Recent publications by the Alaska SeaLife Center Scientists

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

Sattler R, Bishop AM, Polasek L. 2020. Cortisol Levels for Pregnant and Non-Pregnant Steller Sea Lions (Eumetopias jubatus) in Human Care. Aquatic Mammals, 46: 146-151. Open Access


Bishop AM, Dubel A, Sattler R, Brown C, Horning M. 2019. Wanted dead or alive: characterizing likelihood of juvenile Steller sea lion predation from diving and space use patterns. Endangered Species Research. 40: 357-367. Open Access.

Brown CL, Horning M, Bishop AM. 2019.Improving emergence location estimates for Argos pop-up transmitters. Animal Biotelemetry. Dec;7(1):4. Open Access

Counihan KL, Bowen L, Ballachey B, Coletti H, Hollmen T, Pister B, & Wilson TL. 2019. Physiological and gene transcription assays to assess responses of mussels to environmental changes. PeerJ7, e7800. Open Access

Goertz C, Reichmuth C, Thometz NM, Ziel H, Boveng PL. 2019. Comparative Health Assessments of Alaskan Ice Seals. Frontiers in veterinary science. 6:4. Open Access

Goertz CEC., Burek-Huntington KA, Royer K, Quakenbush L, Clauss T, Hobbs R, and Kellar N. 2019. Comparing progesterone in blubber and serum to assess pregnancy in wild beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas): Conservation Physiology, 7, p. coz071.

Horning M, Andrews RD, Bishop AM, Boveng PL, Costa DP, Crocker DE, Haulena M, Hindell M, Holser RR, Hooker SK, Hückstädt LA, Johnson S, Lea M, McDonald BI, McMahon CR, Robinson PW, Sattler RL, Shuert CR, Steingass SM, Thompson, D., Tuomi PA, Williams CL, & Womble JN. 2019. Best practice recommendations for the use of external telemetry devices on pinnipeds. Animal Biotelemetry7(1), 1-17. Open Access

Steingass S, Horning M, Bishop A.M. 2019. Space use of Pacific harbor seals (Phoca vitulina richardii) from two haulout locations along the Oregon coast. PLoS ONE 14(7): e0219484. Open Access

Allen KN, Vázquez-Medina JP, Lawler JM, Mellish JA, Horning M, Hindle AG. 2019. Muscular apoptosis but not oxidative stress increases with old age in a long-lived diver, the Weddell seal. Journal of Experimental Biology. 222(12):jeb200246. email for pdf.

Andrews, R. D., Baird, R. W., Calambokidis, J., Goertz , C. E. C., Gulland, F. M. D., Heide-Jorgensen, M. P., Hooker, S. K., Johnson, M. P., Mate, B., Mitani, Y., Nowacek, D. P., Owen, K., Quakenbush, L. T., Raverty, S. A., Robbins, J., Schorr, G. S., Shpak, O. V., Townsend, F. I., Uhart, M., Wells, R. S., and Zerbini, A., (2019) Best Practice guidelines for cetacean tagging: Journal of Cetacean Research and Management,  20, p. 27-66.

Miller MW, Lovvorn JR, Matz AC, Taylor RJ, Latty CJ, Brooks ML, Hollmén TE. 2019. Interspecific patterns of trace elements in sea ducks: Can surrogate species be used in contaminants monitoring?. Ecological indicators. 98:830-9. email for pdf.

Shelden, K.E.W., Burns, J.J., McGuire, T., Burek Huntington, K.A., Vos, D.J., Goertz , C.E.C., O’ Corry-Crowe, G., and Mahoney, B.A., (2019) Reproductive status of female beluga whales from the endangered Cook Inlet Population: Marine Mammal Science, p. 1-10.


Counihan KL, Hollmén TE. 2018. Immune parameters in different age classes of captive male Steller’s eiders (Polysticta stelleri). Developmental & Comparative Immunology. 86:41-6. email for pdf.

Bishop AM, Brown CB, Rehberg M, Torres L, & Horning M. 2018. Juvenile Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) utilization distributions in the Gulf of Alaska. Movement Ecology, 6:6 Open Access

Sattler R, Bishop A, Woodie K, & Polasek L. 2018. Characterizing estrus by trans-abdominal ultrasounds, fecal estrone-3-glucuronide, and vaginal cytology in the Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus). Theriogenology, 120:25-32. email for pdf.

