Recent publications by the Alaska SeaLife Center Scientists

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

Maniscalco JM and Parker P. 2018. Maternal and offpsring effects on the timing of parturition in western Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus). Canadian Journal of Zoology, 10/31.

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.


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.

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.

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,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.