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


Dr. Amy Bishop, 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.

Mary Keenan joined the ASLC as the Science Communications Intern in the winter of 2020. She graduated from Benedictine University with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry/molecular biology and was excited about sharing her passion for marine science and the message of ocean conservation. “The ASLC is my perfect balance of marine animals and research in one place!” Even when her internship got interrupted by the global pandemic, she continued writing blogs from back home in IL!

2019 Bloggers

Arina Favilla, is a graduate student at the University of California Santa Cruz. She is broadly interested in how diving marine mammals are adapted to the marine environment and how they might be affected by anthropogenic disturbances and environmental change. Her research is in collaboration with ASLC Senior Scientist, Dr. Markus Horning.


Dr. Markus Horning, 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.


Renae 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, and the use of Life History Transmitters (LHX) to assess population dynamics of harbor seals.  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.

Dr. Courtney Shuert, recently finished her PhD studies 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

Dr. Colleen Reichmuth, Associate Research Scientist, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California Santa Cruz and Affiliate Scientist, Alaska SeaLife Center

Richard Hocking, ASLC Aquarium Curator

Anthony Lapsansky, Graduate Student, University of Montana

EmmyLou Kidder, ASLC Eider Research Intern 2019

Jessica McCord, ASLC Science Communication Fellow 2019

Ally Dubel, ASLC Research Fellow 2017

Philina Richardson, ASLC Science Communication Fellow 2018




Casey 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. 


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.


Juliana Kim came to Alaska as a research intern in 2009 on the Chiswell Island Remote Monitoring project and then participated in AmeriCorps at the Center. Realizing her passion for training and inspiring future generations, she is now a Mammalogist taking care of the marine mammals at the ASLC and working closely with the research team on data collection and outreach.


Sadie 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.


Pam 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. Her current objectives include survival of branded animals, male reproductive success, and the effects of individual variation on maternal investment.


John 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. 

Katie Christie, PhD, was at the ASLC as a postdoctoral researcher from 2015-17. Her research addresses questions related to wildlife ecology, conservation, and social-ecological systems.

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.

Jennifer Goetsch, joined the ASLC as a summer intern in 2015 with the Chiswell project.