Christie K, Hollmen T, Huntington H, Lovvorn J. 2018. Structured decision analysis informed by traditional ecological knowledge as a tool to strengthen subsistence systems in a changing Arctic. Ecology and Society. 13;23(4). email for pdf.

Counihan K. 2018. The physiological effects of oil, dispersant and dispersed oil on the bay mussel, Mytilus trossulus, in Arctic/Subarctic conditions. Aquatic Toxicology, 199:220-231. email for pdf

Rouse N, Burek-Huntington, KA, Sheldon KEW. 2018. Asphyxiation of an Endangered Cook Inlet Beluga Whale, Delphinapterus leucas. Marine Fisheries Review, 79: 38-43. pdf

Christie KS, Hollmen TE, Flint P, Douglas D. 2018. Non‐linear effect of sea ice: Spectacled Eider survival declines at both extremes of the ice spectrum. Ecology and Evolution. 8(23):11808-18. Open Access.

Jemison LA, Pendleton GW, Hastings KK, Maniscalco JM, Fritz LW. 2018. Spatial distribution, movements, and geographic range of Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) in Alaska. PLoS ONE 13(12): e0208093. Open Access

Mooney TA, Castellote M, Quakenbush L, Hobbs R, Gaglione E, & Goertz C. 2018. Variation in hearing within a wild population of beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas). Journal of Experimental Biology.  221(9), jeb171959.  email for pdf.

Mooney TA, Castellote M, Jones IT, Quakenbush L, Hobbs R, Gaglione E, & Goertz C. 2018. Local acoustic habitat relative to hearing sensitivities in beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas). Journal of Ecoacoustics, 2. Open Access

Hocking DP, Marx FG, Sattler R, Harris RN, Pollock TI, Sorrell KJ, Fitzgerald EMG, McCurry MR, Evans AR. 2018. Clawed forelimbs allow northern seals to eat like their ancient ancestors. The Royal Society Open Science, DOI: 10.1098/rsos.172393. pdf

Churchwell RT, Kendall S, Brown SC, Blanchard AL, Hollmen TE, Powell AN. 2018. The first hop: use of Beaufort Sea deltas by hatch-year semipalmated sandpipers. Estuaries and Coasts, 41:280-292. pdf


Horning M, Haulena M, Tuomi PA, Mellish JE, Goertz CEWoodie K, Berngartt RK, Johnson S, Shuert CR, Walker KA, Skinner JP, Boveng PL. 2017. Best practice recommendations for the use of fully implanted telemetry devices in pinnipeds. Animal Biotelemetry 5:13.

Hoover-Miller A, and Armato P. 2017. Harbor seal use of glacier ice and terrestrial haul-outs in the Kenai Fjords, Alaska. Marine Mammal Science. 10.1111/mms.12470 open access

Bishop AM, Stewart J, Pomeroy P, & Twiss SD. 2017. Intraseasonal temporal variation of reproductive effort for male grey seals. Animal Behaviour134, 167-175. email for pdf.

Sattler, R., and Polasek, L. 2017. Serum estradiol and progesterone profiles during estrus, pseudopregnancy and active gestation in Steller sea lions. Journal of Zoo Biology 2017:1-9,

Horning M, Haulena M, Rosenberg JF, Nordstrom C. 2017. Intraperitoneal implantation of life-long telemetry transmitters in three rehabilitated harbor seal pups. BMC Veterinary Research 13:139.

Maniscalco JM and Parker P. 2017. Maternal and offpsring effects on the timing of parturition in western Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus). Canadian Journal of Zoology, 10/31.

Nichols, J.D., Hollmen, T.E., Grand, J.B. 2017. Monitoring the management of disease risk in animal translocation programmes. Ecohealth, 14 (s1):156-166.

Miller CN, L Polasek, AMC Oliveria, and J Maniscalco. 2018.  Milk fatty acid composition of perinatal and foraging Steller sea lions: examination from pup stomachs.  Canadian Journal of Zoology doi:10.1139/cjz-2016-0015.

