Saturday, July 13, 2024

Teal Barmore

Teal Barmore
Teal Barmore is a professional photographer and net mender based in Cordova, Alaska. Visit her website,, to see more of her work.

Sound Science: Sockeye salmon size predicts migratory success

During the summer of 2015, the commercial fishing community in Cordova was abuzz with rumors about why the fishermen were not catching fish, even though the escapement monitored by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game was showing plenty of sockeye returning to the river system.

Sound Science: PWSSC builds resilience with new research plan

The theme of resilience emanates from the new research plan that the Prince William Sound Science Center adopted this spring. Organized into three major sections, the plan is large enough to encompass existing research programs, as well as areas of intended expansion.

Sound Science: Salmon researchers share insights at symposium

The Copper River Basin Symposium was a unique opportunity for researchers to coordinate and share knowledge on a wide variety of topics, writes Teal Barmore.

Sound Science: Investigating the spawning behavior of Pacific herring

Though herring populations are low, it's possible for them to rebuild their numbers, given the right conditions.

Sound Science: Where do puffins go in the winter?

Researchers at Prince William Sound Science Center have just begun to scratch the surface of their first year of data tracking adult Tufted Puffins in the Gulf of Alaska during winter.

Sound Science: Making a case for herring research

Prince William Sound Science Center researchers are compiling a vitally important body of data on herring populations.
Hydroponic seedlings. Photo courtesy of Teal Barmore

Sound Science: Hydroponics in our schools

Hydroponic seedlings. Photo courtesy of Teal Barmore Second grade students at Mt. Eccles Elementary shifted in their seats with wonder and excitement when AmeriCorps educator Chris Iannazzone and...
Adélie Penguins at sunset on Avian Island. Photo courtesy Anne Schaefer/for The Cordova Times

PWSSC researcher heads to Antarctica for field work

Prince William Sound Science Center research assistant Anne Schaefer is headed south for her second year working with penguins for long-term seabird research projects in Antarctica.
Pink salmon that entered Hogan Creek on the high tide died by the thousands after they were stranded without enough water flows to return to the bay. Photo courtesy of Brad von Whichman

Field season marked by low flow and high pre-spawn mortality

It was a very strange year for the Prince William Sound Science Center field crews collecting data on pink salmon for the pedigree component of the Alaska Hatchery Research Project (AHRP) in Prince William Sound this last summer.
Tiny copepods (1.5 mm) comprise the base of food web in the Prince William Sound and Gulf of Alaska. Swarms of these crustaceans can reach into the billions of individuals and provide food for fishes and whales. This specimen was collected from the Prince William Sound and photographed through a microscope at the Prince William Sound Science Center using a technique called focus stacking. (January 2016) Photo courtesy of Caitlyn McKinstry/Prince William Sound Science Center

PWS marine temperature anomalies have doubled

Warm waters are affecting plankton populations, Prince William Sound Science Center oceanographers have found.