Event Type
Webinars and Virtual Events

Presenter: Phyllis Stabeno, Physical Oceanographer, PMEL

Event Dates
NOAA Central Library, 2nd Floor, SSMC#3, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD and also Online: 8:00-9:00am AKDT, 12:00-1:00pm EDT

Seminar 12 in the Series: From Science to Solutions: The State of the Carbon Cycle, the 2nd State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2). We plan to host this series series on Tuesdays, 2/26-6/4.


The winter of 2018 had record breaking low sea ice extent. Sea ice arrived late due to warm southerly winds in November. More typical northerly winds in December and January advanced the ice, but strong, warm southerlies in February and March forced the ice to retreat once again. The cold pool (shelf region with bottom water < 2°C) was the smallest on record. Ice extent in winter of 2019 was very similar to that of 2018. Thus, there have been two consecutive, record-breaking low ice years in the Bering Sea. The lack of ice impacted the ecosystem from the timing of the spring phytoplankton/ice-algal blooms to fish and marine mammal distributions.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Phyllis Stabeno is a physical oceanographer at the NOAA, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle, Washington. Together with Dr. Janet Duffy-Anderson, she is co-leader of NOAA's Ecosystems and Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations. EcoFOCI is one of NOAA's only cross-line office programs and the second oldest fisheries-oceanography program in the agency. For the past 30 years, Dr. Stabeno has worked on physical oceanographic, climate and ecosystem projects focused on Alaska's marine ecosystem including the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands and most recently, the Chukchi Sea. She is the lead investigator in maintaining a biophysical mooring array in the Bering Sea, including the M2 mooring, "Peggy" now deployed for the 25 year. She recently completed as a Principle Investigator for the North Pacific Research Board sponsored Bering Sea Integrated Ecosystem Research Plan (BSIERP) project and NSF Bering Ecosystem Study (BEST), which won a 2015 NOAA Gold Medal Award. And as of this week, she is a 2019 NOAA Distinguished Career Award recipient, nominated by OAR for key scientific achievements and superior leadership in conducting and communicating the EcoFOCI research, supporting US marine resources in Alaska.

Webinar Access:

Remote access: If you are located outside of Silver Spring, please register for the webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4141784834249009666 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Participants can use their telephone OR computer mic & speakers (VoIP).