Burgess, T.L., Kreuder Johnson, C., Burdin, A., Gill, V.A., Doroff, A.M., Tuomi, P., Smith, W.A., and Goldstein, T. 2017. Brucella Infection in Asian Sea Otters (Enhydra lutris lutris) on Bering Island, Russia. Journal of Wildlife Diseases.  epub, DOI 10.7589/2016-09-220

Morey JS, Burek Huntington KA, Campbell M, Clauss TM, Goertz CE, Hobbs RC, Lunardi D, Moors AJ, Neely MG, Schwacke LH, Van Dolah FM. 2017. De novo transcriptome assembly and RNA-Seq expression analysis in blood from beluga whales of Bristol Bay, AK, Marine Genomics, epub, DOI 10.1016/j.margen.2017.08.001

Richard, J.T., Schultz, K., Goertz, C.E.C., Hobbs, R., Romano, T., and Sartini, L. 2017. Assessing the Quantity and Downstream Performance of DNA Isolated from Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) Blow Samples. Aquatic Mammals,43(4), p. 398-408.

Steingass S, Horning M. 2017. Individual-based energetic model suggests bottom up mechanisms for the impact of coastal hypoxia on Pacific harbor seal (Phoca vitulina richardii) foraging behavior. Journal of Theoretical Biology 416:190-198.


Andrews, R.D. and Enstipp, M.R. 2016. Diving physiology of seabirds and marine mammals: Relevance, challenges and some solutions for field studies. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A: Molecular and Integrative Physiology, 202, 38-52.

Polasek, L., Frost, C., David, J.H.M, Meyer, M.A., and Davis R. (2016)  Myoglobin distribution in the locomotory muscles of Cape fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus). Aquatic Mammals 42(4), 421-427.

Goertz, C.E.C., Polasek, L., Burek, K., Suydam,  R., and Sformo, T., 2016.  Demography and pathology of a Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) mass-mortality event at Icy Cape, Alaska, September, 2009. Polar Biology, DOI 10.1007/s00300-016-2023-x

Belonovich, O.A., Fomin, S.V., Burkanov, V.N., Andrews, R.D., and Davis, R.W. 2016. Foraging behavior of lactating northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus) in the Commander Islands, Russia. Polar Biology 39:357–363

Beltran, R., Peterson, S. McHuron, E., Reichmuth, C., Huckstadt, L., Costa, D. (2016) Seals and sea lions are what they eat, plus what? Determination of trophic discrimination factors for seven pinniped species. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. 30(9), 1115-1122

Cornick, L.A., Quakenbush, L.T., Norman, S.A.,  Pasi, C., Maslyk, P., Burek, K.A., Goertz, C.E.C., and Hobbs, R.C. (2016) Seasonal and developmental differences in blubber stores of beluga whales in Bristol Bay, Alaska using high-resolution ultrasound.  Journal of Mammology, 1-11

Cortez, M., Goertz, C.E.C., Gill, V.A., and Davis, R.W. 2016. Development of an altricial mammal at sea:  II. Endery budgets of female sea otters and their pups in Simpson Bay, Alaska.  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 481, 81-91

Hay,G.C. …Horning, M., et al. 2016 Key Questions in Marine Megafauna Movement Ecology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution online.

Latty, C.J. ,  Hollmén, T.E., Petersen, M.R., Powell, A.N., and Andrews, R.D.  (2016) Biochemical and clinical responses of Common Eiders to implanted satellite transmitters. Condor 118:489-501.

Nichols, J.D., Hollmén, T.E., and Grand, J.B. (2016) Monitoring for the Management of Disease Risk in Animal Translocation Programmes. Eco Health 1-11.

McHuron, E.A., Walcott, S.M., Zeligs, J., Skrovan, S., Costa, D.P., and Reichmuth, C. (2016) Whisker growth dynamics in two North Pacific pinnipeds: implications for determining foraging ecology from stable isotope analysis. Marine Ecology Progress Series,554: 213-224.

Mooney, T.A.Castellote, M., Quackenbush, L., Hobbs, R., Goertz, C.E.C., and Gaglione, E. (2016) Measuring Hearing in Wild Beluga Whales. The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II.  A.N. Popper, A. Hawkins (eds). Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, New York

Owen, K., Jenner, C.S., Jenner, M.N.M., and Andrews, R.D. (2016) A week in the life of a pygmy blue whale: migratory dive depth overlaps with large vessel drafts. Animal Biotelemetry 4:17.