Calvin W. Mordy

  • Oceanographer

Ecosystems: I work with physical oceanographers and fisheries scientists to better understand how Alaskan marine ecosystems respond to changes in the environment. Some environmental changes that have occurred include warm events such as the Blob in the Gulf of Alaska, stanzas of climate variability in the Bering Sea, and reductions in ice concentrations in the arctic.

Innovative Technology: I am a lead PI for the Innovative Technology for Arctic Exploration program which develops and deploys innovative platforms and sensors in the arctic. Some of these innovations include the Saildrone, the Oculus coastal glider, and the air-deployed ALAMO floats.

 Global Hydrography: Though a partnerships with Scripps and NOAA/AOML, the GO-SHIP CLIVAR hydrographic program continues to build the premier deep-water global nutrient data set. These data were a valuable contribution to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report.

Selected publications


Martini, K.I., P.J. Stabeno, C. Ladd, P. Winsor, T.J. Weingartner, C.W. Mordy, and L.B. Eisner (2016): Dependence of subsurface chlorophyll on seasonal water masses in the Chukchi Sea. J. Geophys. Res., 121(3), 1755–1770, doi: 10.1002/2015JC011359.

Mordy, C.W., et al. (2017): Nutrient and phytoplankton dynamics on the inner shelf of the eastern Bering Sea. J. Geophys. Res., 122(3), 2422–2440, doi: 10.1002/2016JC012071.

Stabeno, P.J., S. Danielson, D. Kachel, N.B. Kachel, and C.W. Mordy (2016): Currents and transport on the eastern Bering Sea shelf: An integration of over 20 years of data. Deep-Sea Res. II, 134, 13–29, doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2016.05.010, Understanding Ecosystem Processes in the Eastern Bering Sea IV.

Stabeno, P.J., N.A. Bond, N.B. Kachel, C. Ladd, C.W. Mordy, and S.L. Strom (2016): Southeast Alaskan shelf from the southern tip of Baranof Island to Kayak Island: Currents, mixing and chlorphyll-a. Deep-Sea Res. II, 132, 6–23, doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2015.06.018, Understanding Ecosystem Processes in the Gulf of Alaska: Volume 1.

Innovative Technology

Mordy, C.W., et al. (2017): Advances in ecosystem research: Saildrone surveys of oceanography, fish and marine mammals in the Bering Sea. Oceanography, doi: 10.5670/oceanog.2017.230.

Global Hydrography

Rhein, M., et al. (2013): Observations: Oceans Chapter 3 in Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, T.F. Stocker, D. Qin, G.-K. Plattner, M. Tignor, S.K. Allen, J. Boschung, A. Nauels, Y. Xia, V. Bex, and P.M. Midgley (eds.), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK and New York, NY, USA.

Talley, L.D., et al. (2016): Changes in ocean heat, carbon content, and ventilation: A review of the first decade of GO-SHIP global repeat hydrography. Annu. Rev. Mar. Sci., 8(1), 185–215, doi: 10.1146/annurev-marine-052915-100829.