We are a small team of talented Oceanographers with a wide range of backgrounds and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion.

We are always looking for new members who are excited to learn about high-latitude biogeochemistry.

Will Burt

Assistant Professor and Lab Head

I’m a born-and-raised Canadian. Mid-way through an undergraduate degree in Geology I got an opportunity to work on a Canadian Icebreaker in the Arctic assisting with water sampling and some basic oceanographic analyses. After 5 weeks aboard I had finally found a branch of science I was really passionate about. I enrolled in grad school because I wanted to study ocean acidification and go on as many oceanographic vessels as possible. Since that first trip in 2005 I’ve spent over 50 weeks at sea aboard Canadian, American and European vessels, studying everything from ocean acidification to groundwater fluxes to ocean optics. Each trip brings about new experiences, new problems, new findings, and new colleagues and friends. When a job opened up for a ‘sea-going oceanographer’ at the University of Alaska, I figured I had to apply.

I have chosen a career in academia because I really enjoy teaching and mentoring, I find the combination of students, staff and faculty in a university department to be an incredibly dynamic and exciting workplace, and above all, I’m an enormous life-long science geek.

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Josianne Haag

Master’s Student

Growing up in North Vancouver, BC, I spent a lot of my childhood by the ocean or in coastal forests. It was only natural that I would end up in oceanography. I did my BSc at the University of British Columbia in Oceanography and Biology, and am now working on a Masters at the University of Alaska Fairbanks characterizing groundwater using radium isotopes.

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Dana Bloch

Master’s Student

My ocean enthusiasm developed in the rocky intertidal of Maine and on the sandy shores of Cape Cod. After studying Earth and Oceanographic Science and Biology as an undergraduate, I spent a few years teaching environmental education and researching humpback whales with the Alaska Whale Foundation. I am thrilled to combine my whale excitement with an academic interest in marine productivity, as I investigate the impact humpback whales have on carbon and nutrient cycling.

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Feyne Elmore


I am currently a senior at UAF, working towards a B.S. in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. When I graduate I plan to pursue my M.S. in Chemical Oceanography.
I was born in Anchorage and, though I’ve spent the majority of my life in Texas, there has never been a year I’ve spent without coming to Alaska. I consider my college career a reunion with Alaska and couldn’t be happier to be following my dreams back in the state I call home.

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Noor Wahle

Undergraduate Student

I am a junior this year at UC Berkeley studying Data Science and Marine Science. I grew up in Portland, Oregon and spent much of my childhood outside on the Oregon Coast. I became involved with the Burt Lab through a summer REU program, and am continuing our research on the oxygen composition of the NGA. When I graduate, I plan to pursue graduate studies in marine science.

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