Zach Brown completed his PhD in the Department of Environmental Earth System Science at Stanford University. He grew up in the tiny town of Gustavus just a short boat ride from Inian Islands Institute and Glacier Bay National Park. His research lies in the ecology of phytoplankton. Using a combination of fieldwork and remotely-sensed data, he works to understand the role of phytoplankton in marine ecosystems from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Zach has undertaken expeditions to both extreme poles and thrives on teaching, learning, and conducting research in these remote environments. He now serves as executive director of Inian Islands Institute.
Colter, Lexie & Jordan are Inian Island Institute caretakers.