about new experiences, new problems, new findings, and new colleagues and friends. When a job opened up for a ‘sea-going oceanographer’ at the University of Alaska, I figured I had to apply.

I have chosen a career in academic because I really enjoy teaching and mentoring, I find the combination of students, staff and faculty in a university department to be an incredibly dynamic and exciting workplace, and above all, I’m an enormous life-long science geek.

Email me: W.burt@alaska.edu

Ben Lowin

Ph.D. Student

The choice between eating a hotdog on a beach and eating a hotdog at home is pretty obvious. If you make this choice enough times you end up as a biological oceanographer. I have a deep fascination with understanding primary production at an ecosystem level. This is because fisheries stocks, climate change and harmful algae blooms are all intrinsically linked to primary production.

I am starting my Ph.D. looking at a new way of measuring primary production in the Gulf of Alaska that utilizes the exciting field of bio-optics.

Email me: Bflowin@alaska.edu

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Josianne Haag

Master’s Student

Growing up in North Vancouver, BC, I spent a lot of my childhood by the ocean or in coastal forests. It was only natural that I would end up in oceanography. I did my BSc at the University of British Columbia in Oceanography and Biology, and am now working on a Masters at the University of Alaska Fairbanks characterizing groundwater using radium isotopes.

Email me: jhaag6@alaska.edu

Feyne Elmore

Undergraduate

I am currently a senior at UAF, working towards a B.S. in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. When I graduate I plan to pursue my M.S. in Chemical Oceanography.
I was born in Anchorage and, though I’ve spent the majority of my life in Texas, there has never been a year I’ve spent without coming to Alaska. I consider my college career a reunion with Alaska and couldn’t be happier to be following my dreams back in the state I call home.

Email me: faelmore@alaska.edu