Benjamin Pister - Resources Management Team Lead

A close up of Ben looking at a GoPro on the beach.
Benjamin Pister, setting up a GoPro to capture intertidal field work.

Benjamin Pister, PhD
Team Lead, Resource Stewardship and Science
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
PO Box 439/Mile 106.8 Richardson Highway
Copper Center, AK 99573
(907) 822-7212


Ph.D. 2007, University of California-San Diego, Biology

B.A. 1999, Brown University, Biology

Professional Experience

2023 - present Resource Stewardship and Science Team Lead, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
2020-2023 Resources Management Team Lead, Kenai Fjords National Park
2012-2020 Director, Ocean Alaska Science and Learning Center
2009-2012 Chief of Resources, Cabrillo National Monument
2007-2009 Marine Biologist, Cabrillo National Monument

Skills and Interests

Benthic ecology, community ecology, natural history, biodiversity, scientific diving, observing small and tiny things, boating, connecting science and management

Coletti, H., G. Hilderbrand, J. Bodkin, B. Bellachey, J. Erlenbach, G. Esslinger, M. Hannam, K. Kloecker, B. Mangipane, A. Miller, D. Monson, B. Pister, K. Griffin, K. Bodkin, and T. Smith. 2022. Where land and sea meet: Brown bears and sea otters. Frontiers for Young Minds 10: 715993.

Coletti, H., L. Bowen, B. Ballachey, T. L. Wilson, S. Waters, M. Booz, K. L. Counihan, T. Hollmen, and B. Pister. 2022. The mysterious case of the missing razor clams. Frontiers for Young Minds 10: 715425.

Coletti, H. A., L. Bowen, B. E. Ballachey, T. L. Wilson, S. Waters, M. Booz, K. L. Counihan, T. E. Hollmen, and B. Pister. 2021. Gene expression profiles in two razor clam populations: Discerning drivers of population status. Life 11(12): 1288.

Bowen, L., K. L.Counihan, B. Ballachey, H. A. Coletti, T. Hollmen, B. Pister, and T. L. Wilson. 2020. Monitoring nearshore ecosystem health using Pacific razor clams (Siliqua patula) as an indicator species. PeerJ 8:e8761

Counihan, K., L. Bowen, B. Ballachey, H. Coletti, T. Hollmen, B. Pister, and T. L. Wilson. 2019. Physiological and gene transcription assays to assess responses of mussels to environmental changes. PeerJ 7:e7800

Konar, B., T. J. Mitchell, K. Iken, H. Coletti, T. Dean, D. Esler, M. Lindberg, B. Pister, and B. Weitzman. 2019. Wasting disease and static environmental variables drive sea star assemblages in the Northern Gulf of Alaska. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 520: 151209

Polasek, L., J. Bering, H. Kim, P. Neitlich, B. Pister, M. Terwilliger, K. Nicolato, C. Turner, and T. Jones. 2017. Marine debris in five national parks in Alaska. Marine Pollution Bulletin 117(2017): 371-379.

Kenai Fjords National Park

Last updated: July 5, 2023