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Harbor Seal Pup

The Polar Ecosystems Program conducts research and monitoring on pinnipeds in the Arctic, sub-Arctic, and Antarctic marine ecosystems. The research projects focus primarily on abundance, trends, distribution, and foraging behavior of harbor, bearded, ringed, spotted, and ribbon seals in Alaska. The primary objectives of the program are to support management and assessment of population status under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and to gain a better understanding of the factors responsible for the dynamics of populations and their roles in the ecosystem. 

Program Leader: Peter Boveng

Recent Reports, Publications, and Posters

Recent Cruises & Projects

Dr. Peter Boveng explains how NOAA Fisheries scientists are working to
protect and study threatened ice seals as the climate changes.

Quarterly Reports Publications
  • FIEBERG, J. R., and P. B. CONN. 2014. A hidden Markov model to identify and adjust for selection bias: an example involving mixed migration strategies. Ecol. Evol. 4:1903-1912. 
     
  • SCHOBERND, Z. H., N. M. BACHELER, and P. B. CONN. 2014. Examining the utility of alternative video monitoring metrics for indexing reef fish abundance. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 71:464-471. 
     
  • Ver HOEF, J., E. PETERSON, D. CLIFFORD, and R. SHAH. 2014. SSN: an R package for spatial statistical modeling on stream networks. J. Stat. Software 56(3):1-45.  Online.
     
  • PETERSON, E., and J. Ver HOEF. 2014. STARS: an ArcGIS toolset used to calculate the spatial information needed to fit spatial statistical models to stream network data. J. Stat. Software 56(2):1-17.  Online.
     
  • Ver HOEF, J. M., M. F. CAMERON, P. L. BOVENG, J. M. LONDON, and E. E. MORELAND. 2014. A spatial hierarchical model for abundance of three ice-associated seal species in the eastern Bering Sea. Stat. Methodol. 17:46-66. 
     
  • TRUKHANOVA, I. S., E. GURARIE, and R. A. SAGITOV. 2013. Distribution of hauled-out Ladoga ringed seals (Pusa hispida ladogensis) in spring 2012. Arctic 66:417-428. 
     
  • HALL, A. G., J. B. McNEILL, P. B. CONN, E. DAVENPORT, and A. A. HOHN. 2013. Seasonal co-occurrence of sea turtles, bottlenose dolphins, and commercial gill nets in southern Pamlico and northern Core Sounds, and adjacent coastal waters of North Carolina, USA. Endang. Species Res. 22:235-249. 
     
  • McCLINTOCK, B. T., P. B. CONN, R. S. ALONSO, and K. R. CROOKS. 2013. Integrated modeling of bilateral photo-identification data in mark-recapture analyses. Ecology 94:1464-1471. 
     
  • Additional recent Polar Ecosystems Program publications


Posters
  • Freshwater Seals of Iliamna Lake: Where are They When the Lake is Frozen?
    By:  DAVE WITHROW, JENNIFER BURNS, JAMES Van LANEN
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2014
    (2014 poster, .pdf, 4.94 MB)   Online.

     
  • Dive Behavior of Bearded, Ribbon and Spotted Seals in the Bering and Chukchi Seas
    By:  JOSH M. LONDON, PETER L. BOVENG, MICHAEL F. CAMERON
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2014
    (2014 poster, .pdf, 3.91 MB)   Online.

     
  • Abundance, Trends, and Population Viability of Harbor Seals in Iliamna Lake
    By:  PETER L. BOVENG, JAY M. Ver HOEF, DAVID E. WITHROW
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2014
    (2014 poster, .pdf, 16.2 MB)   Online.

     
  • Automated Thermal Detection of Seals on Ice Bering Okhotsk Seal Surveys (BOSS): Finding a Needle in a Haystack
    By:  ERIN MORELAND, MICHAEL CAMERON, JOSH LONDON, PETER BOVENG
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2014
    (2014 poster, .pdf, 6.1 MB)   Online.

     
  • A Balancing Act for Harbor Seals on Ice: Weighing Long-term Protection for Seals with a Growing Interest in Vessel-based Tourism
    By:  ALERIA S. JENSEN, JOHN K. JANSEN, ALICIA BISHOP
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2014
    (2014 poster, .pdf, 7.12 MB)   Online.

     
  • Serologic Survey for Exposure to Marine and Terrestrial Pathogens in Seals of the Bering Sea
    By:  HEATHER ZIEL, TRACEY GOLDSTEIN, PAUL CONN, PETER BOVENG
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2014
    (2014 poster, .pdf, 837 KB)   Online.

     
  • Bering-Okhotsk Seal Surveys (BOSS): Joint US-Russian Aerial Surveys for Ice-Associated Seals, April May 2012
    By:  MICHAEL CAMERON, VLADIMIR CHERNOOK
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2013
    (2013 poster, .pdf, 5.33 MB)   Online.

     
  • Ice-Associated Seal Detection and Identification from the 2012 Bering-Okhotsk Seal Surveys (BOSS)
    By:  ERIN MORELAND, BRETT McCLINTOCK, MICHAEL CAMERON, PETER BOVENG
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2013
    (2013 poster, .pdf, 2.26 MB)   Online.

     
  • Additional recent Polar Ecosystems Program poster presentations



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