Vera Alexander


College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences


University of Alaska Fairbanks

valexander [at]


PNB 296
Fairbanks, AK 99709
United States

Brief Biography

In 2004, Vera Alexander retired as Dean and Professor in the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is now Professor and Dean Emerita. She serves as a Marine Mammal Commissioner and as immediate past Chairman of PICES, the North Pacific Marine Science Organization, as well as on the Scientific Steering Committee of the Census of Marine Life. Dr. Alexander spent 40 years conducting research on the fresh waters and marine systems of Alaska and teaching and mentoring graduate students. She holds a Ph.D. (University of Alaska, 1965), an M.S. (University of Wisconsin, 1962) and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Hokkaido University.

Science Specialties

marine ecology, limnology, biological oceanography

Current Research

Nutrient cycles in aquatic systems, primary productivity, arctic and subarctic limnology. Biological oceanography with special emphasis on low trophic level biology. Aquatic and terrestrial nitrogen fixation. Dynamics of marine marginal ice zone ecosystems. Arctic Research Vessel design.