Alaskan Weathervane Scallops

Past Research:
M.S. in Fisheries at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
NSF Integrated Graduate Education Research Traineeship (IGERT): Marine Ecosystem Sustainability in the Arctic and Subarctic


Spatiotemporal Variation of Alaskan Weathervane Scallop Beds
I studied the benthic communities associated with weathervane scallop beds in the Gulf of Alaska, Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea. These communities include flatfishes (e.g. halibut, rock sole), rockfish, pollock, cod, and invertebrates including octopus, starfish, red king crab, Tanner crab, urchins, sea pens, shrimp and sea whips.

Using observer bycatch data from the commercial scallop fishery, I quantified the benthic community structure on weathervane scallop beds spatially across the Gulf of Alaska and how it changed over the past two decades (from 1996-2012). My goal was to relate spatial and temporal patterns to environmental variables (bottom water temperature, sediment type, depth) and anthropogenic variables (e.g. commercial trawling and dredging effort) to see what might be causing differences in benthic community composition.

Relevant Publications
Glass, J. R., Kruse, G. H., and Miller, S. A. 2015. Socioeconomic considerations of the commercial weathervane scallop fishery off Alaska using SWOT analysis. Ocean and Coastal Management, 105: 154-165. 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2015.01.005

Glass, J. R. 2014. Alaskan weathervane scallops: shucking socioeconomic and biological unknowns. Oncorhynchus: Newsletter of the Alaska Chapter, American Fisheries Society. Vol. 34. No. 4. pp 1-6. Available from:

Glass, J. R. 2014. Spatiotemporal variation of benthic communities on weathervane scallop (Patinopecten caurinus) beds with socioeconomic considerations of the commercial fishery off the coast of Alaska. University of Alaska Fairbanks, Master’s Thesis. Available from ProQuest:

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