This blog wouldn’t be possible without the contributions of creative minds!



1544403_10100546267986777_1628452944_n.jpgAmy Bishop, PhD first joined the ASLC as a summer intern in 2009, and returned as a postdoctoral researcher in 2016. Now, as a Research Scientist, her research integrates behavioural, ecological, and spatial models to explore how marine mammal species and populations respond to stressors and change. Currently, she is developing a habitat use model for juvenile sea lions that incorporates predation risk as a factor driving space-use and movement.


brown_bioCasey Brown, PhD joined the ASLC in 2016 as a postdoctoral researcher in Markus Horning’s lab and is now a Research Scientist. Her research interests are broadly focused on animal behavior, wildlife movement, conservation, and human dimensions of wildlife management. Currently, she is analyzing data from Life History Tags to better understand where juvenile Steller sea lions are dying from predation events.



Katrina CounihanPhD, is a Research Scientist at the Alaska SeaLife Center. She joined the Alaska SeaLife Center Science Department in 2011 from the University of California, Davis where she obtained her doctorate in microbiology. Her research focuses on infectious diseases in marine animals and the use of bivalves as coastal ecosystem indicators. She lives in Seward, Alaska.


markushorningMarkus Horning, PhD joined the ASLC as Science Director in 2015, from Oregon State University where he is still a Research Associate Professor. His research investigates the behavioral physiology and population ecology of marine predators such as seals and sea lions. He extensively uses Argos telemetry transmitters in his projects, and is involved in developing the next generation of telemetry devices. He lives in Seward, Alaska.


juls_profile.jpgJuliana Kim came to Alaska as a research intern in 2009 on the Chiswell Island Remote Monitoring project and then participated in AmeriCorps working with the marine mammals at the Center. Realizing her passion for training and inspiring future generations, she progressed to her current status as a Mammalogist where she takes care of the marine mammals at the ASLC and works closely with the research team on data collection and outreach. When she isn’t training animals, you can find her up in the mountains, around a campfire, or out on the water fishing for the big one!

johnmaniscalcoJohn Maniscalco, PhD. John has been working as a Research Scientist at the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) since the summer of 2000.  His research focus is on the behavior and population dynamics of Steller sea lions and nesting seabirds, primarily through the use of remote video monitoring techniques.  He earned a Ph.D. degree from UAF with a dissertation study related to his sea lion research at ASLC.  John also continues to work as a part-time captain and naturalist for the tourist industry based in Seward, Alaska.


pam_parkerPam Parker, M.Sc., joined the ASLC as a research intern in 1999. In 2001, Pam’s interest in behavioral ecology led to her permanent position at ASLC on the Chiswell Island Remote Monitoring Project of Steller sea lions in Resurrection Bay, AK. Currently, Pam is a Research Associate that manages seasonal staff and is responsible for collecting daily behavioral observations focusing on maternal investment and population dynamics of sea lions in their natural environment. Her current objectives include survival of branded animals, male reproductive success, and the effects of individual variation on maternal investment.


renae_bio_1Renae Sattler, M.Sc., first joined the ASLC as a Research Associate in 2012.  Her research investigates reproductive physiology and offspring development of Steller sea lions, the use of Life History Transmitters (LHX) to assess population dynamics of harbor seals, disturbance behavior in Pacific walrus, and the effectiveness of remote cameras to monitor Beluga whales in Cook Inlet.  She is interested in research that seeks to understand variables that impact population’s viability, including conservation genetics, reproductive ecology, habitat selection and movement and ecological modeling.


sadieulmanSadie Ulman, M.Sc., first came to the ASLC in 2007 through AmeriCorps and returned in 2011 to join the Eider Lab in the Research Department. Some of her research is on conservation ecology of marine birds in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and Resurrection Bay/Kenai Fjords areas and the physiological ecology of the ASLC’s captive flocks of Steller’s and spectacled eiders.


Guest Bloggers

Katie Christie, PhD, has been working for ASLC as a postdoctoral researcher since 2015. Her research addresses questions related to wildlife ecology, conservation, and social-ecological systems. She is interested in how wildlife respond to climate and landscape change, and combines quantitative ecology with decision analysis to solve problems at the interface between human society and the environment.

Jennifer Goetsch, joined the ASLC as a summer intern in 2015 with the Chiswell project.  Each summer she has continued contributing to the remote monitoring of Steller Sea Lions on the Chiswell Islands.  In the winter she has taken to the lab to help investigate toxicity levels in bivalves from surrounding areas like Katmai and Lake Clark National Park. Other lab work includes testing the effects of oil dispersants on bioindicators like bivalves.

Courtney Shuert, MS is currently a PhD student at Durham University in the UK investigating behavioral and energetic trade-offs of lactating grey seals in Scotland using accelerometry and heart rate methods. Prior to this, she worked as a Research Technician and Masters student for the Transient Juvenile and LHX projects under the advisement of Markus Horning and Jo-Ann Mellish at the Alaska SeaLife Center. You can follow more of her current team’s blog HERE

Jillian Sills, PhD is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California Santa Cruz. Her work focuses on the bioacoustics of Arctic seals, specifically the reception and production of sound by ice-living ringed, spotted, and bearded seals. She is currently working to integrate hearing, vocalization, and environmental noise data to better understand the listening space available to free-ranging seals in Arctic waters.