Kristen's research interests are sustainable marine resource planning for Alaskan communities. She seeks to understand how communities that are highly dependent on coastal resources will adapt and maintain resiliency in the face of climate change.

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • Master's student External Committee Member, University of Alaska, Fairbanks (2014 - 2018)
  • Board Member, Sitka Sound Science Center (2011 - 2014)

Education & Certifications

  • B.S., University of California, Santa Barbara, Aquatic Biology (2003)
  • Master's, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, Marine Science (2010)

Stanford Advisors

Service, Volunteer and Community Work

  • Hospice Of Anchorage


    Anchorage, Alaska

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Kristen's research interests are sustainable marine resource planning for Alaskan communities. She seeks to understand how communities that are highly dependent on coastal resources will adapt and maintain resiliency in the face of climate change.


  • Respect the Land (Kamaksrił̣iq Nunam Irrusianik), Stanford University/University of Alaska Fairbanks/National Park Service

    Respect the Land (Kamaksrił̣iq Nunam Irrusianik), highlights Inupiaq values and subsistence management in Western Arctic National Parklands. This film is a collaboration with the Native Village of Kotzebue, the U.S. National Park Service, Stanford University, and University of Alaska Fairbanks.

    The film illustrates—through story—how Iñupiaq values guide approaches to hunting and harvesting. It highlights ways that indigenous knowledge and western science can work together in management of subsistence resources. It is essential that local people have a seat at the table for decision-making and that their knowledge is a foundation for how subsistence resources are managed for generations to come. We hope that this film will facilitate discussion about how indigenous knowledge can better inform resource management in the Northwest Arctic.


    Kotzebue, Alaska


    • Anne Beaudreau, Associate Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks
    • Savannah Fletcher, JD, Stanford University

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  • Climate change impacts on Subsistence Harvesters Access to Marine Resources in the Northwest Arctic, National Park Service/Stanford University/University of Alaska, Fairbanks (6/2017 - Present)

    This is a two-year National Park Service grant to look at the effects of climate change on how local park users access subsistence resources in two coastal Alaska Arctic National Parks (Cape Krusenstern National Monument and Bering Land Bridge National Preserve). Human access routes to coastal subsistence resources in these National Parks are threatened as temperatures warm. For example, coastal habitats where subsistence resources are traditionally gathered and processed are eroding with sea level rise while sea ice retreat reduces the availability of marine mammals for native hunters.

    The research funded by this grant will benefit the National Park Service by providing managers with information about the areas of the parks that are most vulnerable to climate change as well as facilitate dialogue between the park and local users about access issues. The goal of this research is to aid the National Park Service in making policy decisions about resource use in park boundaries.


    Kotzebue, Alaska


    • Anne Beaudreau, Dr. , University of Alaska, Fairbanks

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Lab Affiliations

Work Experience

  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game Groundfish Project Leader, Alaska Department of Fish and Game (8/2010 - 7/2016)

    Plan, direct and supervise commercial groundfish research and management in the Gulf of Alaska.


    Sitka, Alaska

All Publications

  • How adaptive capacity shapes the Adapt, React, Cope response to climate impacts: insights from small-scale fisheries CLIMATIC CHANGE Green, K. M., Selgrath, J. C., Frawley, T. H., Oestreich, W. K., Mansfield, E. J., Urteaga, J., Swanson, S. S., Santana, F. N., Green, S. J., Naggea, J., Crowder, L. B. 2021; 164 (1-2)
  • Inupiaq Values in Subsistence Harvesting: Applying the Community Voice Method in Northwest Alaska SOCIETY & NATURAL RESOURCES Green, K. M., Fletcher, S. S., Beaudreau, A. H., Whiting, S. 2019
  • The impact of environmental change on small-scale fishing communities: moving beyond adaptive capacity to community response PREDICTING FUTURE OCEANS: SUSTAINABILITY OF OCEAN AND HUMAN SYSTEMS AMIDST GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE Oestreich, W. K., Frawley, T. H., Mansfield, E. J., Green, K. M., Green, S. J., Naggea, J., Selgrath, J. C., Swanson, S. S., Urteaga, J., White, T. D., Crowder, L. B., CisnerosMontemayor, A. M., Cheung, W. W., Ota, Y. 2019: 271–82
  • Movement Patterns of Juvenile Sablefish within a Nursery Area in Southeast Alaska TRANSACTIONS OF THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY Ehresmann, R. K., Beaudreau, A. H., Green, K. M. 2018; 147 (6): 1052–66

    View details for DOI 10.1002/tafs.10099

    View details for Web of Science ID 000450602900004

  • Movements of Blue Rockfish (Sebastes mystinus) off Central California with Comparisons to Similar Species PLOS ONE Green, K. M., Greenley, A. P., Starr, R. M. 2014; 9 (6): e98976


    Olive (Sebastes serranoides), black (Sebastes melanops), and blue rockfish (Sebastes mystinus) are all common inhabitants of nearshore ecosystems on the West coast of North America and important components of the recreational fishery off California. Acoustic monitoring studies indicate that olive rockfish are highly residential and that black rockfish are capable of long migrations and have less site fidelity; yet little is known about the long-term movements of blue rockfish. External tag-recapture studies indicate that blue rockfish may have intermediate movements relative to these congener nearshore species. To better understand the site fidelity, and daily and seasonal movements of blue rockfish over long (>1-year) time scales, we placed acoustic transmitters into 21 adult blue rockfish (30-41 cm total length) in Carmel Bay, California. Blue rockfish displayed intermediate movement patterns and residency relative to other similar kelp forest rockfish species. Two-thirds of tagged blue rockfish (13 fish) exhibited high residency to the study area (>12 mo). When in residence, mean home range of blue rockfish was 0.23 km2, however as many as 30% of tagged blue rockfish shifted their core home range area during the study. Most shifts in home range occurred during upwelling season, and tagged fish moved up to 3.1 km when in residence. Blue rockfish with short residence times were last detected in the study area in late winter and early spring. Blue rockfish were observed at shallower depths during day than night, likely indicative of diurnal feeding. However, over longer time scales, blue rockfish were detected at deeper depths during upwelling periods and with increased wave heights. Daily and seasonal vertical movements of blue rockfish may be influenced by upwelling conditions and local prey abundance.

    View details for DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0098976

    View details for Web of Science ID 000336841400082

    View details for PubMedID 24902049

    View details for PubMedCentralID PMC4047035

  • Deepwater fish assemblages at Isla del Coco National Park and Las Gemelas Seamount, Costa Rica REVISTA DE BIOLOGIA TROPICAL Starr, R. M., Green, K., Sala, E. 2012; 60: 347–62
  • Characterization of deepwater invertebrates at Isla del Coco National Park and Las Gemelas Seamount, Costa Rica REVISTA DE BIOLOGIA TROPICAL Starr, R. M., Cortes, J., Barnes, C. L., Green, K., Breedy, O. 2012; 60: 303–19
  • Movements of small adult black rockfish: implications for the design of MPAs MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES Green, K. M., Starr, R. M. 2011; 436: 219–30

    View details for DOI 10.3354/meps09263

    View details for Web of Science ID 000294619800016