Ellen M. Ward, Ph.D.
Ellen works on Essential Fish Habitat conservation in Alaska through the EFH consultation process and as ShoreZone program manager. In 2019-2020 she worked as a Water Information Specialist for the Yukon Government. Ellen earned her Ph.D. (’19) and M.Sc. (’16) degrees in Earth System Science at Stanford University, and her Bachelor’s degree (’13) in Physics at Columbia University. Her graduate research used satellite remote sensing, agent-based modeling and field surveys to examine ecological impacts of rapid hydrologic change in the Peace-Athabasca Delta. In 2017-18 she served as a Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum delegate in the Climate and Environment Working Group, investigating opportunities for U.S.-Russia climate change cooperation. As a 2011 NOAA Hollings Scholar at NESDIS in Boulder, Colorado, Ellen’s research examined links between climate change and ocean circulation using a global climate model. Ellen is passionate about science communication and has experience working with a variety of stakeholders, including oil and gas, shipping, mining, state and federal governments, Indigenous communities, and subsistence land users in the U.S., Canada and Russia.