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Vanessa von Biela, Ph.D.

Aquatic ecology; environmental impacts on growth; population dynamics; life history; physiological ecology; phenotypic plasticity

Professional Experience

  • 2011- Present Research Fishery Biologist, USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska

  • 2007 - 2010 Fishery Biologist, USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska

  • 2005 - 2007 Research Assistant, University of Alaska Anchorage

  • 2007 Marine Mammal and Bird Observer, USFWS

  • 2006 Marine Mammal Observer, LGL Alaska Research

  • 2004 - 2005 Teaching Assistant, University of Alaska Anchorage

  • 2003 - 2004 Rehabilitation Supervisor, Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center

  • 2003 - 2004 Hearst Scholar, Santa Barbara Natural History Museum

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. 2015 University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK Fisheries

  • M.S. 2007 University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK Biological Sciences

  • B.S. 2004 University of California, Santa Barbara, CA Zoology

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology

  • American Fisheries Society

  • Society of Marine Mammalogy

  • The Wildlife Society

  • 2005-2006 Student Representative, UAA Graduate Academic Board

  • 2005-2007 Chair, UAA Graduate Student Association

Honors and Awards

  • 2009 Star (Special Thanks for Achievement) Award from USGS Biology Chief

  • 2008 USGS Performance Award

  • 2007 Graduate Hooding Ceremony invited speaker

  • 2006 NSF EPSCoR Student Travel Award

  • 2006 Kodiak Whalefest invited speaker

  • 2005 NSF EPSCoR Student Travel Award

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government