Director, Alaska Sea Grant & Marine Advisory Program - Ginny L. Eckert, PhD
Ginny L. Eckert, PhD
Director, Alaska Sea Grant & Marine Advisory Program
Alaska Sea Grant
221 Lena Point Bldg. 17101 Point Lena Loop Rd Juneau, AK 99801-8344
Dr. Ginny Eckert is broadly trained in coastal ecology and coastal resource conservation science, with a MS from the University of Florida and a PhD from the University of California Santa Barbara. Dr. Eckert is the Director of Alaska Sea Grant and serves as a leader in the marine science community within Alaska, the west coast, and the US. Alaska has more coastline than the continental 48 states, and as such has significant challenges with marine debris, both in terms of the amount of coastline impacted and magnitude of marine debris. She has over two decades of experience as a professor of Fisheries at the University of Alaska. Her research focuses on issues of importance to coastal communities in Alaska, including conservation and management of top predators and sustainability of subsistence, sport and commercial fisheries.
Dr. Eckert brings a west coast, northern, and rural coastal community perspective to contribute to a diverse and inclusive working environment. Diversity and inclusion are top priorities in her career as seen in her work with Indigenous communities and as a mentor for high school, undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented groups to increase participation of these groups in science.
Dr. Eckert has 15 years of experience on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council Crab Plan Team and works on a variety of fishery management issues, with a focus on commercially important crabs. She also has 30 years of experience as coastal resource researcher, with a broad range of expertise, ranging from marine community ecology, ecology of fished marine invertebrates, socio-ecological systems, reproductive and larval biology of marine invertebrates, harmful algal blooms, diversity and inclusion in science, conventional and Indigenous aquaculture, evolution of life histories, long-term ecological and environmental monitoring, and community-based and citizen science. She has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer reviewed journal articles and 13 technical reports.