Marine geologist finds fish habitat, beauty in ‘benthic mapping’
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A benthic map of the Fairweather Grounds. (Gary Greene)
The world is getting a little smaller, thanks to Dr. Gary Greene. The former director of the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories has spent the past month as a Scientist in Residence Fellow
at the Sitka Sound Science Center — but his connection to Sitka goes back much farther.
For the past three decades, he’s worked with researchers like former ADF&G groundfish biologist Tory O’Connell to map the ocean floor. The result is a surprisingly detailed understanding of fish habitat called “benthic mapping.”
Greene is a marine geologist by trade. He stopped by our studios and spoke with KCAW’s Robert Woolsey about his work.
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The Scientist in Residence Fellowship is a program of the National Science Foundation.
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