Glacier Bay National Park

Aug 18, 2018 - National Geographic Quest


Today’s trip into Glacier Bay National Park started on a different note from any I’ve taken previously.  We had stopped in Bartlett’s Cove last night to pick up Ranger Chelsea, and our Alaskan Native Interpreter Mary, then worked our way up-bay to Johns Hopkins Glacier while we all slept.  Thus, we awoke to clear skies, cool temps, and the majesty of Johns Hopkins Glacier—how superb! All was not quiet at the glacier, and we were treated to several awe-inspiring and very loud calving events before we pointed our bow to the south for our trip through the park. On the way south we saw much wildlife, including brown bears, mountain goats, tufted puffins, Stellar sea lions, sea otters, and much more of Alaska’s wildlife heritage.

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Jeff Campbell

Naturalist

Jeff Campbell fell in love with the ocean while attending boatbuilding school in Eastport, Maine. Since completing his MS in Marine and Estuarine Science at Western Washington University, he has worked for NOAA documenting the ecological impacts of transoceanic fiber-optic cable; the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife developing an aging method for sixgill sharks; the Lummi Tribe as a Harvest Biologist; Northwest Indian College teaching Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, and as a volunteer for the Whatcom County Marine Mammal Stranding Network. He has been involved in research developing mitigation methods for harmful algae blooms, sterilization methods for oil tanker ballast water, and techniques for screening refinery effluent for harmful ecological effects. He also served as Principle Director on a USDA-funded grant using student interns to study the impact of nutrient-rich run-off on seasonal dead-zones in Bellingham Bay.

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