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.

Ph.D.   1987   Marine Biology, Memorial Univ. of Newfoundland (MUN), Canada  
B.Sc. (Honours)  1977   Biochemistry, MUN, Canada

Prof. 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

Academic Activities and Mentorship
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).

Prof. Societies
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), Steller Sea Lion Recovery Team Advisory Panel (1999-2001), Cook Inlet Keepers (1996-2003), Alaska Sea Life Center (1995-1999).

Awards, Honors, Elected Offices
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)