ESSAS - Ecosystem Studies of Subarctic and Arctic Seas

Franz Mueter

Franz Mueter is a faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences in Juneau, where he teaches quantitative fisheries, supervises a number of graduate students, and conducts research on the effects of environmental variability on the distribution, growth, and survival of fishes in subarctic and arctic waters.

He began his studies at the Rhino-Westphalian Technical Institute in Aachen, Germany, before moving to Fairbanks in 1988 to pursue graduate degrees in biological oceanography (M.S.) and fisheries oceanography (Ph.D.), as well as biostatistics (M.S.). His research initially focused on the early life history of pollock and flatfishes in nearshore waters of the Gulf of Alaska, and gradually expanded to include adult groundfish communities throughout the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea. He has also modeled recruitment processes of salmon in relation to temperature variability throughout the Northeast Pacific and has worked on other anadromous species in Alaskan waters, including the Beaufort Sea.

He is particularly interested in the applied aspects of his research as they relate to the management of fisheries resources in the face of global climate changes. He is currently involved in two multi-disciplinary integrated ecosystem research programs in the Bering Sea (BEST – BSIERP ) and in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA IERP), funded by NPRB, and leads the Arctic Ecosystem Integrated Survey (Arctic EIS) in the northern Bering Sea and Chukchi Sea, funded by BOEMRE .


Contact us

For any questions about ESSAS or further information please contact any of the ESSAS Co-chairs

Benjamin Planque
Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway

Franz Mueter
University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA

Naomi Harada
Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo
Kashiwa, Japan