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Student Research Program
Snapshot 2010-03-03 16-13-39.tiffIn 2009, a three-year collaboration between Prince William Soundkeeper and the Prince William Sound Science Center was launched. The purpose of the project is to produce a model of community-based research and an educational curriculum that can be applied in other communities, as well as provide quality baseline data that will be of use to future researchers interested in ecosystem change and its effects on salmon rearing habitat.


The project is being implemented in two phases: 1) Eyak Lake Community Monitoring Project: The first year will consist of the development and pilot delivery of monitoring, education and outreach activities based on Eyak Lake in Cordova, Alaska. 2) In the second and third years, project staff will collaborate with volunteers in Tatitlek, Chenega Bay, Whittier and Valdez to design community monitoring projects addressing the resources and research needs in those communities.

Eyak Lake was selected as a
eyaklake.jpgmonitoring site because it provides critical spawning and rearing habitat for Pacific salmon, which are an important natural resource and a keystone species in the ecosystem that may be threatened by climate change and increased human activities.

The Eyak Lake Community Monitoring Project (ELCMP) engages adult and student volunteers in long-term, ecosystem research to increase their understanding of the ecosystem upon which the region’s traditional subsistence lifestyle and commercial fishery depend; and to involve them in practical, place-based application of the scientific method.

IMGP5227.JPGELCMP participants are trained to collect hydrologic data such as temperature, turbidity, and biological surveys. Through data collection training, monthly monitoring trips and complementary education programs, the project will produce a model of community-based research and an educational curriculum that can be applied in other communities, as well as provide quality baseline data that will be of use to future researchers interested in ecosystem change and its effects on salmon rearing habitat.

Prince William Soundkeeper, PO Box 1368, Cordova, Alaska, 99574  tel: 907-424-5701 www.pwsoundkeeper.org  a 501c(3) non-profit organization.
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