Jackie Grebmeier, Ph. D.
Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
The University of Maryland
The Pacific Arctic Region: A Window into Shifting Benthic Populations in Response to Ecosystem Change
Dr. Jacqueline Grebmeier is a Research Professor and a biological oceanographer at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (Chesapeake Biological Laboratory). Her extensive field research is advancing the understanding of how Arctic marine ecosystems respond to environmental change, and her leadership and service enhance the role of scientific observation and research in national and international Arctic policy.
Dr. Grebmeier's research focuses on biological productivity in Arctic waters and sediments as well as long-term trends in ecosystem health of Arctic continental shelves, including the importance of bottom dwelling (benthic) organisms to higher levels of the Arctic food web, such as walrus, gray whale, and diving sea ducks. Past research also includes the study of radionuclide distributions in sediments and within the Arctic water column and the transport and fate of materials in melted snow in Arctic tundra. She was the overall project lead scientist for the U.S. Western Arctic Shelf-Basin Interactions project and participated in the Russian-American Census of the Arctic (RUSALCA), the Chukchi Sea Offshore Monitoring in Drilling Area (COMIDA) program, the Bering Sea Project, and the Distributed Biological Observatory (DBO) in the Arctic.
Dr. Grebmeier has served on numerous national and international advisory committees and research boards, including as a U.S. delegate to and a vice-president of the International Arctic Science Committee, a member of the U.S. Polar Research Board, and a Commissioner of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission. She has been on advisory and review committees to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Polar Research Board, National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Fish and Wildlife Service as well as on the steering committee for U.S. efforts during the International Polar Year. Dr. Grebmeier has been involved with numerous teacher experience and education programs in the Arctic, including hosting TREC teachers in 2004, 2006 and PolarTREC in 2007.