Hannah Myers

Hannah Myers

Ph.D. Student

Marine Biology

College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
2150 Koyukuk Drive
Fairbanks, AK 99775


Middlebury College
B.A. Political Science





I earned a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Chinese Language and Literature from Middlebury College in 2014. After graduating, I worked in economic policy research with the Rural Education Action Program at Stanford University and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, North America at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I then studied the economic implications of fishing gear entanglements of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. At UAF, I am partnering with the North Gulf Oceanic Society to study killer whales using passive acoustic monitoring.


Selected Publications

Myers, H.J., Olsen, D.W., Matkin, C.O., Horstmann, L.A., Konar, B. 2021. Passive acoustic monitoring of killer whales (Orcinus orca) reveals year-round distribution and residency patterns in the Gulf of Alaska. Scientific Reports 11: 20284. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-99668-0

Myers, H.J., and M.J. Moore. 2020. Reducing effort in the U.S. American lobster (Homarus americanus) fishery to prevent North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) entanglements may support higher profits and long-term sustainability. Marine Policy 118: 104017. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2020.104017

Myers, H.J., M.J. Moore, M.F. Baumgartner, S.W. Brillant, S.K. Katona, A.R. Knowlton, L. Morissette, H.M. Pettis, G. Shester, and T.B. Werner. 2019. Ropeless fishing to prevent large whale entanglements: Ropeless Consortium report. Marine Policy 107: 103587. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2019.103587


  • Marine mammal biology
  • Passive acoustic monitoring
  • Marine policy


Research Overview

I am studying the year-round spatiotemporal distribution, vocal behavior, and habitat use patterns of three populations of killer whales (Orcinus orca) in the northern Gulf of Alaska. My research involves novel applications of passive acoustic monitoring technology.


Awards / Honors

  • Robert and Kathleen Byrd Award, 2021
  • Jessie O'Bryan McIntosh Scholarship, 2021
  • Robert and Judy Belous Global Change Research Endowment, 2021
  • Ken Turner Memorial Fellowship, 2021
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship 2020
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship 2020 (declined to accept NDSEG Fellowship)
  • Robert and Kathleen Byrd Award, 2019



  • PADI Open Water Diver
  • AAUS Scientific Diver
  • CPR/First Aid



  • Guest Student, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution