Dr Kathy Kuletz

kathy_kuletz@fws.gov

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service United States

I have studied seabird ecology since 1978, primarily as a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, based in Anchorage, Alaska. My formative years were spent in Prince William Sound and Kachemak Bay, both before and after the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. These early studies examined distribution, productivity, diet and foraging of Brachyramphus murrelets and Pigeon Guillemots. I gradually migrated from colony and land-based seabird studies to the sea. I have also worked on seabird bycatch issues and on endangered species. Since 2006 I have been the At-sea Coordinator for USFWS seabird surveys in Alaska. I have been the principal investigator on a variety of seabird studies that examine patterns of seabird distribution and abundance throughout Alaska waters, from southeast Alaska to the Arctic. I am currently engaged in several multi-disciplinary projects and long-term monitoring efforts, with most of the current at-sea field work in Arctic waters.