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Marine geologist finds fish habitat, beauty in ‘benthic mapping’

A benthic map of the Fairweather Grounds. (Gary Greene)

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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KRUZOFBENTHIC_250The Scientist in Residence Fellowship is a program of the National Science Foundation.

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