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John Piatt, Ph.D.

Seabirds, marine food webs and impact of climate change on marine ecosystems

I study seabird ecology in the North Pacific- including forage species consumed, impact of ocean climate change on food webs, and anthropogenic threats. Since 1996, I have overseen a total budget of $21.8M for USGS, of which 60% was derived from 52 external grants worth $12.9 million. I have been privileged to coauthor 190 peer-reviewed publications and 131 agency reports with research collaborators.

Professional Experience

  • 1987-Present  Sr Scientist, USGS Alaska Science Center, AK

  • 1982-1987  Res. Assoc., Nfld. Inst. for Cold Ocean Sci., MUN, NL

  • 1978-1981  Fish. Obs./Wildl. Biol., DFO Canada/MacLaren Marex, NL

  • 1974-1977  Res. Asst., Chemistry & Biochemistry Departments, MUN, NL

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D.   1987   Marine Biology, Memorial Univ. of Newfoundland (MUN), Canada

  • B.Sc. (Honours) 1977   Biochemistry, MUN, Canada

Affiliations and Memberships

  • Member (2021): Am. Assoc. Adv. Sci., Am. Ornith. Soc., Pac. Seabird Grp., Am. Fish. Soc.

  • Editorial, Boards, Panels and Offices

  • Editor, Marine Ecology Progress Series (2007-2021)

  • Assoc. Editor, The Auk (2006-2013)

  • Chairman (1993-1994), Pacific Seabird Group (Research and Conservation)

  • Board or Science Panel service to North Pacific Research Board (2004-2011), Sound Experience (2014-2018), CA Fish & Game Commission (2003-2006), NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center (2000-2002)

  • Board or Science Panel service to Steller Sea Lion Recovery Team Advisory Panel (1999-2001), Cook Inlet Keepers (1996-2003), Alaska Sea Life Center (1995-1999)

  • Affiliate Professor – U. Washington (UW, 2004-2020); Oregon State U. (OSU, 2011-2015), MUN (1992-1996)

  • Visiting Scholar – UW (1997-1998)

  • Invited Scholar - Norwegian Inst. Nature Res., Norway (1991)

  • Supervisor for 3 PhD, 13 MSc students at 9 univ. in the UK (Glasgow, Durham), Canada (MUN, U.Vic), & the U.S. (UW, U.Alaska, UCSC, OSU)

  • Ext. examiner for 6 PhD. & 2 MSc theses (CAN, US, AUS)

Honors and Awards

  • Lifetime Achievement Award (2016), Pacific Seabird Group

  • US DOI, Secretary, Award for Exceptional Service (1990)

  • US DOI, Secretary, Award for Extraordinary Contributions (2011)

  • USGS, Director, Certificate of Appreciation (2011)

  • USGS, Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions (2006)

  • USGS, Special Act Service Award (1997)

  • USFS, Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service (1997)

  • USGS Quality (Step) Awards (2) for Exceptional Performance

  • USGS/NBS/FWS Performance/Star Awards (24 during 1987-2020) for Outstanding Achievement

  • USFWS, Regional Director, Special Action Award (1990)

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